CONTACT: Richard Drucker  March 6, 2008
  Gemworld International, Inc.  
  847.657.0555 x 204 Telephone  
  847.657.0550 Fax  
or:  Joyann Cooke  
  American Gem Trade Association  

emworld International, Inc. and the AGTA Gemological Testing Center
to hold Gemological Conference in Chicago, September 13-14, 2008

Glenview, IL- Gemworld International, Inc., along with the American Gem Trade Association Gemological Testing Center, announces their first joint gemological conference to be held on September 13-14, 2008, at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare. Gemworld is the producer of the GemGuide and GemGuide Appraisal Software, and the AGTA Gemological Testing Center is celebrating its 10-year anniversary as an independent major colored gemstone laboratory in New York.

The key theme of the conference is "Integration of Information." Co-chair of the conference Richard Drucker explains, "We are bringing some of the top gemological topics to this conference presented by some of the best in the industry. We intend to have many seminars on subjects such as treatment identification, and then integrate this into valuable information on pricing and disclosure. We will have broad appeal to retailers, wholesalers, and appraisers. The conference promises to be fun and educational with a chance to network with industry leaders." The cost of the conference is $395 and includes all breakfasts and lunches with a cocktail reception on Saturday. Early registrants before May 1 can save $50 and subscribers of the GemGuide or members of AGTA receive an additional $50 discount.

For full conference information for this event, a separate website has been established. Log on to to register and to reserve hotel rooms.

Richard B. Drucker and Dr. Lore Kiefert are the co-chairs of the 2-day conference. Key speakers include John I. Koivula, chief research gemologist, GIA; Richard Hughes, gemological administrator, AGTA GTC; Robert Kane, president Fine Gems International; Ronald Ringsrud, president Ronald Ringsrud Co. Colombian Emeralds; Gary Roskin, senior editor, JCK; Christopher Smith, vice president, American Gemological Laboratories; and Paul Shannon, president, Diamond Technologies, Inc. In addition to the seminars, there will be a few choice industry displays including the GemGuide/GemGuide Appraisal Software, AGTA Laboratory services, Gemvision CAD/CAM systems, the Edge Retail Jewelry Store Management System, Gemological Institute of America, National Association of Jewelry Appraisers, Auction Market Resource and GemDialogue color communication.

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