Monday, March 9, at 7:30pm
Culver City Veterans Complex Multipurpose Room

The Allure of diamonds

Diamond image

We are happy to present an illustrated talk by Gemologist, Renée Newman.

Compared to many other gemstones, diamonds are relatively abundant, yet they have attained higher prices at auction than any other gem. Gemologist Renée Newman will explain why.

Her talk will include photos and information on

• The highest-priced diamonds sold at auction
• Three of the oldest and most famous diamonds
• Current geographic sources of diamonds
• Reasons why diamonds are so highly valued
• Lab-grown diamonds and some ways to detect them
• Diamond imitations and some ways to detect them • Diamond treatments
• Why the 4 Cs is no longer an adequate pricing system for diamonds

Renée developed her interest in gems in the early 1980s while conducting tours to Asia, South America, and the South Pacific. Her passengers wanted to know how to judge the quality of the gems they saw. She searched bookstores and libraries, and discovered that little had been written on the subject of gem quality and evaluation, so she decided it would be worthwhile creating books with photos that showed how to judge gem quality.

After she received her graduate gemologist diploma from the GIA (Gemological Institute of America), she was hired as a gemologist by a wholesale diamond seller, in downtown Los Angeles. This provided hands-on experience in grading diamonds and selecting colored gems and pearls for their jewelry. Armed with trade experience and gemological credentials, Renée decided to create books that showed readers how to visually evaluate the quality of gems. Her first book, the Diamond Ring Buying Guide, was published in 1989. Since that time, she has written twelve more books on gems and jewelry, including the Diamond Handbook which is directed to trade professionals. Renée’s books are used as gemology course textbooks, sales training tools, appraisal references, and consumer guides.

A new 8th edition of the Diamond Ring Buying Guide was released in February 2020.Renée and her book will be available before and after her presentation for autographs.

Submitted by Ken Rogers
Programs Chair

Future Meetings

  • April 13 - TBD
  • May 11 - TBD

General Meetings are held the second Monday of every month* at 7:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room in the Veterans Bldg., 4117 Overland Ave. The Multi-Purpose Room is located in back of the Veteran's Memorial Auditorium Building. When you enter the parking lot (from Culver Blvd - closest to Overland Blvd) walk to the right when facing the building. Around the corner, you will a sign leading to the Multi-Purpose room. Follow the sign and our meeting is in the room with all the glass windows and doors.

See you there!

*) Except if it falls on a federal holiday, Saturday and Sunday of the annual Fiesta of Gems show, and the day of the annual picnic.

Guests are always welcome.....

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