ICA Will Honor Past President with Lifetime Achievement Award

Paolo Valentini, founding member and past president of The
International Colored Gemstone Association will receive an ICA Lifetime
Achievement Award for his service to the gem trade, during ICA’s 14th biennial
Congress in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, May 1–4.

Hecliton Santini Henriques, president of the Brazilian Gems
and Jewellery Trade Association will also be recognized for his work promoting

Valentini joined the ICA board in 1987 and served as
president from 1995 to 1999. He launched the ICA Pavilion at the Hong Kong
International Jewellery Fair and pioneered several successful marketing
projects. He is currently the vice president of the Pearls and Diamond Dealers

Henriques has served as president of IBGM since 1998. He
coordinated and supervised programs that provided training, information, and
sales promotion for the Brazilian gems and jewelry sector.

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