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AGS Conclave to Feature Eight GIA Classes

March 19, Las Vegas, NV. One of the highlights of the American Gem Society’s (AGS) annual Conclave has always been the labs and lecture classes offered by GIA (Gemological Institute of America). The 2012 Conclave in Miami will once again carry on this proud tradition.

AGS Conclave is offering hands-on lab and lecture classes, including:

  • Coated Gemstones with Dr. Jim Shigley, GIA distinguished research fellow, will provide an overview of materials currently seen in the market.
  • Synthetic Alexandrite with John Koivula, GIA analytical microscopist, will help prevent costly and mistaken identifications.
  • Colored Stone Treatments will cover jade, corundum, topaz and others.
  • Understanding Diamond Clarity will review how to identify clarity characteristics that impact the grade.

In addition to the labs and classes, GIA is again sponsoring the Shipley luncheon with Donna Baker, president and CEO of the institute.

“No other conference in our industry offers this vital educational opportunity," said Ruth Batson, CEO and Executive Director of AGS. "GIA’s sponsorship to Conclave means that our attendees have access to a GIA gemological hands-on experience at no extra cost. Their contribution, and the high-caliber talent their team brings to Conclave, are two of the reasons that Conclave remains the premier educational event of the industry.”

About The American Gem Society

The American Gem Society, founded in 1934 by Robert M. Shipley, is a not-for-profit trade association dedicated to proven ethics, knowledge, and consumer protection within the jewelry industry. The American Gem Society is an international professional organization awarding credentials for its members, who are held to the highest ethical and professional standards in the industry and must pass annual recertification examinations to maintain their titles. Only one in twenty jewelers in the country has chosen to meet the exacting requirements necessary for membership.

For more information regarding the American Gem Society, please call 866.805.6500. You can join the Society’s social networking community at http://facebook.com/AmericanGemSociety1934 or http://twitter/com/AmerGemSociety.

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