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.
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
DAY 2 – THE TECHNICAL FACTOR: The hands behind the jewels
DAY 3 – THE DESIGN FACTOR: History of jewellery design
DAY 4 – UNDERSTANDING THE VISIBILITY FACTOR: How knowledge is shared
DAY 5 – IDENTIFYING TRENDS AND VALUE: Jewellery valuation
Note: Three of the images in the lead image of this page are from the British Library. The other two are from SSEF.