Category Archives: Meeting Archives

2017 DCGIA Honor Roll of Donors

On behalf of the GIA Alumni & Associates of Washington, D.C. (DCGIA), I would like to thank you all for your generous support and donation(s) to our annual Holiday Auction and Dinner. Continue reading

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From Collector to Commercial – Presented by Dr. Joel E. Arem

Dr. Joel Arem took the DCGIA members on a journey to the “future of the gem industry” in the global marketplace. EVERY gem was once a “collector” stone because only royalty could own them, and a ‘mass market’ did not exist for centuries. … Continue reading

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The Smithsonian Gems – Presented by Dr. Jeffrey E. Post

Dr. Jeffrey E. Post, provided a lively discussion on the The National Gem Collection. The history, benefactors, gems and jewelry were all fully described in the presentation as well as in the book: “The National Gem Collection” by Smithsonian Institution and … Continue reading

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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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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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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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