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GIA to share latest research at NY lecture series

2 October 2019


The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is organising quarterly sessions at its New York facility where GIA researchers will share their latest gemmological discoveries on natural diamond formation and lab-grown diamonds, to name a few.

The talks, “GIA New York Science Talks Series,” are free and open to the public. According to GIA, these will give guests the opportunity to learn about cutting-edge developments in gemmological research. The hour-long evening sessions begin at 5pm at GIA’s education campus on the 8th floor of the International Gem Tower at 50 W 47th Street, New York, NY 10036. 

Four initial sessions are planned. The dates and topics are subject to change: 

•    October 30, 2019: GIA Research Scientist Dr. Evan Smith will share his breakthrough research on remarkably large, high-clarity diamonds and what they reveal about earth’s geology. 

•    February 19, 2020: GIA Research Scientist Dr. Karen Smit will present research on what natural diamonds indicate about continent formation.

•    May 2020: GIA Research Scientist Dr. Chunhui Zhou will talk about what oxygen isotopes in pearls indicate about paleoclimate.

•    August 2020: GIA Postdoctoral Research Associate Dr. Chloe Peaker will delve on the transition metals that cause gemstone and diamond colour.

“With research being the foundation of GIA’s expertise and activities – including laboratory services, education and instrumentation – we are delighted to offer these informal and informative talks at our New York campus to give the public, students and members of the trade a chance to hear first-hand about GIA’s discoveries and the mission of our research,” said Tom Moses, GIA executive vice president and chief laboratory and research officer.