Synthetic Diamonds: The Products, The Perceptions, and The Retailers
AGA Las Vegas Conference - May 28, 2015, 1-5 p.m.
Tucson AGA Conference - Gems - Facets to Micro-Features
Dr. Thomas Hainschwang awarded the Antonio C. Bonanno Award for 2015
The Accredited Gemologists Association is pleased to announce that Dr. Thomas Hainschwang is the recipient of the 2015 Antonio C. Bonanno Award for Excellence in Gemology.
Dr. Hainschwang is director of GGTL Laboratories, located in the European Principality of Liechtenstein. He earned his PhD at Nante University under the supervision of Dr. Emmanuel Fritsch, 2013 recipient of this prestigious award.
Dona Mary Dirlam, Director of GIA's Richard T. Liddicoat Gemological Library and Information Center Received AGA Lifetime Achievement Award
Under her leadership—which now spans more than three decades—the library has expanded from a 2,000-book installation to a state-of-the-art facility. Over 16,000 books and 1,800 videos are in circulation, along with CD-ROMs, audio CDs, and subscriptions to more than 230 periodicals in numerous languages. These remarkable reference collections are accessible to on campus students and to those in the gemological field and the general public who are able to visit the GIA Carlsbad campus.
2015 AGA Platinum Sponsors
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An Opportunity to Make a Difference & Increase the "Brilliance" of Future AGA Conferences
The Accredited Gemologists Association (AGA) is offering an opportunity to bring some of the world's most respected scientists and extraordinary gemologists to one of the country's most respected gemological conferences — the Accredited Gemologists Association's Annual Conferences in Tucson and Vegas. One of the founding principles of the AGA has always been to provide opportunities to gain information pertaining to the latest research and their gemological implications, often long before it appears in gemological journals or elsewhere. But many scientific discoveries are made by experts — both inside and outside of the gem industry — who do not live within the United States and who do not normally attend the Tucson shows.
AGA Seeking Sponsorships - Details
About the Accredited Gemologists Association
Established in 1974 by Antonio "Tony" Bonanno (as alumnae of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain), AGA was envisioned as a network for sharing gemological information and skills. Graduate gemologists of the Gemological Institute of America joined in 1975. The international Accredited Gemologists Association of today proudly counts among our members some of the worlds leading independent gemologists.
The AGA is an independent, international, nonprofit organization dedicated to...
Gemological Education & Research
Identification & Evaluation of Gem Materials
Development of Professional Standards of Analysis, Practice & Ethics
We are an organization of all beliefs and cultures and share a common bond of the love of gemstones. AGA believes in excellence and is dedicated to establishing the highest professional standards of practice.
The AGA Annual Board Meeting will be held in Tucson, the day before the AGA Conference. The AGA Annual Membership Meeting will be held in Tucson, the day of the AGA Conference. Both events are held in the same facility as the AGA Conference.
For more details about our organization, please view the following organizational documents. (.pdf files)
Voting Membership is available to anyone holding an acceptable credential fromm the Gemological Institute of America, Gemmological Association of Great Britain, Canadian Gemmological Association, or other school of gemology as approved by the Board of Directors. Non-voting memberships are available to others as either Associates, Students, or Affiliates.
Officers & Board of Governors for 2014-2016
The Accredited Gemologists Association (AGA) slate of officers and board members:
Board of Governors
Educational Standards and Outside Association Relationship Committee: Donna Hawrelko, FGA, FCGmA
Conference Committee: Kathryn Bonanno Patrizzi, FGA, PG
Certified Gemological Laboratory Committee: Carole Richbourg, GG
Membership Committee: Christine York, GG
Bonanno Award Committee: Stuart Robertson, GG
Sponsorship Committee: Teri Brossmer, GG