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Spring Into a Colorful Week of GIA Virtual Events

GIA’s Knowledge Rocks Week: Spring Into Color Feb. 2-5

CARLSBAD, Calif. – Jan. 21, 2021 – Register for GIA’s Knowledge Rocks Week: Spring Into Color for four days of exciting virtual events taking you deep into the beautiful world of colored stones. You can immerse yourself in expert insights on colored stones with continuing education seminars and a GIA Knowledge Session, enjoy the GIA alumni event and see the big reveal of the winner of the 2021 Buccellati Jewelry Design Competition. Register today for the Feb. 2-5 event.
Participants can sharpen their skills with three continuing education seminars that can be taken individually or as a series throughout the week. The fascinating subjects are Advanced Colored Stones Country of Origin; Low Temperature Heat Treatment; and Photomicrography.
Discover a trove of knowledge based on the experience and expertise of GIA scientist Aaron Palke and fifth-generation trader and Southwest Indian art dealer Emerald Tanner as they take participants on a gemological journey during a special edition of GIA Knowledge Session: Gems of the Southwest. The American Southwest has long been known for its distinctive jewelry, but how have gemstones shaped the lore and culture of this region? What are the geologic conditions that allowed for the formation of these gemstones? This and so much more, will be answered in the Feb. 4 webinar.
Don’t miss the virtual “GIA Alumni Association: Explore, Navigate and Learn” event on Thursday, Feb. 4 where the 2021 plans for the new GIA Alumni Association will be unveiled and the winner of the fourth annual Buccellati Jewelry Design Competition will be announced. The Buccellati Jewelry Design Competition features GIA Jewelry Design students from around the world who put their skills to the test for a chance to win the Gianmaria Buccellati Foundation Award for Excellence in Jewelry Design.
“Even if we cannot meet in person, we can bring the global GIA alumni community together to share resources and support.” said Cathryn Ramirez, the newly appointed GIA Alumni executive director. “The Alumni Association is thrilled to unveil innovative plans to increase access to educational resources and provide opportunities for GIA alumni to network and succeed.”
GIA’s Knowledge Rocks Week: Spring Into Color recognizes the importance of colored stone education, the diversity of talented emerging designers and fosters community in the gem and jewelry industry.

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, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight and, in 1953, created the International Diamond Grading System™ which is recognized around the world as the standard for diamond quality.
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. 

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