GIA Tokyo Gemfest
Audiences in Japan will now have the opportunity to hear from Gemological Institute of America experts during a free Gemfest seminar on July 11 in Tokyo. Japan is the third largest consumer market in the world for gems and jewellery, and these events will surely be populated.
GIA laboratory manager, Dino De Ghionno, will discuss gem identification challenges and offer a laboratory update, while GIA senior research scientist, DR. Ahmadjan Adburiyim will present on the identification services available at the GIA’s Tokyo gem grading laboratory.
De Ghionno will highlight stones of gemological interest submitted to the laboratory, new gem materials and treatments, as well as gemological updates. He will discuss topics that range from black opaque stones and change of color amber to discussion treated corudum.
De Ghionno has over 35 years of experience in specializing the research and identification of a wide range of gem materials, colored diamonds, and related treatments. His career at GIA began in 1978 as a colored stone and gem identification instructor, becoming manager of the program and after 14 years transitioned to the identification department of the laboratory.
Abduriyim received his doctorate in mineralogy from the Divion of Earth and Planetary Science at Kyoto University in Japan. As an author of numerous gemological articles which includes work on geographic origin determination of major gemstones and applications of LA-ICP-MS in the gemological field, which have been published in major gemological periodicals which includes Gems & Gemology.
Recently, several new services were introduces in GIA’s laboratories in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Carlsbad, and New York on June 30. These services include red spinel origin services, ruby, and sapphire inscription services for faceted stones weighing .50 carats or more, the Portrait Report and the Notable Letter.
GIA’s Tokyo GemFest will be held on July 11 beginning at 5.00 pm at Aurum, Higashi Ueno 1-26-2, Taito-ku, Tokyo. Seats are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.