top 50 - Association Française de Gemmologie (AFG)
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Author:  Alberto [ Thu Sep 19, 2013 2:07 pm ]
Post subject:  top 50 - Association Française de Gemmologie (AFG)

from the last Pala newsletter

French fête for 50 years

AFG Revue cover image

As we announced in July, Pala International’s Bill Larson was a featured presenter at the 13th (50th anniversary) Rendez-vous Gemmologiques de Paris on September 6. The sponsoring organization, Association Française de Gemmologie (AFG), celebrates its 50th year in 2013. So it’s only appropriate that the organization would mark the occasion with a list of fifty figures and events that have shaped the history of gems since antiquity. The finalists were chosen from a list of 193 nominees, all of which are listed in the September 2013 edition of the organization’s “Revue.” The list follows, in chronological order.

Ancient Civilizations to the Renaissance

Aristotle and Theophrastos; Pliny the Elder; Pedanius Dioscorides; Pyrgoteles and Dioscorides of the Aegean; Abū al-Rayhān Muhammad ibn Ahmad al-Bīrūnī; Navaratna Jewelry and Ratnapariska of Buddhabhatta; Louis van Berquem and Antwerp Diamond Center; Medici and Farnese Dynasties; Emeralds of Muisca and Pedro Fernández de Valenzuela Sotomayor; Bernardino de Sahagún and the Aztecs.

Period of Scientific Discovery

Anselmus Boëtius de Boodt; Jean-Baptiste Tavernier; René-Just Haüy and Jean-Baptiste Louis Romé de l’isle; Antoine Laurent de Lavoisier and Louis-Nicolas Vauquelin; Jacques-Joseph Ebelmen and Paul-Gabriel Hautefeuille & A. Perrey; The Discovery of Diamond Deposits in South Africa; René J. Lalique; Edmond Frémy and Auguste Victor Louis (de) Verneuil; Edwin W. Streeter; Kokishi Mikimoto; George Frederick Kunz; India; Tolkowsky Family; Alfred Antoine François Lacroix; Tullie Cornthwaite Wollaston; Louis Marie Auguste Boutan; Chandrasekhara Venkata Rāman and Leonid Isaakovich Mandelstam; Georg O. Wild; Eduard J. Gübelin; Basil William Anderson; Russian Diamonds; Richard T. Liddicoat; Synthetic Diamonds; John Sinkankas; Robert Webster; Campbell Bridges; Jacques Cassedanne; The Tucson Show; Joel Arthur Rosenthal; Kurt Nassau; Robert Wan; ICA (International Colored Gemstone Association); John Ilmarii Koivula; Henry A. Hänni; Emmanuel Fritsch; Richard W. Hughes; l’École de Nancy; HPHT (High Pressure High Temperature) Diamonds; Corundum Treatment; Laboratories, Tools Essential to the Gemstone Industry; Gemological Treasures from around the World.


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