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AGA 2024 Tucson Conference and Gala and AGA’s 50th Anniversary Jubilee

Registration options are available to gemology enthusiasts and guests globally.




AGA 2024 Tucson Conference and Gala and AGA’s 50th Anniversary Jubilee

(PRESS RELEASE) The annual AGA Tucson Gemological Conference and Gala will be held on Wednesday, January 31, 2024, in Tucson, Arizona, marking the kick-off of AGA’s 50th Anniversary celebration! AGA invites all to attend. Registration options are available to gemology enthusiasts and guests globally.

The two events, hosted by AGA on the same day, offer flexibility for participation. Registration options include attendance at the conference and gala or gala only. Individuals unable to attend in person may benefit from the “recorded conference registration” for on-demand access to the conference education sessions when published by AGA. See registration for all ticketing options and further details.

The conference will feature gemological sessions addressing a wide range of subjects and current research. Renowned presenters include:

  • Al Gilbertson, Project Manager, Cut Research at the GIA Carlsbad Laboratory
  • Rachelle Turnier, PhD, Richard T. Liddicoat Postdoctoral Research Associate, GIA
  • Jolyon Ralph, Founder, &
  • Justin K. Prim, Magnus Gems
  • Dr. Gabriela Farfan, Coralyn Whitney Curator of Gems and Minerals, Smithsonian Institution, NMNH

Visit AGA website for speaker bios and presentation titles.

Following the conference, the AGA Gala welcomes attendees to enjoy networking and relationship-building at the cocktail reception, followed by dinner, a silent auction, and music and dancing. The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the 2023 AGA Antonio C. Bonanno Award for Excellence in Gemology (recipient to be announced in December).

AGA’s 50th Anniversary celebrations will launch in Tucson with distinguished guests sharing memories from five decades at the conference and gala. The year-long commemoration of AGA’s milestone will honor the contributions of individuals who have played a significant role in the Association’s development and success.


AGA Conference Committee Co-chair, Dr. Çiğdem Lüle shared, ” The 2024 AGA Tucson Conference promises to be an exciting opportunity to celebrate gemology with some of the world’s leading gemologists, learn from experts at the conference, and enjoy a memorable evening at the gala. We sincerely hope you will join us by attending the events or registering for access to recorded sessions. AGA’s ongoing focus is providing the global community with opportunities to learn and share gemology”.

Tickets to participate in the AGA Tucson conference and/or gala are available online .



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