Registration is open for this year’s JVA Registered Valuer Conference, taking place from 10-12 September at Holywell Park Conference Centre, Loughborough University.

With a combined programme of presentations by some of the world’s finest authorities and the essential hands-on workshop element, the JVA Conference is an education experience and networking opportunity.

Whether you are just starting out or have been valuing jewellery, watches or silverware for many years, or any stage in between, the JVA conference has something for all abilities.


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Julian Cousins, JVA chair, commented: “This is the highlight of the valuing community’s year, bringing as it does the ideal balance of outstanding speakers and engaging hands-on workshops, whilst leaving time to share ideas with colleagues, catch up with old friends and make new ones.

“The anticipation for this year’s event is palpable, and looking at the line-up of speakers and workshops, it promises to be truly exceptional.”

A conference with a difference

The JVA Registered Valuer Conference is run for valuers, by valuers, who understand what valuers and other jewellery specialists look for, ensuring a beneficial and enjoyable conference for everyone.

Internationally renowned speakers

Geoffrey Munn, jewellery specialist, historian, writer and television presenter, probably best known for the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, will open this year’s conference with Munn’s Miscellany – a superb opportunity to hear behind the scenes stories of the treasures that have passed through his hands.

John Benjamin, JVA consultant specialist, will talk about ‘Jewellery from Elizabeth I to Elizabeth Taylor: 450 Years of Jewellery’. In addition, delegates will have a special opportunity to attend a ‘Surgery with John Benjamin’.

Susi Smither, founder of The Rock Hound, takes delegates on a journey behind the price tag of ethical gold explaining consumer buying trends, how to identify traceable gold, organisations providing it and the auditing intricacies.

Rui Galopim de Carvalho will be flying in from Portugal. A gem education consultant, author and international lecturer on gemmology and the history of gem materials, Rui’s infectious energy combined with his extensive knowledge will be enthralling.

A myriad of workshops

The conference offers over 30 workshops covering a wide range of subjects including valuing workshops for beginners, as well as delving deeper into valuation practice for those with more experience. There will be practical workshops on identifying laboratory-grown diamonds; value factors of coloured gemstones; a guide to watch valuations; gem laboratory report discussion; jewellery insurance clinics; understanding hallmarking and so much more.

Clare Blatherwick, JVA committee, said: “The committee has really thought about the challenges facing valuers and have put together a programme that reflects the needs of valuers today.”


While education is fundamental to the JVA Conference, it also presents the perfect opportunity to connect with like-minded professionals, meet up with friends and colleagues, and make relationships that last a lifetime.

Join us for dinner on Saturday evening and support this year’s nominated charity, the Royal Osteoporosis Society.

Find out how you can attend this year’s JVA Registered Valuer Conference and benefit from some of the world’s leading experts by registering here:

If you are a JVA member or student, a Gem-A member, GIA alumni or IRV, you have access to special rates. To access these rates, please contact and you will receive a separate link to book.

About the JVA

The Jewellery Valuers Association (JVA) is the only independent body in the UK and Ireland for professional valuers of jewellery, gemstones, watches and silver. Members include some of the most qualified and experienced professional jewellery, watch and silver valuers in the industry.

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