The International Colored Gemstone Association will be two days of seminars during the Tucson gem shows, Feb. 3 and 4 in the Hotel Arizona’s Palo Verde Room, Mezzanine Level.
This is the first time ICA is organizing seminars in Tucson. Barbara Lipatapanlop, ICA executive director, said these seminars are being organized because of popular demand. She stresses that ICA members come from diverse backgrounds and have a variety of specialties they can address.
The schedule of seminars is as follows:
Feb. 3, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Cap Beesley, American Gemological Laboratories, “Colored Gemstone Grading…Friend or Foe?” Seminar program and debate with panelists: Arthur Groom, Al Molina, Michael Haynes, and Doug Hucker
Feb. 4, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. Ramona Gautreaux, Stuller, Inc., “Selling Gemstones: A Color First Approach.”
11:20 a.m. – noon. Wilawan Atichart, Gem & Jewelry Institute of Thailand, “Colored Stone Quality Assurance: Strategy for Gemstone Promotion.”
12:10 – 12:50 p.m. Ellen Lau, Charles & Colvard (HK) Ltd., “The Changing of Colored Gemstones in the Asian Market.”
12:55 – 1:30 p.m. William Rohtert, True North Gems, Harald Kroog, “Mechanized Optic Sorting of Diamonds and Colored Gemstones.”
1:35 – 2:15 p.m. Manfred Eickhorst, Eickhorst & Co., “Update on daylight for Gems, Jewelry, and Gemology.”