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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 10:42 am 
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Perhaps facilities could be opened in an area where real estate is not such a premium. (Most items are mailed to the lab anyway).


this could be an idea. However i don't think expenses are about location only. Nowadays big labs needs fancy & expensive gears in order to provide for the maximum level of reports reliability. i'm quite sure GTC own all these apparatus which needs specialists to be used and continue and expensive manteinances routines. for sure Vincent and Bear could me more exhaustive about the issue.

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Location expenses did have a fair bit to do with it. Maintenance not too big an issue.

Equipment is still in place, but will be sold. I'll be getting a list together and taking bids from various sources. Of course an offer for the entire lot would be considered.

It does make sense to operate with as low an overhead as possible and in such scenarios a gem lab can make it. But I do not see AGTA opening another lab within the next decade or so.

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Bear Williams- SGL wrote:
Equipment is still in place, but will be sold. I'll be getting a list together and taking bids from various sources. Of course an offer for the entire lot would be considered.


Maybe you can try with these guys . they're relatively new in the business and probably they're the only among the BIG labs with enough $$$$.

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But I do not see AGTA opening another lab within the next decade or so.


this is almost shocking to me :shock:

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"this is almost shocking to me..."

Please don't take it wrong though Alberto. It's not that the AGTA has lost interest in gemological issues. We will continue our diligence with nomenclature, industry rules as well as educational programs & materials and occasional research seminars etc. etc. Any gemological efforts will be more directed to aiding the industry, instead of issuing stone reports from a non-sustainable environment.

I believe we will now have a clean slate and more streamlined platform to work from.


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Bear Williams- SGL wrote:

...It's not that the AGTA has lost interest in gemological issues. .... Any gemological efforts will be more directed to aiding the industry, instead of issuing stone reports from a non-sustainable environment.
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How about publication though? The 'Prism' has not bothered much with gemology so far. :?

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Sorry to see the lab folding... Have to check system on the trojan issue

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:) hi adamasgems,

i don't think you need to worry about a trojan, but, it would probably be wise to check though. i think all of us which visited the site before it was shut down were not infected with a trojan...or that we are aware of any infection. :wink:


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Sad news,
AGTA was always a class act. I first met the founders when I attended the First Colored Stones Congress in Tel Aviv in 1983. The AGTA enhancement guide for shows and resale made a major impact on me as well as those who contributed to the FTC CFR 23 "Guidelines for the Jewelry Industry"
Maybe AGTA could affiliate itself with MSJA or some University program that has both the accrediations as well as staff positions open? We must not write off AGTA for the moment, the economy with return and with it a stonger and important contribution apportunity for AGTA.
Bear Williams has been a real hero for most of use independent lab owners. I know that his contributions to this website as well as AGTA will
not deminish. I am sad to read this news, but know that AGTA minded suppliers and jeweler users of AGTA stones will not allow such a movement to die. Again sorry to hear of the loss of the lab.... winstone


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Very sad News- ANDRES


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