Dr. A. Peretti earned his PhD for “Mineral Formation in the Alps” from the Institute of Mineralogy and Petrography at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology - ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Adolf Peretti received distinctive acknowledgements by both the British (FGA) and German Gemological Association (FGG).
His published research appears in Contributions to Gemology, a publication of GRS plus other internationally recognized journals including Gems & Gemology (USA), Journal of Gemology (GB), Australian Gemologist (AUS),Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Switzerland), Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology (GER), Earth and Planetary Science Letters (NL), American Mineralogist (USA) and other mineralogical periodicals. His work has also been featured on Swiss and other European television programs.
With his professional activities he is confronted with all aspects of the gemstone industry and has participated in numerous gemstone auctions for more than two decades. He was one of the first gemologists to visit Mogok in 1993 when Myanmar (Burma) started to open and has since made numerous trips to the valley to study the mines. That work has resulted in the discovery of a new mineral called 'Perettiite' which was named after his him.
Thierry Falise is a free-lance Belgian photo-journalist who has been covering Southeast Asia and beyond for almost thirty years. Based in Bangkok since 1991, he regularly contributes (text and photos) to magazines and dailies such as Elle, L'Express, Le Monde, Le Point, Paris-Match, Le Figaro Magazine, Marie-Claire, Marie France, VSD, Grands Reportages, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and many more.
He haspublished four books on Myanmar (Burma) including three in French, a novel and the biography of Burmese political icon Aung San Suu Kyi. His latest work, "Burmese Shadows", is a picture book covering 25 years of reporting in Myanmar. In parallel to his journalist activities, Falise has been giving conferences on Myanmar and working as a part-time consultant for a variety of Swiss foundations on media and peace negotiations-related projects in the country.