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GIA to host educational seminar on coloured gemstones in Africa
This initiative is part of extending its benefication endeavours in Africa
By: Diamond World News Service
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Nov 12 2012 11:05AM
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GIA (Gemological Institute of America) will sponsor and host educational seminars in Kenya and Tanzania, on the subjects of coloured gemstones. The Institute is looking upon this initiative as one that will expand its beneficiation endeavours in Africa. The seminars are slated between November 13 and 14, 2012.

GIA has been contributing to the industry’s expanded beneficiation initiative in Africa through education programs in gem source countries. It has conducted classes in Botswana and South Africa and established partnerships with government agencies and universities throughout Africa including Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia.

At the forthcoming seminars, Robert Weldon, GIA’s manager of photography and visual communications and a noted expert on colored gems, will discuss the role of East African gemstones in the global marketplace. He noted that “East Africa produces some of the world’s most beautiful colored stones, and I can’t emphasize how much effort goes into making them available to the rest of the world.” Weldon carries with him the experience of gem research excursions and speaking engagements across the globe including Brazil, Columbia, China, and now Kenya and Tanzania. His works have been chronicled in GIA and other trade publications.

Discussions at the seminar will include cover characteristics of East African gems, market trends affecting them and insight into the U.S. market. Weldon’s discussions on gem sustainability will focus on ethical sourcing, and effective photograph can help gems and jewelry promotion. GIA representatives from South Africa and the U.S. will be present to assist with questions during the sessions.

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