Wednesday 4th September 2019

18th Paris Gemmological Rendez Vous Symposium to Focus on Diamonds

The prestigious annual gems symposium will take place on September 9, 2019, at l’ASIEM, 6 rue Albert de Lapparent, Paris, France. It will cover diamond mining news, the current state of the market and colored diamonds, as well as the scientific, gemological and historic features of natural diamonds.

Didier Giard, president of the French Association of Gemmology, will moderate the symposium. The speakers will include some of the diamond industry’s heaviest hitters: Jim Pounds, Executive Vice-President Diamonds, Dominion Diamond Mines, Martin Rapaport, Chairman, Rapaport; Peter Karakchiev, Head of the International Relations Department, ALROSA; Eddy Vleeschdraeger, Director of the Scientific and Technical Research Center for Diamonds (WTOCD - Belgium); Feriel Zerouki, Senior Vice-President of International Relations and Ethical Initiatives, De Beers; Alan Bronstein, President of the Natural Color Diamond Association; Aurélien Delaunay, director of the French Laboratory Of Gemmology (LFG); David Fisher, Principal Scientist, De Beers Technology; Richard Duffy, CEO of Petra Diamonds; and Stéphane Fischler, President of the World Diamond Council.

The one-day event will run from 9:15 a.m. to 6 p.m.  All presentations will be in English or French with simultaneous translation. To register, email

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