GL Newsletter August 2016

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

we have been busy with various gem shows/workshops and are now preparing for our late summer/fall activities. Please visit us at our booth #33 during the Vancouver Gem & Mineral Show  next week. 

Vancouver Gem Show, August 2016

Vancouver Gem Show

August 12 – 14

Kitsilano Ice Rink
2690 Larch St, Vancouver, BC

Friday, August 12, 12:00 – 8pm
Saturday, August 13, 10am – 6pm
Sunday, August 14, 10am – 5pm


Admission Fee at Show doors:
General: one-day ticket – $7, three-day ticket – $10
Senior/Student: one-day ticket – $5, three-day ticket – $7
Children 12 and under free (with adult)

We will have a booth representing the Canadian Institute of Gemmology (C.I.G.) and Gemlab Research & Technology (GLR&T) demonstrating the latest advanced gem testing equipment.

Books and instrument sales (Meiji GEMZ-8TR), special gem study collections, free on-site gemmological services (2 items per visitor), etc.

Please note in your calendar the following dates:

Upgraded GL Gem Raman PL535 2016/17 model

Our Raman spectrometer  received a new mother-board and works with the new software version 3.00; fast averaging allows real-time observation of the Raman spectrum. Since 2016 all units come with a mechanical laser security lock.

All databases have been updated and are available for download in the GLGemRaman Support section; for new users we recommend to read the information for Version 3.xx.

GL Gem Spectrometer 2016/17 model

After five years and a user base of over 200 around the world we decided to replace the motherboard in the GL Gem Spectrometer with a modern modular design and faster microprocessor. This will allow us to add new features and components in the future such as Bluetooth, WiFi communication, database search, etc.

The 2016/2017 model of the GL Gem Spectrometer is now available for purchase at a slightly higher price (US$ 1,695).

Watch how a normalized absorption spectrum of green glass is obtained in 25 seconds (video, no sound).

For users of the older spectrometers we upgraded the software to version 2.8;  an upgrade package is available for download in the GLGemSpec Support section. To access the user section you have to log-in; if you lost your password please request a new one and the system will send it to your e-mail address.


Meiji GEMZ-8TR microscope 

Various gem testing tools; download current listing (PDF)

Fall 2016 Workshops

We have few spaces available at the following classes to be held at the Sandman Signature Hotel – Vancouver Airport, Richmond B.C.:

Foreign students must enter Canada on a visitor’s visa; copy of official Visa document must be provided 40 days prior (by October 1, 2016) to course commencement.

We recently  joined the ISG Global Network; it is free and provides a vast resource base for anyone interested in gems and gemmology.

PLEASE NOTE: We will have limited Office Hours from August 23 – September 19 due to travelling in Europe and Far East.

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