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Kenneth Scarratt, GIA’s managing director of South East Asia and director of the GIA Laboratory in Bangkok

Gem expert discusses research priorities at next GIA Gemstone Gathering


CARLSBAD, Calif. – Feb. 25, 2013 – Gem research is fundamental to addressing market concerns and gemological advancements, but with new factors entering the equation each day, researchers must choose their studies carefully. Kenneth Scarratt, GIA’s (Gemological Institute of America) managing director of South East Asia and director of the GIA Laboratory in Bangkok, will discuss the stages that his team goes through when committing to a research project at the next GIA Gemstone Gathering in Bangkok on Feb. 27.  

As a public benefit institution, GIA is committed to researching the most significant and timely developments in gems and jewelry. “Part of our evaluation is looking at existing research upon which we can build. This provides a more robust result, which best serves the needs of the public, industry and the market,” said Scarratt. His  presentation will delve further into how GIA sets its research priorities given the large number of potential industry concerns.  

Scarratt is considered one of the top gemologists in the world. He has extensive experience in the identification of a broad range of gem materials and detection of treatments. He has authored or co-authored articles in many gemological journals worldwide, and has co-authored two books: The Crown Jewels and The Pearl & the Dragon.

GIA’s Gemstone Gathering, a free event, begins at 6 p.m. on Feb. 27 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.