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The AGA Conference...

Where great minds meet!

John Koivula and Richard Hughes at the AGA Gala


The 2019 AGA Tucson Gemological Conference & Gala
with the Antonio C. Bonanno Award for Excellence in Gemology
Register now!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Spend the day with peers as you learn of the latest gem finds, research & industry-leading trends from those in the know. Gemological challenges of today and the future will be addressed by internationally recognized gem researchers.

Latest Gem Research Highlights

Gemstone Paternity Test - Daniel Nyfeler

The cutting-edge technology behind gemstone traceability will be explained by Daniel Nyfeler, Managing Director of Gübelin Laboratory, Switzerland. Nyfeler will share the lab's program to identify the history of gem materials combining DNA tagging and blockchain accountability. Initiated with emeralds in partnership with Gemfields, the "Provenance Proof Initiative" brings the discussion of industry transparency to the forefront.

Our Newest Emerald Source - Jeffery Bergman

Jeffery Bergman, founder and director of Primagem, Thailand will report on the state of the emerging Ethiopian emerald production. Mr. Bergman is a key participant in this market and will discuss deposits, qualities, identifying characteristics, treatments and projections for future production and their distribution channels.

Pearls of the New World & Beyond - Gina Latendresse

Gina Latandresse, Tennessee, US, grew up in the American freshwater pearl business and is now one of the world's leading authorities on U.S. as well as exotic natural pearls. She will trace the origins of a market that captivated Europe hundreds of years ago and continues to be a vibrant industry niche as well as supply nucleus material to the Tahitian pearl market. Attributes of other natural pearls, including conch, Baja, Melo and Quahog will be examined as well as some telltale signs of when a pearl was cultured.

An In-depth Look at Tourmaline - Dr. Claudio Milisenda

A complex group with stunning color variation and marketing possibilities will be explored by Dr. Claudio Milisenda, Managing Director of the German Foundation for Gemological Research (DSFF), Germany. Dr. Milisenda will cover the varieties and qualities of tourmaline at market, discuss origin factors and treatments now encountered in the laboratory.

Gem Treatments & Their Influence on the Market - Dr. Çiğdem Lüle

Two workshops will be available as well as the main room presentation by Dr. Çiğdem Lüle on gem treatments and their influence on the market. Dr. Lüle, founder of Kybele, Inc., specializing in gemological research and training was the 2016 Bonanno Award recipient.

Two workshops still being developed

NOTE: Once the details are sorted, we will send an email blast to our subscribers giving you a chance to contact us to reserve a place. It will be on a first come, first serve basis after you've registered for the conference. If you not already an AGA subscriber, you may sign-up using this form.

Gem-A will be conducting a small-group workshop on lab instrumentation (to be announced) and Gary Smith, forensic gemologist and master goldsmith will conduct a workshop on metal identification, sharing some of the current deceptions encountered in the trade.

The New Rulings - FTC Review - The AGA also intends to examine the latest revisions to the Federal Trade Commission's guides on jewelry and gemstones.

What's our next Gemological Challenge? Intentionally left open for latest developments

Gala Dinner Dance Tickets Only

If you wish to attend our Annual Gala Dinner Dance but not the conference, tickets are available here. Please follow directions for Gala Only tickets.

Early Pricing for Gala Only Tickets (by 1/25/2019)
AGA & Gem-A Members: $75, Non-Members: $105

(Tickets at the door or online after the early deadline
are $95 & $125 respectively.)

No refunds after 1/25/2019

Early Registration Conference Fees
Available on-line until January 25, 2019

Conference registration includes continental breakfast, light lunch & the AGA Annual Dinner Gala featuring great networking opportunities, live band, dance floor & the presentation of the AGA Antonio C. Bonanno Award for Excellence in Gemology.

Early Registration Fees*:
AGA & Gem-A Members: $195
Non-Members: $245

Register Now...

LOCATION: Tucson Marriott University Park Hotel Conference Center,
880 E. Second Street, Tucson, AZ 85719 (map)

February 6, 2019
Check-in: 8:00 am, Program: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Reception: 6:30 - 7:30 pm, Gala Dinner Dance: 7:30 - 11:00 pm

* Registrations at door or online after the early deadline are $230 & $280 respectively.

No refunds after 1/25/2019




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