National Association of Goldsmiths valuers conference set for September

NAG Loughbrough Conference

It is business as usual for the National Association of Goldsmiths, despite the agreed merger with the British Jewellers Association that will be completed in January to form the National Association of Jewellers.

The NAG’s next major event is the 2015 National Association of Goldsmiths’ Institute of Registered Valuers’ Loughborough Conference, which takes place September 12-14 at Loughborough University.

The conference has a wide selection of main presentations and workshop sessions covering topics that will help increase industry knowledge for valuers and other jewellery executives.

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Main conference speakers and topics include:

John Donald speaks to David Callaghan

John will be in conversation with David talking about his long career in the trade and is one of the foremost British jewellery and silverware designers and craftsmen. Known throughout the world for his work, especially heraldic regalia, John is still a busy man designing and creating specially  commissioned pieces. He was “clothed with the Livery” of the Goldsmiths’ Company as long ago as 1972.

Richard Drucker: Market Trends & Industry Update

Richard takes a look at what’s been happening in the market and will include the corundum conundrum! He will probably touch on a few industry issues too since they are part of trends; he has a few good ones to report on.

Elizabeth Goring: Wearing the Colours: Jewellery & The Women’s Suffrage Movement

Jewellery was a potent weapon in the campaigning armoury of British women fighting for the vote in the early part of the 20th century; and suffrage campaigners were highly sophisticated in the ways they used it for political expression. Most of this jewellery was created as part of a sustained marketing exercise devised and implemented by the Women’s Social and Political Union – the WSPU – in the years from 1908 to 1914.

Joanna Hardy: Surprises & Discoveries, the Wonderful World of Jewellery

Over the last 35 years Joanna has been privileged to handle some of the world’s most amazing jewels, through the international auction houses, the Parisian haute joaillerie and their workshops, visiting the emerald mines in Zambia, sapphire mines in Sri Lanka and meeting some of the legends of our industry.

She continues to be enthralled and humbled by how much there is to discover about the world of jewellery, whether it is waiting to discover a lost jewel on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow or being surprised by hidden collections, the thrill and excitement of the unexpected is what continues to make the jewellery world so special.

Harry Levy: What’s It Worth Harry?

Harry says, “I am often stopped in Hatton Garden, shown a piece of jewellery and asked ‘What’s this worth Harry?’. This has set me thinking as to what sort of answer they want.”

Harry promises a possibly controversial presentation…

Joanna Whalley: A Journey to India: The Jewellers’ Art Revealed

In November this year, the V&A Museum will host a major exhibition of jewelled objects made in, or inspired by, India. The exhibition, ‘Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection’, runs from the 21st November 2015 to the 28th March 2016. In order to understand better some of the unique methods and materials used in traditional manufacture, Joanna travelled with the Curator of the exhibition, Susan Stronge, to India. With privileged access to workshops rarely shared beyond small communities in the trade, much was gleaned.

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