Top GIA Officials Take Part in Diamond Club West Coast Meeting           

Representatives from Gemological Institute of America (GIA) attended the Diamond Club West Coast, Inc. (DCWC) monthly luncheon on November 30. The GIA was represented by Russell Shor, senior industry analyst, Dr. Sally Magana, senior research scientist, Judith Shechter, director of global business development, and Kate Donovan, manager of global alumni relations.

The well attended member luncheon kicked off with an update from Moshe Salem, the DCWC President, and was followed by two informative presentations by the GIA.

Russ Shor addressed the topic of large diamonds and what factors have led to the increased number of rough diamonds weighing 100 carats and more in the market.

He was followed by Dr. Magana who provided background about the underlying principles of synthetic diamond detection as well as recent developments such as the increase in production of synthetic melee.

Dr. Magana then provided an overview of the GIA iD100™ gem testing device that DCWC now has available for member use. Members are encouraged to the club for details.

All who attended were treated to a viewing of a live demonstration of the GIA iD100™ instrument. This device uses advanced spectroscopic technology to distinguish natural diamonds from synthetic (HPHT and CVD) diamonds and diamond stimulants in the colorless to near-colorless range, mounted and loose, rough and cut, in sizes from 0.9 mm diameter to no upper size limit.

The DCWC added that it is looking forward to the next time the GIA takes part in the Club's events in 2018.