Inhorgenta 2017 Set to Impress with Gem Forum and Pearl Forum Seminars

Munich-based trade event Inhorgenta has taken its seminar content up a notch for 2017, incorporating a Gem Forum and its fourth annual Pearl Forum on the opening two days of the show.

The international buying event, which officially opens its doors on February 18, will welcome a plethora of speakers, including jewellery expert Joanna Hardy FGA DGA, GemWorld International president, Richard Drucker FGA (honorary), and pearl expert Dr Hubert Bari. 

Alongside its seminar programme, Inhorgenta offers its 'Carat' hall dedicated to gemstone, diamond and pearl wholesalers. The range on offer also includes natural geodes, discs and many other gemstone specimens. 

Assessing the gems on display at Inhorgenta Munich 2016

Inhorgenta 2017 Gemstone Forum schedule – Saturday 18 February 

Once the excitement of the morning has died down, Inhorgenta will present its Gemstone Forum, starting with a talk by Joanna Hardy from 2.30pm-3.30pm titled 'Coloured Gemstones in Jewellery Design Through the Ages'.  

This will be swiftly followed by 'Exploring the World for New Gem Discoveries' – a lecture by gemstone miner, trader and 'modern Indiana Jones', Yianni Melas. 

Melas is perhaps best-known for discovering 'Aquaprase'; a type of chalcedony that had evaded discovery until 2015. The Greek explorer discovered the bluish-green, translucent gem in Africa, although a more precise location remains undisclosed to the public. According to a report by the GIA, who authenticated the material: "Although chalcedony varieties such as chrysoprase and Gem Silica are well known and occur in yellowish green and greenish blue colours, the colour of this material was distinctly different from any African chalcedony examined by GIA to date."

The Gemstone Forum offer will continue with an update on gemstone treatments and deposits by Dr Claudio Millisenda (DGemG), who will conduct his talk at 3.30pm in German. Visitors can, however, benefit from a translation service played through a headset. Finally, the day one schedule will conclude with a talk by Gemworld International president, Richard Drucker FGA (hons), who will discuss 'Pricing Colour: The Methodology and Challenges'.

Any visitors to Munich who return to the show for day two, Sunday February 19, will also have the chance to experience the fourth annual Pearl Forum – a series of talks and seminars that have proved especially popular in recent editions of the trade event. Take a look at the video below to see Dr Laurent Cartier FGA sharing his words of wisdom at the 2016 Pearl Forum...

The theme for the 2017 Pearl Forum focuses on unexpected types of pearls, including finding innovative ways of using pearls in jewellery and creative means to market them. ‘The Rare and Unique World of Natural Pearls’ will be the first talk of the day at 10.30am, led by Dr Hubert Bari. Dr Bari is a graduate of the University of Strasbourg and a lecturer at the National Museum of Natural History in Paris. He has dedicated years to designing and organising exhibitions, and was the first to introduce audio guide systems more than 20-years ago. More recently, Dr Bari orchestrated the Pearls Exhibition, which travelled from Qatar to Tokyo in 2012, and later to London’s Victoria & Albert museum. 

A selection of pearls on display at Inhorgenta Munich 2016

At 11am, Douglas McLaurin, of Cortez Pearls, will discuss pearls from Mexico, followed by a discussion on ‘Pushing the Boundaries of Pearl Design’ by designer Melanie Georgacopoulous. Both of these lectures will be quickly succeeded by ‘Selling Pearls Online: Connecting with the Millennial Market’ – a talk by Pearl Paradise founder, Jeremy Shepherd. 

Read more: Diving into the World of New Zealand Paua Shells

Shepherd founded PearlParadise.com after discovering the world of pearls during his travels around Asia. Today, the digital company with its ‘farm-direct prices’ approach is worth a staggering $20 million, despite very little advertising.

The fourth annual Pearl Forum will conclude with a screening of ‘Power of Pearls’ – a film created by directors Ahbra Perry and Taylor Higgins of On the Reel Productions. The duo has travelled extensively to some of the most remote regions of the earth in order to learn more about pearls. Their film, which uses a combination of underwater, aerial and slow motion footage, will be formally premiered later this year. ■ 

Take a look at the trailer for ‘Power of Pearls’ below… 

Interested in finding out more about gemmology? Sign-up to one of Gem-A's courses or workshops.

If you would like to subscribe to Gems&Jewellery and The Journal of Gemmology please visit Membership.

All photos by Inhorgenta Munich, except where otherwise stated. 

Investigating Ammolite with Canadian Mining Specialist Korite

Investigating Ammolite with Canadian Mining Specialist Korite

Korite is at the forefront of ammolite mining and production, with plans now in place to expand its operation in Canada. Sarah Jordan speaks to the company's president, Jay Maull, to discover how a booming Chinese market, Feng Shui and adventurous jewellery designers are supporting this fascinating gemstone.

Read more


Speaker in the Spotlight: Q&A with John Benjamin

Speaker in the Spotlight: Q&A with John Benjamin

A Freeman of the Goldsmiths’ Company, Founder Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars as well as a regular contributor to BBC Televsion's Antique Roadshow, John Benjamin sits down with Gem-A to discuss his passion behind antique collectibles.

Read more


Investigating the Opinion of Laboratory Reports and Geographic Origin of Gemstones

Investigating the Opinion of Laboratory Reports and Geographic Origin of Gemstones

This article by Guy Lalous ACAM EG summarises the nature of opinions on geographical origin reports from The Journal of Gemmology discussing ways to improve the helpfulness and transparency of gemmological testing and grading reports.

Read more


Marcia Lanyon Announces Plans to Retire from the Industry

Marcia Lanyon Announces Plans to Retire from the Industry

Founder of Marcia Lanyon Ltd, a global gemstone supplier to leading jewellery designers, Marcia Lanyon has announced she is to retire from the industry towards the end of 2017.

Read more


Can Gemstones Bring Prosperity to Malawi?

Can Gemstones Bring Prosperity to Malawi?

Deborah Craig FGA DGA, head of the Africa Team at International Women in Mining (IWIM) and board member within the organisation, reports on her recent trip to Malawi.

Read more


Gemstone Photographer of The Year 2017 Is Back!

Gemstone Photographer of The Year 2017 Is Back!

Every year Gem-A gives its members and students the chance to show off their skills with the camera lens and creative eye for innovation with its gemstone photographer of the year competition. Have you got what it takes to be Gem-A's gemstone photographer of 2017?

Read more


Rio Tinto Reveals The 2.11ct Argyle Everglow Red Diamond

Rio Tinto Reveals The 2.11ct Argyle Everglow Red Diamond

It is always an exciting time of year when Rio Tinto unveils what has been discovered at its Argyle diamond mine. Typically, this is beautiful pink diamonds, with the occasional purplish violet tones. Even rarer still are the fancy red diamonds, that remain a mysterious quantity even today.

Read more


Birthstone Guide: Peridot for Those Born in August

Birthstone Guide: Peridot for Those Born in August

Lily Faber FGA, gemmology and diamond tutor at Gem-A unveils the striking tones of Peridot, the August birthstone; a fitting beauty of nature to compliment the vibrant and zesty 2017 Pantone Colour of the year, 'Greenery'.

Read more