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Identifying Gemstones: Are They Real?

Thursday, March 31, 201610:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Staples Room

Join the Department of Natural and Mathematical Sciences for a special event with guest speakers Dr. James Shigley and Al Gilbertson from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in Carlsbad, California. The presentation will review: some of the practical training for careers that GIA provides; areas of research at GIA; resources used by GIA; data gathering from original locations; diamond cut quality research; and a focus on challenges related to distinguishing natural versus artificial growth, color and clarity treatment processes.