Loose diamonds, a piece of jewelry set with the stone and a specimen from the collection of Harvard University’s Mineralogical & Geological Museum (Photo courtesy of the museum)

Boston--Early next month, WJA Boston and the Harvard Museum are hosting a panel of industry experts who will discuss the future of the hardest substance on Earth--the diamond.

“Do Diamonds Matter?” is scheduled to take place April 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the auditorium of Harvard University’s Mineralogical & Geological Museum in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which is next to the Harvard Museum of Natural History.

The panel will feature a range of experts from the diamond industry, museums and academia, including Natural Color Diamond Association President Alan Bronstein, Raquel Alonso-Perez, curator of Harvard’s Mineralogical and Geological Museum, and Gary Roskin, executive director of the International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA).

They will discuss the continued popularity of the diamond, its future as the go-to gemstone for engagement rings, colored diamonds, the stone’s use in industry and tech, and the introduction of lab-grown diamonds into the jewelry market.

Emily Stoehrer, the Rita J. Kaplan and Susan B. Kaplan curator of jewelry at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, will moderate the discussion.

It will start at 6 p.m. and will include time for a Q&A session; a reception is to follow beginning around 7:30 p.m.

To register for this special free event, go to WomensJewelryAssociation.com.

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