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Breakout Session Spotlights

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By Alethea Inns, CGA, Director of Gemology and Education, American Gem Society

Identifying Synthetic Diamonds with Portable Instruments, Beginner Spectroscope, and the Magic of 47th Street.

Each of our members do their best to stay current on the latest issues, trends, and technological advances in the industry, all while trying to run a successful business. As we plan the sessions for Conclave, we always keep in mind the topics you’ve told us are most pressing, and what impacts you and your business right now.

This month's spotlighted breakout sessions will help you identify synthetic diamonds using portable instruments, explain the most misunderstood piece of gemological equipment—the spectroscope—and remind us of why we are part of this rewarding industry.

Branko Deljanin Session: Identifying Synthetic Diamonds with Portable Instruments
Speaker: Branko Deljanin
Date and Time: Wednesday, April 5, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

This lecture and workshop is designed for jewelry sales people, wholesalers, gemologists and appraisers. You will learn to screen for Type II diamonds and identify HPHT synthetic diamonds using portable instruments. You will be trained how to spot possible CVD synthetic diamonds and to know when to send stones to an advanced lab for further testing to confirm synthetic origin.

The session content includes:
  • Types of natural and synthetic diamonds based on impurity content.
  • Overview of the HPHT and CVD method of growing diamonds.
  • Learning methods of screening diamonds for synthetic origin using the loupe, UV lamp, and polariscope.
  • Testing of mounted diamonds for synthetic origin, indications, and limitations.
Eric Fritz Session: Beginner Spectroscope
Speaker: Eric Fritz and Claire Mitchell
Date and Time: Wednesday, April 5, 9:00-10:15 a.m.
and Thursday, April 6, 10:00-11:15 a.m.

Spectrums can be spectacular—especially for gem identification! Hone your skills using the handheld spectroscope: a tool often assumed too difficult to use. We guarantee you will see spectrums! A spectroscope is a handy tool for certain stones, giving a clue toward exact determination. This is a workshop you will not want to miss.
Fred Feldmesser Session: The Magic of 47th Street
Speaker: Fred Feldmesser
Date and Time: Wednesday, April 5, 2:15-3:15 p.m.

Sometimes, the day-to-day of running our businesses takes our attention from the beautiful reality of the jewelry industry—that we are involved in the moments of people’s lives. This session will return you back to your purpose and the joy and meaning it has to be a part of this industry. Join Fred Feldmesser, private gem merchant to the rich, internationally recognized gemologist and educator, storyteller, and jeweler with heart, for incredible stories of how one person can make an immense difference in the lives of those around him, all through the one thing we love in common—jewelry.

Fred will share the Magic of 47th Street, where sixty-seven years ago, at the age of five, his father who was a respected gem and jewelry merchant took him for the first time to “47th Street.” It is here that Rocks, Pebbles, and Stones become Treasures.


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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