Tuesday, June 25, 2024

GEMTalks Explores Diamond Origin: A Conversation with Dr. James Shigley

Rapaport’s GEMTalks series gears up for its second episode, focusing on the timely and critical topic of diamond origin. Special guest Dr. James Shigley, a distinguished research fellow at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in Carlsbad, California, will join host Joshua Freedman to delve into the complexities and challenges associated with determining the origin of diamonds.

Sponsored by the GIA, this LinkedIn Live session gains significance against the backdrop of newly imposed sanctions on Russian diamonds across the Group of Seven (G7) countries, underscoring the heightened importance of origin verification within the diamond industry.

Dr. Shigley, renowned for his expertise in gemology, will provide insights into the scientific hurdles encountered in ascertaining diamond origin. Additionally, he will shed light on the GIA’s ongoing efforts in origin determination for colored stones, while also addressing the burgeoning topic of lab-grown diamonds.

Titled “Determining Diamond Origins: Scientific Challenges & Industry Requirements,” the event is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, March 19, at 11 a.m. EDT. Industry professionals and enthusiasts alike are invited to register for the session to gain valuable insights into this pivotal aspect of the diamond trade. Click here to register for the event.

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