Platinum Day Symposium VIII

Texturing, High Luster Finishing, Casting and Other
Sophisticated Manufacturing Techniques to be Featured

(New York, NY – January 10, 2000) – Platinum Day VIII
Symposium, a premier educational event, will be held Saturday,
March 4, at New York�s Fashion Institute of Technology, 7th
Avenue at 27th Street. Jewelers, manufacturers and designers
interested in learning more about the fine art and precision
science that is platinum jewelry manufacturing are invited.
The day-long symposium will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
and admission is $75 for MJSA members and $85 for non-members.
Buffet lunch is included. James Marquart, MJSA president, and
Jurgen Maerz, Director of Technical Education for PGI-USA, will
open the conference with an overview of the industry with a
special focus on the growing importance of platinum and new
innovations in platinum technology. “Jewelers who spend their
Saturday at FIT to learn more about platinum will profit
immensely from the Platinum Day VIII Symposium,” advises Maerz.
“It has become the world renowned forum for technical
specifically dedicated to the jewelry industry.”

Maerz will discuss "High Luster Mass Finishing for Platinum"

and present the paper, “Platinum Torch Casting in 2 Hours or
Less.” Other presenters and their subjects include, “Surface
Texture Applications for Platinum Jewelry,” KATHRIN SCHOENKE of
Siegfried Becker USA, the featured designer of the symposium;
“Understanding Platinum Plumb Solders,” DANIEL BALLARD of PM
West; “Vacuum/Pressure Platinum Casting,” GEORG SCHULTHEISS of
Schultheiss Automation Systems; “The Growth of Platinum Jewelry,
and its Importance in the Overall Supply / Demand Equation,”
GORDON BASSETT of Johnson Matthey; “The Creation of 95/5
Platinum Investment Casting Alloy,” GREG NORMANDEAU of Imperial
Smelting and Refining Co.; “Basic Ceramic Considerations for
Lost Wax Casting of High Temperature Alloys,” HELMUT FRYE of
TechForm. A Question and Answer Session featuring all speakers
will follow the day�s presentations. Additionally, all papers
presented at Platinum Day VIII will be available later this year
in printed form.

Platinum Day VIII is sponsored by Platinum Guild International

USA (PGI-USA), the Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America
(MJSA) and AJM Magazine. The event will take place the day
before the opening of the MJSA Expo New York to be held March
5-7, 2000. This year, registration can be accomplished directly
on the Internet at This is a secure
Web site where those looking to attend can register and pay.
Attendees can also register by calling MJSA at (800) 444-MJSA.
Maerz urges anyone who has technical questions to contact him
directly at PGI�s Newport Beach, Calif. headquarters or by
accessing PGI�s technical Web site at
or on the technical hot line at (949) 760-8882. For additional
on Platinum Day VIII or to receive a copy of the
symposium papers, please fax your request to PGI-USA at (949)