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GIA to Host 4th International Gemological Symposium August 27–29, 2006

"Navigating the Challenges Ahead"

The global gemmological community will converge in San Diego for three dynamic and important days Aug. 27–29, 2006, when GIA hosts the 4th International Gemological Symposium at the Manchester Grand Hyatt under the theme, "Navigating the Challenges Ahead."

Among the many highlights of this much-anticipated event will be significant keynote speakers, presentations, and panels focusing on pressing issues and cutting-edge technologies, as well as an opportunity for attendees to listen and be heard at daily "Think Tanks." There will also be numerous networking opportunities and prestigious special events, including an opening-night "Diamond Gala" sponsored by the Steinmetz Group of Companies, Symposium's premier sponsor, at GIA's world headquarters in Carlsbad, California.

"This International Gemological Symposium will bring together the world's best gemmologists and researchers, along with top business leaders and innovators, to offer a glimpse into the future while addressing today's critical issues in the global gem and jewellery industry," said GIA President William E. Boyajian. "We are especially excited to host such an important event at a time when we will be celebrating GIA's 75th anniversary. It will be an honour to share that joy with so many from throughout the world."

When last held in 1999, Symposium welcomed more than 1,400 participants from upwards of 50 countries. If the reactions of attendees at the 1999 event are any indicator, this will again be unique and memorable. Susan Jacques, CEO and President of Borsheim's in Omaha, Neb., described the 1999 event as "An extremely interesting, informative, challenging few days."

But even more is expected in 2006, according to Alice Keller, editor-in-chief of Gems & Gemology, and one of Symposium's two co-chairs.

"Since the last Symposium, the gem and jewellery industry has seen sweeping changes at every level: how rough diamonds are distributed, how consumers buy gems and jewellery, and fallout from beryllium-diffused sapphires and commercially available gem-quality synthetic diamonds, to name just a few," Keller said.

Kathryn Kimmel, GIA vice president of Marketing and Public Relations and also co-chair of the event, said Symposium offers beneficial opportunities for all who attend. "Over the course of three exciting days, Symposium attendees can absorb knowledge from gem and jewellery experts representing every aspect of the global trade: diamonds, colored stones, pearls, gemmology, jewellery design, manufacturing, marketing, branding, and retail. Their valuable insights will be delivered in a variety of powerful formats, including presentations by speakers from the industry and distinguished business leaders from outside the trade, plus roundtable panels and provocative ‘Think Tanks.'"

Another unique feature of Symposium is the "Poster Session," with dozens of new ideas presented in state-of-the art exhibits on topics related to gems and jewellery.

For more information about Symposium, click here. To learn more about how to become a sponsor of Symposium 2006, contact Director of Institute Relations Jane Lynch, or call 800-421-7250, ext 4114; outside the U.S., call 760-603-4114.

GIA will also host a pre-Symposium Gemological Research Conference Aug. 26–27 at the Hyatt. Topics for that event will include the geology of gem deposits, new gem occurrences, gem characterization techniques, diamond and corundum treatments, laboratory-grown materials, and general gemmology. Attendees can also participate in a one-day field trip to the famous Pala pegmatite district in San Diego County.

29th June 2005