January 22, 2015

Expert In Our Midst - Ari Goosen

Richmond, B.C. - Building on the success of the 2014 Innovator-In-Residence Hot Topics, Richmond Public Library is pleased to announce a new program series. Expert in Our Midst is a series of programs to intrigue and inform the community about unique topics. Expert in Our Midst brings local experts to the library to deliver one hour Friday night talks including a Q & A. The inaugural Expert in Our Midst features well-respected Gemologist, Ari Goosen. The first program takes place on Friday, January 30, 2014 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm in the Kwok-Chu Lee Living at Brighouse Branch (Main).

Ari Goosen is a Gemologist from the Gemology Institute of America (GIA) and an independent jewelry industry consultant and expert in collectible gemstones, diamonds, jewelry, objects of art along with jeweled desk clocks. He is one of only a handful of Gemologists worldwide to have studied and handled the world’s gem and jewelry masterpieces. Ari lives in Richmond and is married to two time Olympian and Richmond City Councillor, Alexa Loo.

There are three programs in this series:

Friday, Jan 30, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Engagement Ring 101
Advice for anyone looking to buy an engagement ring. Demystifying the “four Cs of diamonds” and beyond. Get the tools to shop with confidence and give her something that she will love.

Friday, Feb 6, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Diamond and Gemstone Insider
Learn the myths, industry terms and facts about gemstones without marketing hype. Find out about jewelry as investment plus other tips that you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask!

Friday, Feb 13, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
The Romance of Gemstones
Some of the best love stories ever told involved famous diamonds and jewelry. Learn about the Hope Diamond, the infamous Golconda of Diamonds of the Maharaja and the famous collections of The Duchess of Windsor, Coco Chanel, Liz Taylor, the Vanderbilt’s and more.

The event is free to the public and is drop-in, but seating is limited. Please visit www.yourlibrary.ca/events for registration information or contact Lee Anne Smith, Learning Place Services Coordinator.


Lee Anne Smith, 604-231-6417, Coordinator, Learning Place Services, lee anne.smith@yourlibrary.ca