CGA Gemmology Conference

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837 W Hastings St.
Vancouver, Canada

World experts in gemmology will be congregating in Vancouver for a special international conference that will focus on the innovations in gemstone synthesis and their detection. The event will take place October 16-18, 2015 at the Terminal City Club in Vancouver, BC.

The conference will bring speakers and experts from all over the globe to discuss topics ranging from synthetic diamonds and other gemstones, to valuating jade in a market stimulated by increased demand from China. Conference information can be found on the Canadian Gemmological Association (CGA) website:

“Detecting synthetic and enhanced gemstones is a big business globally as innovations in the industry make it more and more difficult to set them apart from natural gemstones,” said Donna Hawrelko, President of the Canadian Gemmological Association (CGA).

Consumers are swindled out of millions of dollars every year when they are sold synthetic or enhanced gemstones as natural untreated gems.

“It is our job as gemmology professionals to help consumers make informed decisions on their gemstone purchases,” said Hawrelko. “Synthetic gemstones can be very beautiful and very desirable, but consumers have to be made aware if they are buying a synthetic rather than a natural gemstone. They rely on us to give them the information on whether, for example, a diamond is natural or has been produced in a factory,” she said.

For more information contact: Donna Hawrelko at, or 604-290-3575 or Lucy Cook at 604-889-5458

The Canadian Gemmological Association is a not-for-profit corporation that was established in 1958 to provide a Canadian source for gemmological education and to act as a medium for communication and co-operation among those involved in all aspects of gemmology. Our mandate includes the dissemination of knowledge and information, and the promotion of high ethical and professional standards within the sector.

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