Weekend event to feature international experts & tour of Crown Jewels.

The Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A) is set to host its international gemmology conference on the weekend of November 4 and is encouraging the whole of the UK gem industry to attend for networking and to keep up-to-date with the market’s evolution.

The conference is set to take place at the Hotel Russell in Bloomsbury, London, and will be host to a range of global speakers and experts to discuss a variety of issues in the gem and jewellery trade.


Jack Ogden, chief operating officer of Gem-A, said: “Each year Gem-A is proud to host an international gemmological conference with expert speakers from around the world and an equally global audience.

“This year we are building on the success of last year’s conference, using the same wonderful central London venue and with a broad programme to appeal to gemmologists, gem dealers and students.”

Speakers at this year’s conference will include Dr Hanco Zwaan from the Netherlands Gemmological Laboratory who will talk about new sources of Emeralds from Brazil.

Thomas Hainschwang from GEMLAB, Liechtenstein, will cover the challenge of identifying recent generations of melee-sized synthetic diamonds while Bear Williams of Stone Group Laboratories in the USA will offer a report on advanced instruments for the smaller lab.

Richard Hughes, author of Ruby & Sapphire, Joanna Whalley from the Victoria & Albert Museum, and Jerry Sisk from JTV Jewelry Television will also be guest speakers.

Gem-A has also organised a number of seminars during the conference weekend and will offer a special visit to the Crown Jewels and Natural History Museum for attending guests.



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