Members invited to see behind the scenes; Sarah Jordan to host talk.
The British Jewellers’ Association (BJA) is set to host a members’ tour of the Goldsmiths’ Hall next week, followed by a networking lunch with a talk from jeweller Sarah Jordan.
The day of events will take place on July 2 in London, with guest able to see behind-the-scenes at the Goldsmiths’ Hall, visiting parts of the Hall not normally accessible to visitors including its library. Guest who wish to see particular historical documents can request to see them in advance, with librarian David Beasley available to explain the importance or background of the documents.
Dave Merry of the London Assay Office will be on hand to explain the processes involved in assaying and hallmarking, including the history of the company and how different metals are tested and articles are hallmarked.
Merry will also speak about the verification of antiques silverware and jewellery and there is a possibility that guest will be able to see an ingot of scrap gold being poured in the Goldsmiths’ Company’s lab.
After the tour guests will be able to join other members of the BJA for a networking event at London’s City Pipe pub where an afternoon of networking will also take place, complete with a talk from guest speaker and BJA National Committee member Sarah Jordan focused on the use of traditional skills in today’s jewellery. The BJA’s National Committee member Harriet Kelsall will also be on hand to answer members’ questions.
A total of 18 places are available for the Goldsmiths’ Hall tour, split into two groups with tickets prices at £10.50.