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French Association of Gemmology gears up for Paris event

The Association Française de Gemmologie (the French Association of Gemmology) is putting the final touches to its 18th Paris Gemmological Rendez Vous, which takes place on September 9.

The moderator of the symposium is Didier Giard, president of the French Association of Gemmology and a member of the French Academy of Overseas Sciences.

Commenting on the event, Giard said: “This edition of the Paris Gemmological Symposium is taking place at a time when the whole diamond world is questioning itself about its future, and in that sense, it is really a strategic symposium.

“As a geo-politician myself, I would suggest that the importance of the evolution in the diamond business is similar to that for international relations and global trade.

“For the past 21 years, the Paris Gemmolgical Rendez Vous has developed an atmosphere of friendly exchanges, an opportunity for every position to be heard, and sufficient time to let speakers express their views in full.

“The audience is comprised of miners, cutters, manufacturers, dealers, a very large participation on the part of major brands, research people and lab scientists, institutions, sometimes political leaders, students, media and many lovers of gems.

“On top of all that, we provide hospitality and a wonderful atmosphere for our guests. This makes a unique cocktail that we want to share,” he added.

Speakers at the event include 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 and Alan Bronstein, president of the Natural Colour Diamond Association.

The Gemmolgical Rendez Vous is a one-day event and will have simultaneous French and English translation. To register, please send an email to:

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