GemFest Asia 2007 Set for Hong Kong, Sept. 27

The Gemological Institute of America will host “GemFest Asia – Hong Kong 2007: State of the Global Jewelry Industry,” on Sept. 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The event, sponsored by the GIA Alumni Association, will take place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibit Centre in conjunction with the annual Hong Kong Jewellery and Watch Fair.

Industry leaders will discuss the latest research and trends in gems and jewelry. Presentations will be given by Mink Stavenga, dean of the GIA School of Business; Tom Moses, senior vice president of GIA Laboratory and Research; and Ken Scarratt, director of research of the GIA Laboratory Thailand.

Stavenga said he will provide an overview of current global jewelry conditions and how they are changing. “We plan to discuss increased competition from other luxury product categories, the changing patterns of consumer consumption, and the impact of different financing methods and distribution channels in the jewelry industry.”

Moses and Scarratt will provide a GIA Laboratory Update addressing new pearl treatments, recent developments with beryllium-diffused corondum, the latest in diamond treatments, and the laboratory’s international expansion services.

GemFest Asia – Hong Kong 2007 will also commemorate the 25th anniversaries of the Japan and Hong Kong GIA Alumni Association chapters, honoring them with recognition plaques.

GIA alumni who attend GIA’s GemFest Asia will receive six Carat Points in the Alumni Circle of Achievement. Admission is free; however, space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. To register for the event, visit www.gia.edu/alumni, e-mail events@gia.edu, or call 760-603-4205 by Sept. 14.