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
12:30pm-4:30pm   Colored Stone Grading and Pricing Workshop (additional fee)
3:30pm-4:30pm     GemGuide Appraisal Software User Meeting (free)
5:00pm-7:00pm     Meet and Greet Cocktail Party (free)

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 (additional fee)
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 to be released soon.

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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Confirmed Speakers to Date

Christopher Smith, AGL, New York
Hanco Zwaan, Netherlands Gemmological Laboratory
Emmanuel Fritsch, Institut des Matériaux de Nantes, France
Nicholas Sturman, GIA Thailand
Al Gilbertson, GIA California
Roland Schlussel, Pillar & Stone International, California
Jon Phillips, Corona Jewellery, Canada
Kerry Gregory, Gemmology Rocks, UK

And from the Gemworld Team…
Stuart Robertson
Cigdem Lule
Richard Drucker

More speakers coming soon!


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