The Congress Committee and the Board of Directors of the International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA) have released the program of speakers for the 2015 Congress set to take place from May 17 to 19, 2015, in Sri Lanka. The program includes prominent Gems and Jewelry Industry experts and speakers and covers a wide spectrum of issues from mines to market.

See below for details of speeches and presentations:

May 17

Opening Ceremony - ICA CONGRESS 2015

Morning Session :

. Speeches by Benjamin Hackman, A.H.M. Imtizam and Clement Sabbagh
. SPaolo Valentini - History of the ICA Speech by the Chairman of the National Gem & Jewellery Authority, Sri Lanka
. His Excellency Hon. Maithripala Sirisena - President of Sri Lanka

Beginning of Technical Sessions: MC - Damien Cody

. Jack Ogden: Sri Lanka Legacy: History of Sapphires
. Ken Scarratt: Global distribution of sapphire deposits
. Gamini Zoysa: Sri Lanka gemstones, geology, occurrence and distribution of gem deposits
. Chanaka Ellawala: Sri Lanka's best kept secret (jewelry made in Sri Lanka )
. Shane McClure: A new generation of sapphires from Kashmir

Afternoon Session :

. Richard Hughes: Padparadscha sapphire
. Pornsawat Wathanakul: Alexandrite, the unique gemstone
. Edward Boehm: Spinel, a royal gem
. Joanna Hardy: Romancing the gem; the power of public splendor

Coaches depart for Mount Lavinia Hotel for "The Legend of Lavania Theme Night"

May 18

Morning Session :

. Gaetano Cavalieri: CIBJO-ICA partnership
. Dennis Campbell: Leadership, management and strategy directions for independent colored gemstone business owners
. Dr Adolf Peretti: the importance of Ceylon sapphires in world markets
. Nilam Alawdeen: Nomenclature
. Nirmal Bardiya: India today in the gem and jewelry trade and overall view of the industry
. Jay Boyle: gemstone sales on TV and perception of current marketing supply

Afternoon session :

. Prida Tiasuwan: the ASEAN consumer and free trade market
. Victor Tuzlukov: Faceting as a factor of gem appraisal in tomorrow's market
. Saman Amarasena: Precision cutting for the watch industry - The Sri Lankan lapidary
. Oded Ben Shmuel: Gemstone optimization, secret technology revealed
. Faiq Rehan: the stone calibrating industry in Sri Lanka
. Yu Xiaojin: China's colored gemstone market development and trends
. Kentaro Emori: Beryllium-diffused corundum in the Japanese market and assessing the natural vs. diffused origin of beryllium in sapphires
. Jean-Claude Michelou: Disclosure -an update on behalf of Nobuyuki Horiuchi
. Chungmanirat: the Thai gem trade
. Letitia Mei Lai Chow: the marketing of colored gemstones

May 19

Morning session :

. Ruben Bindra: Transparency in the supply chain and ethical practices
. Cynthia Unninayar: Trends in designer jewelry, gems and fashion for 2015
. Be Carla Pinheiro: South American gem and jewelry sector with a focus on Brazil as the major producer and consuming country
. Andrew Cody: Australian Opal
. Sinan Muhammed Muslim Salahudeen: Young enterprises in the modern gem and jewelry industry
. P.G.R. Dharmarathna: Eco friendly mining
. Panel Discussion featuring Chanaka Ellawala, Jay Boyle, Nilam Alawadeen, Santpal Sinchwala, Richard Hughes and Wilson Yuen. Sheriff Rahuman (moderator)

Afternoon session :

General Assembly of ICA members
Press Briefing
ICA board meeting
Cocktail Reception

Gala Dinner :

For more details, go to the ICA Congress website at : www.congress.gemstone.org