Join the GIA Alumni Association and the Manhattan Chapter for presentations by Tyler Smith, GIA GG, Senior Staff Gemologist and Virginia Schneider, FGA, Analytics Technician as they present on the following topics:
Alexandrite Country of Origin Determination
Alexandrite is the most recent gemstone that GIA is able to accurately determine its geographic origin. We look at Alexandrite’s most common production sites, its unique properties and the beautiful inclusion scenes found within.
Extended Applications of LA-ICP-MS in Gem Identification
The LA-ICP-MS “Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry” analysis application will be presented. This special tool is essential in the determination of country of origin of several gems.
Virginia Schneider is an Analytics Technician for New York Gem Identification department at GIA, performing spectroscopic and chemical analyses of colored gemstones, diamonds, and pearls.
Tyler Smith is a senior staff gemologist at GIA’s colored stone department where he specializes in gem identification and photomicroscopy.