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Gem-A Conference Adds Herzog and Saul to Speaker Platform

Oct 3, 2014 4:17 PM   By Gem-A
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Press Release: The Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A) has announced two new extra-special speakers for the Gem-A Conference 2014, scheduled for  November 1 to 4 at the Business Design Centre in Islington.

Joining the confirmed group of 13 top international speakers, world-renowned specialist Dr. Franz Herzog will run two exclusive workshops on chemical analysis, using a portable Energy Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence device (EDXRF), on the morning and afternoon of Monday  November 3. A must see event for those interested in lab technology,  Herzog's experience working as an analyst at the Gem Research Swiss Lab (GRS) makes him one of the world's foremost specialists when it comes to studying gemstones using EDXRF technology.

Alongside the addition of  Herzog, the conference welcomes founding member of the International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA) and author of two of the most exciting gem-related publications released in recent years ("The Tale Told in All Lands" and "A Geologist Speculates"), John M. Saul. 

Accompanying Dr. Richard Hughes, FGA, of Lotus Gemmology, Saul will expand on the subject of Hughes' talk: Heretical Gemology, and will assist Hughes in challenging some of the fundamental concepts accepted by nearly all gemologists. 
These two new speakers join a list of the world's leading voices in the gemological community including: Bruce Bridges, Edward Boehm GG CG, Dr. Thomas Hainschwang FGA, Alan Hart FGA DGA, Dr. Ulrich Henn, Brian Cook, Vincent Pardieu GG, Craig Lynch GG, Chris Smith FGA, Terry Coldham FGAA, Dr. Menahem Sevdermish FGA, Richard Hughes FGA and Dr. Laurent Cartier FGA, Richard Drucker GG, Mikko Åström FGA and Alberto Scarani GG, Greg Valerio, Vivien Johnston and Dana Shorr. 

Gem-A's 2014 Conference will build on the accomplishments of last year's event by continuing to run the only conference dedicated solely to the study of gems and diamonds throughout the U.K. Discussing the ongoing success of Gem-A's annual conference, our CEO James Riley said, "Last week we announced new sponsors and supporters for our conference and this week we're lucky enough to be able to announce two new speakers as well. It just goes to show how our conference is growing in its reach and how more people in the jewelry industry are considering the beauty and importance of both diamonds and gemstones." 

Riley continued, "For anybody serious about surviving as a jeweler, a solid knowledge of gems and diamonds, along with an understanding of how the industry is developing and what treatments, synthetics or simulants are currently being used is essential. We encourage anyone looking to develop their skills or continue their professional development to come along and see what's on offer."

For more information on all the events and speakers at the Gem-A Conference 2014, please visit the conference section on the Gem-A website or contact them directly via: or +0.20.7404.3334
About Gem-A

The Gemmological Association of Great Britain, or Gem-A, a London-based educational charity, is the world's longest established provider of gem education and a membership organization that forms an international community of gem professionals and enthusiasts. Gem-A seeks to serve the best interests of the gem and jewelry industries worldwide through its commitment to supporting gemological research and high educational and trade standards. For information see Please direct any further media inquiries to To find out more about Gem-A in general, please follow us on Twitter: Facebook: and LinkedIn:

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