Wilson55 Auctioneers & Valuers are proud to host the Gem-A North West regional group. Relaunched in 2020 with the aim of creating a network for jewellery and gemstone enthusiasts, members, students and non-members of the Gem-A are all welcome to get involved with our meetings.
The Gem-A or the Gemmological Association of Great Britain is the world's oldest provider of gem education, having taught the science of gemmology for over 110 years. With a base in London, the Gem-A features ‘regional’ groups in the Midlands, North East and the North West. The current committee is made up of auction professionals, insurance valuers, jewellery makers, retailers and gem enthusiasts!
We are aiming to host a mixture of private jewellery viewings, talks, demonstrations, get-togethers and social events for the gemmology enthusiasts of the North West! For the remainder of 2020, we are set to host a series of Zoom talks with industry-leading professionals, with the view to conducting in-house meetings here at Wilson55's saleroom in 2021 (if not sooner, COVID dependant).
We are constantly adding to our line-up of events, so join our mailing list to keep up to date with our latest news! Join our mailing list or find out more about the North West Branch by contacting Liz Bailey firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday 27th January: 7:30pm - Shirley Mitchell FGA DGA - Zoom Talk - Fluorescence: More than an Excited Bunch of Atoms?
Shirley has long had a fascination with fluorescence, from her ‘disco days’ when white T-shirts glowed in the dark to the days of attending workshops with the great Brian Jackson looking at phenomenal gems where she discovered willemite for the first time and then the fun really began!
We will be looking at the causes of fluorescence, how it can help separate gems that look similar, its use in screening for synthetic diamonds as well as lots of fun facts about luminescence too!
Monday 8th March: 6:30pm - Rebecca Tucker - Zoom Talk - The History of Whitby Jet
Tuesday 7th September: 7pm – Maggie Campbell Pedersen FGA ABIPP - Talk and Practical Session - Organic Materials - Please RSVP to email@example.com
Join us for an evening’s talk and practical session on organic materials with Gem-A president and expert Maggie Campbell Pedersen. Expect a fascinating talk on the subject of organic materials, as well as a chance to enhance your practical skills with a world-leading expert on this subject!
Maggie is the President of the Gem-A, and an Associate of the British Institute of Professional Photography. She is an accredited lecturer for The Arts Society (formerly NADFAS).
Her work includes identifications, teaching, writing, and constant research into all aspects of the subject of organics. She has given lectures and seminars world-wide, Master Classes in museums, and has appeared on television. She has also worked in various places as a research assistant in animal conservation, studying elephants, turtles, and other animals. Maggie Campbell Pedersen is the author of Gem and Ornamental Materials of Organic Origin (2004, reprinted 2010), and 'Ivory ' (2015).
Thursday 25th November: 7pm - Gwyn Green - Talk and Practical Session - Pearls - Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org