Group of 13 expert gemmologists to talk at Gem-A November event.

The Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A) has confirmed 13 top international gemmologists to discuss important industry issues at its annual gemmology conference.

Members of the Association and the wider gem and jewellery industry are invited to attend four days of guest speakers, workshops, trips and social events at the Business Design Centre in Islington.


Bruce Bridges, son of internationally recognised gemmologist Campbell Bridges will kick off the seminar programme on Saturday 1 November, followed by lectures from Edward Boehm GG CG, Dr Thomas Hainschawng FGA, Alan Hart FGA DGA, Dr Ulrich Henn, Brian Cook and GIA field researcher Vincent Pardieu GG.

The main conference presentations will continue into Sunday 2 November with talks on topics varying from the recovered jewellery of the HMS Titanic to digital colour analysis, grading, pricing and trading of gems with speakers such as Craig Lynch GG, Chris Smith FGA, Terry Coldham FGAA, Dr Menahem Sevdermish FGA, Richard Hughes FGA and Dr Laurent Cartier FGA.

During the last two days of the conference Gem-A will play host to a number of interactive trips and workshops, with Richard Drucker GG returning for the third consecutive year to run his ‘Coloured stone grading and pricing’ workshop, succeeded by a two-hour session studying the ‘Applications of RAMAN and photoluminescence spectroscopy’ with Mikko Åström FGA and Alberto Scarani GG from GemmoRaman.

These workshops will be followed by Gem-A’s annual graduation ceremony at the Goldsmiths’ Hall, with guest speaker Jewelry Television (JTV) CEO Tim Matthews, who will inspire students as they receive their awards.

The closing day of the conference will see visits to the Natural History Museum on Tuesday 4 November, before a final seminar on ‘Global ethical challenges within the industry’, by Greg Valerio and Vivien Johnston.

Gem-A chief executive officer, James Riley commented: “The 2014 Conference will build on the positive feedback received from our event at Goldsmiths Hall in 2013. We understand that the best way to keep our conference fresh, up-to-date and relevant to current and potential members is by listening to their wants and trying our best to deliver the most contemporary, topical and relevant speakers. We hope that the current line-up for the 2014 conference will replicate 2013 in that respect and deliver on this promise.”

Gem-A’s annual conference will take place from Saturday 1 November to Tuesday 4 November 2014. To find out more about the speakers and subjects, please download the conference brochure here or register your interest by contacting Gem-A on or +44(0)20 7404 3334.