GIA Washington Alumni Chapter Guest Speaker Nathan Renfro
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Author:  Jeremy Dunn [ Tue Mar 19, 2013 3:38 pm ]
Post subject:  GIA Washington Alumni Chapter Guest Speaker Nathan Renfro

GIa Washington Alumni Chapter and AGS Guild

Are presenting a guest speaker this Jan 21st from 6-9pm at the Mercer Island Recreational center.

Nathan Renfro, Lead Analytical Specialist of Colored Stones for GIA Carlsbad Laboratory

The Micro Art of Gems: Revealing Hidden Beauty with Magnification

One of Nathan Renfro's primary research interests at GIA has been
identifying a wide range of inclusions to assist in the identification of gem
materials. Inspired by years of looking through the microscope, Renfro would like to share a much underappreciated perspective into this often unseen world. His research has led him to catalogue a wide range of images that can be artistically found to inspire another level of appreciation for gemstones and their inclusions.

Nathan Renfro, a native of western North Carolina, developed an interest in minerals during his teenage years. He explored the rich geology of his home state with particular interest on pegmatite bodies in Mitchell County. As a result Renfro visited many mines and outcrops in western North Carolina in search of interesting minerals like beryl, kyanite, garnet, magnetite, feldspar, and mica.

This exploration fueled his undergraduate studies in geology. In 2006, he received a B.S. in Geology and Education in from Appalachian State University. While at ASU, he was a recipient of the Outstanding Senior Teaching Geology Major award.

Upon completion of his university studies, following his increasing interest in gem minerals, he enrolled in the resident Graduate Gemologist program at the Gemological Institute of America in 2007 in which he received the William Goldberg Diamond Corporation scholarship.

After completion of the Graduate Gemologist (G.G.) program, he was hired as a Diamond Grader at GIA. In July 2008, he transferred into the Gem Identification department at GIA and is currently the Lead Analytical Specialist of colored stones. While in this role, Renfro has authored or co-authored several gemological articles. He has also worked extensively with John Koivula, co-teaching several inclusion workshops.

Renfro’s other related interests include gem cutting in all its varied aspects. He began developing his lapidary skills in 2002 when he was employed by Emerald Village, a tourist gem mining attraction in western North Carolina. His gem designs focus on contemporary cutting techniques and freeform shapes as well as traditional faceting styles with high optical performance.

Event Details:
Date: Thursday, March 21

6 p.m. Networking and hors d'oeuvres
7 p.m. Lecture

$20 Per person

Mercer Island Community and Event Center
8236 SE 24th Street
Mercer Island, WA
(206) 275-7609

To register please go to Eventbrite

Lecture limited to 42 - sign up today!

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Nathan Renfro,

Alumni Chapter Leadership

Jeremy Dunn
Charles Herner
Vice President
Jessica Neiwert

AGS Guild

Jeremy Dunn President
Anna Samsonova
Vice President
Mark Altman
Hayley Bezorudko-Chyrykalov
Program Director

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