The Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand (GIT) is launching the World Ruby Forum 2017 on 4 November. The event will be held in Bangkok, concurrently with the CIBJO Congress 2017, from 5 to 7 November.
Ms. Duangkamol Jiambutr, GIT Director said, “We are collaborating with partners in the private and public sectors to organise the World Ruby Forum 2017 to promote, support, raise awareness and create accurate understanding about ruby to the general public, business owners in the gems and jewellery industry as well as those in the public and private sectors.”
“With this World Ruby Forum 2017, organisers are aiming to establish ruby as Thailand’s most important exported gem and promote Thailand as the world’s leading gems and jewellery trading centre,” She added.GIT is collaborating with the Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences, the Association of Gemmology for France and the Department of International Trade Promotion, as well as business owners in the gemstones industry from across Thailand to form the first-ever World Ruby Forum 2017 committee. The event’s aim is to promote the image of Thailand as the world’s most important centre of gems and jewellery.
GIT, under the supervision of the Thai Ministry of Commerce, is the core institution that promotes, supports and develops the capability for competition in the world market for the Thai gems and jewellery industry. In collaboration with its partners, GIT recently held a World’s Most Beautiful Rubies Contest, and announced the winning rubies on 6 September, 2017, at the 60th Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair.
The ‘Ruby Heart of Love’ is another important activity to be held at the World Ruby Forum 2017. This charity activity will feature 700 rubies that will be arranged in a heart shape, conveying the love and harmony of Thais, regardless of race, religion, gender or age, that joins together as one to remember the great kindness of His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej in the event of 70 years of reign as well as to celebrate Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s 84th birthday.
The ‘Ruby Heart of Love’ will have the number 1 to 700 shaped as a heart. Those interested in giving can donate in any amount they wish and pick their number. Donors will be named in the book entitled “The Ruby Heart of Love Story” which will be compiled after the rubies have been made into the Ruby Heart of Love. This ruby will not be for sale, but it will be held as a national treasure and organisers plan to exhibit this ruby in leading museums worldwide to promote love and peace.
Moreover, donations from this ‘Ruby Heart of Love’ project will be given to the charity to develop medical equipment which was the last charity to receive patronage from His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The funds received from this project are also expected to be given to charities in need worldwide to continue the King’s legacy of giving to the people.