Stuller Named Distributor For GemCam
Lafayette, LA—Selling loose diamonds and gemstones can be challenging for jewelers when the customer is not able to see what they can see with their loupe. The GemCam Imaging System allows jewelers to take high-definition, 360-degree photos or videos alongside their customer. It operates via an app compatible with any smartphone or tablet.
Additional features include:
GSI Conducts Live Demo Jewelry Testing At DMCC Dubai Seminar
Dubai, UAE—GSI, a leading diamond grading organization, conducted live demo testing at a breakfast seminar presented recently at DMCC Dubai. The seminar addressed managing the challenges on the myths, facts, and realities associated with man-made diamonds.
The GSI team in Dubai.
GSI initiated the seminar to address various misconceptions around the industry about lab grown diamonds and discuss major rising concerns about them. The seminar received a positive response from the audience, who appreciated the opportunity to know in detail the history, origin, facts, challenges, and realities associated with lab-grown diamonds.
Lab grown diamonds have been around for a long time, primarily for industrial use. In recent years, advancements in technology has allowed for commercially-viable quantities and sizes of gem-quality stones to be produced.
The threat to the market lies not in the existence of these stones, but in undisclosed lab grown diamonds sneaking into the supply pipeline. To address this, GSI set up a live demonstration of its testing equipment, allowing the audience to test jewelry and diamonds with the help of industry experts. The result was positive response from the audience and multiple registrations for its services.
Postdoctoral Research Fellowships and Internships Available at GIA
Carlsbad, CA—GIA (Gemological Institute of America) invites qualified candidates to apply for the Richard T. Liddicoat Postdoctoral Research Fellowships at its Carlsbad, California and New York City locations. The one- to two-year fellowships encourage early-career scientists to pursue full-time academic research on fundamental scientific problems in gemstone geology, defect physics and diamond synthesis, and other fields related to gemology, including the study of diamonds, colored gemstones, pearls, and their treatments.
A paid research internship program is also available for students pursuing a Bachelor or Master of Science degree in related fields.
“GIA’s fellowship and internship programs provide unique opportunities for researchers to fully perform specialized research in their areas of interest and expertise,” said Dr. Wuyi Wang, vice president of research and development for GIA. “Researchers are given full access to in-house research instruments and information including FTIR, UV-Vis-NIR absorption, Raman, photoluminescence and EPR spectrometers; an SEM microscope equipped with EDS and CL spectroscopy and imaging; laser ablation ICP-MS and a CVD diamond growth lab with laser cutting and polishing facilities.”
A total of six current and former research associates have been part of the Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. Former GIA Postdoctoral Research Fellow Evan Smith and coauthors published a cover story in the December issue of Science magazine on the origins of big diamonds and what those diamonds tell us about the earth’s mantle.
The start date of each fellowship is flexible, but accepted candidates should begin the program by Jan. 31, 2019. Applicants must have received their Ph.D. in a relevant field by the start date, and preferably within the last three years. Candidates should be willing to travel domestically and internationally as needed.
The fellowship includes a competitive annual stipend, research funding and approved travel subsidies. Benefits include full health, dental and vision insurance, and the potential reimbursement of relocation expenses. Appointments are for one year.
The internship program is a paid one-to-two month period working on an agreed-upon project focused on a specific gemology topic. Work will include using instruments, analysis and data processes to determine a conclusion by the end of the internship. Interns will receive ongoing mentoring from experienced GIA scientists and gemologists.
Fellowship applications are due by April 30, 2018 and must include curriculum vitae with a publications list, a three- to five-page research proposal, and at least two letters of reference. Internship applications are due by May 31, 2018. National and international students are welcome to apply for either program. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
For more information about the application process, the Liddicoat Postdoctoral Fellowships, the research internship program, GIA’s facilities and current and past research projects visit GIA.edu/research-careers.
AGTA Moves Las Vegas GemFair Away From JCK Show; Joins Antique Show At Convention Center
New York, NY—The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) and U.S. Antique Shows have announced that their Las Vegas events will be co-located at the Las Vegas Convention Center, beginning in June of 2019.
AGTA GemFair Las Vegas has been part of the JCK Show since its inception, while the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry and Watch Show has been the largest trade-only event serving the antique and estate jewelry and watch industry. Organizers say the co-location of these two events will serve to augment and enhance their respective markets through increased access to global buyers, and compellingly cohesive exhibitions.
“We carefully researched all facets of this partnership prior to making the decision to align with U.S. Antique Shows at the Las Vegas Convention Center,” says Douglas Hucker, AGTA CEO. “Through on-going conversations with our members, as well as multiple discussions within the board and in committees, we came to the conclusion that it’s time for an evolution for AGTA GemFair Las Vegas. The collaboration with Emerald Expositions was a logical choice; not only is the move mutually beneficial to both of our exhibitors and attendees, but there is also a commonality in the perspectives and goals of each of our organizations.”
“We are thrilled to join forces with the AGTA during Las Vegas Market Week,” said Gannon Brousseau, senior vice president of Emerald Expositions' Jewelry Group. “As a group, we carefully weigh all decisions that potentially affect the industry as a whole. We firmly believe that AGTA’s vendors and buyers are crucial to the success of our industry, and our Las Vegas Antique Jewelry and Watch Show vendors cater to a unique and varied group of qualified buyers. There is tremendous cross-promotional appeal between these two autonomous yet complementary events, and this partnership will ultimately contribute to the prosperity of the entire trade.”
Jeffrey Bilgore, president of AGTA's board of directors, says, "The synergy of AGTA GemFair Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry and Watch Show is incredible. We will have a show that is easy to work, and one where a store owner can find profits at every booth. Establishing our independence in Las Vegas provides us with so many opportunities for growth and improvement, and partnering with a like-minded organization like Emerald Expositions allows us to provide a vital and affordable show experience for our members, and to expand our resources in strategic and consequential ways.”