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AGA Cutting Edge Gemological Conference in Tucson
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Accredited Gemologists Association Tucson Conference calls together experts from leading international laboratories and educational institutions to explore the critical challenges facing the industry today, and discuss the tools and techniques needed to meet those challenges head on.

Other timely and important presentations will be given by

Speaker Spotlight

Claire Mitchell, FGA DGA

Spectroscopy - Bridging the Gap

Claire Mitchell, FGA DGA (bio)

Claire, a senior Gemmology and Diamond instructor for Gem-A (The Gemmological Association of Great Britain), will be giving this dynamic hands-on presentation that will not only restore the confidence of attendees in using the spectroscope, but will also demonstrate how to get the most from this valuable tool.

In today's gemological world, we are becoming increasingly aware of the wealth of information that can be obtained through spectroscopy, from handheld instruments to the more advanced instrumentation that is now easier to use, and more affordable. Proficiency with these tools will allow gemologists to access a wider range of analytical, spectroscopy–based information which can be invaluable for identification, treatment detection, and distinguishing natural from synthetic.

A popular lecturer, this will be Ms. Mitchell's first appearance as a speaker at an AGA conference. Her dynamic presentation will revisit the handheld spectroscope, its types, the principles on which it works, and most importantly, how to use it correctly to ensure reliable testing results. She will also briefly explore other spectroscopy-based technology now available to enable "traditional" gemologists to more confidently bridge traditional techniques and contemporary techniques. Following the presentation there will be a guided, hands-on session in which to hone, and test, your skills.

About the AGA Conference & Gala (Register Now...)

Conference check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Conference sessions are from 8:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. Continental breakfast, light lunch & Gala ticket are included with the conference fee.

The evening will conclude with a festive dinner and awards ceremony, honoring this year's winner of the prestigious Antonio C. Bonanno Award for Excellence in Gemology.

The Gala Champagne Reception is from 6:30 to 7:30 pm followed by the Gala Dinner Dance & Bonanno Award Ceremony from 7:30 to 11:00 p.m.

These events will be held at the Tucson Marriott University Park, 880 E. Second Street, Tucson, Arizona (map)

The annual AGA membership meeting will be held during the conference lunch break.

Gala Dinner Dance Tickets Only

If you wish to attend our Annual Gala Dinner Dance but not the conference, tickets are also available here. .

Early pricing for Gala Only Tickets (by 1/15/2016)
AGA & Gem-A Members: $75, Non-Members: $100

Early Registration Conference Fees
Available on-line until January 15, 2016

Conference registration includes continental breakfast, light lunch and the AGA Annual Dinner Gala featuring great networking opportunities, auction, live band, dance floor and the presentation of the Antonio C. Bonanno Award for Excellence in Gemology.

Early Registration Fees:
AGA & Gem-A Members: $195
Non-Members: $245

Register Now...

LOCATION: Marriott University Park Hotel Conference Center,
880 E. Second Street, Tucson, AZ 85719 (map)

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