The American Gem Trade Association Gemological Testing Center (GTC) will not be sending its Portable Testing Facility to this year’s JCK Show ~ Las Vegas, saying that the lab is too busy doing gem reports.
“During the last quarter the AGTA Gemological Testing Center has experienced a dramatic upturn in the submission of gemstones for reports,” GTC said in a statement. “The twin goals of our laboratory have always been to produce highly accurate and reliable gemstone reports and to do so in a time frame that is acceptable to the clients who are using our services.”
It continues, “With the current size of our staff, it is not feasible to maintain a reasonable turnaround time for our clients if we have to staff both the New York laboratory facility and a Portable Testing Facility at the JCK Show ~ Las Vegas. We will therefore focus all of our resources to service our clients out of the New York facility and not at the JCK Show.”
The GTC is encouraging anyone who normally works with the lab at the JCK Show to submit their gemstones to the New York facility “as soon as possible,” saying the staff is ready to deal with the increased demand.