Canadian Gemmological Association Announces 2006 Gem Conference and Graduation.


May 18, 2006

Canadian Gemmological Association Announces 2006 Gem Conference and Graduation.

The Canadian Gemmological Association will host its 17th Annual Gem Conference and Graduation at the Ontario Club, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Saturday October 28, 2006.

The event will feature Richard W. Hughes from the American Gem Trade Association, Gem Testing Center, as the keynote speaker. Mr. Hughes is a world-renowned expert in ruby and sapphire and author of over one hundred articles on the gem and jewellery trade. Also speaking at the event is Ron Dupuis, president of Dupuis Auctioneers. Mr. Dupuis is an expert in antique jewellery and his articles on period and antique jewellery have regularly appeared in industry publications.

Duncan Parker, President of the Canadian Gemmological Association, had this to say about the conference: "This year's conference has an exciting line-up of the most highly respected presenters who will provide us with the latest in the gem and jewellery industry. Richard Hughes, the world-renowned expert in gem sources and treatments will be our keynote speaker. Ron Dupuis, of Dupuis Auctioneers will return to his alma mater to share his expertise on period jewellery that he brings to his auction firm international clientele. We will explore the latest in technology, gem sources, and appraisals."

The Gem Conference and Graduation includes the presentation of diplomas and academic awards to successful students of the Association, along with a live and silent auction.

Founded in 1958, by Dean S. M. Field, the Canadian Gemmological Association is a professional organization that has set the standard for excellence in the science and study of gemology in Canada.

The Association's courses provide training for gem and jewellery industry professionals and hobbyists, alike. The professional diploma program is recognized worldwide and was derived from the renowned British FGA courses. The professional courses are offered via several modes of study and successful students from each stream may be recognized and admitted as Fellows of the Canadian Gemmological Association (FCGmA).

The Association also offers other educational facilities and services including a specialized bookstore, library, and the only scientific journal in this field, published in Canada, The Canadian Gemmologist. The Association represents its members in liaison with government in developing guidelines for the sale and marketing of diamonds, coloured gemstones and pearls, and in the establishment of guidelines for gem and jewellery appraising in Canada.

For further information about the conference or Canadian Gemmological Association, contact: James Denas, Canadian Gemmological Association, tel 416-785-0962, e-mail info@canadiangemmological.com Website www.canadiangemmological.com

--PJM



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