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The AGA Conference...

Where great minds meet!

John Koivula and Richard Hughes at the AGA Gala

AGA Tucson Conference - Registration Open
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

We have scheduled these heavy hitters.

Stay tuned for more on the gemological topics!

Richard Hughes

Richard Hughes, FGA , Lotus Gemology (bio)

Jade: China's Gift to The World

Get a glimpse into the true essence of what jade means to the Asian market. Westerners look to jade's color and gemological properties but Asians look to jade's virtues. The Hetian "mutton fat" nephrite jade of western China can have enormous value and Dick will enlighten us to this important gem and the master carvers who bring it to life. Some of the treatments to jades and their detections will also be addressed.

Dr. Jeffrey Post

Dr. Jeffrey Post, Smithsonian (bio)

Environmental Mineralogy - A Study for the Survival of the Planet

The ubiquitous minerals and oxides beneath our feet and in our waters have an impact on our well-being. Our interactions affect the planet as a whole and our lives, in particular. Dr. Post will explore this fascinating newer science with some of the tools only recently available for their complex analysis. He will also treat us to a look at some of the gem additions to our National collection at the Smithsonian.

Dr. Laurent E. Cartier

Dr. Laurent E. Cartier, SSEF (bio)

An Overview of Challenges and Opportunities for Traceability of Gemstones and Pearls

Recent developments have brought due diligence, along with tracking and traceability, to the forefront of discussions and requirements in the diamond, coloured stone and pearl industries. This is a result of consumer demands for detailed information on the provenance of gems, banking requirements aiming to reduce risk, industry and company initiatives seeking to bring greater transparency, and growing government legislation on mineral supply chains. To address this trend, certification mechanisms and technologies (such as blockchain) are being developed to solve inherent traceability challenges. As applied to gems, such standards and associated technology could benefit from the support of existing gemmological approaches (e.g. geographical origin determination of gems; DNA fingerprinting of corals, ivory and pearls; detection of synthetic diamonds in supply chain) to enhance traceability and transparency measures. This presentation will provide an overview of current trends and developments in the tracking and traceability of gems, along with a discussion of the terms used in this context.

Dr. Aaron Palke

Dr. Aaron Palke, Senior Research Scientist, GIA (bio)

NEW - Low Level Temperature Detection

Eric Fritz

Eric Fritz, FGA, DG, University of Arizona Gem and Mineral Museum (bio)

Organics - Identification and trade restrictions

Organic gems – with coral and ivory to be highlighted for type identification and how to handle material presented for sale or reports. Hands on examination will further your knowledge and appreciation of organic materials from the presenter's extensive collection.


Hands on workshops!!!

IMPORTANT: Optional Workshops available to conference registrants on a first come, first serve basis. These workshops will run simultaneously with Eric Fritz's program on Organics. Once you've registered & paid for the conference, email Jan to reserve a seat at one of the 2 workshops below.

Claire Scragg

Claire Scragg, FGA (bio)

Use your Spectroscope - Reading between the lines

Get over your spectroscope fears or learn some trade secrets from a leading expert. This is one of the most valuable instruments in the trade and it can travel in your pocket! Learn how to coax those little lines which can reveal a stone's identity where other instruments fail. (Workshop seating is limited to 20.)

Read between the lines

Sam Lloyd

Sam Lloyd, FGA EG, Gem-A (bio)

Gem-Fun With Filters!

This hands-on workshop will guide you through some of Gem-A's favourite filters, explaining why we use them, how to use them and which one to use when! This workshop is perfect for gemmologists that are just getting started with filters, or for those looking for a refresher. (Workshop seating is limited to 20.)


Gala Dinner Dance Tickets Only

If you wish to attend our Annual Gala Dinner Dance but not the conference, tickets are available here. Please follow directions for Gala Only tickets.

Early Pricing for Gala Only Tickets (by 1/28/2020)
AGA & Gem-A Members: $75, Non-Members: $105

(Tickets at the door or online after the early deadline are $95 & $125 respectively.)

No refunds after 1/28/2020

Early Registration Conference Fees
Available on-line until January 28, 2020

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

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

Register Now...

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

February 5, 2020
Check-in: 8:00 am, Program: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Reception: 6:00 - 7:00 pm, Gala Dinner Dance: 7:00 - 11:00 pm

* Registrations at door or online after the early deadline are $230 & $280 respectively.

No refunds after 1/28/2020

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