As a follow up to last year's highly successful conference, the Accredited Gemologists Association has tapped gem industry expert Gary Roskin, GG, FGA, and host of the Roskin Gem News Report, to moderate this half-day program featuring some of the most important industry leaders handling synthetic gem quality diamonds.
A hands-on, discovery hour provides attendees with the opportunity to handle and become familiar with gem quality synthetic diamonds.
This event features leading innovators from the synthetic diamond industry, discussing current market trends, including the availability, size and quality of gem quality synthetic diamonds, the wholesale and retail sales trends, as well as the identification of single stones and parcels of melee.
Guest participants include: Tom Chatham, Chatham Created Gems, delivering synthetic gem quality diamonds to the retail trade; Dr. James Shigley, distinguished research fellow at GIA's gemological research laboratory, to give us insight into what is possible; Thomas Hainschwang, director of GGTL Laboratories/Gemlab (Liechtenstein), who provides the jewelry manufacturing trade with testing services for sorting synthetic diamonds from natural diamonds; and Alex Grizenko, of Lucent Diamonds, representing the field of treatments with synthetic gem quality diamonds.
Russell Shor, GIA's senior industry analyst, noted in 2012 that it was the year of the synthetic diamond. Well, he may have been a few years premature, but we think he is now right on the mark, as it looks like 2015 will certainly be the year as with more and more synthetic gem quality diamonds enter the jewelry industry, not just as samples, but as actual retail product lines.
AGA is assembling experts that can and will explore the detection, the market perceptions, and the pricing of synthetic diamonds from the producer to the retailer.
The conference features presentations, a town hall style moderated discussion, and hands-on sessions. With natural diamond supplies reportedly growing increasingly tight and synthetics producers reportedly expanding their production and markets, knowledge is key to navigating this increasingly complex diamond market.
AGA Las Vegas Conference is May 28, 1-5 p.m. at the Westin Las Vegas Hotel.
Visit the AGA website for more details and registration - accreditedgemologists.org.Add a comment