The first edition of a new Portuguese language newsletter dedicated to gemmology, gems, and jewelry has been launched to fill the gap in the Portuguese trade and consumer media, according to its founder. Called Portugal Gemas, the newsletter will be produced on a quarterly basis and be distributed electronically in PDF format.
“The Portuguese-speaking world has under-catered to when it comes gemmological information, which to date has been disseminated in a disorganised and deficient manner,” said Rui Galopim de Carvalho, founder and editor. “Portugal Gemas is designed as a contribution to remedy the situation. Members of the gem and jewelry trade, as well as gemmology students, antique dealers, collectors and the interested public will have now access to up to date information in Portuguese about the world of gems and jewels, both in Portugal and throughout the world.”
Free subscriptions to Portugal Gemas are available through the LABGEM Web site. The PDF newsletter will be distributed to those who register by email.
The first edition of Portugal Gemas is highlighted by articles on Ceylon sapphire, coloured foils in 18th Century jewelry and the upcoming contemporary jewelry exhibition “Jóias Reais” in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Also included is a news section, events, an agenda and information on gemmological education in Portugal.