GIA to Sponsor GemFest USA

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) will present GemFest USA on Sept. 20, in the North Hall of the Dallas Market Center in Dallas, Texas. Attendees will learn about the latest findings from the GIA Gem Laboratory and get tips on jewelry retailing and merchandising. A free student lab will be offered on Sept. 21. Admission is free for both events; pre-registration is required for the student lab. Students may register by calling (800) 421-7250, ext. 4001, or (760) 603-4001. GemFest USA is sponsored by the Texas Lone Star GIA Alumni Chapter, which donated $10,000 to GIA's Alumni Endowment Fund. It will be held in conjunction with the Dallas M.I.D.A.S. show, with two sessions featuring GIA representatives before and after the show as well as a reunion reception. The first session (8-10 a.m.) will feature Dino DeGhionno, GIA's manager of West Coast Identification Services for the

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