GIA GemFest Basel to be held April 2

The Gemological Institute of America will hold its GemFest Basel 2005 on April 2. Noted researchers from the GIA Gem Laboratory will give important updates on synthetic and HPHT-treated diamonds and on their investigation of rubies that have been clarity enhanced with a high-lead glass filler.

The free event, scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Basel Convention Center’s Montreal Hall, will also include a report on new gem materials submitted to the Lab in the past year. A reception will follow. It’s being held in conjunction with the 2005 Baselworld show

William E. Boyajian, GIA president, will give an overview of GIA’s progress on issues facing the industry as they relate to GIA’s Education, Research, Laboratory, and Instrument development efforts.

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James Shigley, GIA director of research, will address synthetic diamonds HPHT-treated diamonds, and other gemological research issues.

Chris Smith, GIA director of East Coast Identification Services, will cover its West Coast laboratory’s examination of rubies filled with high-lead glass.

In addition, Shane McClure, GIA West Coast Identification Services director, will discuss some of the interesting new gem materials being seen in the Laboratory.

GemFest Basel 2005 is a free educational event sponsored by the GIA Alumni Association. Members who attend will receive six Carat Points. The first 150 attendees will also receive a free Gems & Gemology synthetic diamonds chart (published with the Winter 2004 issue).

To reserve a seat, call the GIA Alumni Association at 760-603-4205, or e-mail events@gia.edu. Visit www.gia.edu for future updates about the event.