2018 GIA Symposium: New Challenges. Creating Opportunities.

Success in the gem and jewelry industry requires keeping abreast of gem discoveries, new treatments and synthetics and their detection, and evolving technologies. The 2018 GIA Symposium – “New Challenges. Creating Opportunities.” – is an educational event that will deliver the latest findings by researchers and industry leaders from around the world. Oral presentations and poster sessions will feature exhibits on current developments impacting gemology.

New to the 2018 Symposium, the Harvard Business School will be leading a business track exploring the themes of Authentic Leadership, Disruptive Innovation and Customer Centricity and how they are reshaping the gem and jewelry industry.

You can participate in the GIA Research Track, the Harvard Business Track or both. Please note the tracks run concurrently.

The GIA Research Track covers the following topics

  • Diamond Identification
  • Colored Stone/Pearl Identification
  • Gem Localities and Gem Formation
  • Gem Characterization
  • New Technologies and Techniques in Gem Identification
  • General Gemology

Topics covered during the Harvard Business Track include

  • Authentic Leadership – Discover the qualities that define a high-performing leader and how your personal experiences shape your leadership style
  • Disruptive Innovation – Explore ways to keep your company and leadership on the cutting edge
  • Customer Centricity – Develop a systematic framework for defining the customer value proposition and for delivering it

The GIA Symposium will be attended by leaders from across the gem and jewelry industry, from seasoned executives to new graduates. You will have the opportunity to network, build new relationships and meet up with friends and colleagues. Walk away knowing how to leverage your learnings to reach greater heights of success in your career.


Regular Registration: $695 USD

Harvard Business School Program*: Additional $150 USD

* Requires attendance and full participation at all Harvard Business Track sessions, completing pre-reading materials, and attending orientation and group discussions. Registrants who fulfill all requirements will receive a coveted Harvard Business School certificate of program completion.