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GIA’s Tucson Lab Services, Education, Seminars and Specials

CARLSBAD, Calif. – Jan. 28, 2010 – The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has announced a number of classes, services, free presentations and other opportunities that will be available at the upcoming gem shows in Tucson, Arizona.

GIA Show Service Laboratory at the AGTA GemFair™
GIA will offer quick, convenient access to gem identification and country-of-origin services during the Tucson shows. Attendees can drop off their gemstones at the AGTA Show in the Onyx Suite of the Tucson Convention Center. The GIA Show Service Laboratory will be available Feb. 1–6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Feb. 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In addition, the new GIA GemPassbook™, launched last September, will be redeemable at the AGTA Show. Each passbook contains 50 pre-paid GIA GemPasses™ good for identification or country-of-origin services. Gem Identification GemPasses are priced at US$50 each, while Country-of-Origin GemPasses are US$100 each. Each GIA GemPass is redeemable for one service per stone, regardless of gemstone size.

For more information, please call (800) 421-7250, ext. 4517, (760) 603-4517, or e-mail

New Colored Stones eLearning Course
The recently launched Colored Stones eLearning course is the most robust eLearning experience developed yet, with more interactive tools, animations, and exclusive videos. A tour through this new course will be showcased at the GIA booth at the AGTA Show.

The Colored Stones eLearning course shows how gems form deep beneath the earth, provides a tour of working mines, and features interviews with gem dealers, cutters and retailers around the world discussing the colored stones market. Learn about gemstones of every variety and become an expert in evaluating quality, rarity, and color. For more information, contact GIA Admissions at (800) 421-7250 ext. 4001 or (760) 603-4001.

GIA Education
All classes will be held at the Tucson Convention Center.

Gem Identification Lab Class
Feb. 1–5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Gila Room
• Learn the procedures and identification skills used by GIA’s gemological experts. Gain confidence using a microscope, refractometer, polariscope, dichroscope, spectroscope, and loupe to identify natural gemstones, imitations, and synthetics. Students must pass a five-stone practical test to complete the class, which is required for the Graduate Gemologist (G.G.) and Graduate Colored Stones diploma programs. The credential earned is a GIA Letter of Completion; tuition is $1,350, plus a $45 book fee.

Pearls Update
Feb. 6, 9–11 a.m.
Gila Room
• Learn about the quality factors involved in classifying cultured and natural pearls and the grading methodology used by the GIA Laboratory. Participants will grade cultured pearls according to GIA’s 7 Pearl Value Factors™. The credential earned is a Letter of Attendance; tuition is $145.

Gemstone Treatments Update
(Previous gemological training or experience is recommended)
Feb. 6, 1–3 p.m.
Gila Room
• Gain deeper insight into the major gemstone treatments found in the marketplace and discover how to detect them. Attendees will enhance their identification skills with hands-on practice using a microscope. The credential earned is a Letter of Attendance; tuition is $145.

Free Seminars
All seminars will be in the Tucson Convention Center.

From the Andes to the Pantanal – The Story of Bolivia’s Ametrine
• GIA photojournalist Robert Weldon traveled through Bolivia to document the story of ametrine and the Anahí mine. Join him on a visual journey from Bolivia’s highest peaks to the mine along the banks of the Pantanal. The seminar will be held on Feb. 4, 1–2 p.m. in the Greenlee Room.

Books for Gem Lovers
• John Koivula, GIA Chief Research Gemologist, and other authors of recent gem books will discuss their works on Feb. 4, 1–2 p.m. in the Mohave Room.

GIA Research Update
• Come meet Dr. Jim Shigley, GIA distinguished research fellow, who will answer questions and review the very latest developments in gem treatments, synthetics, identification, and other topics of interest. The presentation will be held on Feb. 6, 9–10 a.m. in the Mohave Room.

Come Out and Play at Tucson’s Best Party
Tucson’s most playful party, the GIA Lounge, “Where Color Comes to Play!” will be held Feb. 5, 6:30–11 p.m. at the Marriott University Park Hotel.

The event, sponsored by the GIA Alumni Association, will include the presentation of the Richard T. Liddicoat Scholarship, the GIA Alumni International Awards, silent and live auctions, with dinner and dancing. Tickets are $55. The event is open to the public. To RSVP, call (760) 603-4100 or e-mail Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

GIA’s Gems & Gemology
The award-winning publication – now available in an online version – is offering several Tucson show specials. The Tucson “starter” package includes a one-year subscription (online or print + online) and a free copy of the Winter 2009 issue. Subscribers who choose the print + online combination subscription also get free online access to all 2007-2009 issues. All subscribers get exclusive access to the new, monthly G&G eBrief electronic newsletter. Each eBrief issue brings you the latest reports from the GIA Laboratory, global news and trade alerts, practical identification tips, insight into future G&G articles, and upcoming conferences and exhibits worldwide.

Show attendees can also get all three Gems & Gemology in Review books—Synthetic Diamonds, Colored Diamonds, and Treated Diamonds – at a special price of $150, as well as a free Gems & Gemology flash drive with the purchase of a 2007-2009 three-year or 2005-2009 five-year back issue set in PDF format. The flash drive includes the complete 1981-2009 subject and author index. The book and flash drive specials are good while supplies last.

GIA Instruments
GIA is offering a number of deals on microscopes and accessories – available only during the AGTA GemFair. GIA Instruments will be located at the GIA booth on the Galleria Level of the Tucson Convention Center.

Show attendees will save up to $800 on GIA Instruments’ professional line of GIA Digital Microscopes. They can also save $890 on a GIA DLScope Trinocular Microscope and CCD Color Digital Video Camera combination offer, valued at $6,785, but offered at the special show price of $5,895. The GIA Gem Identification Student Package will be available at a savings of $289 and the GIA FacetScan™ will be offered at a savings of $995.

Prices expire Feb. 7, 2010. For more information, call (800) 421-8161 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. PST, Monday through Friday or e-mail From outside the U.S. and Canada, call (760) 603-4200.

GIA Exhibit
GIA will have a display of more than 100 gemstones and gem crystals at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show™ Feb. 11–14.

For more information about the GIA offerings at Tucson, visit


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