International Gem Appeal: The Fifth World of Gems Conference brought together some of the most well respected individuals in global gemology to share news and critical analysis with jewelers, gemologists, appraisers and other members of the fine-jewelry trade. Gemworld International organized a feast of gemological knowledge for attendees of its fifth World of Gems Conference, held Sept. 23–24 at the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois. Conference speakers came from all corners of the world to explore topics ranging from synthetic diamonds to Burmese jade, among others. Eleven speakers addressed a large audience of appraisers, jewelry retailers and other jewelry professionals seeking the latest gemological insights. “This conference features the broadest international cast of speakers we’ve ever hosted,” Richard Drucker, G.G., president, told attendees. Figure 1. “We hope your takeaways leave you reinvigorated and ready to face any challenges in your businesses at home.” DIAMOND DETECTION From Nantes, France, Emmanuel Fritsch, G.G., Ph.D., kicked off the conference with “Synthetic Diamonds Are Not That Hard to Identify, HPHT-Treated Ones Are!” Since synthetic diamond production rose from 18 million carats in 2006 to 4 billion carats in 2011, worry surrounds the time-consuming task of identifying synthetics in melee. The smallest size Fritsch has seen: 0.06 mm. And with synthetic prices nearly neck-and-neck with natural diamonds, identification is even trickier. “It can get scary in dealing with melee,” Fritsch said. “I’ve even bought synthetic diamonds on...
International Gem Appeal: The Fifth World of Gems Conference brought together some of the most well respected individuals in global gemology to share news and critical analysis with jewelers, gemologists, appraisers and other members of the fine-jewelry trade. Gemworld International organized a feast of gemological knowledge for attendees of its fifth World of Gems Conference, held Sept. 23–24 at the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois. Conference speakers came from all corners of the world to explore topics ranging from synthetic diamonds to Burmese jade, among others. Eleven speakers addressed a large audience of appraisers, jewelry retailers and other jewelry professionals seeking the latest gemological insights. “This conference features the broadest international cast of speakers we’ve ever hosted,” Richard Drucker, G.G., president, told attendees. Figure 1. “We hope your takeaways leave you reinvigorated and ready to face any challenges in your businesses at home.” DIAMOND DETECTION From Nantes, France, Emmanuel Fritsch, G.G., Ph.D., kicked off the conference with “Synthetic Diamonds Are Not That Hard to Identify, HPHT-Treated Ones Are!” Since synthetic diamond production rose from 18 million carats in 2006 to 4 billion carats in 2011, worry surrounds the time-consuming task of identifying synthetics in melee. The smallest size Fritsch has seen: 0.06 mm. And with synthetic prices nearly neck-and-neck with natural diamonds, identification is even trickier. “It can get scary in dealing with melee,” Fritsch said. “I’ve even bought synthetic diamonds on...

Conference Review: World Of Gems Conference 2017

Posted on November 1, 2017 by Jennifer Heebner

International Gem Appeal: The Fifth World of Gems Conference brought together some of the most well respected individuals in global gemology to share news and critical analysis with jewelers, gemologists, appraisers and other members of the fine-jewelry trade. Gemworld International organized a feast of gemological knowledge for attendees of its fifth World of Gems Conference, held Sept. 23–24 at the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois. Conference speakers came from all corners of the world to explore topics ranging from synthetic diamonds to Burmese jade, among others. Eleven speakers addressed a large audience of appraisers, jewelry retailers and other jewelry professionals seeking the latest gemological insights. “This conference features the broadest international cast of speakers we’ve ever hosted,” Richard Drucker, G.G., president, told attendees. Figure 1. “We hope your takeaways leave you reinvigorated and ready to face any challenges in your businesses at home.” DIAMOND DETECTION From Nantes, France, Emmanuel Fritsch, G.G., Ph.D., kicked off the conference with “Synthetic Diamonds Are Not That Hard to Identify, HPHT-Treated Ones Are!” Since synthetic diamond production rose from 18 million carats in 2006 to 4 billion carats in 2011, worry surrounds the time-consuming task of identifying synthetics in melee. The smallest size Fritsch has seen: 0.06 mm. And with synthetic prices nearly neck-and-neck with natural diamonds, identification is even trickier. “It can get scary in dealing with melee,” Fritsch said. “I’ve even bought synthetic diamonds on...

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