BAO launches intro course to jewellery valuations

Intensive one day course tailored to retailers and pawnbrokers.

The education and training division of the Birmingham Assay Office has reacted to client demand by launching a one-day intensive introduction course titled Understanding Jewellery Valuations.

The course is said to be ideal for anyone with experience in gemstones and jewellery that wants to further their knowledge of the value of jewellery. It has therefore been tailored to jewellery retailers, pawnbrokers, auctioneers and those involved in consumer complaints or insurance replacement.

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The intensive course hosted by valuer David Byrne will provide an understanding of the methodology and many different approaches required to produce a fair jewellery valuation, appropriate to its intended use. It will cover basic diamond, coloured gemstone and metal pricing , and delegates will examine items of jewellery for assessment.

The day will also include a behind-the-scenes tour of the hallmarking floor at The Birmingham Assay Office, which is not normally open to the trade or public.

Byrne is a member of the Institute of Registered Valuers. He works as an independent jewellery valuer and spreads his time between producing jewellery valuations for SafeGuard at The Birmingham Assay Office, valuing antiques for auction houses, and delivering courses for Birmingham City University at the School of Jewellery as a visiting lecturer.

There are five dates currently available to book the course are Monday February 10, Monday March 24, Monday April 7, Monday May 19 and Monday June 23 2014. Interested parties can contact the Birmingham Assay Office for more information or to book a place.



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