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The AGA Conference...

Where great minds meet!

John Koivula and Richard Hughes at the AGA Gala


Origin Coding Emerald

The 2019 AGA Tucson Gemological Conference & Gala
with the Antonio C. Bonanno Award for Excellence in Gemology
Register now!

Latest Gem Research Highlights
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Spend the day with peers as you learn of the latest gem finds, research & industry-leading trends from those in the know. Gemological challenges of today and the future will be addressed by internationally recognized gem researchers.

Daniel Nyfeler

Gemstone Paternity Test - Daniel Nyfeler (bio)

The cutting-edge technology behind gemstone traceability will be explained by Daniel Nyfeler, Managing Director of Gübelin Laboratory, Switzerland. Nyfeler will share the lab's program to identify the history of gem materials combining DNA tagging and blockchain accountability. Initiated with emeralds in partnership with Gemfields, the "Provenance Proof Initiative" brings the discussion of industry transparency to the forefront.

Jeffery Bergman

Our Newest Emerald Source - Jeffery Bergman (bio)

Jeffery Bergman, founder and director of Primagem, Thailand will report on the state of the emerging Ethiopian emerald production. Mr. Bergman is a key participant in this market and will discuss deposits, qualities, identifying characteristics, treatments and projections for future production and their distribution channels.

Gina Latendresse

Pearls of the New World & Beyond - Gina Latendresse (bio)

Natural pearls from the Americas captivated the European market hundreds of years ago and continue to be a vibrant industry niche. Learn about U.S. freshwater varieties like winged, pimplebacks, rosebuds and snail pearls. Did you know that the American freshwater pearl business also supplies nucleus material for the creation of Tahitian pearls? Attributes of other natural pearls, including conch, scallop, abalone, Baja, Melo and Quahog will be examined as well as some telltale signs of cultured pearl detection. Numerous examples will be available for hands-on examination by attendees.

Dr. Claudio Milisenda

An In-depth Look at Tourmaline - Dr. Claudio Milisenda (bio)

The tourmaline group includes a number of complex boron-aluminium silicate minerals and surpasses all other gemstones by its wide range of colours. Well-formed tourmaline crystals are valued by mineral specimen collectors and cut specimens belong to the world's most popular gemstones. Dr. Milisenda, Managing Director of the DSEF German Gem Lab, will cover the commercial important varieties of tourmaline, discuss about origin factors, as well as treatments and imitations of tourmaline currently encountered in a gemmological laboratory.

Dr. Çiğdem Lüle

Gem Treatments & Their Influence on the Market - Dr. Çiğdem Lüle (bio)

This presentation will bring practicing gemologists and appraisers up to date on gem treatments, their prevalence, identification challenges and their effect on the global gem business. The focus will be on some overlooked yet ubiquitous treatments such as coated gems of different species. Attendees will have the opportunity to examine several treated gems at the end of the presentation.

Two workshops still being developed

NOTE: Once the details are sorted, we will send an email blast to our subscribers giving you a chance to contact us to reserve a place. It will be on a first come, first serve basis after you've registered for the conference. If you not already an AGA subscriber, you may sign-up using this form.

Sam Lloyd of Gem-A will be conducting a small-group workshop on a lab instrumentation (to be announced) and Gary Smith (bio), forensic gemologist and master goldsmith will conduct a workshop - Carats, Carrots or Karats - This is an overview of the history of precious metal testing from ancient times to present day electronic devices, with an analysis of the FTC's latest "Guides for the Jewelry, Precious Metals, & Pewter Industries" 16 CFR Part 22. Do you know if it's legal to sell 8k gold jewelry? If not, this is the workshop for you!

The New Rulings - FTC Review - The AGA also intends to examine the latest revisions to the Federal Trade Commission's guides on jewelry and gemstones.

What's our next Gemological Challenge? Intentionally left open for latest developments

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 1/25/2019)
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 1/25/2019

Early Registration Conference Fees
Available on-line until January 25, 2019

Conference registration includes continental breakfast, light lunch & the AGA Annual Dinner Gala featuring great networking opportunities, live band, 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 6, 2019
Check-in: 8:00 am, Program: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Reception: 6:30 - 7:30 pm, Gala Dinner Dance: 7:30 - 11:00 pm

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

No refunds after 1/25/2019


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