GIA Expert Explores Optical and Structural Phenomena in Gemstones

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Free seminar in Bangkok on March 28

CARLSBAD, Calif. – March 21, 2012 – GIA (Gemological Institute of America) will host its next Gemstone Gathering on March 28 in Bangkok, Thailand. Dr. Laurent Massi, GIA education director in Thailand, will present “Phenomenal Gemstone Phenomena” by defining and classifying optical and structural effects that add to a gemstone’s allure.

From star rubies to the Usambara effect to chameleon diamonds, Massi will focus on the nomenclature of gemstone phenomena. For example, alexandrite has the ability to change color according to the type of light that illuminates it; asterism exhibited by gemstones such as star rubies and star sapphires display a 6- or 12-ray star that moves on the top of the stone when properly illuminated and cut as a cabochon; and a chameleon diamond can reversibly turn from green to orange or yellow when placed in light or after gentle heating.

Massi will discuss optical and structural effects of gemstones by breaking them down into four broad categories:

• Color-change effects: primarily a result of light, temperature or thickness
• Chatoyant effects: a result of inclusions and the interaction of light
• Asterism: a result of inclusions and the interaction of light
• Other optical effects: such as iridescence, adularescence and aventurescence

Massi has given gemology lectures across the globe and has published various scientific and educational articles. His recent piece on the new gem mineral hibonite, one of the rarest gems on Earth, was featured in GIA’s Gems & Gemology. Massi completed his PhD studies on “Atomic-scale defects in brown and hydrogen-rich diamonds” at Nantes University’s Department of Physics in France and is a Graduate Gemologist.

GIA’s Gemstone Gathering in Thailand is a free event that begins at 6 p.m. on March 28 in the “Crowne Room 1-3” on the 21st floor of the Crowne Plaza Hotel (formerly known as the Pan Pacific), Lumpini Park in Bangkok.

About GIA

An independent nonprofit organization, GIA (Gemological Institute of America), established in 1931, is recognized as the world’s foremost authority in gemology. GIA invented the famous 4Cs of Color, Cut, Clarity and Carat Weight in the early 1950s and in 1953, created the International Diamond Grading System™ which, today, is recognized by virtually every professional jeweler in the world. Through research, education, gemological laboratory services, and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science, and professionalism.