The Accredited Gemologists Association (AGA) announced in November that respected research gemologist Franck Notari, co-founder of GGTL Lab, Geneva, Switzerland (www.ggtl-lab.org), will be speaking exclusively at the AGA Conference in Tucson, AZ, on February 5th. Notari will present recent research findings concerning radiation - including potential health hazards - associated with green diamonds.
Other eye-opening topics include presentations by Shane McClure (GIA) examining the natural blue sapphires with traces of beryllium that have been erroneously identified as â€śtreated,â€ť and a presentation by Olivier Segura (The French Gemological Laboratory, Paris) revealing the rise in identification errors and challenges related to natural pearl identification. This yearâ€™s conference also includes Lore Kiefert (Gubelin Lab) who will present research findings from her recent trip to Burma; Thomas Hainschwang (GGTL laboratory) will discuss the importance of luminescence imaging and spectroscopy in synthetic diamond identification and color origin in diamonds; Manfred Eickhorst (System Eickhorst) to offer insight on the future of LED lighting in gemology; and AGA member Craig Lynch will share highlights from The Somewhere in the Rainbow Collection, a world-class collection of exceptionally rare gems and jewels.
For more information on the AGA Tucson Conference program, speakers, costs, and advance registration discounts, go to www.accreditedgemologists.org or call 619-501-5444.Â