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GIA symposium to highlight latest gem research

9 July 2018

GIA campus in Carlsbad, California


The latest gemmological findings by industry leaders and researchers are taking centre stage at the 2018 Gemological Institute of America (GIA) symposium, scheduled for October 7 to 9 in Carlsbad, California.

The symposium, with the theme “New Challenges. Creating Opportunities,” is an educational event that will deliver the latest gemmological findings by GIA’s research team as well as scientists from around the world. It will discuss market-moving “discoveries, opportunities and insights” that are expected to influence business decisions in the industry.

There will also be oral presentations and poster sessions that feature exhibits on current developments impacting gemmology.

New to the 2018 Symposium, the Harvard Business School will be leading a business track exploring the themes of Authentic Leadership, Disruptive Innovation and Customer Centricity and how they are reshaping the gem and jewellery industry, GIA said.

The GIA research track covers the following topics: Diamond Identification; Colored Stone/Pearl Identification; Gem Localities and Gem Formation; Gem Characterization; New Technologies and Techniques in Gem Identification; and General Gemology. “Success in the gem and jewellery industry requires keeping abreast of gem discoveries, new treatments and synthetics and their detection, and evolving technologies,” the gem lab continued.

Leaders from across the gem and jewellery industry including seasoned executives and new graduates are expected to attend the GIA Symposium.