GIA GemFest at Basel to Focus on Colored Diamonds


March 10, 2003

GIA GemFest at Basel to Focus on Colored Diamonds

Industry representatives, researchers and laboratory experts from around the world will gather for GIA GemFest Basel 2003 on Saturday, April 5, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Montreal Room at the Basel Convention Center in Basel, Switzerland. Held in conjunction with the 2003 Basel World Watch and Jewellery Show, GemFest Basel 2003 will focus on trends in colored diamonds. The keynote speaker will be GIA Laboratory Projects Officer John King, an expert in fancy colored diamonds.

Patrick Ball, director of the GIA Alumni Association, will kick off the event. GIA Director of West Coast Identification Services Shane McClure will provide a gemological update from the laboratory featuring the latest information on the beryllium diffusion of sapphire and ruby, describe recent changes in the laser drilling of diamonds, and report on several other gemological challenges recently seen in the lab.

Keynote Speaker John King will discuss "Trends in Fancy Colored Diamonds." Along with his more than 20 years of experience at GIA, King has written three articles on colored diamonds and laboratory grading procedures. He has graded many of the world's largest and well-known colored diamonds, including the Hope diamond.

Alice Keller, editor in chief of GIA's quarterly journal Gems & Gemology, will moderate the industry panel discussion on fancy colored diamonds. Panel members will present a snapshot of the role such diamonds play in their respective businesses and will discuss their relevance to the industry as a whole.

Scheduled to participate in this panel are Albert Boghossian, Boghossian, S.A.; Eric Valdieu, Director of Christie's Switzerland and head of the firm's Swiss jewelry department; Michel Farah, SwissDiam Geneve S.A.; Sarah Hancock, managing editor, Basel Magazine; Shane McClure, GIA's director of West Coast identification services; and Nigel Jones, general manager of marketing, Rio Tinto Diamonds N.V.

Following GemFest Basel 2003, attendees are invited to a GIA reception. Since GemFest Basel 2003 is a forum for cutting-edge ideas and information, GIA Alumni members who attend will receive six Carat Points.

Admission to the event is free but space is limited. To reserve, call (760) 603-4204, fax (760) 603-4199. The first 200 attendees will receive a free GIA Pink Diamonds Chart and a copy of the special Loupe supplement dedicated to the late Richard T. Liddicoat.







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