Registration Is Open for AGA’s Annual Tucson Conference

New York—The Accredited Gemologists Association has opened registration for its next Tucson Gemological Conference and Gala.

Scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 1 at the Tucson Marriott University Park Hotel, the event will feature six gemological education presentations and three hands-on sessions from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm MST.

Presentations include master gem cutter Meg Berry diving into the lapidary art of transforming gem rough into a jewel, Mark Cullinan of Cullinan Diamonds talking about his family’s connection to diamond mining, and a live-streamed interview with Alan Hodgkinson about his gemological career.

Clemens Schwarzinger will also talk about the color, chemistry, and cutting of zoisite, Robert Weldon will lead a discussion on digital photography of gemstones and jewelry, and Gary Roskin will look at the future of trade shows.

All the presentations will be live-streamed, recorded, and made available to virtual and in-person registrants later.

Options for hands-on sessions, meanwhile, include “Jade Identification” with RichardHughesa session on recycling gemstones called “Treasure from Trash” with Kerry Gregoryand a session on identification of black stones called “Back to Black” with Sarah Caldwell Steele.

The day will end with the 2023 AGA Gala, which includes a cocktail reception followed by dinner, a silent auction, music, dancing, and the presentation of the 2022 AGA Antonio C. Bonanno Award for Excellence in Gemology to recipient Gary Roskin.

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“We are excited to host the 2023 AGA Tucson Conference and the long-awaited opportunity to socialize and share our gemological experiences and knowledge,” said AGA Conference Committee Co-Chair Çiğdem Lüle.

“As an added benefit, this year AGA invites global participation by live streaming this conference. We sincerely hope you will join us and bring a friend.”

Early-bird tickets (through Dec. 31) for the full in-person conference and gala are $195 plus fees for AGA members and $245 plus fees for non-members.

Virtual tickets are priced at $195 plus fees for AGA members and $245 plus fees for non-members from now up until the conference.

Tickets to the gala event only can also be purchased, for $95 plus fees for members and $125 plus fees for non-members.

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