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“The Science and the Art of Gem Cutting” by John Dyer

John Dyer (Self Proclaimed Gem Nerd) shared his passion, his award winning designs and gemstones. How much is science and how much is creativity? From custom cut classic shapes with exceptional brilliance with flat faceting, to concave faceted and avant-garde … Continue reading

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Chuck Hyland a loss to family, friends, the industry and DCGIA

Chuck Hyland passed away on January 8th, 2021. He was a loyal longtime member of DC GIA Alumni Chapter, and a past president. Many of our chapter members have known him for many years. He will be greatly missed! DCGIA … Continue reading

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“Tsavorite: History, Family and Ethical Sourcing” by James Walker

Mr. Walker covered the history of the discovery of Tsavorite, what it was like working with Campbell Bridges for nearly 20 years. Why the Bridges family was one of the original Ethical Sources, due to the vertical integration of their … Continue reading

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The Origin of Natural Diamonds: by Karen Smit and Matthew Tratner with GIA

GIA research scientist, Karen Smit, PhD and GIA Business Development Director, Matthew Tratner talk diamonds—their formation and origin and how the GIA Diamond Origin Report helps tell their story. See the Zoom video of the panel presentation: DCGIA Members thank … Continue reading

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“French Courtesans and Their Jewelry” by Elyse Zorn Karlin

Famous French courtesans and their jewels. Continue reading

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The Bride and Groom – Mary Ehlers and Stephen Toth

Mary Ehlers and Stephen Toth Wedding September 26, 2020 Continue reading

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What’s New with the Smithsonian’s Gem Collection – by Dr. Jeffrey E. Post

On Wednesday May 6, 2020 7PM to 8:45PM Dr. Post highlighted the New Acquisitions and the jewelry that made it to the world’s greatest collection.  The Minerals and Gems Gallery features some 2,000 specimens grouped by shape, color, growth, and … Continue reading

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Turquoise Gemstone – By Zohreh Amini – Gemologist

Turquoise dates back well over 4000 years and was considered the “Jewel of the Orient”. Kusam Malhotra – DCGIA President (left) & Zohreh Amini – Gemologist (right) Turquoise was a treasured gem for Royalty of Europe, Ancient Egyptians and the Persian … Continue reading

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Long-term Trends in the Jewelry Industry

Marlene shared her experiences learning the do’s and don’ts, up’s and down’s, ins and outs of becoming a jewelry design entrepreneur. As well as discussing the long-term trends she sees in the jewelry industry. Marlene was not talking: Fashion-Fads-What’s Hot-This … Continue reading

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The World’s Opals – Speaker Travis Lejman, F.G.A, G.G

Renowned New York City’s jewelry appraiser and gemologist Travis Lejman shared his favorite colored gemstone, Opal, with DCGIA members. Travis has continued Dr. Paul Downing’s work in opal grading and has presented past workshops with the NAJA on opals. Travis discussed … Continue reading

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