"Significant upgrade" to boost Gem-A’s support of its members.
The Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A) has relocated its headquarters to a historical location in London’s Hatton Garden.
The association has moved to a townhouse location in Ely Place, home to one of the only surviving buildings in London from the reign of Edward I, dating back to the 13th century.
Gem-A is set to host an official opening party for the move on Tuesday 3 of September, inviting industry members along to celebrate, with a chance to meet its staff members and learn more about the history of gemmology.
Gem-A’s chief executive James Riley said: “Gem-A’s new offices signal how the ideas of Samuel Barnet, who first conceived of the idea of a gemmological qualification over 100 years ago, have remained vital to the jewellery industry today.
“Our new offices are also testament, not only to that vision, but to years of hard work by both staff and members. This significant upgrade will allow us to increase the level of support to our members at home whilst allowing us to continue to expand Gem-A’s provision of first-class education abroad.”
Ely Place was once the London residence of the Bishops of Ely and home to St. Etheldreda’s Church, and was also a boarding place for John of Gaunt. Gem-A said its new HQ is "fitting for Gem-A’s centenary celebrations which will climax at this year’s Gem-A Conference".