August, 2016 – “GEM-A Foundation Course – Distance Learning Study Group Forming” by Martin Fuller   

martin-fuller2Martin Fuller is forming a study group for a minimum of five people interested in taking the GEM-A Foundation Course. This Foundation Course is required prior to signing up for the Diploma Course, which leads to the FGA designation. This is a great way for current gemologists to refresh themselves with the latest in gemological knowledge & training, and ultimately receive a very distinguished set of initials to augment their “GG” designations.

This will most likely satisfy any continuing education requirements for the various appraisal associations requiring continuing education.

To participate: Register for Foundation ODL (Distance Learning) Fast Track + USA Lab – Course Code F16OAUG-U  (ODL Fast Track USA August 8). This course starts Aug 8, 2016 and ends in January 2017, so register NOW. The lab will be in either mid-October or mid-November 2016 in DC.

Contact Martin Fuller for local meet up scheduling as study group forms. Where: When: How Often: To Be Determined based on participant wants and needs.

Email/phone circle for questions and answers? Email:; Phone Martin Work: (703) 442-6690

Total Cost paid to Gem-A includes all materials & lab: £2,880.00 or approximately $3,727.58US (and dropping…) Prior to Brexit the cost was approximately $4,530.00US. This can be broken into an initial payment of £801.00 (1036.73US) and three equal monthly payments of £693.00 ($896.95US) at today’s conversion rate.

There are other, slower paced program options listed in the Gem-A North America Booklet 2016 Program Guide.pdf. The program listed above is the accelerated (Fast Track) program for those who want to get this done and move on to the Diploma Program.

Come learn more with us!

Evan CaplanWednesday, Aug. 17, 2016 – “Alexandrite” by Evan Caplan

DCGIA Aug 17th Announcement– Evan Caplan will discuss everything Alexandrite. The origins and sources as well as cutting, color variations, availability, and pricing. There will be an endless array of pictures showing examples throughout the process. Evan is well known in the colored gemstone industry as a knowledgeable dealer in the high-end market. Evan will provide insights into why supplies are tight, demand is high, and what lies in the future.

John KoivulaTuesday, Sept. 20, 2016 – “Treatments and Synthetics: A Visual Review” Presented by John Koivula

DCGIA Sept. 20th Meeting Announcement – With the millions of carats of synthetics that have been produced and sold into the gem trade since the introduction and fraudulent sale of so-called Geneva rubies in the 1880s, and with the countless numbers of treated stones, it never hurts to reexamine the main identifying characteristics of some of the most important of these materials.

Monthly Meetings (January thru November) are held at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn, 1900 Ft. Meyer Drive, Arlington, VA 22209, at the Virginia end of Key Bridge, 703-807-2000. Meetings begin with a speaker meet and greet at 7:00 PM and meetings start at 7:30 PM. Admission is free for those who have paid their 2015 annual fee and $10.00 for all others. Cash & Checks accepted at door.

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