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 Post subject: 2nd Italian Congress of Scientific Gemmology - CIGES2011
PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2011 2:17 pm 
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The 20th and 21st of June 2011 will see The University of Bari and the Puglia Academy of Science host the 2nd Italian Congress of Scientific Gemmology - CIGES2011 on the theme of:

"THE DIAMOND: MINERAL, MATERIAL AND GEMSTONE"


The congress is aimed at researchers, with a particular focus on young researchers, as well as those with a solid professional background in the field of commercial gemstone jewellery.

Objectives and themes to be explored.

National and International experts will take an in-depth look at the following theme areas:
- Innovative non-invasive analysis technology, aimed at the identification of synthetics, treatment and origin;
- Exploration of the most recent advances in synthesis methods and surface treatments;
- The national and international scientific and political situation and consequent effects in the commercial field;

The aim of the congress is that of providing mineralogists, material scientists and gemmologists with the opportunity to meet and to exchange ideas in order to favour professional collaboration from which the scientific, social and commercial communities may benefit.

For further information visit the website: http://www.gemmologiascientifica.uniba.it


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 Post subject: Re: 2nd Italian Congress of Scientific Gemmology - CIGES2011
PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2011 1:49 pm 
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hi,

i'll be there as the Assogemme's representative, hope it will be interesting as the 1st ediction.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2011 12:11 pm 
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just back from the 2nd Italian Congress of Scientific Gemology - CIGES2011 on the theme of:

"THE DIAMOND: MINERAL, MATERIAL AND GEMSTONE"

hosted by the University of Bari and the Puglia Academy of Science
the start wasn’t so good as you can see in the picture below………. :?

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Strike in the airport, flight cancelled, fast run to the railway station………. in the end, 10 hours needed to cover 400km (250 miles) tzk, tzk…. :smt011 :smt012 :smt013 missed the opening ceremony and the registration……….ok, ticket to the bad luck paid: tomorrow will be better……

Day one

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A couple of friends (and GO members 8) ): Francesco, aka Alan Ford and Gennaro aka Gennygio

SALONE DEGLI AFFRESHI
ATHENAEUM BUILDING

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FIRST SCIENTIFIC SESSION
Chair: Eugenio SCANDALE (University of Bari)


Gaetano CAVALIERI (President CIBJO) “The Ethical-social importance of
certification and the traceability of diamonds”

Paolo SPINELLI (University of Bari) “The diamond as a particle detector”

Andrea M. ROMANO (Tarì Consortium, Marcianise, CE)
“The diamond market and training gemologists”


SECOND SCIENTIFIC SESSION
Chair: Caterina RINAUDO (University of Alessandria)


Jeff HARRIS (University of Glasgow) “The colour of diamonds”

Loredana PROSPERI (Italian Gemmological Institute, Milan) “Imitations of
diamonds: yesterday, today and…tomorrow?”

Riccardo D’AGOSTINO (University of Bari) “Thin film deposition via plasma
for use in jewelry and gemstones”

Anna BRAJKOVIC (University of Milan Bicocca) “The mineralogical
characterization and spectroscopy of the natural diamonds of Yakutia”

Giovanni BOSSI (Andergassen Foundation, Milan) “Issues in certification”

Michele MACRÌ (Polo Museum, University of Rome Sapienza) “The diamond:
a gemm(non)logical market”

Patrizia CALEFATO (University of Bari) “The jewel - between luxury and
fashion”



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Dr. Macrì taking his lecture


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8) in the middle between Jeff Harris and Christopher Breeding

day two

MAIN HALL

BARI UNIVERSITY CAMPUS – BUILDING OF EARTH SCIENCES

THIRD SCIENTIFIC SESSION
Chair: Luigi NICOLAIS (University of Naples Federico II)


Alix GICQUEL (University of Paris 13) “Plasma enhanced CVD diamond
single crystal growth: a State of the Art”

Fabrizio NESTOLA (University of Padova) “Inclusions in diamonds:
implications for Earth Sciences”

Alberto MALOSSI (Gemmecreate srl, Milan) “Issues in the commerce of
synthetics diamonds”

Vanda ROLANDI (Italian Gemmology Board, Milan) “A new synthetic
diamond: characterization and comparison with previous synthetics”.

Adriana MARAS (University of Roma Sapienza) “color change diamonds: the
case of the diamond in the Pope Leo XII collection”

Eugenio SCANDALE (University of Bari) “The impossible perfection of natural
diamonds”

Ilaria ADAMO (State University of Milan) “The HP-HT treatment of diamonds”


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Trying to explain our proposals of law to Jeff Harris during the coffee-break (note my inspired look..... :lol: ), the guy on the left is Prof. Fabrizio Nestola who took likely the most interesting lecture, IMHO =D> =D> =D> . I really hope to have at least some papers from him to share in the near future…. his ongoing work on inclusions in russian mined roughs (samples provided by Jeff Harris) is really brilliant and…..innovative.

FOURTH SCIENTIFIC SESSION
Chair: Alessandro PAVESE (State University of Milan)


Christopher M. BREEDING (Gemmological Institute of America, NY) “The
gemmological importance of the typological classification of diamonds”

Margherita SUPERCHI (CIBJO Gemmological Commission, Milan) “The
CIBJO manual of the gemmological laboratory” (held by Dr. Tempesta due to the absence of Ms. Superchi)

Caterina RINAUDO (University of Piemonte Orientale) “Spectroscopic
analysis of natural and synthetic diamonds”

Grazia CICALA (IMIP-CNR, Bari) “Deposition of synthetic diamonds by
means of CH4-H2 plasmas”


there was then a very interesting presentation of a new LIBS unit designed and realized by A. De Giacomo of Bari university in collaboration with Masterstones, a Roman gemological lab. The unit is composed by a custom arranged spectrometer with an especially narrowed wavelenght range in order to spot beryllium, if i recall correctly the sensibility is around 20-30 ppm. It seems the unit will be soon for sale at an average price of 35k euros. i know US folks are quite used to see these kind of collaborations among uni departments and industry but i assure you in Italy it's indeed really RARE so, kudos to dr. De Giacomo and Masterstones lab =D> =D> =D>

ROUND TABLE, Moderator: Adriana MARAS (Università di Roma Sapienza)
"Proposed Laws for the Regulation of the Gemmological Industry" as
presently being debated before The Chamber of Deputies.


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A shot of the round table, from left: me, Vincenzo Giannotti (Tarì vice-president), Dario Bossi Migliavacca (President CISGEM), Raffaele Maino (President FEDERPIETRE) and the moderator Prof. Adriana Maras

Christopher Breeding lecture was interesting indeed, besides the useful infos about diamond-type discrimination (see G&G article in the summer 2009 issue) he discussed about the new challenge caused by the process of natural annealing in the Marange diamonds from Zimbabwe.
Needless to say it was a very interesting event even if all those lectures shrinked in 2 days only caused a brain “indigestion”…. :shock: :smt119 :smt120 . the organization committee sworn a complete documentation about all the lectures will be available (sooner or later [-o< ), I’ll keep you informed when it will be released, many of the lectures were so interesting that was a REAL pity to came back home with no more than a bunch of dramatically incomplete scrabbled notes…… :(
A big thank you to everyone was involved and especially to the organization committee! =D> =D> =D> =D> =D>

ciao
alberto

sidenote: the event got coverage by a local TV, unfortunately reserved to folks who understands italian language.... :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: 2nd Italian Congress of Scientific Gemmology - CIGES2011
PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2011 7:18 pm 
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Very interesting, many thanks for share it ! :smt023

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 Post subject: Re: 2nd Italian Congress of Scientific Gemmology - CIGES2011
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Looks like you had a heap of fun, bro :smt023

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 Post subject: Re: 2nd Italian Congress of Scientific Gemmology - CIGES2011
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yup but there wasn't a minute of relax, too much stuff compressed in too few time. On the other hand ,to hold professionals out of their business for more than 2 days it's a mission impossible here in Italy, hence the rush.....
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Nice Albé...
Time always flies when dealing with gemological or other gem related gatherings.

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So....all the lectures were in Italian?
Our Symposium in Carlsbad was all in English....but many of the lecturers didn't really speak English, so it was a little hard to understand them.


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Barbra Voltaire wrote:
So....all the lectures were in Italian?


no, those from Jeff Harris, Christopher Breeding and Alix Giquel were in english, no prob cos everyone there understand it, the other talks was in italian but the related powerpoints all in english...

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