The great success of the conference in Spain 2016, has ensured that next year the 3rd Mediterranean Gemmological and Jewellery Conference (May 11-14, 2017) will take one extra day at Hotel “MINARETO” in Syracuse, Italy.
Organized by IGL (Hellas) CGL-GRS (Canada) in conjunction with CERTILINE (Italy) and NAJA (USA).
The city of Syracuse is notable for its rich Greek history, culture, amphitheaters and is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Average temperature in May is 24 °C (75°F) with 28 sunny days.
The major theme of conference will be “Coloured Diamonds” and we have 6 great speakers on the topic:
Alan Bronstein (Aurora Gems, USA) – colored diamond dealer: “Story of Blue Moon Diamond”.
Dr. Katrien de Corte (HRD, Belgium ) – diamond researcher:“Type IIa diamonds: good, bad and rare”.
Thomas Gelb (Natural Colored Diamond Association, USA) – NCDIA contributing educator: «Fancy Color Diamonds: Color Grading and its Relationship to Value».
John Chapman (Gemetrix, Australia) – diamond consultant: “Colour and Fluorescence Grading of Coloured Diamonds by Instruments”
Branko Deljanin (CGL-GRS, Canada) – diamond researcher: “New approach for Grading and Certification of Coloured Diamonds – Provenance Type”
Kym Hughes (Symmetry Jewellery Valuation Specialists, Australia), appraiser: “Valuation of Colored diamonds for trade and consumers”.
In addition we have 4 international speakers on natural gems, cutting and jewellery:
Ilaria Adamo (Italian Gemmological Institute, Italy) – gemstone researcher: “Demantoid garnet: identification, occurrences and origin determination”
Viktor Tuzlukov / Alicia Vildosola (Russia / Spain), cutter / appraiser: “Evaluation of cut for new generation of gemstones – artistic and precious cut”.
Larry French (Buccellati, USA), jeweller/lecturer:“Gianmaria Buccellati: Master goldsmith of Milan”
We will have Round Table on «Coloured Diamonds–describing and marketing” and “Fluorescence-Importance for ID and Value of Fluorescent Diamonds» moderated by John Chapman (Gemetrix) with experts from Aurora Gems, CGL-GRS, HRD, NCDIA, NAJA and Symmetry Jewellery Valuation.
Pre-conference Basic workshops will be by Alan Hodkinson (Scotland) – “Visual Optics (Hodgkinson Method) practical workshop” and Claire Mitchel (Gem-A, UK) – ”Use of handheld spectrometer in testing of Gems and Colored Diamonds”, workshops description on website.
Gemmologists, appraisers and dealers will receive hands-on experience with diamonds at 2 workshops:
– NEW Half Day Intermediate Diamond Workshop on “Screening and Identification of Small and Melee Synthetic Diamonds in Jewellery” by Branko Deljanin (CGL-GRS), George Spyromilios – NEW 1 Day Advanced Diamond Workshop on “Identification and Grading of Treated and Natural coloured diamonds” by Branko Deljanin (CGL-GRS) and Tom Gelb (Natural Colored Diamond Association). Use of Standard & Advanced Instruments: MAGI Visible, Raman and FTIR spectrometers.