GIA Gemstone Gathering Highlights Afghan Gem Mines
Vincent Pardieu to present history, updates on the Silk Road
CARLSBAD, Calif. – Dec. 13, 2011 – GIA (Gemological Institute of America) will host its next Gemstone Gathering on Dec. 28 in Bangkok, Thailand. Vincent Pardieu, one of the world’s leading authorities on field gemology, will present his passion for studying gemstones and traveling to gem mining fields in “Afghanistan: Gems from the Silk Roads.”
Pardieu will share his experiences from five recent expeditions to gemstone deposits in Afghanistan, and provide an update on the current mining, trading and production of emerald, ruby and sapphire from the region.
Treasured by ancient civilizations, Afghanistan is one of the oldest gem mining areas in the world; its famous lapis lazuli mines are known to have produced the stone for more than 6,000 years. Gem trading along the Silk Road came to a near halt between the 14th and 19th centuries when sea-based trade became the standard. Since the rise of globalization, the region has gained momentum once again in the international markets.
Pardieu, GIA’s supervisor of field gemology in Bangkok, specializes in the origin determination of gemstones and has visited various gem mining areas in Asia and Africa. His expertise has led to numerous articles in GIA’s Gems & Gemology and various trade publications.
GIA in Thailand’s Gemstone Gathering is a free event that begins at 6 p.m. on Dec. 28 in the “Crowne Room 1-3” on the 21st floor of the Crowne Plaza Hotel (formerly known as the Pan Pacific), Lumpini Park in Bangkok.