Abu Dhabi hosts International Pearl Conference next Wednesday
Abu Dhabi hosts International Pearl Conference next Wednesday
The Arabian Gulf's rich heritage in the pearl industry will be celebrated during the International Pearl Conference, which will be held at the Emirates Palace Hotel on 10th November 2010. The five-day event, to be held under the theme "Pearls, Gems '&' Jewellery," was developed by the non-profit Pearl Revival Committee to encourage renewed interest in pearls in the Middle East. The conference will be presented under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union and of the Family Development Foundation.
'' Our aim is to highlight Abu Dhabi as the world's capital of the natural pearls, where there were about 200 pearl diving localities out of 412 in the Gulf area. We would also like to express to the world our long history of this precious jewel and the status that it holds. Today we are witnessing unprecedented luster for this jewel on the global scale as it gains market share,'' said Khaled Al Sayegh, Chairman, Pearl Revival Committee, at a press conference he held yesterday to announce the event.
''This week we mark the death anniversary of our leader Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God rest his soul, and today we retain the memory of our founding leader who encouraged us to remember and treasure our culture and heritage, a leader who prompted us to appreciate our traditional values and history, a leader who to this day we remember with fond memories and sadness because he is no longer with us.
''Sheikh Zayed saw the challenges and triumphs of our forefathers who endured rough seas and deep waters in search of the precious pearls. We are here to celebrate our heritage and our forefathers.
''We do remember the days when our ancestors roamed the seas in search of pearls.
And at this upcoming event, we will remember stories of those heroes and the famous saying behind every great man there is a great woman and behind every diver there's a great woman who was patient during his absence and she hoped and prayed for his safe return as the seas have no mercy. The diver who ventured into the rough seas and proudly concurred it to bring home a gem that is timeless and everlasting.
''Our history is also revealed through ancient fossils and clamping of the natural pearl it shows that the pearls served the people of the Arabian Gulf and this connected them to the rest of the world. The pearl came in many colors and forms, sizes, and charm and was the catalyst of bridging cultures and religions from around the world. This trade benefited most of the people living on the coastline and they would risk their lives in the deep seas diving for the precious pearl,'' Al Sayegh said. This is our story - the story of the Arabian pearl - it is in our blood and we celebrate this heritage that was passed on to us by our forefathers.
Delma island in Abu Dhabi, he added, is the pearl island where pearls traders from the Gulf used to visit and trade during the pearl season twice a year. historians wrote stories, the heart of the natural pearls, we have bearings and diving vessels fully equipped for modern times and our next chapter is to continue to enhance awareness and promotion of the pearls and to share with the world.
''From our first conference in 2006, we have held two more conferences one in 2007 and in 2009, the team at Pearl Revival Committee continues to unite the communities and has brought together collectors, specialists and educationists from all parts of the world to interact and hold discussions on the topic. We have discussed foundations, insurance issues and teachings while spreading the culture of pearls, promoting it globally.
In collaboration with the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), Pearl Revival Committee has initiated and completed precious studies on pearls from around the Gulf, the first of its kind in the region.
''We have also done other study with Dubai laboratory, gems and precious stones laboratory of Thailand and the University of the Thai Cheng Mai to have technical study on all kinds, colors, sizes, composition and the quality of the Arabian Gulf pearls.
The theme of this year's event is Pearl, Gem '&' Jewelry and The International Pearl Conference 2010 will discuss many issues pertaining to the industry as a whole and in the participation of more than 150 experts from industry, trade, education, design and finance sector.
The conference brings diversity of speakers like President of the European Jewellery Technical Network, Ms. Maria Luisa Vitobello, President, Women's Jewellery Association, India Chapter, Nirupa Bhatt, President and CEO, World Luxury Marketing Association, T.B. (Mac) McClelland, GIA Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Ms. Seung-Hae Moon, John Stephenson, Sotheby's, Mrs.Elena Vaevskaya, a well known Russian designer, Mr. Konstantin Piljuin, a private collector and owner of unique fossil pearl, Dr. Ellen Lau of Chamber of Commerce for Jewellery '&' Precious Metals Industry of All- China Federation, Eve J. Alfille of the Pearl Society-USA, Jeffrey Ruedas, CEO, Int'l commodities, Mark Lange, Manage Director Australian gold mine Citigold and K.C. Bell, a researcher and collector of natural pearl.
''We are also honored by Engineer Fatima Obeid Al Jaber, Board Member of Directors of Chamber of Commerce and Industry, President of Abu Dhabi Business Women's Association, the participation of Mr. Bilal Bdour, Executive Director for Culture and Arts, Ministry of culture, Youth '&' Community Development, and Dr. Naji Mahdi, director of the Institute of Vocational Education Knowledge Village Dubai, he said.
This conference aims to highlight the precious pearl and be able to integrate the jewel to complement gems and jewelry industry. The distinguishing feature of this forum is the accompanying exhibition which has attracted collectables of rare and famous pieces from the world of pearls gems '&' jewelry which will be viewed in the Middle East for the first time.
The exhibition will showcase collection from Sotheby's especially flown in for the event, diamonds pieces of fine jewelry from Antwerp by Anna Novak, a rare collection of exquisite jewelry by G-International UK, a rare fossil pearl estimated to be millions of years old and precious design pieces organized by Glory Art as well as to display collection of the Museum of Khaled Al Sayegh, Natural Gulf Pearls for general public in a special pavilion at the Abu Dhabi Exhibition Center and at Armed Forces Officers Club.
''A special gala dinner event is scheduled on the 14th November and is expected to invite all of our partners to showcase their collection and Sotheby's will also exhibit their "Hurouf - art of word" calligraphy art exhibition by renowned artists which is part of the international road show and will be auctioned in Qatar later this year. In addition, at the gala dinner, we will have a special fashion event by Sheikha Hind bint Faisal Al Qassimi and a charity auction of jewelry contributed by various jewelry brand. Sotheby's will be the official auctioneers for the event.
PRC in technical partnership with The Gemological Institute of America will host internationally recognized seminars on diamonds and gemstones at the GIA Seminar Hall, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre- ADNEC from 10th - 13th November, 2010. These include special lectures on the art of designing Arabian Jewellery.
In collaboration with the Higher Colleges of Technology, the GIA will run two certified Lab classes that aim to spread knowledge on diamonds and gemstones. The GIA Diamond Grading Lab will run from 21 - 25 Nov and the GIA Colored Stones Grading Lab from 28 - 30 Nov.
The Pearl Revival Committee and the Gemmological Institute of America will also host a Jewellery Design Competition for professional and emerging jewellery designers. Taking place at the Jewellery and Watch Show 2010, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center between the dates of November 10th and 14th, the competition will showcase designs inspired by the theme "Pearls, Gems and Jewellery." ''Historians wrote stories about the Gulf pearl, singers sang songs to celebrate the treasure and like our forefathers who struggled for the pearl, we now have the obligation to carry that torch further into the future generation. Keeping the spirit and our way of life alive forever,'' Al Sayegh concluded.