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7:00 p.m. - Presentation
The Wisconsin Guild Presents
Get Clarity: The Truth About Synthetic Diamonds
Jon C. Phillips, CG, Divisional Manager for Canadian Diamonds at Corona Jewellery Company Ltd.
Synthetic diamonds have hit the jewelry industry by storm, marketed as environmentally friendly and a cost-effective alternative to naturally-created diamonds. But, are they really?
Join Jon C. Phillips, CG, as he provides clarity to the creation process of synthetic diamonds and how they fit into the jewelry industry today.
Prior to the presentation, you'll be able to tour the R. Harder Gallery of Gems and Minerals, test your diamond knowledge with a natural vs. synthetic station, and enjoy wine, beer, soda, and appetizers. Plus, the event will include a giveaway for a pair of half carat total weight stud earrings!
About the Presenter
Jon C. Phillips has been in the jewelry business for over 35 years and worked in all of its “facets.” He is currently the Divisional Manager for Canadian Diamonds at Corona Jewellery Company Ltd. in Toronto, Canada. Part of Jon’s responsibilities includes managing the rough to polish systems for Canadian Diamonds including purchasing of the rough directly from mining companies to working with diamond polishing factories to produce the final product.
Jon is also the lead instructor for Corona and travels worldwide to promote Canadian diamonds and gold. He also does presentations on diamond market conditions and on synthetic diamonds in the jewelry industry. Jon is Corona’s first contact for anti-money laundering (AML) and Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) compliances.
He has worked for BHP Billiton Diamonds as a Marketing Manager in both Vancouver and Antwerp and as a service Manager for Birks in Vancouver. He is a part time instructor at Vancouver Community College in the Jewellery Art and Design program. Jon and his wife Carol ran their own custom jewelry business in Vancouver for fifteen years which is where Jon obtained his training as a journeyman goldsmith.
Jon is a Certified Gemologist (CG) from the American Gem Society (AGS) and a Graduate Gemologist (GG) from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).
Jon also currently sits on the Accreditation and Certification committee of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) and is a past member of the Standards Committee. Jon is a past vice-president of the diamond commission for CIBJO and currently sits on the board of Canadian Diamond Code of Conduct Committee (CDCC) and is on several committees for the Canadian Jewellers Association (CJA).