The Gemological Institute of America Alumni Association will hold its GemFest Hong Kong 2008 during the Hong Kong Jewellery & Watch Fair on Friday, Sept. 19 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Room 601.
GemFest Hong Kong will include a presentation by Dr. James Shigley, GIA distinguished research fellow, on how GIA scientists collect and analyze samples from known geographic sources to support the Institute’s country-of-origin reports and build an ever-expanding database of gemological information on colored gemstones.
GemFest participants will also hear about Shigley’s recent expedition to gem mining sites in Tanzania.
The morning’s presentation will be followed by a question and answer session featuring Shigley and Kenneth Scarratt, managing director, Southeast Asia and director, GIA Research, Thailand.
The GemFest Hong Kong will start at 8:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast, followed by the GemFest presentation at 9 a.m., then followed by the Q&A period. The event will end at 10:30 a.m.