GIA Expands Presence at Tucson Gem Shows

Gemological Institute of America announced Jan. 24 that a
number of laboratory services, classes, specials, and free seminars will be
available at the upcoming
gem shows
in Tucson, Ariz.

In addition, the GIA Alumni Association will mark the
Institute’s 80th anniversary with a celebration at its annual
auction and dinner dance on Feb. 4. Complete details on all GIA Tucson
activities are available on the GIA website.

GIA Show Service
Laboratory at AGTA GemFair

Show attendees will be able to take advantage of access to
gem identification and country-of-origin services offered by GIA during the
shows. Gemstones can be dropped off at the American Gem Trade Association GemFair
show in the Onyx Suite of the Tucson Convention Center. The laboratory will be
available 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 31–Feb. 5, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 6.

GIA GemPasses can be redeemed for identification and
country-of-origin services. GemPasses are priced at $50 each and are available
in booklets of 50. The GIA GemPassbook will be available for purchase
at the Show Service Laboratory. GIA GemPasses are redeemable for one service
per stone, regardless of gemstone weight. One pass is redeemable for an
identification service while two passes are needed for identification and
origin services. For more information, e-mail coloredstones@gia.edu.  

GIA Education

GIA Education will be on site at the Tucson Convention
Center with a variety of classes, including: a skill-building Colored Stone
Grading Lab; a Pearl Grading Lab that features insight into how the world’s
foremost experts determine the quality of akoya, freshwater, South Sea and
Tahitian pearls; and two seminars—one on identifying rubies and sapphires, and
one on identifying emeralds. For schedule and pricing information, click here.

To enroll in the classes, e-mail admissions@gia.edu.