Nashville Guild Meeting
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When: Tuesday, October 9, 2018
6:30 PM
Where: New Approach School for Jewelers
8242 Malachi Lane
Arrington, Tennessee  37014
United States
Presenter: Gina Latendresse
Contact: Ben Brantley

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Cost: $20 online
$25 at the door
Schedule: 6:30 p.m. - Networking with Snacks and Beverages
7:00 p.m. - Lecture, Q&A
Register: By October 8, 2018
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The Nashville Guild is Hosting

Sustainable Natural Pearls from Around the Globe
presented by Gina Latendresse


Gina LatendressePresented in partnership with Middle Tennessee GIA Chapter.

Join the Nashville Guild as we discover a variety of natural pearls from around the world and the exotic species of mollusks from which they originate. Understanding nacreous verses non-nacreous, marine gastropods, scallops, and our own domestic natural pearls from the Tennessee and Mississippi River Valleys.

About the Presenter:

Beginning at the young age of eight, Gina’s duties included grading pearls according to size, shape, and color, and traveling with her parents to trade shows. The extensive travel and exposure to pearls over the last forty-three years gave her the background and inspiration to join her family in the world of pearls.

She graduated from Rhodes College with a BA in Industrial Psychology and continued her education in Southern California at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). At GIA, she studied diamonds, colored stones, pearls, design, and jewelry manufacturing. Her diploma as Graduate Jeweler Gemologist has enhanced her career in the jewelry industry through networking and sharing of knowledge.

In 1991, she was appointed president of American Pearl Company. Gina’s father, the late John R. Latendresse, is widely recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities on pearls, natural and cultured.

The history of cultured pearls was forever changed when his pearl farming experimentation matured into a successful business. Latendresse is known in the industry as a "pearl designer,” the “Pearl Picasso,” because of the uniquely shaped cultured pearls his Tennessee farming operations produced, and is also known worldwide as the “Father of the American Cultured Pearl.”

Gina's expertise covers pearl farming, mussel exporting, cultured pearls from around the world, as well as extensive knowledge of domestic natural pearls of North America and exotic naturals pearls from all corners of the globe.


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Mission Statement

The American Gem Society (AGS) is a nonprofit trade association of fine jewelry professionals dedicated to setting, maintaining and promoting the highest standards of ethical conduct and professional behavior through education, accreditation, recertification of its membership, gemological standards, and gemological research.

The Society is committed to providing educational products to inform and protect the consumer and to contributing to the betterment of the trade by creating industry standards to protect the jewelry-buying public and the fine jewelry industry as a whole.

AGS Laboratories, founded to support the AGS mission, is a nonprofit diamond grading laboratory with a mission of consumer protection. Adhering to the AGS Diamond Grading Standards, AGS Laboratories is dedicated to offering diamond grading reports that provide consistency and accuracy based on science.

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