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2018 AGA Las Vegas Half-Day Conference
Friday, June 1, 2018- Registration

Demystify Synthetic Diamonds

Join the Accredited Gemologists Association in Las Vegas, Friday afternoon, June 1 with presentations by

Synthetic diamonds – their detection and future is the topic of the half-day day conference. Martin Rapaport will examine the impact of synthetics on today's diamond market following an in-depth look at diagnostic instrumentation by some of the world's leading experts in this field.

Dr. Wuyi Wang, Director of Research and Development for the Gemological Institute of America will present a look at the processes involved for synthesizing diamond in the laboratory, recent developments and GIA's contribution in their detection. Dr. Thomas Hainschwang, GGTL Laboratories, Liechtenstein will share his research and specialized instruments used in major laboratories and Alberto Scarani, will present tabletop instrumentation developed with Mikko Åström at Magilabs, Rome/Helsinki. Jon Phillips, Divisional Director of Diamonds for Corona Jewellry, Toronto, will add a mine-to-market perspective from his research into devices currently available. Vendors showing in Vegas have also been invited to be on hand with their instrumentation.

"Identifying melee is the major concern confronting us," stated AGA President Stuart Robertson. "With more synthetics slipping into finished jewelry, how we address the situation is paramount if we wish to maintain public trust and transparency."

Dr. Wuyi Wang

Spotlight on Dr. Wuyi Wang (bio)

Learn what distinguishes lab-grown diamonds from natural mined and how to be more confident in your own observations. With significant research in the field for GIA, Dr. Wang will explain diamond types and share discoveries from his ongoing research with growth technologies. He will also discuss equipment used and marketed by GIA and review the current status of synthetic gem diamonds.

Jon Phillips

Spotlight on Jon Phillips (bio)

With a career in diamond production, Jon provides a mine-to-market perspective as he reviews personally tested devices, providing insight to the challenges producers face and the protocols in place to insure consumer confidence. Learn what questions to ask manufacturers to see if their equipment will work for you.

Martin Rapaport

Spotlight on Martin Rapaport (bio)

Everything you wanted to know about synthetic diamonds, but were afraid to ask - from a guy willing to give his opinion.

Are synthetic diamonds a substitute for natural diamonds and if not, why not? Are synthetic diamonds a good store of value? How important is high value as a component of diamond demand? Do women want inexpensive engagement rings? How sustainable is synthetic demand? Will synthetic diamonds hurt or help natural diamond demand?

Have a synthetic diamond issue you would like Martin to address? Email your thoughts to for inclusion into the program.

Dr. Thomas Hainschwang

Spotlight on Dr. Thomas Hainschwang (bio)

Dr. Hainschwang will address instrumentation for synthetic diamond testing and screening using various analytical techniques, including high-end photoluminescence equipment he has developed for major users such as the American Gem Society Laboratories. Through a massive research project, funded in part by AGA, Dr. Hainschwang has added insight to the processes and detection of synthetics and treatments.

Alberto Scarani

Spotlight on Alberto Scarani (bio)

Fluorescence Spectroscopy – A new method of diamond screening and gem analysis, will be the focus of Scarani's discussion highlighting tabletop equipment he has developed with Mikko Åström for the everyday gemologist. Useful outside of diamond screening, the method has applications for detecting other gems and their treatments.

Early Registration Conference Fees

Conference registration includes great networking opportunities and a hosted happy hour at the conclusion.

AGA & Gem-A Members: $115
Non-Members: $155

LOCATION: Westin Las Vegas Hotel, 160 E Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, (702) 836-5900 (map)

TIMES: Check-in & New Registrations: 12:00 noon
AGA Membership Meeting: 12:15 -12:30 pm
Program: 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Reception: 5:00 - 7:00 pm



* No refunds after 5/25/2018



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