GIA Sponsors Educational Track at AGS Conclave

The Gemological Institute of America is offering an
informative, hands-on educational track at AGS Conclave with classes ranging
from pearls to field gemology.

The Conclave, held April 27–30 in San Francisco, will
feature seventeen hours of hands-on GIA Lab classes and lectures designed to
further the gemological and business skills of the AGS membership, and to
provide practical tools that can help members take their business to the next

The classes include:

  • Advanced Diamond
    Clarity Grading
    with Shelly Verwymeren, CG, GIA

    Participants will cover proper lighting techniques and
    viewing geometry to determine the best environment to identify clarity
    characteristics and enhance grading accuracy. 
  • Pearls will be the focus of another workshop taught by Verwymeren.
    Students will learn the methodology GIA Laboratory uses to classify the value
    factors of freshwater and saltwater pearls, as well as how to adapt these
    techniques for their own use.
  • Synthetic Corundum in
    with John Koivula, CG, GIA

    Participants will use a specially selected collection of synthetic
    rubies and sapphires in a hands-on clinic in order to become more expert at
    identifying these lab-grown products.
  • Join the Learning
    with Craig Danforth of GIA

    This session will feature a tour of GIA”s newest eLearning
    offering, pearls.
  • Chronicles from Gems
    and Gemology: The Bizarre and Unusual
    with Brendan Laurs, editor of G&G

    Laurs will lectures on some of the strange and bizarre
    stones published in Gems & Gemology over the years

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