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AGA Las Vegas Conference - May 30, 2013

A Brilliant Exploration of Today's World of Fancy-Color Diamonds ...

Fancy color diamonds are all the rage. Designers are showcasing luscious "chocolate" shades and creating new "classics" in black and white. Celebrities are focusing the spotlight on rare treasures in pink and blue! Clearly, fancy color diamonds have moved center stage, and we are now seeing more colors and shades of color than ever before, some rare and costly, others very affordable. But today's market also includes fancy colors that are the result of various treatments, and there are even lab-created diamonds in a range of fancy colors, as well as the rare coveted natural stones.

Natural fancy color diamonds are one of the hottest products in fine jewelry today. Yet understanding the value factors that make these gems truly special remains a daunting task for many gemologists. The AGA, in keeping with its founding charter to advance the latest developments and make them accessible to gemologists, arranged for experts from the dealer, laboratory and mining communities to provide meaningful insight into current market trends and grading principles for this truly wonderful natural diamonds.

Jordan Fine discussed his practice and procedures used during the selection process when he is buying fancy color diamonds. These include tips on lighting, seeing subtle undertones, the effect of cutting on color (and considerations related to re-cutting) AND issues/challenges related to certification and pricing.

John King, chief quality officer at the Gemological Institute of America, discussed the GIA grading systems for natural color diamonds. This was a great opportunity to learn how the gemological community's leading laboratory evaluates the quality characteristics of natural fancy color diamonds.

Gary Roskin, FGA, GG (GIA) founder of the Roskin Gem News Report and former Gemstone Editor at JCK Magazine is one of the few industry members granted the privilege of viewing the Argyle Pink tender each year. Gary shared exciting details about how the Argyle Mine changed the market for natural fancy color diamonds. Gary Roskin brought clarity to questions surrounding the future of Argyle, and how this may impact the future of fancy-color diamonds, at all ends of the spectrum.

Jordan Fine John King, GIA
Gary Roskin

Speakers

Jordan Fine is Vice President of AMGAD, one of the world's foremost suppliers of natural color diamonds. Mr. Fine's knowledge covers all aspects of natural color diamonds and jewelry – and the entire rainbow of fancy colors, from intense yellows to the most vivid green diamond ever measured.  Annually, he attends the Argyle Pink Diamond Tender and he considers himself fortunate to have the privilege of working with such magnificent gems on a daily basis. Since 2006, Mr. Fine has been an active board member of the NCDIA, serving as both President and Vice President, and has played an instrumental role in the association's marketing campaigns and educational programs.


John King
, chief quality officer at the Gemological Institute of America

Gary Roskin FGA, GG (GIA) founder of the Roskin Gem News Report and former Gemstone Editor at JCK Magazine

 


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