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AGA to Host 'Through the Looking Glass' Forum

Group Plans Discussion for Las Vegas

Apr 30, 2012 11:16 AM   By Ricci Dipshan
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RAPAPORT... The Accredited Gemologists Association (AGA) will host a forum entitled “Through the Looking Glass – The Future of Diamonds” at its AGA Las Vegas Conference on May 31.  

The forum, which will be moderated by Alex Grizenko, the chief executive of manufacturer Lucent Diamonds and an expert on new diamond technologies, will focus on how diamond demand will change over the next decade; what role synthetic diamonds and new technologies will play in the industry, and trends in the market. 

Panelists for this forum include Martin Rapaport, the chairman of the Rapaport Group, who will touch on the ethical trade and the fair trade market, and discuss the growing global demand for diamonds.

Joining Rapaport will be professional geologist Howard Coppersmith, who has more than 35 years of experience in diamond deposits, mining and development.   Coopersmith will talk about the future of diamond mining and how the diamond supply will change over the next few decades.

Sonny Pope, the chief executive of manufacturer Suncrest Diamonds will also address the panel.  Pope, who has been actively involved in the high pressure, high temperature (HPHT) field for some 25 years, will discuss what HPHT technology means for the future of diamond treatments.

The future of diamond technology will further be examined by Jay Neogi, co-founder of Serenity Technologies Inc., which focuses on color enhancement and polishing of diamonds.   Specifically, Neogi will shed light on how new diamond technologies can allow the industry to keep up with the increasing demand for color diamonds.

Neogi will be joined by Robert  Linares, a co-developer of CVD Technology, and an expert on crystal growth technologies.  Linares will explain the new advancements in crystal growth methods and how these can be extended beyond the diamond and jewelry industry.

James Shigley, a research fellow at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), will discuss how grading labs distinguish between natural and synthetic diamonds, as well as natural color and treated color diamonds.

Participants at the AGA conference will also have the opportunity to see new diamond technology at work.  New technology company Diasign will demonstrate a prototype laser -based diamond inspection instrument with the ability to distinguish between naturally minded and lab grown diamonds. 
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