Kenneth Scarratt to Discuss Pearls at GIA GemFest Basel

Kenneth Scarratt to Discuss Pearls at GIA GemFest Basel


Kenneth Scarratt, managing director of Southeast Asia and director of the laboratory in Bangkok, will explore the rare world of natural South Sea pearls. Recognized worldwide for his expertise in pearls, Scarratt has published numerous articles and co-authored two books, “The Crown Jewels” and “The Pearl & the Dragon.”

Shane McClure, director of Identification Services, will reveal the newest colored stone treatments and GIA’s efforts to detect them. McClure is a gem identification expert with more than 30 years of experience. An accomplished gem photographer, he has written extensively for Gems & Gemology (G&G) and other journals, and is co-editor of G&G’s Lab Notes section.

GemFest Basel 2012 is a free event that will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 11 at the Basel Convention Center in the Hall Montreal. A reception will immediately follow the panel. Registration is available now.

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