Anyone working with diamonds needs to constanty update oneself on all aspects of the industry. New techniques for both the production and identification of synthetic diamonds and treatments is constantly developing, the standards for grading varies depending on who you ask and there is a need to evaluate the certificates issued by different labs. There is also a growing demand for ethical and environmentaly friendly produced diamonds and gemstones.
Topics concerning diamonds and related developments will be touched upon by several of our speakers. Synthetics will be more thoroughly discussed by Dr Thomas Hainschwang and there will be a presentation on how a national assay office may work not only for precious metals but also for the testing of diamonds and other precious stones by Peters Brangulis from the Latvian Assay Office.