GIA to Release Book on Colored Diamonds

August 24, 2006

GIA to Release Book on Colored Diamonds

The Gemological Institute of America will be releasing its new book Gems & Gemology in Review: Colored Diamonds at the International Gemological Symposium in San Diego, CA, Aug. 27-29.

The illustrated book combines more than 70 years of articles and notes on colored diamonds originally published in Gems & Gemology, GIA's quarterly journal.

Copies of the book, edited by John M. King, will be available at Symposium in the G&G booth. Attendees will also have the opportunity to discuss the book with King during the "Meet the Authors" book-signing event Sunday and Monday from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the Elizabeth Foyer.

"With this book, John King has captured the allure of fancy-color diamonds, as well as the science involved in characterizing and grading them," says Alice Keller, editor-in-chief of Gems & Gemology. "There is no other publication like it."

With more than 100 entries, the book explores the unique characteristics, lore and color grading of colored diamonds.

In addition, Colored Diamonds features all-new introductory text and commentaries from diamond industry leaders. The 340-page volume also comes with a supplementary booklet of color reference charts of the most important hues of diamonds. Several of these charts were created exclusively for this booklet.

King is technical director of the GIA Laboratory in New York and a respected authority on fancy-color diamonds. With more than 25 years of laboratory experience, he has written a number of landmark articles for Gems & Gemology and frequently lectures on colored diamonds and laboratory grading procedures. "With the continued growth in popularity of colored diamonds, we felt the timing was right for this compilation of information about them," says King.

The book is available for $59.95 plus shipping and handling. The color reference charts booklet can also be purchased separately for $19.95. To order, visit

Sign me up for