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An Exclusive View of the Jade Auction

DATE: Thursday, May 21 at 10:00 a.m. PDT

Jadeite has long been treasured by those in Greater China. Because of its popularity among the affluent Chinese, its auction price can rival that of the Big 3 — ruby, emerald and sapphire. What is jadeite’s enduring appeal and what factors determine this stone’s value? Journey with Dr. Tao Hsu, geologist and director of global professional development for GIA education, as she explores a jadeite auction at the exclusive Myanma Gems Emporium in Myanmar — the country that produces over 90% of the world’s jadeite. Pick up insider tips and knowledge along the way!


Dr. Tao Hsu received her Ph.D. in geology from the University of Southern California. She is based at GIA in Carlsbad, California, where she currently serves as the director of global professional development for GIA education.


Matthew Tratner currently serves as director of global business development for GIA. Tratner has over 15 years of jewelry industry experience that spans retail sales, manufacturing, e-commerce, publishing and marketing.