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

Interested in finding out more about gemmology? Sign-up to one of Gem-A's courses or workshops

If you would like to subscribe to Gems&Jewellery and The Journal of Gemmology please visit Membership

Cover image A selection of precious coloured gemstones. ©Yavorskyy


Hidden Treasures: Highlights of Gem-A's Gemstones and Minerals Collection

Hidden Treasures: Highlights of Gem-A's Gemstones and Minerals Collection

Gem-A Gemmology Tutor Pat Daly FGA DGA offers us a glimpse at some of the more unusual items in Gem-A's Gemstones and Minerals Collection.

Read more


Tanzanite: The Contemporary December Birthstone

Tanzanite: The Contemporary December Birthstone

Are you looking for the perfect festive gift for a December baby? Gem-A tutor Lily Faber FGA DGA EG considers tanzanite – one of three birthstones for December – and shares how this relatively new gemstone compares to its purple and blue-hued rivals.

Read more


Birthstone Guide: Turquoise For Those Born In December

Birthstone Guide: Turquoise For Those Born In December

Beautiful blue turquoise is one of three birthstones for the month of December (in addition to zircon and tanzanite). It is enriched with real cultural significance that can be traced back thousands of years. Here, we explore the blue shades of turquoise and explain what makes this gemstone so special...

Read more


Understanding the Cat's Eye Effect in Gemstones

Understanding the Cat's Eye Effect in Gemstones

Chatoyancy is the gemmological name given to the curious optical effect in which a band of light is reflected in cabochon-cut gemstones, creating an appearance similar to light bouncing off a cat's eye. Gem-A's Collection Curator, Barbara Kolator FGA DGA explains chatoyancy and highlights some of the many gems in which it can occur.

Read more


Jade and its Importance in China

Jade and its Importance in China

Jade has long been revered by gem lovers internationally, but nowhere more so than in China. But what is it that makes this gemstone so special? Gem-A's Assistant Gemmology Tutor Dr Juliette Hibou FGA gives us an overview of jade, how to identify it and its significance in Chinese culture.

Read more


Highlights of Gem-A Conference 2019

Highlights of Gem-A Conference 2019

The Gem-A Conference is always the highlight of our gemmological calendar! If you didn’t manage to make it, we’ve put together a few of the highlights from this year’s event to fill you in on what you missed, and whet your appetite for Gem-A Conference 2020!

Read more


The Colours of Topaz: November Birthstone

The Colours of Topaz: November Birthstone

Topaz is most often associated with the colours yellow, orange, blue and pink, but it can also be colourless, green and brown. Find out more about the second birthstone of November, here. 

Read more


Birthstone Guide: Citrine for Those Born in November

Birthstone Guide: Citrine for Those Born in November

As we enter the dark winter months, November’s birthstone citrine offers rays of warm yellow-orange sunshine. Here, gemmology tutor Lily Faber FGA DGA EG explores the properties and folklore around this sunny gemstone.

Read more