AGTA introduces educational seminar program

The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) Gemological Testing Center (GTC) is unveiling an annual series of advanced gemological educational seminars and will introduce the program at the AGTA GemFair in Tucson Feb. 6 though 11.

The first two seminars will be Appreciating Rubies (9a.m., Feb. 7) and Appreciating Emeralds (11a.m., Feb. 11). GemFair classes are limited in size and registration is on first-come, first-served basis. Subsequent programs will be held at the premises of the Gemological Testing Center in New York and in other major cities within the United States.

Each program is designed for the professional buyer, seller, trader, and appraiser and will be presented by Ken Scarratt and GTC laboratory professionals. Individual seminars will cover ruby, sapphire, emerald, diamond, and pearl. For each of these topics the various identification procedures that produce the necessary evidence for determining the natural, synthetic, and treated nature of the gemstone, as well as basic origin criteria, will be presented.

The seminars are priced at $350 or can be purchased at a discount for the total package. All gemstone and appraisal professionals with an interest in gaining an advanced understanding of these diagnostic procedure should call Kami Thomas at the AGTA, (800) 972-1162, or e-mail for a 2002 schedule.

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