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AGA Tucson Conference - Registration Now Open
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

See who's confirmed todate for our Tucson Conference.

We have already scheduled these heavy hitters & have more to come.

Stay tuned for more of the gemological topics!

Richard Hughes

Richard Hughes, FGA , Lotus Gemology (bio)

Jade: China's Gift to The World

Get a glimpse into the true essence of what jade means to the Asian market. Westerners look to jade's color and gemological properties but Asians look to jade's virtues. The Heitan "mutton fat" nephrite jade of western China can have enormous value and Dick will enlighten us to this important gem and the master carvers who bring it to life. Some of the treatments to jades and their detections will also be addressed.

Dr. Jeffrey Post

Dr. Jeffrey Post, Smithsonian (bio)

Environmental Mineralogy - A Study for the Survival of the Planet

The ubiquitous minerals and oxides beneath our feet and in our waters have an impact on our well-being. Our interactions affect the planet as a whole and our lives, in particular. Dr. Post will explore this fascinating newer science with some of the tools only recently available for their complex analysis. He will also treat us to a look at some of the gem additions to our National collection at the Smithsonian.

Dr. Laurent E. Cartier

Dr. Laurent E. Cartier (bio)


Eric Fritz

Eric Fritz, FGA, DG (bio)

The University of Arizona Gem and Mineral Museum

Dr. Aaron Palke

Dr. Aaron Palke (bio)

Senior Research Scientist, GIA

Hands on workshops!!!

Dr. Jeffrey Post

Claire Scragg, FGA (bio)

Dr. Jeffrey Post

Sam Lloyd, FGA EG (bio)


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 1/28/2020)
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 1/28/2020

Early Registration Conference Fees
Available on-line until January 28, 2020

Conference registration includes continental breakfast, light lunch & the AGA Annual Gala & Dinner featuring great networking opportunities, music, 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 5, 2020
Check-in: 8:00 am, Program: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Reception: 6:00 - 7:00 pm, Gala Dinner Dance: 7:00 - 11:00 pm

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

No refunds after 1/28/2020

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