GIA plots biggest ever appearance at JCK Las Vegas

The Gemological Institute of America has announced its programme of activities, talks and demonstrations for this year’s JCK Las Vegas gem and jewellery show.

Visitors to the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas can visit GIA’s booth (L99) from May 29 to June 1 to learn about the Institute’s show-service laboratory, educational in-booth briefings and a special museum display.

The show service laboratory will offer guests convenient access to coloured stone identification and country-of-origin services. GIA gemologists will accept gemstones at Palm G (Level 3 of Mandalay Bay Convention Center) Thursday May 28 to Sunday May 31 from 9am to 5p.m, and Monday June 1 from 9am to noon. Temporary reports will be printed on site, with permanent reports being sent after the show.

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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 assurance benchmarks for platinum, the new GIA gem and jewellery career centre and the latest synthetic diamond treatments and updates.

The GIA will also welcome visitors to its museum exhibit, titled “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 clever and thought-provoking jewels – featuring a variety of gems and metals – produced for the 2012 theme: Ice.

Items of display will include this Frozen in Time rock crystal quartz, ruby, silver and gold design by Alan Revere (pictured above left) and the Big Bite rock crystal quartz, sterling silver and 18ct yellow gold design by Mark Schneider (above right).

The GIA will also host two educational seminars at JCK this year, including Identifying Glass Fillings and “Healed Fissures” in Corundum and Identifying Synthetic Diamond. Registration is recommended, with interested parties encouraged to email



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