EAG Short Course: Gemstones

Gemstones: Their Geology and Gemmology

3-5 December 2012, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Main speakers:

  • Gaston Giuliani (IRD), Géosciences Environnement Toulouse and Centre de Recherches Pétrographiques et Géochimiques in Nancy
  • Benjamin Rondeau, Laboratoire de Planétologie et Géodynamique de Nantes, University of Nantes
  • Dereje Ayalew, Department of Earth Sciences, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.

The Department of Earth Sciences of the Addis Ababa University, the University of Nantes (France) and the Institut de Recherche et Développement (France) jointly organized a three-days short course on “Gemstones: Their Geology and Gemmology” at the Addis Ababa University Campus. This event was financially supported by the European Association of Geochemistry, the Cultural and Cooperation Council of the French Embassy in Ethiopia, and Gemoa and Eyaopal opal trading companies. This successful short course was intended to gather together several actors of geology of gems: academics from French and Ethiopian Universities and geologists from the Ministry of Mines from Addis Ababa and other states of Ethiopia, in order to present their works on gemstones to graduate students and to draw prospective guidelines of Ethiopian scientific projects and educational programs.

The short course was taken by 40 students, professors, researchers, senior geologists from mining companies, representatives of the Ministry of Mines, IRD-CNRS, University of Nantes, University of Nancy and Toulouse, and the French Embassy.

This short course on geology and gemmology of gems included a two-day lecture, and one day of practical work based on the identification of gems by microscopy and gemmological instruments. The thematic short course had several objectives:

  • training of academics and professional of the Ministry of Mines (State of the Art on the geology of gemstones and applications to gemology and prospecting);
  • formation of students in gemmology and research exchanges preparing the future for gemmological studies at the University of Addis Ababa;
  • meeting geologists working in the field and mapping zones of geological and economic interests in Ethiopia, for developing gems prospecting;
  • linking scientific communities from the North and the South, and
  • development for teaching gems, their geology and gemmology in a 2013 MSc program at the Addis Ababa University.

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