Due to the ongoing health and travel implications of coronavirus, both in the UK and internationally, we have taken the decision to host this year's conference online.
Although it's disappointing that we won't get the chance to see our valued Members face-to-face on this occasion we are lining up a world-leading conference, with the usual thought-provoking talks and workshops, for you to watch at your convenience on the day.
We will circulate details about how to join the conference closer to the event.



Registration for 2021 is now open. Get your tickets below!


Free tickets for Gem-A Members/Students: Please use CONF21 promo code in the checkout below and supply your membership/student id to access a free ticket and secure your place



Reasons to attend


  • An amazing line-up of speakers from all corners of gemmology.
  • Network with some of the leaders in the field during the Conference breaks and the Saturday evening dinner.
  • Learn from speakers and fellow delegates.
  • Exclusive workshops and trips including private viewings.
  • Join us for dinner on the 2 November at the House of Commons, an iconic venue that forms part of the Palace of Westminster.

Highlights from 2018






Conference Speakers



  • Alan Hart
  • Brendan Laurs
  • Prof. François Farges
  • Rui Galopim de Carvalho
  • Dr. Tom Stephan
  • Wallace Chan
  • Alan Hart

    Koh-i-Nur Diamond

    Thought-provoking discussion on how the original Koh-i-Nur may have been cut and by whom, and may have been the result of a combination of both Indian and European cutting styles.

  • Brendan Laurs

    Tourmaline As a Gemstone

    Its varieties, species, valuation and, particularly, Paraíba-type material along with treatments and detectability, and their internal features seen with the microscope.

     

  • Prof. François Farges

    Gemmological Discoveries at the French Museum of Natural History

    A closer look at the French Museum of Natural History's recent gems exhibition in Paris with Van Cleef and Arpels.

     

  • Rui Galopim de Carvalho

    A Preview of the Gemstones at the Portuguese Royal Treasury

    In this talk, you’ll be offered a private gem-related sneak peak of what to expect in the forthcoming permanent exhibition of the royal treasures of Portugal, including the crown jewels, at the forthcoming Museu do Tesouro Real - Palácio Nacional da Ajuda, in Lisbon.

     

  • Dr. Tom Stephan

    Aquarmarine & Co - Colour Mechanisms and Enhancements in the Beryl Group

    An exploration of the colour mechanisms and possible enhancements of the beryl group, and possible identification methods for treatments.

  • Wallace Chan

    Thus Spoke the Stone

    Stones speak, but in what language? Chan is known to have a special bond with gemstones – ancient souls, witnesses of time and life. In this recorded keynote speech, Chan will share his methods of communicating with stones, along with some of the most fascinating dialogues that happened during his half-century-long practice in
    carving and jewellery creation.

     

  • Alan Hart
  • Brendan Laurs
  • Prof. François Farges
  • Rui Galopim de Carvalho
  • Dr. Tom Stephan
  • Wallace Chan


Hands-on workshops


Rui Galopim de Carvalho Sold out
Rui Galopim de Carvalho

09:30 - 11:30

Precious Coral Identification

Laurent Cartier Sold out
Laurent Cartier

09:30 - 11:30

New Types of Cultured Pearls


 

Pat Daly
Pat Daly

12:30 - 14:30

Visual Optics


 

Richard Drucker Sold out
Richard Drucker

12:30 - 15:00

Coloured Stone Grading and Pricing Workshop



There might be three private tours of some of London's main attractions


08:00 - 09:30

Crown Jewels - Get up close with the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London

09:45 - 11:30

NHM - Explore the mineral gallery with the curator of minerals and gemstones

Sold out

10:15 - 12:30

V&A - A handling session with objects from the V&A’s collection of Indian jewellery



  • Showcase your brand at the world's most prestigious Gemmology Conference.
  • Reach a captive audience of gemmology enthusiasts.
  • Engage the next generation of gemmologists.



  • Comments from our 2018 Conference attendees:

    A professional, well run, inclusive, friendly and ultimately extremely useful event

  • Comments from our 2018 Conference attendees:

    The Conference is one of the events that I most look forward to during the year. It never disappoints and is always a very well-spent weekend.

  • Comments from our 2018 Conference attendees:

    The lectures and presentations were extremely diverse and interesting

  • Comments from our 2018 Conference attendees:

    Amazing speakers and a great opportunity to talk to other gemmologists

  • Comments from our 2018 Conference attendees:

    Friendly atmosphere - felt at home with others sharing the same passion

  • Comments from our 2018 Conference attendees:

    The dinner is one of the best opportunities to get to know your fellow attendees better and it's always nice to have a delicious dinner with like-minded gemmologists!


 

CONTACT US

If you are organising a gemmological event, let us know! Email: events@gem-a.com .