By Ashley Bailey
, Tuesday, June 05, 2007
JCK Show attendees who stop by the GIA Collection booth (No. 34548 at the AGTA GemFair Cultured Pearl & Jewelry Pavilion) during the show can pick up the limited-edition 2007 GIA Collection poster.
The free poster features Bradley Weber’s 2002 AGTA Spectrum Award–winning ring titled “Neptune’s Birth.” The ring will be on display at the booth as part of an exhibit of loose cultured pearls and cultured pearl jewelry from sources such as French Polynesia, the South Seas, Japan, China, and the United States. These pieces are all donations to the GIA Collection.
Also at the GIA Collection booth, GIA research associate Al Gilbertson will be discussing his upcoming book, American Cut: The First 100 Years. This volume traces the history of American diamond cutting from 1860 to 1960 and focuses on the evolution of what is now known as the “Ideal Cut.”Gilbertson will be on hand May 31 and June 1, accompanied by instruments of 19th-century cutter Henry Dutton Morse, a cubic zirconia replica of the 77 ct. Tiffany II yellow diamond, and copper castings of the original crystal and finished diamond.
An independent nonprofit organization, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is recognized as the world's foremost authority in gemology. Established in 1931, GIA has translated its expert knowledge into the most respected gemological education available. In 1953, the Institute created the International Diamond Grading System™ which, today, is recognized by virtually every professional jeweler in the world. Through research, education, gemological laboratory services, and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science, and professionalism. GIA can be found on the web at http://www.gia.edu/
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