AGA Conference in Vegas Hopes to ‘Demystify’ Synthetics

On June 1, the Accredited Gemologists Association (AGA) will once again hold a conference featuring a full afternoon of sessions devoted to that hottest of hot industry topics: lab-grown diamonds.

“Synthetic Diamonds Demystified” will take place during Las Vegas Jewelry Week at the Westin Las Vegas, 160 E. Flamingo Rd., 12:30–5 p.m. The conference will be followed by a cocktail reception that will last until 7 p.m.

Presenters at the conference will include diamantaires, laboratory researchers, and representatives from some of the leading instrument manufacturers.

The topics the group plans to look at include:

– How to recognize the telltale signs of natural and synthetic diamonds

– What the difference is between a synthetic diamond screener and synthetic diamond detector

– The perception of synthetic diamonds

– The possible impact lab-grown diamonds will have on the market

– Whether synthetic diamonds are being sold as natural, and what this poses for market confidence in the long-term

Speakers who have been booked for the event include:  Martin Rapaport, founder and chairman of the Rapaport Group; Dr. Wuyi Wang, vice president of research and development at the Gemological Institute of America; Dr. Thomas Hainschwang, director and cofounder of GGTL Laboratories; Jon Phillips, divisional manager for Canadian diamonds at Corona Jewellery Co.; and Alberto Scarani, cofounder of Magilabs.

Registration is open to all industry members as well as anyone with an interest in gemology. The early-bird registration rate is $95 for AGA members and $135 nonmembers. Attendees can register at or by calling AGA at 844-288-4367.

The conference comes as JCK Las Vegas is about to debut its first lab-grown diamond pavilion at its annual show, held June 1–4 at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

The San Diego-based Accredited Gemologist Association is a nonprofit peer organization that promotes the highest standards in gemological education. The conference will immediately follow the annual AGA membership meeting.

Event logo courtesy of the Accredited Gemologists Association


JCK News Director