World of Gems Conference

Gemworld International is delighted to announce the upcoming World of Gems Conference V in 2017. In these gemological challenging times, all industry participants need to continue to expand their knowledge and stay abreast of the latest in gem industry. The consequences of not knowing are too great to leave to chance. Increasing your knowledge base will lead to increased profitability.

The World of Gems conferences are globally recognized as premier industry events. These international meetings offer gemological education, cutting edge topics, and current market trends with great networking opportunity.

World of Gems Conference V will be held on September 23 -24, 2017.

Conference Agenda, Events, and Optional Workshops

September 22
12:00pm-4:00pm   Colored Stone Grading and Pricing Workshop (additional fee)
4:00pm-5:00pm     GemGuide Appraisal Software User Meeting (free)
5:30pm-7:30pm     Meet and Greet Cocktail Party (Included in conference fee)

September 23
9:00am-5:00pm     Day 1 conference—Breakfast before and lunch included
5:30pm-7:30pm    Gala Cocktail Party (included in conference fee)

September 24
9:00am-5:00pm     Day 2 conference—Breakfast before and lunch included

September 25
9:00am-4:00pm     Corundum Treatments & Pricing Workshop (class is full)
9:30am-12:00pm   Mastering Your Spectroscope Workshop (Gem-A, additional fee)
1:30pm-4:00pm    Synthetics, Treatments & Simulants, Oh My! (Gem-A, add’l fee)

September 26
8:30am-12:30pm    Emerald Treatments & Pricing Workshop (additional fee)
1:30pm-5:30pm      Colored Stone Grading & Pricing Workshop (additional fee)

All conference events and optional workshops to be held at the Loews Hotel.

Full Agenda

GemGuide Subscribers $425.00
Non GemGuide Subscribers $495.00

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Poster Session Sponsored by GIA

World of Gems Conference V will be hosting a poster session for the first time. Posters will create more opportunities for sharing information in a visually pleasing way. This might be a great opportunity to win free attendance to the conference! See details

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Speakers & Topics

Nicholas Sturman, GIA Thailand
Pearls, their Mollusks and Treatments

Al Gilbertson, GIA California
The Challenges of Creating a Fancy Cut Diamond Grade

Hanco Zwaan, Netherlands Gemmological Laboratory
Characterization and Formation of Metamorphic Sapphires

Emmanuel Fritsch, Institut des Matériaux de Nantes, France
Synthetic Diamonds Are Not That Hard to Identify, HPHT Treated Ones Are!

Roland Schlussel, Pillar & Stone International, California
The Jades of Burma

Kerry Gregory, Gemmology Rocks, UK
Treasure from Trash: Identifying the Value in Gemstones Recovered from Scrap

Alan Bronstein, Aurora Gems, New York
Understanding the Fancy Color Diamond Market

Çiğdem LÜLE, Gemworld International
Stuart Robertson, Gemworld International

Pricing What Nature Never Intended

Çiğdem LÜLE, Gemworld International
Paint it Black: Black Gem Challenges

Jon Phillips, Corona Jewellery, Canada
The Diamond Market: Profits, Pricing, Projections & Problems

Richard Drucker, Gemworld International
Pricing Challenges


Venue is the Loews Hotel, Rosemont, IL as previous conferences.
Rooms at the Loews hotel are discounted for the conference with rates starting at $179. The discount applies for three days pre and post conference if you would like to stay and visit the Chicago area.

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Watch highlights of the 2014 Conference held in September.

Get a glimpse of the 2012 conference in the video below.

Conference Pictures from 2012