Special <em>Gems & Gemology</em> Issue Features Proceedings of Symposium, Gemological Research Conference

November 2, 2006

Special Gems & Gemology Issue Features Proceedings of Symposium, Gemological Research Conference

The Fall 2006 issue of Gems & Gemology contains the proceedings of the 4th International Gemological Symposium and Gemological Research Conference. This 174-page double issue summarizes nearly 200 presentations and panel discussions from these educational events, which the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) hosted Aug. 26-29 in San Diego, Calif.

The Symposium section features illustrated abstracts from the speaker sessions, in which the industry's foremost minds looked at the future of diamonds, colored stones, cultured pearls, identification technologies, and various aspects of the jewelry business. Symposium coverage also includes an eight-page photomontage of scenes from the event; text of keynote addresses by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and diamantaire Maurice Tempelsman; and highlights from the Debate Centers, which dealt with controversial subjects such as gem treatments, synthetic diamonds, and Internet jewelry retail.

The second half of the Fall issue documents the first-ever GIA Gemological Research Conference, which explored the latest scientific and technical developments in gemology. Abstracts of 60 oral presentations are grouped into six topics: geology of gem deposits, new gem localities, gem characterization techniques, diamond and corundum treatments, synthetics, and general gemology. Also featured in this section are abstracts of the GRC and Symposium poster sessions, where cutting-edge research was displayed in nearly 100 interactive exhibits.

"The proceedings volume captures the essential information that was presented at these conferences," said Alice S. Keller, editor-in-chief of Gems & Gemology. "For those who couldn't attend, it's the next best thing to being there."

The Fall 2006 issue is available for $24.95 in the U.S., $29.00 elsewhere. To order this issue or to subscribe, visit gia.edu/gemsandgemology and click on "Ordering and Renewals," or contact circulation coordinator Debbie Ortiz at dortiz@gia.edu. Call toll free 800-421-7250, ext. 7142; outside the U.S. and Canada, call 760-603-4000, ext. 7142.

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