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Greetings from the ICA!
In this month's newsletter:

Welcome the new President and Board of Directors

Mining Localities in Kenya: Finds, Quality, and Challenges.

by Invitation Only
Board of Directors to Meet
Pick up your Members Only Resource Directory
Tucson Showguides available
Tucson Reception - Mark Your Calendar!
Special Sponsorships Available!

ICA in Munich

Election Results

At the 2017 Jaipur Congress, Oct. 21-24, the ICA Board of Directors elected Clement Sabbagh, Governador Valadares, Brazil, as the new ICA President.

It gives us great pleasure to introduce Clement and our new Board of Directors.

Three new directors were installed: Kobi Sevdermish from Israel, Chen Shen from China, and Saurabh Bansal from Germany. Ruben Bindra, ICA member and past president of AGTA, was asked to join the Board as an advisory member.

New Directors

From left to right
Front row: Philippe Scordia, Ehud Harel (outgoing Israel director), Marcelo Ribeiro, Gamini Zoysa, Rakesh Jain, BJ Hackman, Kobi Sevdermish, Vijay Kedia, Chen Shen, JC Michelou, Saurabh Bansal.
Back row: Gary Roskin, Pavel Sokolov, Clement Sabbagh, Bruce Bridges, Nirmal Bardiya, Stephan Reif, Captain Sharma, Damien Cody.
Missing: Warren Boyd, Gabriel Angarita, Shirley Zhang, Masaru Mizumura, Alice Muthama, Henry Ho, Santpal Sinchawla, Ruben Bindra

Mining Localities in Kenya:
finds, quality and challenges.
By Antony Zagoritis (GG)
ICA Ambassador to Kenya

The gemstone mining situation in Kenya is weak at present. This is largely as a result of the new Mining Act which has created confusion and uncertainty regarding the continuity of Mining Licenses by an opaque interpretation of the issue of landholder consent. 

There is some Tsavorite production but largely smaller pieces up to 1 gram and mostly light in color. The larger mines are unproductive due to court cases or uncertainty caused by security of tenure due to the aforementioned badly written sections of the new Mining Act which came into force this year.

Ruby : There has been some scattered production of small parcels from the alluvial Ruby deposit in Baringo district. This is due to resurgence in artisanal mining in the area but is very sporadic. Colors are mostly pinkish but some de eper reds. The vast majority of the production is flat alluvial pebbles mostly heavily included in the 0.1 to 1 gram sizes.

Orange "Savannah" Tourmaline from Taita Taveta has been seen in the market these past few months coming from artisanal mines in the area. Mixed sizes and clarities with some larger sizes seen.

Yellow Sapphire from Garbatula is still being mined artisanally but poor mining methods and insecurity in the area has meant that most dealers are only seeing smaller stones in 1 gram sizes and below. Fine "canary yellow" colors and the majority of the crystals are clean. Some nice parti-colored crystals too.

The dealer's market in Nairobi has been seeing quite a lot of Emerald coming in from Ethiopia this past 6 months - some very fine pieces resembling the old Tanzanian deposits of Sumbawanga and Manyara showing a deeply saturated bluish Green. Whilst many of the crystals are quite heavily included, but occasionally we are seeing some larger cleaner pieces with exceptional color.

Emeralds, Golden Tourmaline, Bi-color Yellow/Blue Sapphire, and Ruby.

Kenya Mining Forum

The 2 nd Kenya Mining Forum was held at Nairobi's Safari Park Hotel on December 4/5. It was a well-attended event. The Cabinet Secretary, Hon. Dan Kazungu's keynote speech gave the government's position on the industry, chiefly that the government was aiming for greater transparency and efficiency in the sector. Whether the government achieves this will depend largely on amendments to the recently introduced Mining Act, particularly with regard to the issue of landholder consent which presently threatens to remove security of tenure of current miners and discourage investment. 

The government also laid out its commitment to implement a zero rated import regime for mineral imports with a view to making Kenya a mineral hub and attract manufacturers and dealers. The political commitment to make this a reality remains to be seen to date.


Special ICA membership promotion!
The Board of Directors are offering a special promotion
for new memberships:
50% OFF
 the $500 Initiation Fee  
Offer good through the June Hong Kong show.
Hurry, it won't last!

Gemstone Industry & Laboratory Conference
An ICA Invitation Only event!
When: Monday, January 29th
Where: Tucson Convention Center - Graham Room
Time: 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
            Continental breakfast beginning at 8:45 am
For over two decades, the Gemstone Industry & Laboratory Conference (GILC), organized by the ICA every year, has provided a space for industry peers to discuss worldwide gemstone issues like ethical practices, nomenclature, consumer confidence, terminology, and accurate use of laboratories for certification and grading purposes.   
GILC - 2018
"A Conversation Between Gem Suppliers  
and Professional Gemological Laboratories"
Moderating the conversation at the GILC this year will be ICA secretary and AGTA vice president Bruce Bridges, Bridges Tsavorite.

Short presentations will feature AGTA president, Jeffrey Bilgore, Dr. Adolf Peretti, GRS GemResearch Swisslab, Dr. Lore Kiefert from the Gübelin Gem Lab (GGL), a representative from the Swiss Gemmological Institute (SSEF), and ICA member Christopher Smith, American Gemological Laboratories (AGL), as well as ICA past president Andrew Cody representing the Australian Opal Association.

This year's agenda concerns color nomenclature, including the validity and necessity for "Pigeon Blood," "Royal Blue," "Muzo Green," as well as a look at the validity and necessity for "African Paraiba." Cody will be giving an update as to Australian opal nomenclature.
Entrance for the 2018 GILC will be by Invitation Only. 
To find out about invitations, and more about the event in general, please contact the ICA New York Office, at 1-212-620-0900, or by e-mail at ICA@Gemstone.Org

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ICA in Tucson - 2018


The ICA Board of Directors meet annually in Tucson. With a new president, Clement Sabbagh, along with four new board members, Kobi Sevdermish, Chen Shen, Saurabh Bansal, and Ruben Bindra, we are anticipating a full day of work. 

ICA's GILC is back! After a year's hiatus, the GILC is now, thanks to the efforts of the GILC committee headed up by co-chairs Ray Zajicek and Bruce Bridges, back and following its original format, where ICA gemstone suppliers can have a meaningful conversation with the major gemological laboratories.

This is an invitation only event. If you are an ICA member, and did NOT receive an invitation, please contact us here at the office and we will send one to you straight away.
Attendance is limited as per the size of the room, so it will be first come, first served.

ICA Source Directory!

Members Only - Pick up your copy of the ICA Source Directory at the ICA Booth in the promenade at the AGTA's GemFair in the Tucson Convention Center (TCC).

ShowGuides for ALL!
Pick up an ICA Tucson ShowGuide!

The ICA Tucson ShowGuide lists ALL exhibiting ICA members, what show they are in, and their booth location.

ICA Tucson Reception

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Wednesday January 31st, 2018
University Park Hotel
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InColor magazine back in print!

Inhorgenta Munich Show + ICA Reception
The ICA Office has partnered with Inhorgenta Munich Show to showcase our fellow members exhibiting at Inhorgenta on the Fair Directory. 
Nearly a dozen ICA members will offer their precious goods at this important event in Messe München from February 16th -19th, 2018. 
You are cordially invited to their ICA Reception:
Saturday, February 17th, 2018
at 6:00pm at Kaefer Tagesbar



American Gem Trade Association GemFair™ and U.S. Antique Shows 
to Co-Locate in Las Vegas

Partnership will Mutually Benefit
Exhibitors and Attendees
The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) and  U.S. Antique Shows  are pleased to announce that their Las Vegas events will be co-located at the Las Vegas Convention Center, beginning in June of 2019. AGTA GemFair™ Las Vegas is a destination event that is integral to the vitality of businesses for thousands of retailers, brands, manufacturers and designers, while for over two decades, the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry and Watch Show has been the largest trade-only event serving the antique and estate jewelry and watch industry. 
The co-location of these two indispensable industry events will serve to augment and enhance their respective markets through increased access to global buyers, and compellingly cohesive exhibitions. 



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