Pawn Star Rick Harrison Will Speak at GIA Symposium

Pawn Star Rick Harrison will speak at Symposium 2011: Advancing the Science of Business of Gems, the GIA announced March 9.
Harrison is a third-generation owner of Las Vegas-based Gold & Silver Pawn Shop featured on the History Channel’s series Pawn Stars.

Rick Harrison of Pawn Stars (Photo courtesy of Harrison)

GIA Symposium 2011 is scheduled for May 29–30 at the institute’s world headquarters in Carlsbad, Calif.
Harrison will participate on the “Everything Old Is New Again—The Appeal of Auctions, Estate & Vintage Markets” panel.
“We are thrilled to have Mr. Harrison join our roster of speakers,” Kathryn Kimmel, GIA vice president and chief marketing officer and Symposium co-chair, said in a statement.
Harrison has become known as the “The Spotter” on the show because he easily picks out fake or stolen pieces—especially big-ticket items.
“His natural ability to spot and assess the value of items, along with 28 years of business experience, is sure to show our attendees an interesting perspective on how pawned jewelry and watches impact the global gem and jewelry business,” Kimmel added.

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