CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation has planned to introduce a gemological mini conference at the beginning of the 2010 congress. The purpose is to make it an important part of each subsequent future congress. This year, the theme for the gemmological mini conference is “Ruby Day”. The conference includes presentation and discussion about the research and finding of ruby, the red gemstone variety of the mineral corundum.
On Feb. 19th at the International Congress Centre Messe Muenchen, the event takes place. Ruby day conference is an idea of Dr. Margherita Superchi, the renowned Italian gemologist and the president of the CIBJO Gemmological Commission. It is an opportunity hired at free of cost for gemmological, jewelers and other industry professional to talk about recent gemstone research and gemmological updates from CIBJO congress.
The list of speakers in Ruby Day Conference includes
Wolfgang Hofmeister, Dean of the Faculty for Chemistry, Pharmacy and Geosciences of the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany.
Topic: Mineralogy of ruby deposits connecting North-Vietnam and South-China
Pornsawat Wathanakul, Academic Adviser of the Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand (GIT); Head of the Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand.
Topic: Low temperature treatment of Mong Hsu ruby
Kenneth Scarratt, Managing Director, South East Asia & Director, GIA Laboratory, Bangkok, Thailand.
Topic: Rubies from Mozambique, before and after treatment
Adolf Peretti, Director of the GRS Laboratories, Geneva, Switzerland
Topic: Occurrence and identification of rubies from Winza, Tanzania
Claudio Milisenda, Director of the Deutsche Stiftung für Edelstein Forschung (DSEF) – the German Gem Lab, Idar Oberstein, Germany.
Topic: Recent observations on synthetic rubies
Michael S. Krzemnicki, Director of the Schweizerische Stiftung für Edelstein-Forschung (SSEF) – Swiss Gemmological Institute, Basel, Switzerland.
Topic: Heating and diffusion processes on rubies: characteristics, detection and declaration
Elena Gambini, Head of Gem Materials Department, Centro Informazione e Servizi Gemmologici (CISGEM) – Centre for Information and Services on Gemmology, Milan, Italy.
Topic: Glass in rubies: various cases, their detection and declaration