Gem-A Conference 2017

From November 04, 2017 until November 05, 2017
Posted by Gemmological Association of Great Britain
Categories: Conference, All Events

For more details please visit the Gem-A Conference 2017 page.

Conference 2017

Saturday 4th November 2017

Gemmologists from around the world will gather in London to attend the annual Gem-A Conference. The Conference boasts an incredible line-up of speakers including expert gemmologists from every area of the field. It is a must-attend Conference for anyone interested in gemmology.

What to expect:

  • 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
  • Knowledge! Learn from speakers and fellow delegates
  • Exclusive workshops and trips including private viewings

How to attend:

  • We recommend that you attend both days of the Conference but if you're short on time you can attend one day - the Saturday or the Sunday. Please take a look at the programme below to help you decide which day to attend.
  • Are you a member or a student? You will have received an 'access code' allowing you to access the members/student rate. Please note that these rates are different. Make sure that you have your membership/student number to hand.
  • Once you've selected your Conference registration type you can add on trips and workshops. Places for these are limited and we anticipate that they will sell out fast.


What's happening & when?

A full-programme of speakers and events are scheduled throughout the weekend, for the full listings see the programme below.

09:00 - 09:30
Registration - Tea & Coffee
09:30 - 09:45
Welcome and Introduction
09:50 - 10:45

Adonis Pouroulis, Chairman, Petra Diamonds

10:45 - 11:15
Tea & Coffee Break
11:15 - 12:15

John Benjamin, Skulls, Steel and Sentiment: A Short Tour of Jewellery Design in the Eighteenth Century

12:15 - 13:15

Klemens Link, Gübelin Gem Lab

13.15 - 14.30
Lunch break
14.30 - 15.30

Evan Caplan, The Magic of Alexandrite

15.30 - 16.00
Tea & Coffee break
16:00 - 17:00

Reena Ahluwalia, Diamond Storytelling Through Art and Design

17:00 - 17:15
 etc.venues County Hall, Westminster, London

 Drinks reception for 18:30, dinner for 19:15

Saturday’s programme will be followed by a drinks reception and a three-course dinner where you can relax and enjoy the company of friends old and new.

Dress code is smart/casual.


Breakout Session

09:00 - 09:30
Registration - Tea & Coffee
09:30 - 09:45
Welcome and Introduction
09:45 - 10:45

Patrick Dreher, Generations of Mastery

10:45 - 11:15
Tea & Coffee Break
11:15 - 12:15

Dr John Rakovan, Gem Crystal Formation: An Introduction to Crystal Growth

12:15 - 13:15

Bernhard Berger

13:15 - 14:15
Lunch break
14:15 - 15:15

Dr Ulrika D’Haenens-Johansson, GIA, Developments in Laboratory: Grown Gem Diamonds and Their Identification

15:15 - 15:45
Tea & Coffee break
15:45 - 16.45

Vladyslav and Samanta Yavorskyy, Looking Beyond Commerce and Science to the Magic of Natural Stones

16:45 - 17:00

Conference Venue

Where's it all happening?

This year's Conference will take place over two days at etc.venues County Hall, Westminster, Central London.

etc.venues County Hall

Belvedere Road, London, SE1 7PB


Graduation Ceremony and Presentation of Awards

Central Hall Westminster, London

Graduates of the Gemmology Diploma and Diamond Diploma and their families are invited to attend the 2017 Graduation Ceremony and Presentation of Awards. The ceremony will be followed by a drinks reception for graduates and guests. Once you have received your Diploma results you will receive an email inviting you to attend the Graduation Ceremony. The email contains a password to access the page. If you do not receive this email after receiving your Diploma results please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Are you a Gem-A graduate or a student? We invite you to attend the Gem-A Conference 2017. The Conference is an excellent opportunity to build on your knowledge and network with other gemmologists. In 2016 we introduced a special graduate and student price of only £50 per day, we are pleased to announce that we will be offering this rate for the Gem-A Conference 2017. Check out our Eventbrite page for more information.



Practical workshops will take place at Gem-A Headquarters in London on Monday 6 November.

Please note – these workshops can only be booked in conjunction with the Gem-A Conference.

Richard Drucker FGA (Hon), GG, President of GemWorld International Inc

‘Coloured Stone Grading and Pricing’

This workshop will introduce new concepts in colour grading. Participants will have an opportunity to work with the World of Colour communication system and also to grade gems for colour, clarity and cut. This session will take place from 10am - 12pm. 

Dominic Mok FGA, DGA, Founder and Principal of AGIL

‘Contemporary Jadeite Testing & Grading’

This workshop will provide theoretical and practical experience in Jadeite testing. This sessions will take place from 1pm - 4pm

Sarah Steele FGA, Owner of The Ebor Jetworks Ltd

‘Separating Black Stones’

How easy is it to tell the difference between black opaque material? This workshop will equip you with the knowledge to do this, covering a wide range of material both rough and in jewellery. The morning session will be repeated in the afternoon: 10am - 12pm then 2pm - 4pm.



Private viewing of the Natural History Museum’s mineral collection

Explore this breathtaking collection with a private viewing, hosted by Mike Rumsey, Senior Curator in Charge, Earth Sciences, Natural History Museum.

Private viewing of the Crown Jewels

You will be taken on a tour of the Tower of London, one of London’s finest landmarks and steeped in history, finishing with a private viewing of the Crown Jewels. You will be able to stop and admire each piece on this relaxed and fascinating tour.

After the tour...

The tour will be followed by tea, coffee and pastries hosted by Lyon & Turnbull at The Club at Ten Trinity Square. During this time you will also see highlights from Lyon & Turnbull's November jewellery auction.

Time: Directly after the tour until 12pm

Location: The Club at Ten Trinity Square, 10 Trinity Square, London EC3N 4AJ (a 5 min walk from the Tower of London).


Please use the interactive map below to view and book hotels that are situated close to the Conference venue:

Alternatively, if you are a member of Gem-A you can take advantage of our affiliate membership with the Naval Club in the heart of London’s west end. To book please contact the Naval Club directly and let them know that you are a Gem-A member.