This is the fifth 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 17 – 19, 2019 in Limassol, Cyprus.
Ajax Hotel Limassol
Single Room (Per Night): €110 / $130
Double Room (Per Night): €130 / $150
To book room please go to https://www.gemconference.com/registration
Welcome to 5th Mediterranean Gemmological and Jewellery Conference in Cyprus May 17-19th.
Fifth Mediterranean Gemmological and Jewellery conference will take place at Limassol, Cyprus on May 17-19, 2018. The major theme of MGJ Conference 2019 in Montenegro will be “Manufacturing of Diamonds and Gems” and 10 speakers will cover this topic. Speaker from Octonus (Finland), John Chapman (Gemetrix, Australia), Dr. Michael Schlamadinger (Swarovski, Austria), Gary Holloway (Holloway Diamonds, Australia), Stefan Miller (DSS lab, Germany), Dr. Clemens Schwarzinger (Clemens Schwarzinger Gemstones, Austria) and Gamini Zoisa (Ceylon Gemmological Services, Sri Lanka) are confirmed speakers until now.
Gemologists, appraisers and dealers will also be offered hands-on experience at four workshops on oplas, rubies, sapphires, emeralds and synthetic diamonds.
Tours & Activities
Pre-Conference Half Day excursion – Limassol: Past and Present
- Kourion Amphitheatre
- Limassol Old Town
- Limassol Marina
First visit of the day, a visit to the former city kingdom of Kourion founded in 12 th century BC. Here the guests will visit the Greco-Roman theatre with its breath-taking coastal view and the early Christian mosaics in the House of Eustolios and the Kourion Basilica. The guests will then have a chance to visit the old part of Limassol town. They will be able to visit the Limassol Marina, an exclusive waterfront development recently finishing and designed by a world-renowned team of architects and engineers. It combines elegant residences and a full- service marina with exclusive restaurants and shops, to create a lifestyle uniquely shaped by ‘living on the sea’.
Post-Conference Full Day Excursion – NICOSIA: A Divided Capital
- Handicraft Centre
- Archaeological Museum
- Byzantine Museum
- Laiki Gitonia & Green Line
A visit to any capital is a must, but Nicosia is unique in that it is the only remaining divided capital in the world today.
The contrast of the old and new is most evident in Nicosia, with its modern architecture and old city within the Venetian ramparts of the16th century. Nicosia is a city boasting many important historical monuments and interesting museums.
The first stop will be the Handicraft Centre. The centre aims to promote and enrich the traditional folk art and craft skills. It has various workshops and a showroom/shop where the guests may be able to view and purchase handmade items.
The guests will then visit Nicosia’s Archaeological Museum; here there are artefacts go back to 7000 BC. The Archaeological Museum of Lefkosia consists of fourteen rooms surrounding a square main area and it is comprised with offices, a library, storerooms and areas for preserving and studying items of the collection. The objects in the rooms follow a chronological and a thematical succession.
The next stop is the Byzantine Museum and Art Galleries, an Archbishop Makarios III Foundation Cultural Centre with the largest collection of icons on the island, covering the period from the 9 th to 18 th century. The Art Galleries contain oil paintings, maps and lithographs.
Last stop ‘Laiki Gitonia’, the restored commercial quarter of the old city. Here the guests will be able to have a stroll and visit the picturesque shops which sell traditional items. They will also have the possibility to visit the “Green Line”, the area which presents the last divided capital of the world.
Free time will be given for a stroll, lunch and shopping!
Post-Conference Full Day Excursion – Tel Aviv: Diamond Capital
May 20 (Monday)
Evening Flight from Larnaca (airport on Cyprus). Stay in Tel Aviv hotel of your choice – email firstname.lastname@example.org for recommendations.
- Departure 18:10 Larnaca Airport
- El Al Israel Airlines LY 2432
May 21 (Tuesday)
- 10 am: Meet at DDS Cutting Facility
- 10 – 11.30 am: Review process of choosing and buying rough diamonds
- “Marking Rough” and possibilities of cutting different shapes, current market state in Israel.
- Tour of facility with explanation of cutting tools
- 11.30 – 11.45 am: Question and Answer session with Owner
- 12.00 – 1.00 pm: Traditional Israeli lunch
- 1.00 – 2.15 pm: Visit to Sarine Technology lab
- 2.30 – 3.30 pm
- Lecture on “Provenance of Pink Diamonds”, Branko Deljanin, CGL-GRS Lab Canada, 30 mins
- Lecture on “Steps in ID of Synt. Diamonds”, Branko Deljanin, CGL-GRS Lab, Canada, 30 mins
- 3.30 – 4.30 pm: Demonstration of 4-5 Stations ID of Synthetic Diamonds with standard instruments (60min).
- Flight & Hotel costs not included
Cyprus is an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean and the third largest and third most populous island in the Mediterranean. Cyprus is located in Western Asia, south of Turkey, west of Syria and Lebanon, northwest of Israel and southeast of Greece.
However, the Republic of Cyprus is de facto partitioned into two main parts: the area under the control of the Republic and Cypriot Greek, located in the south, and comprising about 59% of the island’s area; and the north, administered by the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, covering about 36% of the island’s area. Another nearly 4% of the island’s area is covered by the UN buffer zone.
Cyprus is a major tourist destination in the Mediterranean, Republic of Cyprus has been a member of the Commonwealth since 1961 and was a founding member of the Non-Aligned Movement until it joined the European Union on 1 May 2004.
Limassol is a city/port on the southern coast of Cyprus. It’s known for the centuries-old Limassol Castle, home to the Cyprus Medieval Museum and its collection of pottery and tombstones. On the seafront is the Prokymea (Molos) Sculpture Park, with sculptures by Cypriot, Greek and international artists. To the northeast is the Limassol Archaeological Museum, exhibiting artifacts from the Neolithic to the Roman period.