CIBJO to Hold ‘Tourmaline Day’ on May 19

CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, has announced ‎the featured gemstone and the dates of its third annual gemological mini-conference. ‎Entitled “Tourmaline Day,” the conference will take place during the 2012 CIBJO ‎Congress (May 17 to 20) and VICENZAORO Spring (May 19 to 23) in Vicenza, Italy. ‎
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Exclusively focusing on tourmaline, a mineral group that includes gemstones of many ‎colors, which are sourced on all five continents, the conference will include a series of ‎presentations and discussions about current gemological research and knowledge. It will ‎take place on May 19, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Palladio Room at ‎Fiera di Vicenza. ‎
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CIBJO logoThe “Tourmaline Day” gemological mini-conference will coincide with the first day of ‎VICENZAORO Spring, and is being organized by CIBJO in full cooperation with Fiera di ‎Vicenza, the chief sponsor and host of the 2012 CIBJO Congress.‎
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The conference is the initiative of Dr. Margherita Superchi, a renowned Italian gemologist ‎who is the immediate past president of the CIBJO gemological commission. She ‎originally proposed three years ago that an annual gemological mini-conference become ‎part of the CIBJO Congress, which she noted brings together participants from across ‎the jewelry sector, where gemology is a common interest and concern. CIBJO congresses, said Dr. Superchi, are ideal events for gemologists, jewelers and other ‎industry professionals to discuss recent gemstone research and to offer and receive ‎gemological updates.‎
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‎”Following the successes of ‘Emerald Day’ in Porto, Portugal, in 2011 and ‘Ruby Day’ in ‎Munich, Germany, in 2010, one would have expected that sapphire be the logical choice ‎for the third annual gemological mini-conference,” said Superchi, who once again is ‎the conference chairperson and organizer. “However, the officers of CIBJO’s gemological commission and I felt that, while tourmaline is gaining rapid recognition ‎among jewelry retailers and consumers alike, there is relatively little attention paid to its ‎gemological aspects. We saw this as a great opportunity to help change this and we are ‎proud to have found a distinguished panel of experts to present a set of fascinating ‎lectures.” ‎
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