The Women’s Jewelry Association’s Boston chapter announced that it will partner with Harvard University’s Mineralogical & Geological Museum for a special event, Do Diamonds Matter?, on April 5 that will include an impressive lineup of jewelry and gemological experts.
The panel discussion, which will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the museum’s auditorium at 24 Oxford St. (adjacent to the Harvard Museum of Natural History), will explore the potential future of diamonds. A reception will follow the group discussion.
Experts on the panel will include Raquel Alonso-Perez, Ph.D., FGA, curator of Harvard’s Mineralogical & Geological Museum; Alan Bronstein, president of the Natural Color Diamond Association (NCDIA); Brandee Dallow, president of the international board of the Women’s Jewelry Association; Alan Hart, FGA, CDA, CEO, Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A); Adonis Pouroulis, chairman of London-based Petra Diamonds; Gary Roskin, G.G. (GIA), FGA, executive director of the International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA); and Jennifer Schloss, physics Ph.D. candidate, Harvard University.
The discussion will be moderated by Emily Stoehrer, Ph.D., Rita J. Kaplan and Susan B. Kaplan curator of jewelry at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.
“Panelists will consider the continued popularity of the diamond and its future as an engagement ring gem, as well as the growing popularity of colored diamonds and other gems,” reads a prepared statement on the event. “The panel will also discuss diamond’s fascinating role in a variety of industrial and technological fields, and the introduction of lab-grown diamonds in the jewelry market.”
(Photo at top: Gems, jewels, and specimen from the collection of Mineralogical & Geological Museum, Harvard University, courtesy of the museum)