Speaker in the Spotlight: Q&A with Samanta & Vladyslav Yavorskyy

A charismatic duo who have turned their lifelong devotion to natural beauty into not only a solid business but also an expression of art; meet the most intriguing team of two in the world of gems, Vladyslav and Samanta Yavorskyy.

Seasoned with vivid photography and previously unseen mining videos, Yavorskyy and his FGA wife, helpmate and fellow explorer, Samanta, will take us on an interactive journey revealing the life and passion of a celebrated gemstone lover at this year's Gem-A Conference.

Vlad and Samanta Yavorskyy travel worldwide to discover the world of beautiful gemstones. Image: ©Yavorskyy

Gem-A caught up with the gemstone dream team ahead of their Conference presentation to find out why it is their mission to spread the romance and magic of natural stones beyond commerce and science...

Q. How would you describe the mission of your work with natural beauty and gemstones?

We believe gemstones are one of the most wonderful things on the planet, but unfortunately underestimated in common mind-set and often mistreated among experts. Unlike centuries ago, modern people on average have very limited appreciation of gems, and those inside the gem industry use stones as a commodity; just a tool for generating profit. We try to bring back the poetry and romance that historically surrounds a gemstone, back to the minds of people in the new century, revealing their true nature, legacy, value and beauty by the means of art and personal devotion.

Q. In your experience, what has been your favourite and most unbelievable gemstone discovery?

Mahenge Red Spinel in Tanzania in 2007. The quality and quantity of those giant vibrant red clean crystals has never been surpassed ever since, and the whole miracle of the discovery can be felt in each gem from that very production.

Vlad on one of his trips abroad with partner Samanta. Image: ©Yavorskyy

Q. What will be your key message to those that attend your talk at this year’s Gem-A Conference?

Each Yavorskyy cut gemstone has a story behind and a beauty beyond. Enjoy the beauty, follow our steps to the origins of these lapidary artworks, feel the energy and power of natural gemstones from every page of our book.

Q. What is your favourite gemstone and why?

First and foremost, it’s spinel, for the range of its unique beautiful colours. One lavender spinel alone – with its neon glowing crystal and crispy sparkle – is hundred times more striking than any other gem; it’s more than love to me. But if I take my favourite colour – red, and choose between the most beautiful red spinel and a perfect red ruby – really perfect I mean – then I go for the ruby.

Vladyslav at work with precious coloured gemstones. Image: ©Yavorskyy

Vladyslav Yavorskyy’s latest book, 'Gemstones. Terra Connoisseur' is available to buy now from Gem-A Instruments, RRP £75. 'Gemstones. Terra Connoisseur' will also be available to purchase at the conference in November with the opportunity to attend an exclusive autograph session with Vladyslav and Samanta.

  • 'Looking Beyond Commerce and Science to the Magic of Natural Stones’ by Vladyslav Yavorskyy will take place Sunday 5 November 2017 at 15:45 - 16:45pm.
  • To purchase your tickets to the Gem-A Conference 2017 and full listings of the programme, please visit the official website here.

Vladyslav Yavorskyy’s latest book, Gemstones. Image: ©Yavorskyy

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Cover image A selection of precious coloured gemstones. ©Yavorskyy

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