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GIA Announces Lineup for 2017 JCK Show




(Press Release) CARLSBAD, CA – All the cards are on the table for GIA’s lineup at the 2017 JCK show, including:

  • An in-depth look at GIA M2M TM – a new service that tells the digital story of a diamond.
  • Information about a new easy-to-operate instrument to identify mounted and loose natural diamonds.
  • Colored stone services available at the GIA Show Service Laboratory.
  • Striking displays of synthetic diamonds and a miniature symphony of gems.
  • Free in-booth briefings on must-know industry topics.

Visit GIA’s booth L99 in the Level 1 Bayside Lobby of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino June 5-8 to learn about the Institute’s show offerings. More details are available on GIA’s website at Follow @GIANews on Twitter (#GIAatJCKshow) to get the latest updates on GIA activities.

GIA’s M2M service allows everyone along the diamond value chain to tell the digital story of a diamond. On Tuesday, June 6, GIA Vice President of Lab Operations Matt Crimmin will present on the service in Tradewinds F at 8:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

GIA Executive Vice President and Chief Laboratory and Research Officer Tom Moses and GIA research scientist Dr. Evan Smith, lead author of a recent Science magazine cover story on diamond geology, will discuss the latest GIA synthetic diamond research and describe GIA’s new detection device for mounted and loose natural diamonds in Tradewinds F on Tuesday, June 6, at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Representatives at GIA’s booth will be available to discuss education offerings and laboratory services for companies and professionals in the gem and jewelry industry; share information about GIA’s Retailer Support Program’s educational materials, web apps and point of sale aids; and help attendees register for GIA’s Retailer Lookup, an online listing that allows customers worldwide to find local stores that sell GIA-graded diamonds or have GIA-trained staff.

Show highlights include:


GIA at JCK Talks

GIA will take part in “JCK Talks” with two valuable seminars that will provide an in-depth look into a new laboratory service and an important update on colored stones. Seating is limited for both sessions.

Telling the Digital Story of a Diamond: GIA M2M

Sunday, June 4, 1 to 1:45 p.m.

Tradewinds E/F, Pool Level, Mandalay Bay Convention Center

After years of development, the Institute will introduce a service that gives consumers a new way to learn their diamonds’ history: GIA M2M. A digital storytelling platform and app, M2M provides a close look into all the chapters of a diamond’s story – from the mine, through the cutting process, and to the market. In this seminar, GIA Vice President of Laboratory Operations Matt Crimmin will share more about M2M and how the industry can get involved.


On Tuesday, June 6, Crimmin will present on the service in Tradewinds F from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.; 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

GIA Colored Stone Update

Sunday, June 4, 2 to 2:45 p.m.

Tradewinds E/F, Mandalay Bay Convention Center

GIA Global Director of Colored Stone Services Shane McClure will share insights on important colored stone developments. McClure, also a member of GIA’s research team, will offer an update on the GIA laboratory, research efforts at the Institute and other timely topics.


Gem Testing Device

Later this year GIA will introduce for sale an easy-to-operate, sophisticated desktop instrument to reliably identify mounted and loose natural diamonds, separating them from all simulants and from diamonds that may be synthetic or treated. Show attendees can learn more and see a prototype at GIA’s booth L99 during show hours on Monday, June 5; Wednesday, June 7 and Thursday, June 8. GIA Executive Vice President and Chief Laboratory and Research Officer Tom Moses and GIA research scientist Dr. Evan Smith will discuss the latest GIA synthetic diamond research and describe the device in Tradewinds F on Tuesday, June 6 from 10 to 11 a.m.; 1 to 2 p.m.; and 4 to 5 p.m. GIA will take advance orders for the device at the show.

UV LED Lamp and Viewing Cabinet

The GIA LED UV Lamp and Viewing Cabinet provides a new level of consistency in ultraviolet illumination and fluorescence observations. The new instrument combines a stable, narrow band UV LED (365 nm); a compact viewing enclosure; and calibrated references for the intensity of blue fluorescence in diamond. The portable desktop viewing cabinet provides a consistent environment for observations; the lamp and reference block can also be removed for handheld use.

DLScope with Overhead Lamp

GIA is offering its DLScope with Overhead Lamp at a special price June 5-8 for show attendees. Used by grading professionals, researchers and discerning retailers, this package will be available for a special show price of $2,995. (Regular price: $4,690)

GIA Show Service Laboratory

Show attendees will have convenient access to colored stone identification and origin identification services through the GIA Show Service Laboratory. Located in Palm G (Level 3 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino), the Show Service Laboratory will be open Sunday through Wednesday, June 4-7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday, June 8 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (pick up only). Temporary reports will be printed on site, with permanent reports sent after the show.

Education Seminars

GIA will offer two educational seminars at Tradewinds E/F on the Pool Level of the 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 +1 760-603-4001 or email

Colored Gemstone Inclusions

Monday, June 5, 9 to 11 a.m.

Inclusions are an unending source of fascination for gem professionals. In this seminar, you’ll use our lab equipment to explore the interiors of specially-chosen rubies, sapphires, emeralds and other colored gemstones and gain insight into what a gem’s internal characteristics can tell you about how and where it formed, and whether it’s treated. Through lecture and hands-on practice, you’ll get an up-close look at gems from new sources, learn to recognize specific types of inclusions, and understand their significance for laboratory gemologists in helping determine geologic origin, and indicating potential treatment.

Identifying Synthetic Diamonds

Monday, June 5, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

The possibility of undisclosed synthetic diamonds being inadvertently sold to consumers is a matter of great concern in the gem and jewelry industry. Through a dynamic presentation and a hands-on lab, both led by GIA instructors and staff, this seminar will present information on HPHT and CVD-grown synthetic diamonds and how to separate them from natural diamond.

GIA In-Booth Briefings

For the sixth year, GIA will host a series of free 20-minute in-booth briefings where Institute experts share insights on some of the industry’s most relevant topics, including the latest on synthetic diamonds and groundbreaking research published in Science magazine. Plan ahead by viewing the full schedule online or stop by booth L99 during the show to speak with a representative. Presentations will cover:

  • The Latest on Synthetic Diamonds
  • Free Tools to Shake Up Your Marketing Game
  • Auction Action: The Most Expensive Gem Ever Sold, and More
  • The Unexpected Origins of Big Diamonds
  • Colombian Emerald Industry: Winds of Change

Striking Museum Displays

Visitors to GIA’s booth L99 will have the opportunity to view two exquisite displays from the Institute’s museum collection.

A Symphony in Gemstones

Show attendees will be amazed by the detail of the gem carvings on display at GIA’s booth. The miniature musical instruments are adorned with 14K gold and carved from a variety of gemstones including tourmaline, turquoise, lapis lazuli and black onyx. The pieces were commissioned by the late Art Sexauer and made by master carvers Lothar Herrmann and David Hudson of Idar-Oberstein.

Synthetic Diamonds

Synthetic diamonds are a topic of great interest and have become more accessible in the jewelry industry. GIA’s booth will display a variety of samples – including large colorless and colored rough HPHT, large colorless and colored faceted HPHT, rough CVD, faceted CVD, rough HPHT melee and faceted HPHT melee diamonds – side-by-side with natural diamonds.

“JCK Rocks the Bowl” with GIA Alumni

Wednesday, June 7, 8 to 11 p.m.

Brooklyn Bowl, 3545 Las Vegas Boulevard South

The GIA Alumni Association is hosting a private area at JCK’s new post-show party experience at Brooklyn Bowl. Event attendees are encouraged to stop by to network with GIA alumni and industry members. GIA will be listed on the onsite event map or attendees can stop by the booth for more details on the location. Tickets are required for entry and will be available for pick up at info counters throughout the show.



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