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GIA’s goes “All In” for JCK Las Vegas


Exclusive in-booth briefings, museum displays, colored stone services and more

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) – Attendees of the 2015 JCK Las Vegas show at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino can visit GIA’s booth (L99) from May 29 – June 1 to learn about the Institute’s not-to-miss show offerings, ranging from the show service laboratory to educational in-booth briefings and a special museum display. More details are available on GIA’s website.

Show highlights include:

Show Service Laboratory

Show attendees will have convenient access to colored stone identification and country-of-origin services through the GIA Show Service Laboratory. Expert GIA gemologists will accept gemstones at Palm G (Level 3 of Mandalay Bay Convention Center) Thursday through Sunday, May 28-31 from 9 a.m. to 5p.m.; and Monday, June 1 from 9 a.m. to noon. Temporary reports will be printed on site, with permanent reports being sent after the show.

GIA In-Booth Briefings

For the fourth consecutive year, GIA will host a series of free 20-minute in-booth briefings where Institute experts cover some of the industry’s most relevant topics. The briefings will take place Friday, May 29 through Monday, June 1 at booth L99. Presentations will cover:
Jewelry Assurance Benchmarks for Platinum
The Latest on Synthetic Diamonds
The New GIA Gem & Jewelry Career Center
Colored Stone Challenges in the GIA Laboratory

Variations on a Theme: Museum Displays

Show attendees can cool down in the desert during a special preview of GIA’s upcoming exhibit “Variations on a Theme: 25 Years of Design from the AJDC.” Each year, AJDC designers are asked to create a design project that interprets a single concept or theme, such as rhythm, sphere and water. During the show, the Institute’s museum will display 12 of the wonderfully clever and thought-provoking jewels – featuring a variety of gems and metals – produced for the 2012 theme: Ice.

Frozen in Time. Rock crystal quartz, ruby, sterling silver and gold. Designed by Alan Revere.

Big Bite. Rock crystal quartz, sterling silver with brown patina and 18K yellow gold. Designed by Mark Schneider.

Education Seminars
GIA will host two educational seminars at Banyan B, Level 3 of Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Tuition for each is $225. Previous gemological training and/or experience is recommended and pre-registration is required. To register, call 800-421-7250, ext. 4001 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Identifying Glass Fillings and “Healed Fissures” in Corundum

Thursday, May 28, 8 to 10 a.m. High-lead-content glass fillings are the most common ruby treatment today, while "healed fissures" are one of the least understood ruby treatments on the market. During this seminar, comprised of lecture and a hands-on lab, students will learn the identifying characteristics of these treatments, why they are done and to which types of corundum they are applied.

Identifying Synthetic Diamond

Friday, May 29, 8 to 10 a.m. Advances in diamond synthesis have led to improvements in the quality and size of synthetic diamonds. They’re also appearing more frequently in gemological laboratories, often undisclosed. During this seminar, which includes a lecture and a hands-on lab, students will learn to distinguish natural from synthetic diamond, and how to know when advanced laboratory testing is required to conclusively identify a stone.

Alumni Bungalow at “JCK Rocks the Beach”

Sunday, May 31, 8:30 to 11 p.m. The GIA Alumni Association is hosting a cabana – Bungalow 1 – at The Beach at Mandalay Bay during “JCK Rocks the Beach,” featuring singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw. Event attendees are encouraged to stop by to network and mingle with GIA alumni and industry members from across the globe. The event is open to all JCK badge holders; tickets are based on a first-come, first-served basis on Friday and Sunday at the show’s Ticket Centers.

For more information about GIA in Las Vegas, visit www.gia.edu/gem-event-jck-las-vegas-2015.

About GIA

An independent nonprofit organization, GIA (Gemological Institute of America), established in 1931, is recognized as the world’s foremost authority in gemology. GIA invented the famous 4Cs of Color, Cut, Clarity and Carat Weight in the early 1950s and in 1953, created the International Diamond Grading System™, which today is recognized by virtually every professional jeweler in the world.

Through research, education, gemological laboratory services, and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science, and professionalism.