June 22, 1999
GIA Symposium Begins
The third International Gemological Symposium, the much-anticipated four-day summit on jewelry industry issues, began yesterday at the Hyatt Regency in San Diego, CA.
The event opened with remarks by William Boyajian, president of the Gemological Institute of America, the event's sponsor, and Symposium Chairman Vincent Manson. Then keynote speaker Peter Ueberroth, known for his management of the Olympics, spoke to attendees about surviving in the 21st century. (Read a summary of the speech.)
Symposium this year focuses on the theme "Meeting the Millennium," with a forward-thinking series of seminars and debates about current industry issues. GIA expects some 1,500 scientists, gemologists, retailers, suppliers and manufacturers from 45 countries to attend what Boyajian calls "the gemological finale of the 20th century."
Attendees will listen to panels and speaker sessions discussing market forecasts and industry issues while learning about new research through "poster sessions," which will educate attendees with visual aids. Presenters in the "War Room" will debate branding, appraisals, diamond cut, disclosure and other controversies.
On Friday, attendees will tour the research facilities and classrooms at GIA's world headquarters in Carlsbad, CA.
GIA previously held Symposium events in 1982 and 1991.
- by Stacey King