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International Emerald Symposium in Colombia

The inaugural International Emerald Symposium in Colombia took place from October 13 to 15, with a wide range of local and overseas emerald experts from government and the private sector providing input regarding the current state of the global emerald business and the challenges it faces.

During the meeting, organized by the Colombian Emerald Federation, Belmont Industries director Marcelo Ribeiro addressed the 320 representatives from across the globe about the opportunities faced by the emerald industry in Brazil. Later, Brazil Gems and Jewelry sector project manager Clarissa Maciel spoke about the role played by IBGM/Apex in promoting Brazilian gems around the world.

It was the first time that producer countries had come together at a high-level international gathering to address issues relating to the emerald business in the same way that diamond industry representatives have done in the past for their trade. The Symposium organizers said they expected the conference to lead to a harmonization of the global emerald industry along the lines of that achieved by the global diamond business at a time when demand for emeralds worldwide is strong.

About Brazil Gems and Jewelry

Since 1998, IBGM is proud to carry on the Brazil Gems & Jewelry Project: a joint initiative between IBGM and APEX-Brasil to enhance competitiveness of Brazilian gem and jewelry products and brands in international markets. Currently, close to 150 gemstones, fine jewelry, fashion and plated jewelry companies benefit from the range of activities catered to each of their needs.


About Apex Brasil

The Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil) works to foster the overseas competitiveness of Brazilian companies, by promoting their internationalization and the attraction of foreign direct investment (FDI) to Brazil. The Agency supports over 11,000 companies from more than 80 sectors of the Brazilian economy, which export to 200 markets. Apex-Brasil also plays a leading role in attracting foreign direct investment to Brazil, working to find business opportunities, promoting strategic events and lending support to foreign investors willing to allocate resources in Brazil.



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