Gemstones for Jewellers workshop with Sally Spencer - 16th March 2024
5 in stock.
10am til 4pm
About the day
This fun and interactive one-day workshop is structured into five sections, each consisting of a PowerPoint presentation followed by the opportunity to study gem materials which illustrate the information discussed in that section.
Designed around jewellers, emphasis is given to how certain gemstone information is useful and relevant and how it may save time and money. The day begins by introducing the fascinating world of gemstones, before looking at gemstone durability and what this means for jewellers.
Students will learn how to use a 10x loupe and tweezers to look at gemstones before a brief overview of how gemmologists identify gemstones. Students then have the opportunity to try some of the testing instruments for themselves, before learning why correct gemstone identification is so important.
Synthetic gemstones, imitation gemstones, gemstone treatments and composite gemstones are introduced with explanations why jewellers need to be aware of these, before exploring a “buyer beware little shop of horrors” of things to look out for when shopping for gemstones on the internet or on holiday. Potential vulnerabilities of gemstones are explained before having the opportunity to observe some of these.
This workshop is suitable for any jeweller, regardless of experience, as it is all about the stones rather than the type of jewellery being made, as well as anyone interested in gemstones and jewellery who would like to find out more about them.
About the tutor Gemmologist and jeweller Sally Spencer is the author of the Jewellers’ quick reference guide to working with gemstones, written specifically for jewellers to live on their bench and answer any “could I be about to destroy this” questions when working with gemstones.
A Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain and holder of both their Gemmology and Diamond diplomas, Sally now concentrates on sharing her gemstone knowledge and passion with fellow jewellers through her book, writing and classes to help them discover more about the gemstones they work with, aiming to help save them time and money.
Important information If you have a copy of Jewellers’ quick reference guide to working with gemstones, please do bring it with you (it isn’t essential for the workshop, but you will be able to refer to relevant pages during the day).
Please bring reading glasses if you use them. If you wear varifocal or bifocal glasses and have a pair of prescription reading glasses, you may find it easier to use those rather than your varifocals or bifocals when looking at stones using the loupe.
A pen and paper may be useful in case you would like to take notes.
Please note that it will not be possible to identify any gemstones you bring with you on the day, but Sally will be happy to suggest gem testing laboratories who offer this service.
All materials are included in the price.
Tea and coffee are provided and there will also be biscuits, and maybe even cakes on offer.
Please bring your own lunch or why not try our lovely cafe situated right next door.
Terms and Conditions
Your booking fee secures your place – we cannot reserve places without payment.
If we have to cancel for any reason you will be offered the option to switch to another class or receive a full refund. Workshops need a miniumum of 6 people to run.
If you are unable to attend a course for any reason we are unable to offer a refund. However, if you give more than seven days notice to cancel and we can fill your space on the course we may be able to offer you an alternative date.
The minimum age to attend is sixteen. All 16/17 year olds must be accompanied by a paying adult.