Conference Agenda

World of Gems Conference September 23-24, 2017
Agenda Including Additional Events Around the Conference


FRIDAY 9/22/17
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

SATURDAY 9/23/17
7:30 am-8:45 am      Breakfast & Registration
9:00 am-9:15 am      Richard Drucker
                                 Opening Remarks
9:15 am-10:15 am    Emmanuel Fritsch, Institut des Matériaux de Nantes, France                                                            Synthetic Diamonds Are Not That Hard to Identify,                                                                                      HPHT Treated Ones Are!
10:15 am-10:45 am  Break & Refreshments
10:45 am-11:30 am  Jon Phillips, Corona Jewellery, Canada
                                 The Diamond Market: Profits, Pricing, Projections & Problems
11:30 am-12:30 pm  Nicholas Sturman, GIA Thailand
                                 Pearls, Their Mollusks and Treatments
12:30 pm-1:45 pm    Lunch
1:45 pm-2:45 pm      Roland Schlussel, Pillar & Stone International, California
                                 The Jades of Burma
2:45 pm-3:15 pm      Break & Refreshments
3:15 pm-4:15 pm      Stuart Robertson & Cigdem Lule, Gemworld International
                                 Pricing What Nature Never Intended
4:15 pm-5:00 pm      Kerry Gregory, Gemmology Rocks, UK
                                 Treasure from Trash: Identifying the Value in Gemstones Recovered                                                            from Scrap
5:30pm- 7:30pm       Saturday Gala Cocktail Party

SUNDAY 9/24/17
7:30 am-8:45 am      Breakfast
9:00 am-9:15 am      Richard Drucker, Opening Remarks
9:15 am-10:15 am    Hanco Zwaan, Netherlands Gemmological Laboratory
                                 Characterization and Formation of Metamorphic Sapphires
10:15 am-10:45 am  Break & Refreshments
10:45 am-11:30 pm  Cigdem Lule, Gemworld International
                                 Paint it Black: Black Gem Challenges
11:30 am-12:30 pm  Al Gilbertson, GIA California
                                 The Challenges of Creating a Fancy Cut Diamond Grade
12:30 pm-1:45 pm    Lunch
1:45 pm-2:45 pm      Alan Bronstein, Aurora Gems, New York
                                  Understanding the Fancy Color Diamond Market
2:45 pm-3:15 pm      Break & Refreshments
3:15 pm-4:15 pm      Richard Drucker
                                 Pricing Challenges
4:15 pm-5:00 pm      Conference Open Discussion
                                 It’s Your Turn—Interactive with Speakers and Attendees
5:00 pm                    Conference Ends

MONDAY 9/25/17
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, additional                                                         fee)

TUESDAY 9/26/17
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.