GIA’s Gems & Gemology Now Online The Gemological Institute of America is offering the entire archive of back issues (1934–1980) of its scientific journal Gems & Gemology free through its Web site, The back issues feature seminal articles on identification techniques, new gem localities, and synthetics and imitations, written by some of the world’s most influential gemologists, such as Basil W. Anderson, Eduard J. Gübelin, Robert Webster, Richard T. Liddicoat, and G. Robert Crowningshield.

NAJA Scholarship for Gemology Students The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers is offering to GIA (United States), FGA (Great Britain), FGAA (Australia), FGG (Germany), and FCGmA (Canada) students a scholarship to attend the 27th Annual Winter Education Conference scheduled for Jan. 29–30, 2007, in Tucson, Ariz. The scholarship, which covers the conference fee only, requires a résumé, photo, and an essay explaining why the applicant would choose to become a gems and jewelry appraiser. Applications are available at, or by faxing a request to (718) 997-9057.

AGS Lab and AGTA GTC Share Windows The American Gem Society Laboratories and American Gem Trade Association Gemological Testing Center are “entering into a strategic alliance to service their global expansion,” says Doug Hucker, AGTA’s executive director. AGTA GTC clients can submit colored gemstones at the AGSL take-in windows at Gem Services International in Mumbai, India; Elmyr Services in Antwerp, Belgium; Dubai Metals and Commodity Centre, United Arab Emirates; and Eli Dori in Ramat Gan, Israel.

Tanzanite Foundation Now in the U.S. The Tanzanite Foundation has opened an office in New York at 42 W. 48th St., Suite 1702. Operations will be managed by Amy Williamsonand Anna Haber. Williamson has a background in public relations for the luxury fashion and jewelry industries. Haber has a background in jewelry product development and marketing and has worked with Rosy Blue, a De Beers sightholder. For information, call (212) 575-3020 or e-mail:

Gems & Gemology Winter Issue Features Eduard Gübelin Tribute The Gemological Institute of America has released the Winter 2005 issue of Gems & G0emology, which includes a special tribute to Swiss gemologist Dr. Eduard J. Gübelin. Best known for his groundbreaking studies of inclusions, the late Dr. Gübelin (1913–2005) was also a prolific author, an explorer of gem localities, an innovator in gem-testing instruments, and an influential educator.

GIA Offers Post-Symposium Field Trip In conjunction with its August Gemological Research Conference and Symposium, the Gemological Institute of America has added a second field trip to the world-famous Pala pegmatite district in San Diego County, Calif. It will take place Aug. 30, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and include underground tours of three mines: the Pala Chief and Elizabeth R. mines on Chief Mountain and the Stewart Mine on Queen Mountain. For information, contact GIA at (800) 421-7250.