ATC Gems & Jewellery: History, Identification and Important Trends

(5 days, 4000.- Swiss Francs)

 

This advanced training course “Gems & Jewellery: History, Identification and Important Trends” is unique in that it combines the history and significance of gems in historic and modern jewellery. You will learn about all the different uses of gems, and how these link with different periods of jewellery. Through this approach you will learn about criteria to identify jewellery with gems, and gain insight into possible criteria for valuation. This course is taught in small groups, and will include workshops and practical work. It is taught in collaboration with jewellery historian Vanessa Cron (@jewelsandthegang), founder of Research Jewel.

 

Aims of this course:

This course is ideal for people who are already active in the gem and jewellery trade. Linking gemmology knowledge to deeper knowledge about jewellery pieces will provide you with different perspectives on how to identify gems and jewellery from different ages.

DAY 1 – THE GEM FACTOR: Cultural history and evolution

Queen Elizabeth. Source: British Library (1839).

DAY 2 – THE TECHNICAL FACTOR: The hands behind the jewels

A superb antique Indian emerald, diamond and enamel Sarpech sold by Christie's in 2012. Photo: SSEF.

DAY 3 – THE DESIGN FACTOR: History of jewellery design

The Blue Belle of Asia sapphire holds the world record price for a sapphire sold at auction. Photos: SSEF, Christie's.

DAY 4 – UNDERSTANDING THE VISIBILITY FACTOR: How knowledge is shared

Shah Jahan holding a ruby. Source: British Library (ca. 1650).

DAY 5 – IDENTIFYING TRENDS AND VALUE: Jewellery valuation

The Hope Spinel. Photo: Bonhams

Note: Three of the images in the lead image of this page are from the British Library. The other two are from SSEF.