January 31, 2024

Tucson Conference & Gala 2024 celebrating AGA’s 50th Anniversary

Join us in commemorating a sparkling milestone as AGA proudly celebrates its 50th Anniversary at the much-anticipated 2024 Tucson Gemological Conference and Gala in Tucson, Arizona

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Sunset in Tuscon, Arizona overlooking the city lights.

Illuminating the industry

2024 Conference Speakers

Embark on a journey with the brilliant minds shaping the gemology landscape. Meet the visionaries set to shine at AGA's 50th Anniversary Tucson Conference and Gala.
Al Gilbertson, GIA GG, AGS CG

GIA Fancy Shape Cut Research

Al Gilbertson headshot.
Fatema Almahmood, FGA

The Discovery of the First Pearl from a Saccostrea cuccullata Oyster in the Kingdom of Bahrain

Fatema Almahmood headshot.
Rachelle Turnier, MS, PhD

Geologically Mixed Signals: Mogok Sapphires and Crustal Metasomatism

Rachelle Turnier headshot.
Jolyon Ralph

Diving deeper into Mindat.org and Gemdat.org for gemmological research

Jolyon Ralph headshot.
Justin Prim

Lost Cuts of History: Exploring Forgotten Gemstone Designs through Antique Jewelry and Art

Justin Prim headshot.
Dr. Gabriela Farfan, PhD

Behind-the-scenes highlights at the Smithsonian NMNH

Dr. Gabriela Farfan headshot.

2024 Agenda

Explore topics from fancy shape cut research to discovering pearls in Bahrain. Register before January 5, 2024, for early discounts.

  • AGA Conference: Check-in

    January 31, 2024

    Check-in & Continental Breakfast

  • AGA Conference

    January 31, 2024

    Stellar gemological presentations, deli lunch, networking & vendor tables. 

    MORNING SESSION

    • Al Gilbertson, Project Manager, Cut Research at the GIA Carlsbad Laboratory, presenting GIA Fancy Shape Cut Research
    • Fatema Almahmood, FGA, Senior Gemmologist at Bahrain Institute for Pearls and Gemstones (DANAT), presenting The Discovery of the First Pearl from a Saccostrea cuccullata Oyster in the Kingdom of Bahrain
    • Rachelle Turnier, Ph.D., Richard T. Liddicoat Postdoctoral Research Associate, GIA, presenting Geologically Mixed Signals: Mogok Sapphires and Crustal Metasomatism

    AFTERNOON SESSION

    • Jolyon Ralph, Founder, mindat.org & gemdat.org, presenting Diving deeper into Mindat.org and Gemdat.org for Gemmological Research
    • Justin Prim, Magnus Gems, presenting Lost Cuts of History: Exploring Forgotten Gemstone Designs through Antique Jewelry and Art
    • Dr. Gabriela Farfan, Coralyn Whitney Curator of Gems and Minerals, Smithsonian Institution, NMNH, presenting Behind-the-scenes highlights at the Smithsonian NMNH
  • AGA Gala: Check-in

    January 31, 2024

    Check-in, networking, hosted cocktails & photos

  • AGA Gala

    January 31, 2024

    Dinner, music, dancing, silent auction, and recognition of Dr. Jeffrey E. Post, 2023 AGA Bonanno Award for Excellence in Gemology recipient.

  • AGA 50th Anniversary Celebration

    January 31, 2024

    Launching in Tucson, AGA’s milestone will honor the contributions of individuals who have played a significant role in the Association’s development and success. Distinguished guests will share memories from five decades of AGA at the conference and gala. Active engagement and “photo ops” will be available at the events and at the AGA booth (#27) during the AGTA Gem Fair.

  • AGA Recorded Conference

    AGA Conference sessions will be recorded and made available to watch online, on demand, when published by AGA, in March 2024, registration required.

    Note: In person conference attendees will be given access to the conference recording and notified when it is published.