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 Post subject: Brendan Laurs Live and In Person
PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2011 10:19 am 
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Chronicles from Gems & Gemology:
The Bizarre, the Unusual, and the Interesting

Brendan Laurs, GIA


Hibonite, hanksite, alabaster and many other gemological oddities have crossed paths with, G&G's editor Brendan Laurs. Glass sporting remarkably natural-looking inclusions, "Nano-gems", gemstone tapestries, and "gem" materials that only a chosen few have a chance to encounter and analyze will make for a fascinating evening highlighting the wonders of gems and science.

Brendan Laurs (M.S., G.G.) is interim editor-in-chief of Gems & Gemology at GIA. His interests in the formation of gemstone deposits led to a job as an exploration geologist before joining GIA in 1997. Brendan's extensive travel and research are revealed in his co-authored 2010, G&G article "Gem Localities of the 2000s" as well as many other articles in the award winning publication. In 2006, he co-chaired GIA's first-ever Gemological Research Conferenc in San Diego, and he's co-chairing the research track of the upcoming GIA Symposium 2011 in Carlsbad.
A frequent traveler to global gem sources, Laurs has published numerous articles and spoken at technical conferences and gem and mineral gatherings.

Join us, and bring a friend. Print this announcement out and pass it along to your local jeweler, rock hound, mineral group, or pawn shop- we welcome everyone who is looking for knowledge.

Find us on face book: GIA Alumni Association Golden Gate Chapter - for up to the minute information on our local people, events, and jobs.

While you have time to think of it ...bring a gemstone, piece of jewelry, or a book to donate to the GIA Alumni Auction. Our chapter will take care of the shipping to Carlsbad.

Need help with your Distance Education studies? We have mentors available. Email: teefam@ix.netcom.com for help!

Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2011

6 p.m. No Host Cocktails
7 p.m. Dinner ~ Vegetarian options available
8 p.m. Lecture

Cost: $45 including dinner
$15 lecture only

Please send checks (Payable to GIA Alumni) to:
Suzanne Martinez
c/o Lang Antiques
323 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

Sinbad's Restaurant
Pier 2 on the Embarcadero just South of the
Ferry Building

Please contact Suzanne at

Look for the Golden Gate chapter on Facebook today~!

GIA turns 80 in 2011!
Our chapter along with alumni worldwide have been encouraged to celebrate along with GIA, recognizing the extensive impact GIA and its alumni have made professionalizing the gemological and jewelry communities past and present.
Please join us as a chapter to commemorate this milestone.

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 Post subject: Re: Brendan Laurs Live and In Person
PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2011 1:59 pm 
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It might be fun to start a GO thread on "weird and and wonderful *gems* I have been asked to identify." Don't know if this is quite the right place to launch the - what would you call it, "challenge," "invitation"?? Barbara? What say you?

My own catalogue of supposed gems includes a sugar cube size alum crystal a lady's grandfather "brought back from Europe"; blue crystals also passed down as a family heirloom that turned out to be copper sulphate; a lump of fuzed green bubble-filled bottle glass as big as a golf ball brought back from Afghanistan under the guise of being a rough emerald; a faceted honey brown oval "golden citrine" the size of half a hen's egg, bought on a cruise for 800$ (doesn't the heart just sink when you hear that word "cruise"??) which turned out to be plastic... and a few more along the same lines.

Anyone else care to contribute some of your own weird and wonderful non-gem gem stories?

Hans Durstling
Moncton Canada

Ecclesiastes 10:19

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 Post subject: Re: Brendan Laurs Live and In Person
PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2011 2:36 pm 
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Good idea....add something, Hans:

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