Tech Talk: Diamonds & Gemstones
  • 2020-10-27
  • 12:00 - 13:00 (Hong Kong)
    04:00 - 05:00 (London)
    09:30 - 10:30 (Delhi)
    00:00 - 01:00 (New York)
  • English with partial Chinese subtitles

The jewellery industry is not known for being technologically driven. In this webinar, we have invited a few extraordinary companies, who is proving technology is everything. These industry game changers will share how technology has transformed the business operations in the diamond and gemstone sector. They are setting new standards for the trade, creating solutions to drive better quality products, improving productivity, reducing wastage and cost, streamlining process time and giving buyers confidence.

  • Jim Duffy
    CEO of Tracr, United Kingdom
    2020 Honouree of Industry Innovation of the Year - Digital Business

    Jim Duffy is currently leading Tracr, a connected value chain platform that uses digital assets to provide unparalleled Trust in how an industry operates. Tracr leverages Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence and IoT to connect the diamond industry value chain and tell consumers the sustainability stories of their natural diamonds. Tracr is at the forefront of the Industry 4.0 transformation that is redefining how businesses interoperate and communicate with their end consumers at the moment that Trust has never been more important.

  • Veronica Favoroso
    CEO of GemCloud Software Limited, Thailand
    2020 Honouree of Industry Innovation of the Year - Digital Business

    Mariaveronica Favoroso made her debut in jewellery working for Fabergé and later on for Gemfields. From September 2016, she joined her husband launching Ressigeac Gems. She led the launch of Ruby Track - a pilot project in collaboration with Swiss Gemmological Institute (SSEF), Institute of Gem Trading (IGT) Thailand and Munpreet. In 2018 Favoroso co-founded GemCloud. One of her priorities is to find ways to address traceability and sustainability issues in the industry.

  • Li Chongjie
    CEO of China Stone Co Ltd, Thailand
    2019 Recipient of Manufacturer of the Year – Cutting and Polishing – Creativity and Innovation

    After obtaining his master’s degree from Tongji Medical College of HUST in China, Li Chongjie ventured into the gemstone trading industry in 1990 in Thailand, where he eventually founded China Stone Co Ltd in 1995. Nowadays, China Stone is a renowned manufacturer of precision machine-cut natural gemstones with various innovative achievements under its belt. To name a few, the company introduced its own set of color standard in 2003, and launched its very own colour sorting machine and RFID inventory management system in 2015. China Stone is no doubt a pioneer in the trade; it always pushes forward the limits to pursue excellence by utilising latest technology.

  • Daniel Nyfeler
    Managing Director of Gübelin Gem Lab, Switzerland
    2017 Recipient of Industry Innovation of the Year

    After his Master in geology, Nyfeler did his PhD in mineralogy, including a research project on superconductors at the IBM Research Lab in Rüschlikon, Zürich, with Georg J. Bednorz , the 1987 Nobel Prize winner in physics. He then worked in an international management consultancy, before taking over the position of Managing Director of the Gübelin Gem Lab in 2003, overseeing the expansion of the lab to Hong Kong and New York. Nyfeler is also in charge of the Provenance Proof initiative.

  • Moderator: Nirupa Bhatt
    Senior Advisor of GIA India
    Judge of JNA Awards 2020

    Nirupa Bhatt was the Managing Director of Gemological Institute of America (GIA) India and the Middle East from 2008 until 2020 where she launched services to over 60 locations in countries including India. She then became GIA’s Senior Advisor. Receiving several global honours for her contributions, Bhatt participated actively in trade bodies including All India Gem and Jewellery Domestic Council and Gem and Jewellery Skill Council of India, being an invitee to the marketing committee of the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council.

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