World of Gems to Draw International Crowd

Jewelers and gemologists from around the world will be in attendance at the World of Gems Conference, Sept. 13-14 in Chicago.

“We have attracted industry members from all over the world including the UK, Germany, Canada, and all across the U.S.,” said Richard Drucker, conference chair. “Our respected group of industry speakers have attracted nearly 150 registrants.”

The conference is being produced by Gemworld International, Inc., along with the American Gem Trade Association Gemological Testing Center.

The conference theme is “Integration of Information.” Seminars will include treatments, identification, pricing, disclosure, legal concerns, origin, diamond light performance, grading techniques and much more. The keynote speaker is John Koivula of GIA. Other speakers include Gary Roskin of JCK, Dr. James Shigley of GIA, Dr. Lore Kiefert of AGTA, Richard Drucker of Gemworld, Chris Smith of AGL, and several more. The complete list of speakers and the agenda can be viewed at

The cost of the conference is $395 and includes all breakfasts and lunches with a cocktail reception on Saturday. Subscribers of the GemGuide or members of AGTA receive a $50 discount. There is no specific deadline for signing up, but the hotel room block rate deadline is Aug. 22, so interested persons are encouraged to go online immediately to sign up and to ensure a room at the Hyatt Regency host hotel.

For full conference information for this event, go to to register and to reserve hotel rooms.

Gemworld is the producer of the GemGuide and GemGuide Appraisal Software, and the AGTA Gemological Testing Center is celebrating its 10-year anniversary as an independent major colored gemstone laboratory in New York.