This is the fourth in a series of annual conferences that will roam throughout the Mediterranean, allowing delegates to experience new and exciting locations each year.
The mission of the conference is to educate and to help people understand the properties of diamonds, gems and jewellery, providing members of the industry with networking opportunities and information that is essential in the creation of a sustainable business.
The conference will take place May 18 – 20, 2018 in Budva, Montenegro.
Mediteran Hotel & Resort
Bečići bb, 85310 Budva, Crna Gora
Phone: +382 33 424 383
Welcome to 4th Mediterranean Gemmological and Jewellery Conference in Montenegro May 18-20th.
Fourth Mediterranean Gemmological and Jewellery conference will take place at Budva, Montenegro on May 18-20, 2018. The major theme of MGJ Conference 2018 in Montenegro will be “Gems and Diamonds in 21st Century” and 10 speakers will cover this topic. Thomas Hainschwang (GGTL, Lichtenstein), Philip Martineau (De Beers, UK), Martin P. Steinbach (MPS, Germany), Branko Deljanin (CGL-GRS, Canada), Menahem Sevdermish (Gemewizard, Israel), Guy Borenstein (Gemewizard, Israel), Gail Brett Lavine (NAJA, USA), Roman Serov (Octonus, Finland, MSU, Russia), Bear Williams (Stone Group Lab, USA) and Yaakov Almor (M direct-Business, Israel). Gemologists, appraisers and dealers will also be offered hands-on experience at three workshops.
Tours & Activities
Everyday (May 17-22, 5:45-6:45 AM)
Waking up with the Sun – Sunrise Qigong on the beach!
We will run on the beach and do powerful Qigong exercises, which will give special flavour for whole day! Qigong (alternatively “chi gung” or “chi kung”) is a form of gentle exercise composed of movements that are repeated many times, often stretching the body, increasing fluid movement (blood, synovial and lymph) and building awareness of how the body moves through space. Qi (Chi) means energy. Drop-in: €17.50 (US$20) – Free for speakers and sponsors
May 17 (Thursday)
May 18 (Friday)
May 19 (Saturday)
May 20 (Sunday)
May 21 (Monday)
May 22 (Tuesday)
About Montenegro – The Pearl of the Mediterranean
Montenegro was founded as a state under its present name in 15th century, as Slavic state of Duklja. It was able to maintain its independence during the reign of the Ottoman Empire in the Balkans, as its independence was acknowledged at the Congress of Berlin in 1878. After the World War I, fighting for the Allied powers, it was absorbed into the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes, which later became the Kingdom of Yugoslavia in 1929. Montenegro was also later part of various incarnations of Yugoslavia, until it regained its full independence from the federation of Serbia-Montenegro on the June 2006 referendum.
The use of the name “Crna Gora” or Black Mountain (Montenegro) began in the 13th century in reference to a highland region in the Serbian province of Zeta. Montenegro borders Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia and Albania. Montenegro is the youngest country in Europe. Country is situated in the south of the Adriatic Sea with beautiful sand beaches which two times received the Grand Prix for the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean. Nowhere else can you find, so much natural wealth, beauty, clear lakes, fast rivers, and gorgeous mountains in such a compact and small area (slightly smaller than Connecticut) as in Montenegro. The Bay of Kotor, resembling a fjord, is dotted with coastal churches and fortified towns such as Kotor and Herceg Novi. Durmitor National Park, home to bears and wolves, encompasses limestone peaks, glacial lakes and 1,300m-deep Tara River Canyon, the deepest and longest in Europe, great for rafting. Currency is Euro though Montenegro is still not official part of European Union. Major languages are Serbian and Montenegrin.
Montenegrin food is part Italian, part Levantine – expect cured meats (known as meze) washed down with loza (grape brandy), followed by seafood such as squid or octopus near the coast or, inland, meaty stews. Visitors from the UK, most other European countries, Russia, Australia, the USA and Canada do not require a visa to visit Montenegro. British Airways fly direct from London Gatwick to old town Dubrovnikin Croatia – a short drive along the Adriatic coast to Budva. Montenegro Airliines fly from the Montenegrin capital, Podgorica, to several European capitals, and there is local airport in Tivat for towns along the coastline.