GIA to host International Gemological Symposium, Aug. 27–29, 2006

The Gemological Institute of America will host its fourth International Gemological Symposium Aug. 27–29, 2006, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. The theme for the event is, “Navigating the Challenges Ahead.”

Keynote speakers, presentations, and panels focusing on pressing issues and cutting-edge technologies, as well as an opportunity for attendees to listen and be heard at daily “Think Tanks” will be part of the three-day event. There will also be networking opportunities and special events, including a “Diamond Gala” sponsored by the Steinmetz Group of Companies, the symposium’s premier sponsor, at GIA’s world headquarters in Carlsbad, Calif.

“This International Gemological Symposium will bring together the world’s best gemologists and researchers, along with top business leaders and innovators, to offer a glimpse into the future while addressing today’s critical issues in the global gem and jewelry industry,” said GIA President William E. Boyajian.

Another unique feature of Symposium is the “Poster Session,” with dozens of new ideas presented in state-of-the art exhibits on topics related to gems and jewelry.

To register for Symposium, e-mail igs@gia.edu. To learn more about how to become a sponsor of Symposium 2006, contact Director of Institute Relations Jane Lynch, or call 800-421-7250, ext 4114; outside the U.S., call 760-603-4114.

GIA will also host a pre-Symposium Gemological Research Conference Aug. 26–27 at the Hyatt. Topics for that event will include the geology of gem deposits, new gem occurrences, gem characterization techniques, diamond and corundum treatments, laboratory-grown materials, and general gemology. Attendees can also participate in a one-day field trip to the famous Pala pegmatite district in San Diego County. For more information on this research conference, e-mail gemconference@gia.edu.