For the twenty-first year running, the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A) invites gem
enthusiasts from around the world to the Gem-A Conference 2012. From Saturday 3 November until
Tuesday 6 November, the conference will summon a global network of gemmologists, gem enthusiasts,
jewellers and those linked with the trade to a number of exciting and informative workshops, seminars,
and social events at the magnificent Hotel Russell in Bloomsbury, London.
The conference programme kicks off on the Saturday with seminars from GemWorld President Richard
Drucker GG and continues through to Tuesday with talks from the President of CIBJO's Gemmological
Commission Dr Hanco Zwaan FGA, Chief Gemmologist at the Gübelin Gem Lab Dr Lore Kiefert FGA, and
revered gemmologists Richard Hughes FGA, Bear Williams, Thomas Hainschwang FGA, Jerry Sisk GG,
Joanna Whalley FGA DGA and Ron Ringsrud GG on the Sunday. Monday will feature seminars by Maggie
Campbell Pedersen FGA and Dr Jack Ogden FGA. These speakers will share their experiences in areas as
diverse as Brazilian emeralds, Chinese jade, and gems from Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Attendees
will also get the chance to hear about the detection of synthetic diamonds, gem setting and even get a
sneaky look behind the scenes at Jewelry Television (JTV).
Gem-A CEO James Riley said: "The Gem-A Annual conference is one of the finest in the world. This year we
have a wide cross-section of speakers who are all leaders in their respected field. It is a unique
opportunity, particularly for people in the UK, to meet these specialists and to further their knowledge. As
well as being informative it's also a fun weekend and I look forward to seeing as many gem lovers as
possible here in London!"