Second World Emerald Symposium to take place in Bogota in October
August 2018 – The Second World Emerald Symposium (2WES) will take place in Bogota from 12-14 October 2018.
The organizers have confirmed the attendance of delegates from 25 nations and the participation of eight emerald-producing countries: Afghanistan, Brazil, Colombia, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Pakistan, Russia and Zambia.
This event is organized by Fedesmeraldas—the Colombian Emerald Federation—with the support of the Emerald Producers Association (APRECOL), the Emerald Exporters Association (ACODES), the Emerald Dealers Association (Asocoemeral), along with the Ministry of Mines.
Among the sponsors are Mineria Texas Colombia (MTC/Muzo), Emeraldas de Santa Rosa (Cunas Mine) and Fura Gems (Cosquez Mine).
The event will address the challenges and opportunities faced by the emerald industry, with presentations by more than 60 speakers and experts, panel discussions, working groups and hands-on training.
Topics at the 2WES will focus mainly on the challenges relating to mining and geology, gemology and laboratory testing, harmonization of color names and practices, consumer education and awareness, Corporate Social Responsibility, traceability, compliance, ethics, sustainability, branding and marketing, along with discussions on new technologies, such as blockchain, that are impacting the emerald industry.
Among the world-renowned international speakers are representatives from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), Dubai Multi-Commodities Center (DMCC) as well as those from global luxury brands, such as Van Cleef & Arpels.