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GIA Updates

On Sept. 19, 2017, Kate Donovan, GIA Global Alumni Relations Manager, provided an update on GIA global initiatives, education, laboratory offerings, research, resources and instruments. Kate reviewed GIA’s current alumni benefits and the many programs available to support our efforts. GIA … Continue reading

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Beware of Scams!

DCGIA meetings are open to the public and someones presence does not mean the individual is a GG or member of the chapter.   DCGIA is dismayed to hear about an issue in which a Paraiba Tourmaline was purchased last … Continue reading

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The Latest on Synthetic Diamonds | Dr. James Shigley | GIA at JCK

DCGIA thanks GIA for sharing these very informative videos! Video #1 – Dr. Smith shares what he has learned from exceptional diamonds, such as the Cullinan and Koh-I-Noor, that formed beneath the surface of the Earth. Smith, the researcher who … Continue reading

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Museum Field Trip at Hillwood Museum

Thirty six (36) DCGIA members and guests enjoyed a tour of the “Spectacular Gems and Jewelry” which was Marjorie Merriweather Post’s jewel collection on display at Hillwood Museum in DC. The tour featured an introduction to the collection by Angie Dodson, Director … Continue reading

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In Memory of Lisa Carp

DCGIA is sad to have lost a long time and cherished member; Lisa Carp.  Lisa died on Saturday, April 15.  Lisa taught and shared her mineral and gem knowledge with DCGIA members as well as countless students who attended her gemology … Continue reading

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Pearls, Questions and Answers by Teresa Tkacik, M.S.N., F.N.P.C.

Teresa provided a very informative history of pearls, how pearls are cultured, the characteristic of pearls, and Faux pearls, which included a hands on demonstration of how to evaluate pearls. Presentation copy Recommended reading: Tears of the Moon by Robert … Continue reading

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DCGIA 2017 Tucson Report

Thanks go out to all the speakers, members and guests who made this evening enjoyable and informative. Courtland Lee, DCGIA’s resident Geologist and Miner, was a vendor at the 2017 Tucson International Gem Show.  Courtland discussed the wonderful array of … Continue reading

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