UPDATE: Gem-A London temporary closure

 

A letter from the Gem-A CEO

 

Dear Gem-A Community,

All of us here at Gem-A London join me in sending you best wishes. We hope that you are staying well during this unprecedented situation - one that none of us could have predicted.

Access to our central London office has become increasingly difficult for staff due to government travel restrictions and underground closures. The safety and well-being of our staff and students is our number one priority so, from Monday 23 March, all staff in our head office are being asked to work from home. The office and Gem-A Instruments will have to be closed to the public, students and Members for the foreseeable future. 

We would like to assure you that we are doing everything possible to continue to support the next generation of gemmologists currently studying with us around the world, while also complying with the latest government advice. Our online programme continues, and some of our in-house students are being transferred to online study where possible.

Of course, practical lessons cannot be moved online. In light of this, we have decided to postpone our June examinations. They will be moved to a later date so that we can maintain the academic rigour that our students deserve, and the global industry expects. 

At present, our publications are on track to be delivered to Members as scheduled, with the next issue of Gem-A’s Journal of Gemmology being posted next week and of course, it will be available online for Members to access. We will continue to share news on our social media channels, along with sharing informative and educational posts. Should anyone wish to speak to a member of the team, please do so via email. We will be making every effort to continue to work as seamlessly as possible.

Education: education@gem-a.com

Membership: membership@gem-a.com

Gem-A Instruments: instruments@gem-a.com

This really is a time of uncertainty and disquiet not only for the United Kingdom but for the rest of the world too, with the Far East having had to endure it for months now. By staying positive, prioritising the needs of our community, and, of course, following the government’s advice, we can tackle this pandemic one day at a time.

As soon as our London office is able to open again, we will share the good news.

Thank you for your continued support of our great Association and please do stay safe and well. We look forward to meeting again in brighter times.

With kind regards,

Alan Hart
Chief Executive Officer
Gem-A

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