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Gem Experts to Converge on AGA Tuscon Conference

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The Accredited Gemologists Association will present a day of educational topics at the Tucson Gem Fair, to be held at the University Park Marriott in Tuscon, AZ on Wednesday, Feb. 3. At the evening Gala, Dr. Cigdem Lule will be honored with the 2016 Antonio C. Bonanno Award For Excellence in Gemology.

“This year’s program offers our broadest spectrum of gem exploration,” says AGA President Stuart Robertson. “Be prepared to learn about both basic and advanced spectra applications and dust off your hand-held spectroscope to see how useful this tool can really be. We will look at some individual gems, the newest treatments and get the broad perspective of a world renowned authority on ruby and sapphire. We will also get a glimpse into one of the most spectacular crystal caves recently revealed.”

Daniel Nyfeler, managing director of the Gübelin Gem Lab in Lucerne, Switzerland, will present his research of geochronology and its potential use in country of origin determinations through his examination of potential gemological applications for LA-ICPMS (Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry) technology. By discovering a gem’s chemical signature, Nyfeler can establish its geochronology and where in the world it came from – information that dealers, auctioneers and consumers may find useful.

While LA-ICPMS technology may be reserved for advanced laboratories, Gem-A senior instructor Claire Mitchell will bolster confidence in using the spectroscope with a dynamic hands-on presentation. This basic tool offers reliable evidence for gemstone identity, treatments and natural versus synthetic determination. Mitchell’s instruction will relieve the frustration many have experienced and rekindle its use in one’s gem ID arsenal.

One of the world’s preeminent experts on ruby and sapphire, Richard Hughes of Lotus Gem Lab, will take a step back and share his experiences of 37 years working with fine gems. His presentation, “Forests and Trees – Ten Lessons in Gemology” is an insightful look into this business from a unique perspective that will inspire students and practicing gemologists alike.

While surface-filled emeralds go back centuries, Arthur Groom, a leading authority on the subject, brings us up to speed on what other gems are now, and will soon be, enhanced through surface in-filling. Groom will explain research into matching potential substances with the gem being treated and the importance of disclosure at all levels. Examples for hands-on examination will be available.

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“The Astonishing World of Opals” presents a tour to places and relationships you may not have expected with Andrew Cody, who has helped shape the nomenclature and appreciation of this unique gem. Opal is a huge, more complex family than most realize and Cody will explain the various types, attributes and the locations where they are found. He will also address the current demand and recent value increases in fine Australian opal.

Expert rock and ice climber/instructor Marc Beverly will present a look into the “Amazing Crystal Caves of Mexico” where he braved life-threatening conditions 1,000 feet underground to reveal football field-sized caverns with 35 foot-long crystals. As chronicled by National Geographic, this network of caves near Naica, Mexico was explored by Beverly and a team of scientists to discover not just the formations but the life existing within, both past and present. The stunning visuals will be a humbling close to the day’s presentations.

The evening Gala will recognize Dr. Cigdem Lule as the 2016 recipient of the Antonio C. Bonanno Award for Excellence in Gemology. Dr. Lule pioneered the field of archaeogemology, blending the fields of gemology with archeological techniques and has done extensive research on ancient gems, published by the British Museum. She is the special projects manager for Gem World International, developing and teaching gemstone workshops for the industry and was technical advisor for the color communication system, World of Color.

The AGA 2016 conference and Gala will be held at the University Park Marriott, located at 800 E. Second Street in Tucson, AZ. Conference check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. with sessions from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Continental breakfast, light lunch, champagne reception and the Gala awards banquet are included. Registration until Jan. 15 is $195 for AGA members/$245 for non-members. For those who can’t attend the conference, Gala-only tickets are also available at $75/$100.

The Accredited Gemologists Association is a professional peer society dedicated to promoting excellence in gemology through education and ethics. It hosts a yearly Tucson conference, mid-year Las Vegas conference and offers a Certified Gemological Laboratory credential to qualified laboratory/appraisers. More information is available at www.accreditedgemologists.org.

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Stuller Now Certified Member of Responsible Jewelry Council

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(PRESS RELEASE) LAFAYETTE, LA – Prime manufacturer, Stuller, announces that it is now a certified member of the Responsible Jewelry Council (RJC), the foremost standard setting and certification organization for the jewelry industry.

“Ethical sourcing, supply chain transparency, workplace safety and other similar issues, are of increasing concern to more and more consumers and businesses,” says Stanley Zale, vice president of diamond and gemstone procurement. “The RJC Code of Practices helps the jewelry industry meet these challenges, and we knew we needed to be a part of it.”

RJC Executive Director Iris Van der Veken said, “It is with great pleasure to announce that Stuller has achieved certification against the RJC Code of Practices. We are proud that our membership continues to reflect companies of all sizes from across the supply chain. We commend their commitment to responsible business practices and the positive impact this has on the jewelry industry.”

“Stuller is committed to responsible jewelry practices,” says founder and CEO Matt Stuller. “When joining the RJC in 2016 our ultimate goal was to show our unwavering commitment to our customers and employees. It is truly an honor to be a part of such an important organization in this industry.”

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Bharat Diamond Bourse Announces 2019 Bharat Diamond Week

It will be on October 14-16, 2019.

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(PRESS RELEASE) MUMBAI, INDIA – Bharat Diamond Bourse (BDB) in Mumbai, India, has announced to host the 2019 edition of its Bharat Diamond Week from October 14-16, 2019. Thus, BDB will be building on the huge success of the two Bharat Diamond Week events held in 2018.

The second edition of 2018 saw more than 1,000 visitors from India and across the world who did business with 125 Indian exhibitors of polished diamonds.

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Bharat Diamond Bourse Vice-President Mehul Shah, who heads the Bharat Diamond Week, said: “We are looking forward towards the launch of 2019 edition of the Bharat Diamond Week, 14 to 16 October. BDW invites buyers across the globe as well as within India. Selected buyers will be allotted complimentary hotel accommodation. Members of Bourses affiliated to WFDB will be always at a priority. This is also an inter-bourse show which proved to be such a successful concept last year. We are building on those first two shows to take it to the next level with higher numbers of exhibitors and many more buyers. As with the 2018 shows, we want to create maximum coverage for our small and medium-size companies.”

Above all the guest of honor to BDW 2019 is the vice president of WFDB and president of Shanghai Diamond Exchange Lin Qiang with the Members of SDE.

BDB President Anoop Mehta said: “The inaugural shows and the high level of demand from visitors and exhibitors alike showed that we had to stage a show in 2019. The exhibitors will again be treated to typical warm and welcoming Indian hospitality as we show them that our diamond companies can supply them with absolutely any diamond they need in any shape, size or color.

“Each Indian company that wins the right to display at the Bharat Diamond Week is entitled for one booth only. Trading of Synthetic or Lab Grown Diamonds are banned in BDB, therefore there is no room for synthetics or lab grown diamonds in BDW.”

Mr Mehta added: “These inter-bourse events have proven their value at other diamond exchanges also, and it is only right that India, as the world’s primary cutting and polishing centre, should hold a fair to showcase the diamonds that we have available for sale. The Bharat Diamond Week puts buyers directly in touch with suppliers in a convenient setting, saving time and expenses as the exhibitors and their goods can be easily and quickly found, thus making the fair an efficient visit. We will be announcing further details in coming weeks.”

The biggest attraction for the show is that being a pre Diwali time, it’s the perfect opportunity for best buying deals.

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NCDIA Appoints Advisory Board 2019

It will support and guide the executive board and contribute to the success of NCDIA’s endeavors through their experience and knowledge.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NCDIA announces the formation of its Advisory Board 2019, a strategic committee of esteemed advisors, comprising of trusted leaders in our industry.

The primary focus of the association is to educate the trade from retailers to the end consumer on natural color diamonds. As ambassadors of NCDIA, this group will support and guide the executive board and contribute to the success of NCDIA’s endeavors through their experience and knowledge.

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The Advisory board members for 2019 are:

1. Henry Ho, Founder & Chairman Emeritus, Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences
Henry Ho, established the AIGS in 1978 and operates a gemological school and laboratory in the Jewelry Trade Center in Bangkok.

2. Matthew Tratner, Director Global Business Development, GIA (Gemological Institute of America)
Matthew joined GIA in January 2018. He had served as Director of membership and sales at Jewelers of America from 2013 and a publisher of National Jeweler since 2015 when JA took over the publication.

3. Cecilia Wun, US Branch Manager, UBM LLC
Cecilia has been with UBM since 2015 in charge of all the Hong Kong show’s North American exhibitors.

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