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THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 2020
New York: 9:00 AM / London: 2:00 PM / Milan; 3:00 PM / Dubai: 5:00 PM / Mumbai: 6:30 PM / Hong Kong: 9:00 PM

Over the past two decades, a handful of major trade show organisers have developed into some of the most influential players in the jewellery and gemstone sectors, providing the forums at which members of the global industry meet, are educated about trends and developments, and where they place orders for the seasons and year ahead. But these companies were among those hardest hit by COVID-19. With international travel slowing to a bare minimum and social distancing practices being enforced to protect public safety, almost all the organisers were forced to delay and generally cancel major trade fairs that had been months and even years in the planning.

But the trade fair organisers had been considering their strategic positions long before COVID-19 struck. Technological developments that have enhanced the ability of members of the jewellery industry to meet, display merchandise and do business online have usurped elements of the traditional trade show model, requiring the organisers to rethink the ways in which they operate and serve the industry. The latest crisis did not initiate, but rather heightened the urgency for them to adapt and expand their range of services.

CIBJO’s Jewellery Industry Voices webinar series looks at the impact and implications of the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis from the perspective of industry figures. The seventh edition will examine the state of the trade shows following the COVID-19 lockdown, consider how they may operate as the markets reopen, and look at how they plan to change and restructure moving forward.

Entitled “ THE TRADE SHOWS: Rethinking the future ,” the seventh Jewellery Industry Voices webinar features heads of four of the most important jewellery trade show organisers – Yancy Weinrich, COO of Reed Exhibitions, organiser of the JCK and Luxury shows; Celine Lau, Director of Jewellery Fairs at Informa Markets, organiser of the major jewellery and gem shows in Hong Kong in June and September;  Michel Loris-Melikoff, Managing Director of Baselworld; and Marco Carniello, Group Brand Director Jewellery and Fashion at the Italian Exhibition Group, organiser of the VICENZAORO shows. It is scheduled for Thursday, June 4, 2020.

The webinar will be moderated by Edward Johnson and Steven Benson, and hosted by CIBJO President Gaetano Cavalieri. It will start at 9:00 AM New York, 2:00 PM London, 3:00 PM Milan, 5:00 PM Dubai, 6:30 PM Mumbai, 9:00 PM Hong Kong.

CIBJO’s Jewellery Industry Voices webinar series is produced with the support of the Italian Exhibition Group, organiser of the VICENZAORO jewellery shows.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 2, 2020
Session 1
London/Lisbon: 10:00 AM / Paris/Berlin: 11:00 AM / Mumbai: 2:30 PM /  Hong Kong/Shanghai: 5:00 PM / Sydney: 7:00 PM
Session 2
Los Angeles: 10:00 AM / New York: 1:00 PM / London/Lisbon: 6:00 PM / Paris/Berlin: 7:00 PM / Mumbai: 10:30 PM

Taking place in two sessions on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, the upcoming Home Gemmology webinar is presented by Rui Galopim de Carvalho. It will examine sapphires and the early history of the gemstone in jewellery.

Rui will be joined by Dr. Jack Ogden, a renowned British jewellery historian and gemmologist. Formerly Chief Executive of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain, he is the current President of the Society of Jewellery Historians, and was appointed Visiting Professor of Ancient Jewellery, Material and Technology, at the Birmingham School of Jewellery Birmingham City University in 2019.

In his presentation, Jack will trace the history of sapphires in jewellery, beginning with the earliest known examples, from about 300 BC. Sapphire-set jewellery from across the Old World will be shown, from Britain to China. Sources will be discussed, as well as the limitations of early gem cutting techniques.

Rui will kick off the webinar with brief introduction to sapphire nomenclature, as delineated in the CIBJO Coloured Stone Blue Book.

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THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2020
New York: 9:00 AM / London: 2:00 PM / Milan; 3:00 PM / Dubai: 5:00 PM / Mumbai: 6:30 PM / Hong Kong: 9:00 PM

With the flattening of the COVID infection curve becoming apparent in a growing number of countries around the world, economic activity is beginning to pick up. Stores are reopening, often under strict conditions of hygiene and social distancing, and foot traffic is climbing.

But questions remain as to whether consumers will be prepared to pick up where they were when the lockdowns were first imposed, particularly when it comes to non-essential products such as jewellery. Will the trauma of the past several months suppress the appetite for luxury goods, or will it raise demand as people seek to reward themselves and affirm their appreciation for others during this difficult period? And how will the economic crisis that accompanied the lockdown impact jewellery sales?

CIBJO’s “Jewellery Industry Voices” webinar series looks at the impact and implications of the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis from the perspective of industry figures. The sixth edition will examine the challenges facing the industry as it returns to business, and more specifically considers what can be done to raise and then maintain demand in what remains a global health crisis.

Entitled “ RETURN TO BUSINESS: Communicating jewellery’s unique appeal in a market emerging from a health crisis ,” the sixth Jewellery Industry Voices webinar features four leading industry experts, with each representing a different sector – David Kellie, CEO of the Diamond Producers Association; Huw Daniel, CEO of Platinum Guild International and President of CIBJO’s Precious Metals Commission;  Jennifer Heebner,  Executive Director of the Cultured Pearl Association of America, and Emmanuel Piat, owner of Maison Piat, who also is Vice President of CIBJO’s Coloured Stone Commission. It is scheduled for Thursday, May 28, 2020.

The webinar will be moderated by Edward Johnson and Steven Benson, and hosted by CIBJO President Gaetano Cavalieri. It will start at 9:00 AM New York, 2:00 PM London, 3:00 PM Milan, 5:00 PM Dubai, 6:30 PM Mumbai, 9:00 PM Hong Kong.

CIBJO’s Jewellery Industry Voices webinar series is produced with the support of the Italian Exhibition Group, organiser of the VICENZAORO jewellery shows.

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TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2020
Session 1
London/Lisbon: 10:00 AM / Paris/Berlin: 11:00 AM / Mumbai: 2:30 PM /  Hong Kong/Shanghai: 5:00 PM / Sydney: 7:00 PM
Session 2
Los Angeles: 10:00 AM / New York: 1:00 PM / London/Lisbon: 6:00 PM / Paris/Berlin: 7:00 PM / Mumbai: 10:30 PM

Taking place in two sessions on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, the upcoming Home Gemmology webinar is presented by Rui Galopim de Carvalho, who will focus on the fascinating history of diamonds from Brazil, which was a dominant producer through much of the 18th Century. The topic is a repeat of the 3rd Home Gemmology webinar, and was selected to be presented a second time by Home Gemmology attendees.

Brazil has an illustrious history as a diamond producer, having been the principal source of the gem through much of the 18th Century and a large part of the 19th Century, until it was eclipsed by the discovery of diamond deposits in southern Africa.

Rui will discuss Brazilian diamonds and their impact on the jewellery craft, especially during the 18th Century, with examples being shown from the relatively unknown Portuguese crown jewels.

More recently discovered diamonds will also be discussed, with some notable stones illustrating the talk, including extremely rare fancy coloured stones, like the 5.11-carat Moussaieff Red, and new finds from the Braúna mine in Bahia, the first ever diamondiferous kimberlite pipe ever to be brought into full production in the country.

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THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2020
New York: 9:00 AM / London: 2:00 PM / Milan; 3:00 PM / Dubai: 5:00 PM / Mumbai: 6:30 PM / Hong Kong: 9:00 PM

With disruptions in the supply chain caused by lockdowns in both the gemstone processing centres and the jewellery retail markets, mining houses supplying raw materials to the industry have selected to curtail or reduce production, while at the same taking measures to protect the health of their workforces. Certain markets have begun to reopen, but with unsold inventory still languishing in the pipeline, the decision when to renew or increase production is a difficult one.

It is a situation that is even more complicated in the informal mining sector, which accounts for only a small portion of total production, but makes up the bulk of people earning their livelihood from gemstone and precious metal production. This weighs heavily on the communities that are dependent on the revenues they produce, and the situation is particularly acute in those countries where artisanal and small-scale mining dominates. Not only are the health systems often ill equipped to deal with the pandemic, but the loss of income and the inability to get goods to market can be particularly challenging.

CIBJO’s “Jewellery Industry Voices” webinar series looks at the impact and implications of the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis from the perspective of industry figures. The fifth edition will examine the impact and consequences of the global pandemic on the mining houses and the informal sector, both economically and socially .

Entitled “THE COVID EFFECT: Impact on Mining and Mining Communities,” the fifth Jewellery Industry Voices webinar features three leading industry experts – Feriel Zerouki, Senior Vice President of International & Ethical Initiatives at the De Beers Group; Peter Karakchiev, Head of the International Relations Department at ALROSA; and Estelle Levin-Nally, Founder of Levin Sources.

CIBJO’s Jewellery Industry Voices webinar series is produced with the support of the Italian Exhibition Group, organiser of the VICENZAORO jewellery shows.

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TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2020
Session 1
London/Lisbon: 10:00 AM / Paris/Berlin: 11:00 AM / Mumbai: 2:30 PM /  Hong Kong/Shanghai: 5:00 PM / Sydney: 7:00 PM
Session 2
Los Angeles: 10:00 AM / New York: 1:00 PM / London/Lisbon: 6:00 PM / Paris/Berlin: 7:00 PM / Mumbai: 10:30 PM

Taking place in two sessions on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, the upcoming Home Gemology webinar is presented by Rui Galopim de Carvalho, who this time will be telling the stories behind some of the most famous pearls in history.

Presenting and describing several remarkable archaeological discoveries, some very large and others natural blisters, Rui will also consider the veracity of Cleopatra’s legendary bet with Marc Anthony, where in an effort to show who could host the most extravagant banquet it is said that she crushed an almost priceless large pearl from a pair of earrings and dissolved it in a goblet of vinegar, before drinking it.

Rui will also review some of the record-breaking sales of pearl jewellery at auction over the past several years. Among them is the pearl and diamond necklace pictured above. It that belonged to Josephine de Beauharnais (1807-1876), queen of Sweden and Norway, which was sold in 2014 at Sotheby’s for $3.42 million. Photo © Sotheby’s

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THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2020
New York: 7:00 AM / London: 12:00 PM / Milan; 1:00 PM / Dubai: 3:00 PM / Mumbai: 4:30 PM / Hong Kong: 7:00 PM

The COVID-19 pandemic has come as a reality check, underscoring how powerless human society can be when faced by the forces of nature. The fact that, in just a matter of weeks, a microbe brought the most powerful nations and their economies almost to a dead halt, should have imprinted on the consciousness of the world community the need to act responsibly when taking actions that impact on the environment and greater society. It will be a lesson that is likely to influence consumers when making future purchasing decisions.

Great strides have been made in the gemstone and jewellery industry over the past 20 years, in the development of general awareness of Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainability, as well as systems and platforms designed to protect the health and wellbeing of all stakeholders and the integrity of the value chain. Not only are these likely to retain their relevance in a post-COVID environment, but they are likely to become more widely used than ever before. The public will demand it.

CIBJO’s “Jewellery Industry Voices” webinar series looks at the impact and implications of the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis from the perspective of industry figures.

Entitled “ Sustainability: More relevant post-COVID than ever before ,” the fourth Jewellery Industry Voices webinar features three leading industry experts – Philip Olden , President of CIBJO’s Responsible Sourcing Commission; Iris Van der Veken, Executive Director of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC); and Christina Miller , Founder of Christina T Miller Sustainable Jewelry Consulting.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 2020
8:00 AM PDT / 9:00 AM MDT /10:00 AM CDT / 11:00 AM EDT / 4:00 PM London / 5:00 PM Paris / 7:00 PM Dubai /
9:30 PM Mumbai / 11:00 PM Hong Kong

Following the enthusiastic audience response to the first “Mine to Design” webinar, CIBJO invites you to participate free of charge in Part 2 of the webinar, taking place on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, starting at 11:00 AM U.S. EDT. It once again considers the influence of where a gemstone is mined on the design of the jewellery in which it set.

The webinar is a collaboration between CIBJO and Greenland Ruby, featuring the company’s CCO Hayley Henning.

The lineup of speakers is the same as Part 1, with Hayley interviewing jewellery designers Erica Courtney, Deirdre Featherstone, Stephen Webster, Victor Velyan and Ulrik Hartmann, about how traveling to different gem mining areas around the world has influenced their creativity, design choices and business strategies.

The webinar will investigate how each designer’s personal experience visiting mining areas inspired the process about how they go about their work, and how this in turn impacted their businesses. Panelists will address audience questions not reached in Part 1 of the series, and will also provide some more insights on how trips to the mining sites convert experiences into sales revenue.

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TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2020
Session 1
London/Lisbon: 10:00 AM / Paris/Berlin: 11:00 AM / Mumbai: 2:30 PM /  Hong Kong/Shanghai: 5:00 PM / Sydney: 7:00 PM
Session 2
Los Angeles: 10:00 AM / New York: 1:00 PM / London/Lisbon: 6:00 PM / Paris/Berlin: 7:00 PM / Mumbai: 10:30 PM

Taking place in two sessions on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, the upcoming webinar is presented by Rui Galopim de Carvalho and will concentrate the subject of Jadeite Jade, or as it is known in China and much of the Far East,  翡翠 Fei Cui. He is joined by Edward Liu PhD FGA, a well known scientist and research gemmologist, who also serves as Vice-Chairman of the Gemmological Association of Hong Kong.

Considered a secondary gemstone category in much the West, jade and jadeite products are wildly popular in the Far East, with estimates as to the real value of the market running in excess of $8 billion per annum. To the surprise of many, this makes it jewellery’s most popular gemstone category after diamonds. Almost all sales take place in China and other eastern markets.

Dr. Liu and his colleagues in Hong Kong and China are involved in a project aimed at creating a set of internationally recognized standards for testing Fei Cui, and thus raising its profile and popularity globally. In this in respect, they are collaborating with CIBJO, at whose most recent congress he made a detailed presentation to a special session. The work being done will also be discussed during the webinar.

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THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2020
New York: 10:00 AM / London: 3:00 PM / Milan; 4:00 PM / Dubai: 6:00 PM / Mumbai: 7:30 PM / Hong Kong: 10:00 PM

There is widespread agreement that the COVID-19 pandemic will result in a massive restructuring of the business environment, driven as much by the widescale use of new technologies as it is by economic forces. Clearly, those companies that had already implemented online trading and digital management and marketing programmes were better equipped to deal with the lockdown that was implemented at the start of the crisis. And even now, as stores, offices and factories slowly reopen, the ongoing presence of the virus means that further disruptions are possible. Technology-driven coping mechanisms remain as relevant as ever.

It could well be that the most significant and enduring COVID Effect will be the technological transformation of the gem and jewellery industry, involving the extensive adoption by larger and smaller companies of systems that enable them to be operated remotely, and platforms that allow for goods to displayed, marketed and sold online. In essence, this has been a process that been taking place for some time already, but the coronavirus pandemic has accelerated it, turning it from an optional into an urgent requirement.

The webinar will examine how COVID-19 is transforming the jewellery and gemstone business technologically, and how in this respect it may become one of the most seminal events of the 21st Century. Entitled “The COVID Effect: The Technological Transformation of the Jewellery Industry,” the third Jewellery Industry Voices webinar features four leading industry experts – Stephane Fischler, Chair of the CIBJO Technology Committee and President of the World Diamond Council; David Block, President of Sarine Technologies, a research and development company that has pioneered and led technological progress in the industry; Mahiar Borhanjoo; CEO of UNI Diamonds, an operator of a groundbreaking online ecosystem that connects between vendors and buyers, securing the sale and safe delivery of polished diamonds anywhere on the globe; and Thomas BaIllod, founder of the Watch Trade Academy, a watch industry consultant who has long advocated for technology to disrupt traditional distribution models.

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THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2020
8:00 AM PDT / 9:00 AM MDT /10:00 AM CDT / 11:00 AM EDT / 4:00 PM London / 5:00 PM Paris / 7:00 PM Dubai /
9:30 PM Mumbai / 11:00 PM Hong Kong

CIBJO invites you to participate in a free webinar taking place on Thursday, May 7, 2020, starting at 11:00 AM U.S. EDT, which will consider the influence of where a gemstone is mined on the design of the jewellery in which it set.

The webinar is a collaboration between CIBJO and Greenland Ruby, and will feature the company’s CCO Hayley Henning interviewing jewellery designers Erica Courtney , Deirdre Featherstone , Stephen Webster , Victor Velyan and Ulrik Hartmann , about how traveling to different gem mining areas around the world has influenced their creativity, design choices and business strategies.

The webinar will investigate how each designer’s personal experience visiting mining areas inspired the process about how they go about their work, and how this in turn impacted their businesses. It will highlight the success of individuals who go out into the field to learn about and acquire the raw materials they use, and who have made ‘”origin” a major part of their story-telling and their art.

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TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2020
Session 1
London/Lisbon: 10:00 AM / Paris/Berlin: 11:00 AM / Mumbai: 2:30 PM /  Hong Kong/Shanghai: 5:00 PM / Sydney: 7:00 PM
Session 2
Los Angeles: 10:00 AM / New York: 1:00 PM / London/Lisbon: 6:00 PM / Paris/Berlin: 7:00 PM / Mumbai: 10:30 PM

Taking place in two sessions on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, the upcoming webinar is presented by Rui Galopim de Carvalho and will concentrate on Brazilian gemstone in jewellery of the 18th Century. He is joined by Luisa Penalva, curator of the Gold, Silver, and Jewellery Collections at the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga in Lisbon, Portugal. She will appear live from inside the museum.

The webinar follows up on earlier edition that focused on Brazilian diamonds and their impact on jewellery more than 200 years ago. This time attention shifts to coloured gemstones, including topazes, beryls, quartz varieties and chrysoberyl.

Participants will be provided a private tour of an iconic museum collection that should not be missed.

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FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2020
Session 1
London/Lisbon: 10:00 AM / Paris/Berlin: 11:00 AM / Mumbai: 2:30 PM /  Hong Kong/Shanghai: 5:00 PM / Sydney: 7:00 PM
Session 2
Los Angeles: 10:00 AM / New York: 1:00 PM / London/Lisbon: 6:00 PM / Paris/Berlin: 7:00 PM / Mumbai: 10:30 PM

Taking place in two sessions on Friday, May 1, 2020, the webinar is presented by Rui Galopim de Carvalho and concentrates on the fascinating and singular world of precious opals. He is joined by Damien Cody, a Director of Cody Opal Australia and the National Opal Collection.

Unlike most gemstones, opal does not have a defined crystalline structure, but rather an amorphous form containing million of tiny silica spheres of different sizes, by which individual stones display a unique array of spectral colors. They are mined in some of the world’s most remote locations.

Damien’s companies have received Australian government awards for both exporting and tourism. He and his brother Andrew are authors the “The Opal Story,” a book which now appears in five languages and been distributed in about 60,000 copies around the globe. They are now researching a comprehensive new publication covering all of the world’s opal deposits. In 2018 his company released a limited number of opal master sets for identification, classification and grading.

During the webinar, Damien introduces the new opal classification, and then focuses on Australian precious opals and their eight value factors.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2020
New York: 9:00 AM / London: 2:00 PM / Milan; 3:00 PM / Dubai: 5:00 PM / Mumbai: 6:30 PM / Hong Kong: 9:00 PM

More than three months since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, an increasing number of countries that have seen a flattening of the curve of new infections are taking the first steps toward ending the lockdown, which has enforced social distancing but has largely paralyzed business activity. This is not a simple process, mainly because the coronavirus is still present and the threat of a resurgence of cases remains real.

Carefully thought-out strategies for exiting the lockdown are critically important for the jewellery industry, with the goal being to return to a state of normalcy as soon as possible, while maintaining the safety of both staff and customers. All this takes into consideration that what was considered normal before the crisis will not necessarily be thought of as normal in its aftermath.

The second Jewellery Industry Voices webinar features leaders of four jewellery associations, each from a different country – Harriet Kelsall, Chair of the National Association of Jewellers (NAJ) in the United Kingdom; John Carter, President of the American Gem Society (AGS) in the United States; Anantha Padmanaban, Chairman of the All India Gems & Jewellery Domestic Council; and Steven Tranquilli, Chief Executive of Federpreziosi Confcommercio, the Italian Association of Jewellery, Silverware and Watches Enterprises. They will provide the perspective of thousands of their own colleagues, and also of their own experience as individual jewellers.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2020

Taking place in two sessions on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, the upcoming webinar is presented by Rui Galopim de Carvalho and will shed new light on the history, culture and gemmology of precious coral.

Joining Rui is Vincenzo (Enzo) Liverino, President of CIBJO’s Coral Commission and an internationally renowned coral specialist. Born into a family of precious coral carvers and traders in Torre del Greco, Italy, he is today owner of one of the world’s most important collections of coral jewellery, much of which is displayed in the museum he established in his hometown. He also is an environmental activist, dedicated to helping save shallow-water coral reefs threatened by global warming and ocean acidification.

The webinar will focus on precious coral from the Mediterranean, Corallium rubrum, which has been used since antiquity, and valued and used by diverse cultures across the globe. The speakers will draw the distinction between precious corals, which are deep-water species, and the shallow-water reef building corals, which are considerably more likely to be endangered by climate change, and will discuss issues related to responsible harvesting and sustainability.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2020

Taking place in two sessions on Friday, April 24, 2020, the upcoming webinar is presented by Rui Galopim de Carvalho and will provide a brief look at diamonds.

Providing an historic overview of jewellery’s most valuable product category, the presentation will be illustrated with some of the famous diamonds ever discovered, and provide a gemologist’s insight into the natural stone, as well as background about laboratory-grown diamonds and imitation diamonds.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2020

As we enter what for many is a second month of economic lockdown and social isolation caused by COVID-19, jewellery businesses throughout the supply chain are looking for immediate solutions. There is a growing realization that the industry as we knew it will be inexorably changed when the pandemic ends, but first it is necessary to keep one’s head above water.

Navigating through the stormy waters of this unprecedented predicament is not a simple task. This virus did not come with a script, as one pundit in the UK has opined. No-one has a crystal ball, and none of us can see into the future. But there are signs of hope. China is starting to come out of lockdown and Chow Tai Fook, Asia’s largest retail jeweller, has seen positive reactions from its customers as it reopens stores. How can jewellery retailers both large and small, survive today and be best prepared for the day when business returns?

Entitled “Surviving the COVID-19 Lockdown” the first Jewellery Industry Voices webinar features three leading industry experts – Tiffany Stevens, President and CEO of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC), a New York-based organization that provides legal services for the jewellery trade and represents the industry before U.S. government bodies; Erik Jens, CEO of LuxuryFintech.com, who formerly headed the diamond and jewellery group at ABN AMRO, the industry’s largest financier; and Amit Dhamani, CEO and President of the Dhamani Jewels Group, a major jewellery manufacturer and retailer headquartered in Dubai.

CIBJO President Gaetano Cavalieri introduces the series.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 2020

The topic was selected after a public survey, in which participants were requested to choose one subject that had already been covered in the Home Gemmology webinar series, which began at at the start of the coronavirus lockdown on March 18.

It covers the definition of an emerald, nomenclature, the history of the early sources and the challenges posed by origin determination. While some may familiar with the material from the original Home Gemmology webinar, or from lectures delivered by Rui during GemTalks at VicenzaOro and Gem Tips of AIGS Thailand, new content and slides have been added.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2020

The webinar features special guest Vincent Pardieu, the renowned adventurer and field gemmologist, who over the past 20 years has undertaken almost 150 expeditions, retrieving gemstone specimens from some of the most remote and often the most dangerous spots on the earth.

A prolific photographer and writer, Vincent has captured many of experiences on video, presenting and recounting them them to professional and non-professional audiences around the world. In this webinar, he introduces Field Gemology, explaining why it is important today and why it will be even more important in the future. He provides insight about how one may go into the field to visit gem producing areas, how to prepare, and what it takes to become a good field gemmologist.

For audience members who these days are largely confined to area of their homes, Vincent affords them the opportunity of a journey into the great unknown, in search of the world’s most elusive gemstones.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 2020

Webinar participants are provided a brief introduction to ruby nomenclature, and then take a walk through the gemstone’s historical sources, as well as the production areas where rubies are being mined today.

In particular, Rui discusses the Mogok Stone Tract in Myanmar (formerly Burma), which is the most prominent historical source for fine-quality rubies, producing several of the most remarkable stones ever discovered. These include the 196.1-carat Hixon ruby, currently at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, and the 25.59-carat Sunrise Ruby, which broke the $30 million mark when it was sold at Sotheby’s Geneva in 2015, set in a ring by Cartier, setting a per carat price record of more than $1.26 million.

The webinar is geared for as wide as an audience as possible, including professionals and gem lovers.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2020

The webinar is presented by Rui Galopim de Carvalho, who is joined this time by special guest Dr Eloïse Gaillou. She is a scientist specialising in opals and diamonds, who is curator of the historic MINES ParisTech Mineralogy Museum in Paris. The title of the webinar is ” Colour in Natural Diamonds: To be perfect or not?”

Rui and Eloïse discuss the science behind these rare gemstones, explaining how an understanding is critical to determining the authenticity of the colours, and how that is relevant to the trade and to laboratory reports.

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