(PRESS RELEASE) VANCOUVER, CANADA and ATHENS, GREECE - The Fourth Mediterranean Gemmological and Jewellery Conference (MGJC) will take place in Budva, Montenegro, May 18-20, 2018.

The event is organized by CGL-GRS Canada and IGL Greece and supported by IIDGR-De Beers (United Kingdom), Octonus (Finland), MAGI (Italy/Finland), MSU Gem Center(Russia), Gemewizard (Israel), Gemetrix (Australia) and NAJA (USA). The conference has become well-known for its special format, offering frontal lectures, practical workshops and round table discussions. Among the speakers will be Dr. Thomas Hainschwang (GGTL Laboratories), Dr. Philip Martineau (De Beers) and Roman Serov (Octonus). 

The 2018 conference is held under the header "Diamonds and Gems in 21st Century," and a choice of speakers who will cover this topic from a variety of angles. 

  • Dr. Thomas Hainschwang of GGTL laboratories of Lichtenstein, is a leading researcher of treated and synthetic diamonds. He will speak about "Colour origin of untreated and treated natural and synthetic diamonds."
  • Roman Serov of Octonus, a Finnish instrument developer who is also affiliated to the Gemmological Center of Moscow University (MSU), will explain "The impact of fluorescence on diamond appearance."
  • Dr. Philip Martineau, Senior Manager at De Beers Physics, United Kingdom, will update the conference participants on "CVD synthetic diamonds and their detection."

Jewelers, gemologists, appraisers, dealers and other conference participants will receive hands-on instruction and gain new knowledge at workshops on the identification diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires. 

  • Menahem Sevdermish and Guy Borenstein of Gemewizard, Israel, will hold a workshop on "New ruby, sapphire, emerald, and fancy coloured diamonds grading" and explain how to determine their quality and value.
  • Branko Deljanin, principal of ofCGL-GRS Swiss Canadian Gemlab of Vancouver, Canada, will guide participants through his workshop on 'The identification of treated synthetic diamonds and treated natural diamonds, loose and mounted." Branko will have synthetic melee diamonds and larger synthetic diamonds on site.
  • Alberto Scarani and Mikko Åström of M&A Gemological Instruments (MAGI), will give a workshop on "Advanced Diamond Instruments." They will demonstrate VIS, FTIR, EXA and PL advanced spectrometers for the detection of synthetic diamonds.  

Moderated by Conference and Proceedings Editor John Chapman (Gemetrix), a round table with six international experts will discuss "The marketing of synthetic diamonds and synthetic gems in 21st century" and answer questions from other delegates. Posters sessions and equipment displays will offer delegates opportunities to further their knowledge.

Conference founder and Chair Branko Deljanin said: "The success of earlier MGJ conferences - 2015 (Greece), 2016 (Spain) and 2017 (Italy) - proves that, different from many other business and appraising conferences and a few highly scientific conferences, we have created a unique 'tech-trade' platform where gemmologists, appraisers and gemstone professionals can meet, learn about and discuss current identification issues and problems and be offered solutions and training, by using standard and affordable gemmological instruments and by accessing those services they need." 

Thanks to Montenegro's central location in Europe and the Mediterranean, many participants are expected from Western Europe, other Mediterranean countries, also from Russia and Turkey, and even the U.S. Tours will be offered to allow participants to enjoy the region's unique landscape and history, including of neighboring Croatia.

For registration, accommodation, conference tours and further details please visit the website www.gemconference.com.

 

Hotel "Mediteran," Budva, Montenegro.

 

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