Gem-A to revitalise educational field trip scheme

Member demand has encouraged the company to instigate trip to Germany.

The Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A) has announced it will be reviving its field trip programme on the request of its members, with a gemmological field trip to cutting centre Idar-Oberstein, Germany.

The trip will take place from June 21 to June 28, with 25 attendees invited to visit museums, mines, the German Gemmological Institute and lapidaries.

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The small German town of Idar-Oberstein is one of the best-known cutting centres for gems in Europe and has opened its doors as a hub for European gem dealers.

Marketing and events manager of Gem-A, Amandine Rongy, who has arranged the trip in collaboration with member Debora Mazza and GIA alumni member Sharon Dale, said: “Gemmologists often like to look at the final pieces of beautifully cut and polished stones, but it’s rare that we ever get the chance to see the processes involved in getting these stones from mine to market.”

During the week-long trip the group will visit the Edelsteinminen Steinkaulenberg, Kupferbergwerk in Fischbach, DGemG, Schneider gem tools, Deutsches Mineralienmuseum and Historische Weiherschleife.

Chief executive officer of Gem-A James Riley commented: “Our role as an association and an educational charity is to try our best to provide opportunities and support to all members, whatever their needs.

“This field trip is just one example of how Gem-A is looking to allow members to have more of a say over how their Association is run and what they get from their membership. We previously ran an active programme of field trips which saw members go as far afield as places like Australia and Madagascar, and we hope this trip will signal the return to a vibrant field trip programme over the coming years.”

Prices for the field trip start from £1250 for all travel, two meals a day, entrance to the various trips and workshops as well as accommodation. For a full list of prices and trip details contact Amandine Rongy via events@gem-a.com.

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