Alumni Association

Party at the GIA Gem Mine

Experience an India Odyssey-themed evening to celebrate a land of great diversity and beauty. India, which possesses a dichotomy of extravagance and simplicity in its colorful textiles, geography and cultures, has influenced and changed the course of history, particularly in the jewelry industry.

Gems and jewelry have played an integral role in this ancient land for more than 5,000 years. Many legendary gems have been unearthed in India and for centuries magnificent jewelry has been fashioned by its master craftsmen. India has made invaluable contributions to the advancement, appreciation and desire to own gemstones and jewelry across the globe.

Join us as we celebrate this land of intrigue and experience a virtual India Odyssey. 

More than 350 GIA alumni, students and industry friends from around the globe will gather for dinner, dancing, auctions and a legendary celebration. The annual Party at the GIA Gem Mine is an opportunity to reconnect with old friends, meet new ones and enjoy an unforgettable evening.

All are welcome to attend the event or consider supporting the auctions.


$55              Early registration online (through Jan. 15, 2019)
$65              Registration online and at the door (starting Jan. 16, 2019)
Purchase Tickets here.


From jeans to cocktail attire, sari or achkan-glam, this night is for you. Wear what makes you comfortable.

Consider Supporting the Event’s Silent and Live Auctions.

Each year we rely on the generosity of our alumni and industry friends to donate and participate in our auctions to support the Alumni Endowment Fund. They also offer an excellent opportunity for guests to acquire some exciting gemological goodies.

Considering an item to donate?                      

Fine jewelry, watches, gemological text or equipment are always welcome donations, as well as auction items inspired by the party theme. Consider accessories, textiles, popular gemstones or gold jewelry; a vacation stay or one-of-a-kind excursion; or perhaps a museum or locale experience. For theme related ideas, why not consider donating a gem or mineral specimen from India or one of the navaratna gems, or nine influencers (sun, moon, mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn and Lunar ascending and descending modes), which are represented by nine gem species. The ruby or red spinel (representing the Sun) is always placed in the center and surrounded (clockwise from the top) by a diamond, a natural pearl, a red coral, a hessonite, a blue sapphire, a cat's eye, a yellow sapphire, and an emerald. Wearing these gems is believed to provide astrological balance and benefit the wearer’s life on earth.

The deadline to receive donations at GIA is Dec. 31, 2018.

Click here for the donor form.

All donations should be mailed to the GIA alumni office, accompanied by a donor form, before the deadline, so we can guarantee recognition of your gift in the event’s promotion program. 

If you are interested in contributing an item or have questions, please contact the Alumni Association via the contact form below.
* GIA Donor Policy: 
It is central to GIA’s mission to uphold the highest standards of integrity. We respectfully ask that our laboratory and instruments clients, vendors and current students limit their GIA contributions to $1,000 or less during any 12-month period. We appreciate your consideration.

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