Updated editions of all Blue Books of gemmological standards and nomenclature on CIBJO website

The six CIBJO Blue Books are definitive sets of grading standards and nomenclature for diamonds, coloured gemstones, pearls, coral, precious metals, and gemmological laboratories. They are compiled and then are consistently reviewed and updated by the relevant CIBJO Commissions, whose members include representatives of trade organisations and laboratories active in the respective areas of the industry. In the almost complete absence of jewellery industry standards endorsed by the International Standards Organisation (ISO), the CIBJO Blue Books are the most widely accepted set of globally accepted standards.

The updated versions can be downloaded from the following page on the CIBJO website: http://www.cibjo.org/introduction-to-the-blue-books/.

For individuals who are not members of a CIBJO-member organisation, each individual download will cost 9.90 Swiss francs. All six Blue Books (Diamond Book, Gemstone Book, Pearl Book, Coral Book, Precious Metals Book and Gemmological Laboratories Book) can be downloaded as a single package at a discounted rate of 49.90 Swiss francs. For individuals who are members of an organisation that belongs to CIBJO, he or she is entitled to receive the CIBJO Blue Books free of charge. They should contact the organisation of which they are members to arrange delivery of the relevant Blue Books by email.

(excerpts from a FEBRUARY 13, 2016 CIBJO press release – the underlining is ours)

Curso: Introdução à Gemologia

Curso Maria José Trindade

A Maria José Trindade, que organiza e lecciona o curso, é uma gemóloga com uma rara base científica, garantia da qualidade dos cursos que lecciona. Para se inscrever no curso de Introdução à Gemologia do próximo dia 9 de Julho (em Lisboa) basta aceder ao site da WeValue: Formação Avançada.

Maria José Trindade graduated in Geology (Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon), also has a Master degree in Dynamic Geology (Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon) and a PhD degree in Geosciences (University of Aveiro). She also has a specialization in Gemology and Diamond Grading (Portuguese Gemological Institute).

She has scientific experience in different areas, such as geochemistry, mineralogy, igneous petrology, volcanology, sedimentary basin analysis, clay deposits, external geodynamics, archaeometry, weathering of stone built heritage and compositional characterization of historic tiles. More recently, she obtained experience in the study of gemstone’s properties used for their identification and separation from fakes (synthetic and artificial substances).

Her professional activities, as a FCT post-doctoral researcher, have been developed in the Center for Nuclear Sciences and Technologies (Nuclear and Technological Campus of Technical Superior Institute) and she also collaborates with Geobiotec research center (University of Aveiro). Her work has been dedicated to the application of nuclear methods and mineralogical analysis to characterize geologic and ceramic samples in studies regarding distribution of trace elements and natural radionuclides (U, Th and K) in superficial environments, as well as in provenance studies of archaeological shards and cultural heritage studies.

She is author of several scientific papers in national and international journals and proceedings of scientific meetings, in addition to dozens of oral and poster presentations in international and national conferences, in a few as invited lecturer. She was awarded as “best poster” and “young investigator” in two European scientific meetings. She is also a reviewer of scientific papers and was a member of the scientific committee of a congress and a symposium held in Lisbon.  

The smiling future of jewellery according to McKinsey & Company

Economic Geology should go outside its classical bounds of the mineral deposit, explore new paths and, at least, acknowledge what the users of the minerals we unearth are doing. Mckinsey just released a short report on the future of jewellery: A multifaceted future: The jewelry industry in 2020. For those in the gems and precious metals, it might anticipate (at least partially) the trends in mining and exploration of these resources.

It’s an interesting view with a smiling perspective; do you share it? Or will it face increasing budget competition and threat from new offers (hi tech communication, travel and exotic experience) in the new generations? Is expensive (diamond) jewellery a good hedge against economic downturns in today’s chaos? Or is it just unfashionable expensive glass?