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Here’s What AGA Has on Tap for Its 2022 Tucson Conference

Events & AwardsDec 13, 2021

Here’s What AGA Has on Tap for Its 2022 Tucson Conference

It will return to an in-person format but will also be livestreamed for global participation.

San Diego—The Accredited Gemologists Association is gearing up for its next Tucson conference. 
It will return to an in-person format in 2022, but for the first time the organization also will livestream the event to allow for global participation from those not in attendance. 
The event is slated for Wednesday, Feb. 2 at the Tucson Marriott University Park Hotel and will feature six speakers. 
Al Gilbertson will lead a session called “Introduction to Jewelry Forensics,” which will help participants establish a framework to recognize where in the process of evaluating jewelry they need to gain more knowledge. It will teach “jewelry forensics” basics like identifying hand-fabricated components, cast components, CAD/CAM manufactured components, and cast-in-place gemstones. 
Dr. Thomas Hainschwang will speak on “The Ethical and Ecological Issues of Natural and Synthetic Diamonds, Facts and Fiction,” in which he will discuss the published results of recent scientific studies comparing the ecological and ethical impact of natural and lab-grown diamonds on the market and the world.
Brad Wilson will cover “Colorful Treasures from Canada,” illustrating the many gemstones the country has to offer. 
Due to COVID 19 protocols, AGA’s traditional hands‐on sessions have been restructured as interactive practical workshops. 
“Chasing Rainbows—Light at the End of Your Spectroscope” by Kerry Gregory will give a practical run-down on common problems encountered by gemologists when using a handheld spectroscope and offer hints and tips to get better quality spectra. 
Nicholle Mogavero will offer “Easy Ways to Spot Revivals and Reproductions in the 20th Century,” doling out practical skills and step-by-step know-how to avoid getting fooled. 
Billie Hughes will take attendees on a “Journey to the Center of the Gem,” in which she will dive into the use of gemological microscopy to observe and record inclusions, addressing the most suitable lighting conditions and offering microscopy tips. She will also talk about Lotus Gemology’s Hyperion inclusion database.

In addition to the conference, the day will also include AGA’s evening gala event, which will start with a cocktail reception and include dinner, a silent auction, music, and dancing, as well as the presentation of the 2022 AGA Antonio C. Bonanno Award for Excellence in Gemology to the ICA’s Gary Roskin. 
Full-day tickets are $195 plus fees for members and $245 plus fees for non-members. Livestreaming tickets are priced the same. 
AGA also offers gala standalone tickets. They’re priced at $95 plus fees for members and $125 for non-members. 
For more information or to buy tickets, visit

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Brecken Branstratoris the senior editor, gemstones at National Jeweler, covering sourcing, pricing and other developments in the colored stone sector.

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