Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Conference 2016

 

CGA Gem Conference 2016

October 29, 2016
Terminal City Club
837 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC  V6C 1B6

Contact: CGA Office for more information
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 647-466-2436

The 2016 CGA conference and Gala Graduation dinner is being offered once again in Vancouver
Download a conference registration form  and send to the CGA office  to reserve your place for the day.


Navigation of this event


Early-Bird Member Prices Extended until Sept 30, 2016 due to issues with emails and website

  Member Early Bird Price Member price after Sept 15 Non Member Early Bird Price Non Member Price after Sept 15
Sat Gala Only       $149.00 $199.00  $199.00  $240.00
 Saturday Full Day and Gala   $319.00 $397.00  $419.00  $497.00




Registration

Take advantage of early-bird registration rates by Sept 15! Download the Registration form  and send to the CGA office at the address or fax number specified on the form!

 

Terminal City Club Hotel - Booking Information

Bookings
Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Call: 1.855.678.8998.

Booking Code: VCC 16

Rates

Deluxe king or double room - $179 + tax
City View suite (king) - $199+ tax
Harbour View suite (king or double) - $219 + tax

Please note that rooms are available on a first come, first served basis!



Request for Donations - Silent Auction


Conference hosts CGA,  invite you to donate items to the annual Gem Conference Auction. Needless to say, for a good auction interesting objects are needed. Let’s make this year's auction the best yet, and the most fun. Not only is it a chance to get that specimen you have been hunting for, it's a way to raise funds to help cover costs of the conference and raise funds to support the Canadian Gemmological Association. So dig into those old boxes in the garage, clear out the cupboards, drawers and shelves. Who knows what you might find to donate!

This year, through the VCC Foundation, donations between $50 and $1000 will receive a tax receipt when accompanied by documentation which indicates the fair market value of the item (for example, a purchase receipt or an appraisal)!  Those items over $1000 require a third party appraisal (government rules). All donations are greatly appreciated. We will have the appraisals done, if required.  Please note that donations of “services” are not eligible for tax receipts.

Please download the donation form and help us out!


 Donations received by the CGA 2016

The CGA would like to gratefully acknowledge and give thanks to the following for their support of our organization:

GEM-A
Alan Hodgkinson
Accredited Gemmologiists Association


Program Guide Advertising Rates

This year the Annual Canadian Gemmological Association Conference and Graduation will be held on October 29, 2016 in Vancouver, BC.  We have an exciting list of international speakers lined up!!

We are currently putting together the conference program guide.  As an advertiser in this year’s program guide, you will profile your company to all conference registrants.  All attendees will be gemmologists, geologists, jewellers or goldsmiths from across Canada and the Pacific Northwest of the United States.  The advertising rates are as follows:

Full Colour Ad Rates

One only

Full colour, outside back cover

$500.

One only

Full colour, inside back cover

$400.

One only

Full colour, inside front cover

$450.

Six only

Full colour, full page

$350. ea

Four only

Full colour, ½ page ads

$200. ea



Black and White Ad Rates

Full page

$200. ea

½ page

$150. ea

¼ page

$75. ea

1/8 page – business card size

$50. ea



A full tax receipt will be issued to you from the Canadian Gemmological Assn.
Proceeds from the Gem Conference will be used to purchase gemmological equipment for students.

For any further details please call:
Donna Hawrelko, Conference Chair
Phone: H- 604.926.2599, or W-604.871.7000 Ext 8694
C- 604.290.3575
Fax:  604.443.8393
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Conference Speaker Biographies
Biographies will be added as recieved by the CGA

Dr. Lee Groat
Eric Fritz
Eric Braunwart
Warren Boyd
Andy Rendle
Mike Botha
Ari Goosen



Lee GroatLee Groat, PhD 
Lee Groat grew up in Kingston, Ontario, and graduated from Queen's University with a B.Sc. (Honours, Geology) in 1982. From there he went to the University of Manitoba, graduating with a Ph.D. degree in 1988. In 1988-1989 he was a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow at Cambridge University.

Dr. Groat has been at UBC since July 1989. In 1999 he was awarded the Young Scientist Medal of the Mineralogical Association of Canada. Throughout the 1990's he was at various times an Associate Editor for both Canadian Mineralogist and American Mineralogist, and from 2001 to 2006 was Editor of American Mineralogist.
In 2002 he was awarded a Killam Prize for Excellence in Teaching.
In 2003 he was elected a Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America.
In 2009 the new mineral groatite, NaCaMn2+2(PO4)[PO3(OH)]2, was named in his honour.

He is currently Past-President of the Mineralogical Association of Canada, former Co-Editor (2012) and present Editor (2013-present) of Canadian Mineralogist, and Director of the Integrated Sciences program at UBC.

Eric Fritz
 Eric Fritz holds a bachelor's degree in Zoology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A lifelong collector in Natural history, gems, minerals and shells and fossils, led to a second
career in gemomology.  His science background fostered his specialty organic gemstones, primarily pearls. Eric's passion is saltwater pearls, especially natural ones from shellfish other than oysters. Eric obtained his graduate Eric Fritzgemmology degree from Gem'A, Fellow of the Gemmological Association and is currently working on Graduate Diamonds. He is Manager for North America for Gem-A and resides in Tucson, Arizona. 
Pearls can be one of the most confusing subjects in gemmology ...natural, cultured, treated? We will look at the origins of natural pearls as ornaments and then brielfy look at cultured, treated and how to tell them all apart or can we?



 



 Eric Braunwart

EB HDSHT      Eric C Braunwart is president and owner of Columbia Gem House, Inc. Mr Braunwart started Columbia Gem House, Inc. in 1976 and is a partner in Sustain Associates since May 2010. Mr. 
Braunwart graduated from Washington State University in 1975 with a BS in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design, as well as a BA in Fine Arts Jewelery Design.

   Mr. Braunwart spent about 10 Years traveling to the gem producing countries working with mining and cutting facilities. For the last thirteen years, Columbia Gem House, Inc. has worked to develop transparent fair trade oriented supply chains and bring these gemstones to the jewelery retailers and manufacturers worldwide.

    Mr. Braunwart has been very active nationally in advancing the level of eithics and standards adhered to throughout the industry.  Thirteen years ago, he ddeveloped Fair Trade protocols for the gemstone varieties produced by Columbia Gem House Inc.  He started Fair Trade Gems because he saw several things happpening within the colour gemstones industry that concerned him. 
Mr. Braunwart is a founding member of the American Gem Trade Association in 1981. This organization has grown to the largest in the United States  for wholesale gemstone dealers. He has been on the Board of Directors for approximately 20 previous years and held positions as President, Vice President, Marketing Chairperson, secretary and Board Member.

Andy Rendle
1 800 Emerald has been operating under Andy Rendle and his teams efforts since 1989, the year the emerald wars started across two of Colombia's mountain ranges.  Five years later with theandy Emerald Miners vs Cocaine Cartel war over, he was helping direct and operate one of the most innovative emerald mining projects in the middle Chivor emerald belt.   He is now the Chief Operating Officer of a spin off project called Cosigo Resources listed on the  Toronto Stock Exchange Venture, a gold exploration project with a diamond property participation in Northern Canada, and a gold project that outcrops on both sides of the Columbian/ Brazillian border with geological similarities to the world famous Witwaters and deposit of Johannesburg.
 Andy has a background in security advising, assisting oil and mining companies in high risk areas, and maintains service with the Reserve Canadian Armed Forces as a 2ndLt when he stops back in Canada. Andy worked on the Energy Dispersive X-Ray Analysis Isotope Emerald origins project with Dr. Cronin out of Cleveland State University.  He has been on discovery channel twice for work with emeralds, one time featuring their "pet" project to train dogs to detect target chemicals like polymer fillers in stone selection.  Andy assisted the GIA  in the article "On the Identification of Various Emerald Filling Substances: Gems & Gemology" by Mary Johnson.  Andy finished his BA degree at UViC, but spent most of that time transferred to Universities in Bogota, Guatemala and even Havana.

Warren Boyd
                                                                                                                               
Experienced market oriented gemmologist & geologist with a specialty in rough diamonds and coloured gemstones. Sessional Lecturer at the University of Toronto – Earth Sciences Department lecturing on the discovery, assessment and evaluation of diamond and coloured WFBProfessionalPhotoScangemstone deposits around the world.

Director of Marketing for Potentate Mining LLC North America’s largest sapphire producer based in Montana.  The Rock Creek Sapphire mine produces a magnificent variety of fine pastel coloured sapphires of all sizes from 0.25 carat to 4  The Rock Creek Sapphire mine produces a magnificent variety of fine pastel coloured sapphires of all sizes from 0.25 carat to 40 carats.
Founding director Algonquian Diamond Counsellors International (ADCi) a rough diamond valuation and consulting firm formed as a partnership between R. T. Boyd Limited and Diamond Counsellors International (DCi).  DCi currently is involved in the Government Diamond Valuation for five governments in Africa.
ADCi's mandate is to acquire government and industry valuation contracts in Canada and elsewhere. DCi currently hold 4 African Government Diamond Valuation contracts.
Board of Directors and formerly the Ambassador to Canada for International Colored Gemstone Association.
Formerly a Director of Cancana Resources Corp (TSXV:CNY) a public company that was exploring for manganese, gold, and diamond deposits in Brazil.

President of R. T. Boyd Limited a privately owned company marketing coloured gemstones and diamonds in North America since 1956.
Formerly a team member of Diamonds International Canada (DICAN) Ltd. who are contracted Canadian Government Diamond Valuators valuing the rough diamond production from Canada's diamond mines. Instrumental in the formation of Aboriginal Diamonds Group Ltd, and DICAN and the implementation and administration of the strategic alliance between both organization
Previously a Director of WWW International Diamond Consultants (WWW).  WWW offers specialized advisory services to corporations and governments throughout the world on diamond related matters.  Have attended rough diamond tenders in Antwerp marketing the rough diamond production from African rough diamond producers.

Past President of the Canadian Gemmological Association during the time of the development of the Canadian Gemmology courses.

 Mike Botha
An internationally acclaimed master diamond cutter with 47 years of experience in the profession, Mike has worked in South Africa, Russia, and in Canada (Vancouver, Yellowknife andMike Prince Albert) on some of the world’s largest diamonds.
He worked as the occupational certification officer for the diamond industry in the Northwest Territories under the Department of Education, Culture and Employment, as well as the technical consultant for the Department of Industry, Tourism, and Investment. He was the chief instructor at Aurora College in Yellowknife for their diamond polishing program, which earned the college the Yves Landry award for educational innovation in 2004.
Other achievements:
       At the age of 28 he was one of the historic team of diamond cutters and polishers who worked on the Premier Rose Collection.
  His in depth knowledge of diamond crystallography has enabled him to do training workshops in various locations including the U of A in Edmonton for Dr. Thomas Stachel’s department.
       He developed a system of trigonometric profiling of fancy shaped diamonds resulting in perfectly shaped diamonds.
   He was the technical lead on the Diamond Standards and Certification development initiative for the Government of the Northwest Territories.
       He developed a number patented diamond shapes.
       As a 3D modeler, he designs diamonds with superior light performance than the current round brilliant paradigm.
       Mike has rare perspective, craftsmanship, leadership, and entrepreneurial enthusiasm. His lifetime experience and in-depth knowledge of diamond cutting, polishing, and diamond crystallography enabled him to develop the acclaimed Sirius Star®…the world’s brightest diamond® range of diamonds shapes.
       Mike has been a speaker on Light Performance and Facet Definition of Diamonds at jewellery shows and other events in Japan, Korea and Namibia as well as at various locations across North America. He has also done workshops and training at several North American events.
       He recently cut the Esperanza diamond which was discovered in the Arkansas Crater of Diamond State Park. To date, this is the most valuable diamond ever discovered in the USA.

Ari Goosen

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Since he was 18, Ari has been intrenched into a very rare and unique side of the gem and jewellery industry.  Ari’s older brother is the acclaimed 3rd generation jewellery dealer; Lee Siegelson.  Siegelson is the worlds foremost authority on museum quality gems and jewels.  Often first call for most museums looking to put on an exhibition, the Siegelson collection is truly the only place in the world for collectors to purchase pieces straight from museum collections.  As the only GIA graduate gemologist to have truly unlimited access to these famous masterpieces, Ari has unquestionably had more time studying these pieces then any other GG…   In particular, the famed golconda diamonds the have graced the siegelson collection. 

With a front row seat in the worlds most elite diamond and jewellery market, Ari quickly learned all the intricacies of this incredibly specialized business from the cutting floor to the sales floor, he had the unique privilege of experiencing it all…. And with goods most people only dream of. 

With a long corresponding history in speciality retail management and business building, his experience allowed him to develop and deliver sales programs and events for retailers looking to target clients of this caliber such as Birks & Mayors, Neiman Marcus, Saks and Bergdorf Goodman. 

In 2010,after getting married to local olympian and Richmond city councillor, Alexa Loo;  Ari re-located to Vancouver BC and decided to start his own business.

Focused on luxury education and business development Ari has started Ari Goosen Consulting Group (AGCG) to facilitate independent luxury business’s operations and goals.  Some of clients include: John Rubel (the famed jeweller who was responsible for VCA’s original masterpieces…. Think Ballerinas”.  Ari acted as a coach, adviser and facilitator to Rubel through their global re-launch.  Now, John Rubel is one of the most sought after jewellery brands in the world.  AGCG also provides independent and unbiased brokerage services to those looking to expand or contract their collections of unique luxury products.  

Ari is also the founder and CEO of The Vault Luxury Promotions Inc., an event production company specializing in presenting unique and specialty luxury brands.  Our famed signature event  “The Vault in the Garden” at Luxury Supercar weekend 2015 featured over $100 million worth of one of a kind gems and jewels offered for sale in the middle of Vancouver’s beautiful Van Dusen Garden.  Featuring dealers and designers from all over the world, the Vault in the Garden is the first and only event of its kind in Canada where collectors can meet the actual owners and designers of the worlds treasures (new and old) and purchase them directly onsite.  With the help of onsite independent gemologists, appraisers and even insurance underwriters; collectors could confidently put the item on, pay for it and walk right back into Luxury & Supercar weekend…  With the piece fully insured instantly.  This service is a global first at any event of this type.  



Conference 2016 (2)

CGA Gem Conference 2015

October 16, 17, 18
Terminal City Club
837 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC  V6C 1B6

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The 2015 conference is being conducted in collaboration with Vancouver Community College and the AGA.
Download a conference information package with a summary of the forms and key pieces of information on this page.

Navigation
Conference Includes
Schedule of Events
Prices
Registration
Hotel Booking Information
Request for Donations - Silent Auction
Short Courses
Conference Speaker Biographies
Silent Auction

Conference Includes

Friday evening wine & cheese welcome reception
Full program of speakers, Saturday & Sunday
Continental breakfast and two coffee breaks per day, Saturday & Sunday
Saturday gala dinner, dance and graduation ceremony.


Schedule of Events

Friday, October 16

9:00 am to
4:00 pm
Geology of Gem Deposits Short Course
6:00 pm to
10:00 pm
Conference registration with wine & cheese welcome
reception and book signing event    
Saturday, October 17
   
8:30 am - 9:00 am Conference registration & continental breakfast
9:00 am Opening session with keynote speaker. Speaker sessions
continue throughout the day
~12 noon Buffet lunch
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Ruby Martini Reception - sponsored by True North Gems
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm Graduation Ceremony, Gala Dinner & Dance
 Sunday, October 18    8:30 - 9:00 am Continental breakfast
 9:00 am  Opening session with keynote speaker. Speaker sessions continue.
 ~12 noon  Buffet lunch
 4:00 pm  Conference closes
 Tuesday, October 20    10:00 am - 4:30 pm Jade (Fei Cui) Identification & Valuation Seminar & Workshop
Instructor: Dr Edward Liu

 

Early-Bird Member Prices

Code Event Price (add GST)
CRN 30134     Full 3-day conference registration $499
CRN 30144 Friday evening only: wine & cheese reception $59
CRN 30136 Saturday lecture & lunch only (no gala dinner & dance)     $195
CRN 30142 Saturday dinner & gala only $149
CRN 30140 Saturday full day: lectures & gala $319
CRN 30138 Sunday only: lectures & lunch $195

Download the schedule of rates


Registration

Take advantage of early-bird registration rates by July 31! Download the conference registration form, complete, and return to Donna Hawrelko at the address or fax number specified on the form.

Terminal City Club Hotel - Booking Information

Bookings
Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Call: 1.855.678.8998.

Booking Code: DHC

Rates

Deluxe king or double room - $159 + tax
City View suite (king) - $179 + tax
Harbour View suite (king or double) - $199 + tax

Please note that rooms are available on a first come, first served basis!



Request for Donations - Silent Auction


Conference hosts CGA, AGA and VCC invite you to donate items to the annual Gem Conference Auction. Needless to say, for a good auction interesting objects are needed. Let’s make this year's auction the best yet, and the most fun. Not only is it a chance to get that specimen you have been hunting for, it's a way to raise funds to help cover costs of the conference and raise funds for student scholarships. So dig into those old boxes in the garage, clear out the cupboards, drawers and shelves. Who knows what you might find to donate!

This year, through the VCC Foundation, donations between $50 and $1000 will receive a tax receipt when accompanied by documentation which indicates the fair market value of the item (for example, a purchase receipt or an appraisal)!  Those items over $1000 require a third party appraisal (government rules). All donations are greatly appreciated. We will have the appraisals done, if required.  Please note that donations of “services” are not eligible for tax receipts.

Please download the donation form and help us out!


Short Courses

This year's gem conference offers an incredible opportunity to upgrade skills by attending specialized workshops offered by leading experts in the field. Make sure you allow time before and after the conference for these special events.

Geology of Gem Deposits
Friday, October 16, 2015; 0900 - 1600 hrs

This seminar will be presented by three outstanding world-renowned gemstone geologists.

Gem deposits are rare because, in general, the conditions that promote their formation are unusual and thus worthy of scientific study. Recently, modern geological and analytical techniques have been applied to gem occurrences worldwide, and our models and understanding of their formation are being radically altered.

This one-day short course looks at gemstones from a geological perspective and reviews our current understanding of the big deposits - diamond, ruby, sapphire, emerald - and will briefly look at some of the lesser-known coloured gems.

Space is very limited. Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Price:
$300 for conference delegates
$350 for all others

Registration Deadline:  October 9, 2015


Jade (Fei Cui) Identification & Valuation Seminar & Workshop
Tuesday, October 20, 2015; 1000 - 1630 hrs

This workshop will be presented by Dr. Edward Liu, Research Geologist & Gemmologist, Gemmological Association of Hong Kong, and scientific committee member of the Er. Edward Gubelin Association.

The seminar & workshop will consist of:

  • introducing some simple & effective methods for hand sample Fei Cui jadeite identification with the main focus on identification of untreated natural, treated, and imitation Fei Cui.
  • classification of Fei Cui varieties
  • Distinguishing between three members of the Fei Cui group
    • jadeite jade
    • omphacite jade
    • kosmochlor jade
  • the valuation of Fei Cui

Price:
$300 for conference delegates
$450 for all others

Registration Deadline:  October 9, 2015
Register now, as space is limited, and available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Conference Speaker Biographies

Richard Drucker
Andrew Fagan
Alex Grizenko
Dr. Lee Groat
Shawn O'Sullivan
Alan Hodgkinson
Dr. Cigdem Lule
Simon O'Brien
Gary Roskin
Kelly Ross
Art Samuels
Dr. Jim Shigley
Robert Weldon


Richard DriuckerRichard Drucker, GG (GIA), FGA
Richard Drucker is the president of Gemworld International, Inc. in Glenview, Illinois. His credentials include: Graduate Gemologist of the Gemological Institute of America; Honorary FGA of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain; Senior Member of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers; Registered Master Valuer; Senior Gemologist, Accredited Gemologists Association. 


As a third generation in the jewelry industry, he began a pricing publication in 1982 now known as the GemGuide. This publication is used in more than 25 countries and is the industry leader in gem pricing and market information. In 2002, he became the owner of GemGuide Appraisal In 2014 he co-developed the World of Color nomenclature and grading system for colored gemstones.

In 2006, Drucker was bestowed the Antonio C. Bonanno Excellence in Gemology industry award. In 2012 he was awarded honorary fellowship in the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (FGA). Drucker now serves as publisher, appraiser, consultant, lecturer, and author. He has now hosted four international gemological conferences brining gemologists, jewelers and appraisers together from around the world.



Fagan photoAndrew Fagan
Andrew Fagan is a diamond and coloured gemstone researcher and exploration geologist. He has explored for gemstones all over the world including the UK, Canada, Greenland and Mozambique. His current focus is the geology of metasomatic and metamorphic gem corundum (ruby and sapphire) deposits on Greenland. However, he remains active in diamond exploration whenever possible.

Mr. Fagan completed his B.Sc.(hons) in 2005 focussed on diamond geology at the University of Glasgow, UK. His M.Sc. experimentally investigated the possibility of natural diamond growth from a hydrous silicate melt as part of the Diamond Research Group at the University of Alberta.

Mr. Fagan has worked as a gemstone specialist for Rio Tinto, Peregrine Diamond Ltd., the Territorial Government of Nunavut, and the University of British Columbia. He was elected as a Fellow of the Geological Society of London in 2005 and received Chartership as a Professional Geologist (C.Geol) in 2013. Since 2009 he has occupied numerous technical and consulting roles at True North Gems and formed an integral part of the team that modelled, handled permitting, and initiated construction on Greenland’s first ruby and pink sapphire mine.



Cigdem LuleÇiğdem Lüle, PhD, FGA, GG (GIA)
Çiğdem Lüle, PhD, FGA., GG (GIA) is a research gemologist and mineralogist. She has dedicated a large part of her professional career to the identification of gem findings from archaeological sites. The focus of her subject is to establish the geologic and geographic origin of ancient specimens by use of nondestructive gemological and mineralogical testing techniques. 

Dr. Lüle earned her PhD. in Mineralogy at Hacettepe University in Turkey. Her interest in mineralogy evolved to focus on gem and ornamental minerals. In 1997, she was awarded the British Council of Turkey Scholarship to study gemology at the prestigious Gemmological Association of Great Britain in London. In 2000, she was granted the Chevening Scholarship for PhD. research at the Ashmolean Museum of Oxford and the Natural History Museum of London, UK by the British Council of Turkey. 
Dr. Lüle relocated to Great Britain in 2001 where she established residence for the next 10 years. In 2005, she earned a graduate gemologist diploma from the Gemological Institute of America. Dr. Lüle was employed as an instructor at the London Campus of the GIA from 2004 until 2010. 

In 2010, Dr. Lüle relocated to the USA and joined the staff of Gemworld International Inc., in March 2011 as Special Projects. She has developed a series of practical educational workshops pertaining to specific pricing and identification challenges facing the global trade today. These workshops are currently taught by her and administered through Gemworld International, Inc. 

Dr. Lüle is also the technical advisor of the new World of Color, color communication system and the contributing editor of the GemGuide’s Gem Market News.



ShawnShawn O’Sullivan, G.G.
Shawn comes from a family of jewelers and gemologists. Shawn started in the business while in high school carrying his Dad’s brief case while he sold jewelry to jewelry stores. He started his formal training as a jewelry student in 1980 attending Bowman’s Technical School in Lancaster, PA. That same year he started his studies with the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) to become a Graduate Gemologist. Shawn has traveled the world buying rough and polished gemstones. In 2003, Shawn was hired as a Senior Gemstone buyer for one of the largest TV Home Shopping Networks. He later became the Director of Product Development and was a regular host as an on-air Gemstone expert. Shawn has a passion to travel in the pursuit of beautiful and exotic gems and mineral specimens.

Shawn recent joined the Arthur Groom group and is now the President/CEO of Eternity Natural Emeralds offering emeralds, tourmalines, and other rare natural gemstones. All Emeralds are enhanced with the Excel Clarity enhancement process which is the only enhancement what carries a life time guarantee. Shawn says, “Our mission is to educate and inform everyone about the beauty of emeralds and how they can be enriched through the Excel clarity enhancement process.”


Alan Hodgkinson
President of the Scottish Gemmological Association, Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, Honorary Member of the Canadian Gemmological, Honorary Registered Valuer.

Lifetime awards by AGA, AGTA, Gem-A and SGA, Author of Visual Optics, Author of Gem Testing Techniques and Originator of the synthetic emerald filter and the stained green jadeite filter.











kelly photo 2Kelly Ross MA, FCGmA
Kelly Ross was the Diamond Program Coordinator for the RCMP for 11 years before retiring from the RCMP in 2013.  He was responsible for investigations, intelligence analysis, litigation assistance, and training on matters relating to the criminal use of diamonds, gemstones and precious metals.  He has been qualified as expert for the criminal use of diamonds, gemstones, and precious metals in Canadian jurisdictions of Quebec, Ontario, and Alberta and just prior to retiring from the RCMP he was the lead Canadian delegate to the FATF Global Money Laundering typology review on the use of diamonds in money laundering.  He was also a jeweller and goldsmith for 11 years.

He holds several gemological credentials including the FCGmA diploma and trained as a rough diamond grader in North America and Belgium.  He holds a university degree with concentrations in earth studies as well as a Masters of Arts Degree for researching the criminal use of diamonds, gemstones and precious metals by criminal organizations.  In 2008 he published the book titled "The Fifth C: The Criminal Use of Diamonds" and has lectured across Canada, in the United States and Africa on this topic.




Lee GroatLee Groat, PhD 
Lee Groat grew up in Kingston, Ontario, and graduated from Queen's University with a B.Sc. (Honours, Geology) in 1982. From there he went to the University of Manitoba, graduating with a Ph.D. degree in 1988. In 1988-1989 he was a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow at Cambridge University.

Dr. Groat has been at UBC since July 1989. In 1999 he was awarded the Young Scientist Medal of the Mineralogical Association of Canada. Throughout the 1990's he was at various times an Associate Editor for both Canadian Mineralogist and American Mineralogist, and from 2001 to 2006 was Editor of American Mineralogist.
In 2002 he was awarded a Killam Prize for Excellence in Teaching.
In 2003 he was elected a Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America.
In 2009 the new mineral groatite, NaCaMn2+2(PO4)[PO3(OH)]2, was named in his honour.

He is currently Past-President of the Mineralogical Association of Canada, former Co-Editor (2012) and present Editor (2013-present) of Canadian Mineralogist, and Director of the Integrated Sciences program at UBC.


Grizenko2Alex Grizenko
Alex Grizenko, President of Lucent Diamonds Inc. has over 20 years experience in lab grown diamonds and advanced diamond technologies. Along with a team of physicists and engineers, Lucent Diamonds represents the cutting edge in research and development in the field of synthetic diamond production and HPHT (high pressure, high temperature) natural diamond treatments.

Lucent Diamonds specializes in color diamonds and has also developed a multi‐step treatment process for both natural and synthetic diamonds to produce vibrant pink and red colors.

Topics include:
The production and treatment of synthetic diamonds
The colourful world of multi‐step treatments for both natural and synthetic diamonds
The present and future of the synthetic diamond industry and market






Roskin imgGary A. Roskin, GIA GG, FGA

Gary Roskin, Graduate Gemologist (GIA), author, journalist, and one of the world's most highly regarded authorities in the art and science of diamond grading, is now the host for the new online gemstone information source, the Roskin Gem News Report. Former gemstone Editor for JCK Magazine, Roskin has covered the international coloured gems market, as well as gemmological subjects on diamonds, and the estate gemstone/jewellery market for close to two decades.

With over 25 years of experience with professional laboratory diamond grading, supervising, training, monitoring, and reporting, Gary Roskin has provided jewellers and appraisers with valuable diamond grading tips and techniques. He authored "Photo Masters for Diamond Grading", which was one of the best selling reference books at the GIA's Bookstore, with approximately 3500 copies sold (currently out-of-print). In 2009, Gary took on the additional role of adjunct instructor, teaching gemmology at the Fashion Institute of Technology's Jewelry Design Department in New York City, as well as Practical Tutor for the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A).
   

art-w-flag-edited 640x800Art Samuels
Art enlisted in the U.S. Navy, became an expert in anti-submarine warfare and after 24 years of service, retired as a Commander. Art founded and is a partner in a high-end six-store retail jewellery chain. He also founded and is president of two wholesales gem and jewellery companies (Vivid Diamonds & Jewelry and EstateBuyers.com).

Art is active as a top gemmologist, and an active buyer and seller of estate gems and jewellery. He is a Senior Member and on the Board of the Accredited Gemologists Association (AGA), and the Diamond Bourse of the Southeastern United States. 








Jim Shigley headshot 2Dr. James Shigley, PhD
Dr. James Shigley is a distinguished research fellow at the Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad, California.  Prior to joining GIA in 1982, he studied geology as an undergraduate at the University of California Berkeley, and later received his doctorate in geology from Stanford University.  He helps direct GIA’s research activities on the identification of diamonds and colored gemstones, and has ongoing research interests in the natural geological environments of gem mineral formation as well as the characterization of gem materials.  Dr. Shigley is the author of more than 180 published articles on diamonds and other gemstones in various journals, and has been a well-known speaker on gemmological topics to both professional and general audiences on nearly 250 occasions.

 









E Liu crop Dr Edward Liu
Dr Liu is an experienced research geologist and gemmologist who has long been engaged in the study of mineral physics and mineral materials. His most prominent research is on the crystal chemistry and microstructure of pezzottaite - a new beryl group mineral. During the study of Fei Cui, he discovered the bright green variety of omphacite jade in 2010. He has conducted many on-site investigations of pegmatitic and metamorphic minerals in Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Madagascar, China and even Russia, and his work has extended to crystal morphology, spectroscopic studies and synchrotron radiation x-ray tomography. Many important research papers about gems and minerals have been published in different journals of mineralogy, petrology and gemmology. In 2002, he was awarded First Prize for “Excellence in Science and Technology” by the Chengdu Academy of Social Science.

Dr Liu is a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain and an instructor of the FGA Gemmology (Diploma) Program since 1992. He was a course instructor of mineralogy (2009) in the Hong Kong Baptist University SCE. He has been a presenter (or invited speaker) at many national geological conferences and international gemmological conferences. Currently he is a Chinese delegate to the International Gemmological Conference, a scientific committee member of the Dr. Eduard Gubelin Association (Gubelin Gemlab Ltd., Switzerland) for Research & Identification of Precious Stones, an education director of the Gemmological Association of Hong Kong and the Mineralogy Society of Hong Kong, a convener of the technical board of the "Fei Cui Testing Methods and Laboratory Management System Development Project" (The Hong Kong Council for Testing and Certification), one of the authors of the "Standard Methods for Testing Fei Cui" for Hong Kong, and a life member of the Chinese Society for Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry.


Robert Weldon2Robert Weldon GG
Robert Weldon is Manager, Photography & Visual Communications at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Weldon is based in the Institute’s Richard T. Liddicoat Gemological Library & Information Center in Carlsbad, CA, where he divides his time pursuing writing assignments, traveling, photographing, public speaking and library research and related assignments.

Weldon has reported about gemstone and gemological issues for 20 years. He worked as a senior editor at JCK, and later Professional Jeweler magazines before returning to GIA in 2006. In his capacity as a gemological photojournalist and researcher, Weldon travels to some of the world’s major gem sites, including Burma, Colombia, East Africa, South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Angola, India, Thailand, Russia, Sri Lanka, Russia, Brazil, and Bolivia.

Weldon’s photographs have appeared in scores of international gemological, jewelry and consumer publications, illustrating his own and other authors’ articles, and in several books, including Splendour & Science of Pearls, which he co-authored and edited. Since 2008, his photographs have appeared on the covers of GIA’s scholarly publication, Gems & Gemology.

Recent peer-reviewed articles by him include: Ruby & Sapphire Production & Distribution: A Quarter Century of Change (Winter 2009); The Museum of London’s Extraordinary Cheapside Hoard (Fall 2013); Botswana’s Scintillating Moment (Summer 2014). He is currently working on peer-reviewed articles about Brazilian diamond history and the Chivor emerald mine in Colombia.

A public speaker for two decades, Weldon focuses on topics as diverse as gemology, photography, world gemstone sources, and Fair Trade gemstones and sustainable business practices for the gem business.

simonO 300dpiSimon O’Brien

Diamond Integrity Manager, De Beers Mining, Canada

Simon joined De Beers’ Diamond Trading Company, now De Beers Group Sightholder Sales, in 1984 and has worked in various roles in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa. He was appointed Diamond Liaison Manager at De Beers Canada in 2007 and more recently Diamond Integrity Manager in April 2015. He is responsible for the process involved in the sale of goods to DBGSS, Senior Compliance Officer for De Beers’ Best Practice Principals, the Business Integrity Implementation Manager for De Beers Canada and responsible for beneficiation in the Secondary Diamond Market in Canada on behalf of De Beers.


Silent Auction

It's time to get excited! Donations for the Silent Auction at our Saturday evening graduation celebration are starting to come in. Check this page often to see what new treasures have been added.

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14KTY 5 stone ring sm

14 kt yellow gold 5-stone channel set princess cut ring, with blue zircon, garnet,
ruby & sapphire
Value: $2025.00


14KTY Earrings

14 kt yellow gold brushed-finish earrings, 8.6 grams
Value: $1280.00

Conference 2015

CGA Gem Conference 2015

October 16, 17, 18
Terminal City Club
837 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC  V6C 1B6

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The 2015 conference is being conducted in collaboration with Vancouver Community College and the AGA.
Download a conference information package with a summary of the forms and key pieces of information on this page.

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Conference Includes
Schedule of Events
Prices
Registration
Hotel Booking Information
Request for Donations - Silent Auction
Short Courses
Conference Speaker Biographies
Silent Auction

Conference Includes

Friday evening wine & cheese welcome reception
Full program of speakers, Saturday & Sunday
Continental breakfast and two coffee breaks per day, Saturday & Sunday
Saturday gala dinner, dance and graduation ceremony.


Schedule of Events

Friday, October 16

9:00 am to
4:00 pm
Geology of Gem Deposits Short Course
6:00 pm to
10:00 pm
Conference registration with wine & cheese welcome
reception and book signing event    
Saturday, October 17
   
8:30 am - 9:00 am Conference registration & continental breakfast
9:00 am Opening session with keynote speaker. Speaker sessions
continue throughout the day
~12 noon Buffet lunch
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Ruby Martini Reception - sponsored by True North Gems
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm Graduation Ceremony, Gala Dinner & Dance
 Sunday, October 18    8:30 - 9:00 am Continental breakfast
 9:00 am  Opening session with keynote speaker. Speaker sessions continue.
 ~12 noon  Buffet lunch
 4:00 pm  Conference closes
 Tuesday, October 20    10:00 am - 4:30 pm Jade (Fei Cui) Identification & Valuation Seminar & Workshop
Instructor: Dr Edward Liu

 

Early-Bird Member Prices

Code Event Price (add GST)
CRN 30134     Full 3-day conference registration $499
CRN 30144 Friday evening only: wine & cheese reception $59
CRN 30136 Saturday lecture & lunch only (no gala dinner & dance)     $195
CRN 30142 Saturday dinner & gala only $149
CRN 30140 Saturday full day: lectures & gala $319
CRN 30138 Sunday only: lectures & lunch $195

Download the schedule of rates


Registration

Take advantage of early-bird registration rates by July 31! Download the conference registration form, complete, and return to Donna Hawrelko at the address or fax number specified on the form.

Terminal City Club Hotel - Booking Information

Bookings
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Call: 1.855.678.8998.

Booking Code: DHC

Rates

Deluxe king or double room - $159 + tax
City View suite (king) - $179 + tax
Harbour View suite (king or double) - $199 + tax

Please note that rooms are available on a first come, first served basis!



Request for Donations - Silent Auction


Conference hosts CGA, AGA and VCC invite you to donate items to the annual Gem Conference Auction. Needless to say, for a good auction interesting objects are needed. Let’s make this year's auction the best yet, and the most fun. Not only is it a chance to get that specimen you have been hunting for, it's a way to raise funds to help cover costs of the conference and raise funds for student scholarships. So dig into those old boxes in the garage, clear out the cupboards, drawers and shelves. Who knows what you might find to donate!

This year, through the VCC Foundation, donations between $50 and $1000 will receive a tax receipt when accompanied by documentation which indicates the fair market value of the item (for example, a purchase receipt or an appraisal)!  Those items over $1000 require a third party appraisal (government rules). All donations are greatly appreciated. We will have the appraisals done, if required.  Please note that donations of “services” are not eligible for tax receipts.

Please download the donation form and help us out!


Short Courses

This year's gem conference offers an incredible opportunity to upgrade skills by attending specialized workshops offered by leading experts in the field. Make sure you allow time before and after the conference for these special events.

Geology of Gem Deposits
Friday, October 16, 2015; 0900 - 1600 hrs

This seminar will be presented by three outstanding world-renowned gemstone geologists.

Gem deposits are rare because, in general, the conditions that promote their formation are unusual and thus worthy of scientific study. Recently, modern geological and analytical techniques have been applied to gem occurrences worldwide, and our models and understanding of their formation are being radically altered.

This one-day short course looks at gemstones from a geological perspective and reviews our current understanding of the big deposits - diamond, ruby, sapphire, emerald - and will briefly look at some of the lesser-known coloured gems.

Space is very limited. Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Price:
$300 for conference delegates
$350 for all others

Registration Deadline:  October 9, 2015


Jade (Fei Cui) Identification & Valuation Seminar & Workshop
Tuesday, October 20, 2015; 1000 - 1630 hrs

This workshop will be presented by Dr. Edward Liu, Research Geologist & Gemmologist, Gemmological Association of Hong Kong, and scientific committee member of the Er. Edward Gubelin Association.

The seminar & workshop will consist of:

  • introducing some simple & effective methods for hand sample Fei Cui jadeite identification with the main focus on identification of untreated natural, treated, and imitation Fei Cui.
  • classification of Fei Cui varieties
  • Distinguishing between three members of the Fei Cui group
    • jadeite jade
    • omphacite jade
    • kosmochlor jade
  • the valuation of Fei Cui

Price:
$300 for conference delegates
$450 for all others

Registration Deadline:  October 9, 2015
Register now, as space is limited, and available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Conference Speaker Biographies

Richard Drucker
Andrew Fagan
Alex Grizenko
Dr. Lee Groat
Shawn O'Sullivan
Alan Hodgkinson
Dr. Cigdem Lule
Simon O'Brien
Gary Roskin
Kelly Ross
Art Samuels
Dr. Jim Shigley
Robert Weldon


Richard DriuckerRichard Drucker, GG (GIA), FGA
Richard Drucker is the president of Gemworld International, Inc. in Glenview, Illinois. His credentials include: Graduate Gemologist of the Gemological Institute of America; Honorary FGA of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain; Senior Member of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers; Registered Master Valuer; Senior Gemologist, Accredited Gemologists Association. 


As a third generation in the jewelry industry, he began a pricing publication in 1982 now known as the GemGuide. This publication is used in more than 25 countries and is the industry leader in gem pricing and market information. In 2002, he became the owner of GemGuide Appraisal In 2014 he co-developed the World of Color nomenclature and grading system for colored gemstones.

In 2006, Drucker was bestowed the Antonio C. Bonanno Excellence in Gemology industry award. In 2012 he was awarded honorary fellowship in the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (FGA). Drucker now serves as publisher, appraiser, consultant, lecturer, and author. He has now hosted four international gemological conferences brining gemologists, jewelers and appraisers together from around the world.



Fagan photoAndrew Fagan
Andrew Fagan is a diamond and coloured gemstone researcher and exploration geologist. He has explored for gemstones all over the world including the UK, Canada, Greenland and Mozambique. His current focus is the geology of metasomatic and metamorphic gem corundum (ruby and sapphire) deposits on Greenland. However, he remains active in diamond exploration whenever possible.

Mr. Fagan completed his B.Sc.(hons) in 2005 focussed on diamond geology at the University of Glasgow, UK. His M.Sc. experimentally investigated the possibility of natural diamond growth from a hydrous silicate melt as part of the Diamond Research Group at the University of Alberta.

Mr. Fagan has worked as a gemstone specialist for Rio Tinto, Peregrine Diamond Ltd., the Territorial Government of Nunavut, and the University of British Columbia. He was elected as a Fellow of the Geological Society of London in 2005 and received Chartership as a Professional Geologist (C.Geol) in 2013. Since 2009 he has occupied numerous technical and consulting roles at True North Gems and formed an integral part of the team that modelled, handled permitting, and initiated construction on Greenland’s first ruby and pink sapphire mine.



Cigdem LuleÇiğdem Lüle, PhD, FGA, GG (GIA)
Çiğdem Lüle, PhD, FGA., GG (GIA) is a research gemologist and mineralogist. She has dedicated a large part of her professional career to the identification of gem findings from archaeological sites. The focus of her subject is to establish the geologic and geographic origin of ancient specimens by use of nondestructive gemological and mineralogical testing techniques. 

Dr. Lüle earned her PhD. in Mineralogy at Hacettepe University in Turkey. Her interest in mineralogy evolved to focus on gem and ornamental minerals. In 1997, she was awarded the British Council of Turkey Scholarship to study gemology at the prestigious Gemmological Association of Great Britain in London. In 2000, she was granted the Chevening Scholarship for PhD. research at the Ashmolean Museum of Oxford and the Natural History Museum of London, UK by the British Council of Turkey. 
Dr. Lüle relocated to Great Britain in 2001 where she established residence for the next 10 years. In 2005, she earned a graduate gemologist diploma from the Gemological Institute of America. Dr. Lüle was employed as an instructor at the London Campus of the GIA from 2004 until 2010. 

In 2010, Dr. Lüle relocated to the USA and joined the staff of Gemworld International Inc., in March 2011 as Special Projects. She has developed a series of practical educational workshops pertaining to specific pricing and identification challenges facing the global trade today. These workshops are currently taught by her and administered through Gemworld International, Inc. 

Dr. Lüle is also the technical advisor of the new World of Color, color communication system and the contributing editor of the GemGuide’s Gem Market News.



ShawnShawn O’Sullivan, G.G.
Shawn comes from a family of jewelers and gemologists. Shawn started in the business while in high school carrying his Dad’s brief case while he sold jewelry to jewelry stores. He started his formal training as a jewelry student in 1980 attending Bowman’s Technical School in Lancaster, PA. That same year he started his studies with the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) to become a Graduate Gemologist. Shawn has traveled the world buying rough and polished gemstones. In 2003, Shawn was hired as a Senior Gemstone buyer for one of the largest TV Home Shopping Networks. He later became the Director of Product Development and was a regular host as an on-air Gemstone expert. Shawn has a passion to travel in the pursuit of beautiful and exotic gems and mineral specimens.

Shawn recent joined the Arthur Groom group and is now the President/CEO of Eternity Natural Emeralds offering emeralds, tourmalines, and other rare natural gemstones. All Emeralds are enhanced with the Excel Clarity enhancement process which is the only enhancement what carries a life time guarantee. Shawn says, “Our mission is to educate and inform everyone about the beauty of emeralds and how they can be enriched through the Excel clarity enhancement process.”


Alan Hodgkinson
President of the Scottish Gemmological Association, Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, Honorary Member of the Canadian Gemmological, Honorary Registered Valuer.

Lifetime awards by AGA, AGTA, Gem-A and SGA, Author of Visual Optics, Author of Gem Testing Techniques and Originator of the synthetic emerald filter and the stained green jadeite filter.











kelly photo 2Kelly Ross MA, FCGmA
Kelly Ross was the Diamond Program Coordinator for the RCMP for 11 years before retiring from the RCMP in 2013.  He was responsible for investigations, intelligence analysis, litigation assistance, and training on matters relating to the criminal use of diamonds, gemstones and precious metals.  He has been qualified as expert for the criminal use of diamonds, gemstones, and precious metals in Canadian jurisdictions of Quebec, Ontario, and Alberta and just prior to retiring from the RCMP he was the lead Canadian delegate to the FATF Global Money Laundering typology review on the use of diamonds in money laundering.  He was also a jeweller and goldsmith for 11 years.

He holds several gemological credentials including the FCGmA diploma and trained as a rough diamond grader in North America and Belgium.  He holds a university degree with concentrations in earth studies as well as a Masters of Arts Degree for researching the criminal use of diamonds, gemstones and precious metals by criminal organizations.  In 2008 he published the book titled "The Fifth C: The Criminal Use of Diamonds" and has lectured across Canada, in the United States and Africa on this topic.




Lee GroatLee Groat, PhD 
Lee Groat grew up in Kingston, Ontario, and graduated from Queen's University with a B.Sc. (Honours, Geology) in 1982. From there he went to the University of Manitoba, graduating with a Ph.D. degree in 1988. In 1988-1989 he was a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow at Cambridge University.

Dr. Groat has been at UBC since July 1989. In 1999 he was awarded the Young Scientist Medal of the Mineralogical Association of Canada. Throughout the 1990's he was at various times an Associate Editor for both Canadian Mineralogist and American Mineralogist, and from 2001 to 2006 was Editor of American Mineralogist.
In 2002 he was awarded a Killam Prize for Excellence in Teaching.
In 2003 he was elected a Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America.
In 2009 the new mineral groatite, NaCaMn2+2(PO4)[PO3(OH)]2, was named in his honour.

He is currently Past-President of the Mineralogical Association of Canada, former Co-Editor (2012) and present Editor (2013-present) of Canadian Mineralogist, and Director of the Integrated Sciences program at UBC.


Grizenko2Alex Grizenko
Alex Grizenko, President of Lucent Diamonds Inc. has over 20 years experience in lab grown diamonds and advanced diamond technologies. Along with a team of physicists and engineers, Lucent Diamonds represents the cutting edge in research and development in the field of synthetic diamond production and HPHT (high pressure, high temperature) natural diamond treatments.

Lucent Diamonds specializes in color diamonds and has also developed a multi‐step treatment process for both natural and synthetic diamonds to produce vibrant pink and red colors.

Topics include:
The production and treatment of synthetic diamonds
The colourful world of multi‐step treatments for both natural and synthetic diamonds
The present and future of the synthetic diamond industry and market






Roskin imgGary A. Roskin, GIA GG, FGA

Gary Roskin, Graduate Gemologist (GIA), author, journalist, and one of the world's most highly regarded authorities in the art and science of diamond grading, is now the host for the new online gemstone information source, the Roskin Gem News Report. Former gemstone Editor for JCK Magazine, Roskin has covered the international coloured gems market, as well as gemmological subjects on diamonds, and the estate gemstone/jewellery market for close to two decades.

With over 25 years of experience with professional laboratory diamond grading, supervising, training, monitoring, and reporting, Gary Roskin has provided jewellers and appraisers with valuable diamond grading tips and techniques. He authored "Photo Masters for Diamond Grading", which was one of the best selling reference books at the GIA's Bookstore, with approximately 3500 copies sold (currently out-of-print). In 2009, Gary took on the additional role of adjunct instructor, teaching gemmology at the Fashion Institute of Technology's Jewelry Design Department in New York City, as well as Practical Tutor for the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A).
   

art-w-flag-edited 640x800Art Samuels
Art enlisted in the U.S. Navy, became an expert in anti-submarine warfare and after 24 years of service, retired as a Commander. Art founded and is a partner in a high-end six-store retail jewellery chain. He also founded and is president of two wholesales gem and jewellery companies (Vivid Diamonds & Jewelry and EstateBuyers.com).

Art is active as a top gemmologist, and an active buyer and seller of estate gems and jewellery. He is a Senior Member and on the Board of the Accredited Gemologists Association (AGA), and the Diamond Bourse of the Southeastern United States. 








Jim Shigley headshot 2Dr. James Shigley, PhD
Dr. James Shigley is a distinguished research fellow at the Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad, California.  Prior to joining GIA in 1982, he studied geology as an undergraduate at the University of California Berkeley, and later received his doctorate in geology from Stanford University.  He helps direct GIA’s research activities on the identification of diamonds and colored gemstones, and has ongoing research interests in the natural geological environments of gem mineral formation as well as the characterization of gem materials.  Dr. Shigley is the author of more than 180 published articles on diamonds and other gemstones in various journals, and has been a well-known speaker on gemmological topics to both professional and general audiences on nearly 250 occasions.

 









E Liu crop Dr Edward Liu
Dr Liu is an experienced research geologist and gemmologist who has long been engaged in the study of mineral physics and mineral materials. His most prominent research is on the crystal chemistry and microstructure of pezzottaite - a new beryl group mineral. During the study of Fei Cui, he discovered the bright green variety of omphacite jade in 2010. He has conducted many on-site investigations of pegmatitic and metamorphic minerals in Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Madagascar, China and even Russia, and his work has extended to crystal morphology, spectroscopic studies and synchrotron radiation x-ray tomography. Many important research papers about gems and minerals have been published in different journals of mineralogy, petrology and gemmology. In 2002, he was awarded First Prize for “Excellence in Science and Technology” by the Chengdu Academy of Social Science.

Dr Liu is a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain and an instructor of the FGA Gemmology (Diploma) Program since 1992. He was a course instructor of mineralogy (2009) in the Hong Kong Baptist University SCE. He has been a presenter (or invited speaker) at many national geological conferences and international gemmological conferences. Currently he is a Chinese delegate to the International Gemmological Conference, a scientific committee member of the Dr. Eduard Gubelin Association (Gubelin Gemlab Ltd., Switzerland) for Research & Identification of Precious Stones, an education director of the Gemmological Association of Hong Kong and the Mineralogy Society of Hong Kong, a convener of the technical board of the "Fei Cui Testing Methods and Laboratory Management System Development Project" (The Hong Kong Council for Testing and Certification), one of the authors of the "Standard Methods for Testing Fei Cui" for Hong Kong, and a life member of the Chinese Society for Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry.


Robert Weldon2Robert Weldon GG
Robert Weldon is Manager, Photography & Visual Communications at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Weldon is based in the Institute’s Richard T. Liddicoat Gemological Library & Information Center in Carlsbad, CA, where he divides his time pursuing writing assignments, traveling, photographing, public speaking and library research and related assignments.

Weldon has reported about gemstone and gemological issues for 20 years. He worked as a senior editor at JCK, and later Professional Jeweler magazines before returning to GIA in 2006. In his capacity as a gemological photojournalist and researcher, Weldon travels to some of the world’s major gem sites, including Burma, Colombia, East Africa, South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Angola, India, Thailand, Russia, Sri Lanka, Russia, Brazil, and Bolivia.

Weldon’s photographs have appeared in scores of international gemological, jewelry and consumer publications, illustrating his own and other authors’ articles, and in several books, including Splendour & Science of Pearls, which he co-authored and edited. Since 2008, his photographs have appeared on the covers of GIA’s scholarly publication, Gems & Gemology.

Recent peer-reviewed articles by him include: Ruby & Sapphire Production & Distribution: A Quarter Century of Change (Winter 2009); The Museum of London’s Extraordinary Cheapside Hoard (Fall 2013); Botswana’s Scintillating Moment (Summer 2014). He is currently working on peer-reviewed articles about Brazilian diamond history and the Chivor emerald mine in Colombia.

A public speaker for two decades, Weldon focuses on topics as diverse as gemology, photography, world gemstone sources, and Fair Trade gemstones and sustainable business practices for the gem business.

simonO 300dpiSimon O’Brien

Diamond Integrity Manager, De Beers Mining, Canada

Simon joined De Beers’ Diamond Trading Company, now De Beers Group Sightholder Sales, in 1984 and has worked in various roles in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa. He was appointed Diamond Liaison Manager at De Beers Canada in 2007 and more recently Diamond Integrity Manager in April 2015. He is responsible for the process involved in the sale of goods to DBGSS, Senior Compliance Officer for De Beers’ Best Practice Principals, the Business Integrity Implementation Manager for De Beers Canada and responsible for beneficiation in the Secondary Diamond Market in Canada on behalf of De Beers.


Silent Auction

It's time to get excited! Donations for the Silent Auction at our Saturday evening graduation celebration are starting to come in. Check this page often to see what new treasures have been added.

J0001 adj
J0002 adj
J0003 adj



















14KTY 5 stone ring sm

14 kt yellow gold 5-stone channel set princess cut ring, with blue zircon, garnet,
ruby & sapphire
Value: $2025.00


14KTY Earrings

14 kt yellow gold brushed-finish earrings, 8.6 grams
Value: $1280.00

Conference-About

Year after year, the CGA brings together gemmologists from across Canada and around the world to network, share the latest news in the field and attend special workshops. Our sumptuous banquet dinner provides a gala setting to honour graduates of our professional gemmology programs and to welcome new Fellows into the Association ... and the silent auctions can't help but add a little spice to the occasion!

In today's competitive, fast-changing environment, it's important to stay abreast of changes and demonstrate involvement in the community on an on-going basis. Add the CGA gem conference to your schedule today! 

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Toronto Graduation and Gala dinner-October 21, 2016.

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