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JVA Registered Valuer® Conference for Jewellery and Watch Valuers

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JVA Registered Valuer® Conference .. Loughborough 10th ~ 12th September 2021

The JVA Registered Valuer® Conference for Jewellery and Watch Valuers, students and industry associates will be held at Loughborough University, over the weekend of 10th ~ 12th September 2021.

The JVA is the leading independent association for professional valuers providing the most current, up to date and prudent training for its members and students and those wishing to pursue this fascinating, yet challenging, profession.

Holywell Park, situated within the Loughborough University campus, is the perfect venue to host our JVA Conference. Synonymous with the sharing of knowledge, learning and developing skills, Loughborough University complements the JVA perfectly:

  • Academic - the essential building blocks for Continuing Professional Development
  • Professional - the key attribute required of a JVA Registered Valuer®
  • Personal - the unquestionable benefits facilitated by networking with industry colleagues

Leading UK industry speakers will be attending from the UK, Australia and the USA, all working together to deliver an exhilarating, dynamic and memorable Conference from which we will all benefit.

The JVA will be using Holywell Park for the duration of the weekend embracing all main presentations and workshops in addition to lunch and coffee breaks. Professional valuers, aspiring valuers, and students, together with associated industry professionals, will be able to tailor their Conference experience by selecting from a variety of main presentations and hands-on workshops, delivered by experienced and knowledgeable speakers.

JVA Chair and Vice-Chair will open the conference on Friday 10th September at Midday to begin our weekend with keynote speakers leading with first class seminars throughout the afternoon. Over the course of the weekend you will have a wide range of workshops and presentations to choose from before the conference draws to a close on Sunday 12th September at 6.00pm.

Lunch and coffee breaks are great networking opportunities where you can be reunited with old friends, make new acquaintances, and build personal and professional relationships that will last a lifetime.

We will be dining in the Burleigh Court Restaurant on Friday and Saturday evenings, a time to relax and enjoy the company of your fellow delegates. You can enjoy our ever-popular JVA Jewellery Quiz during the Saturday evening, and much much more!

To register your interest in attending, please email 

Confirmed Speakers include ... 

Dr. Cigdem Lule
Dr. Çiğdem Lüle PhD, FGA, GIA GG, DGA ~
Kybelle LLC
Richard Drucker
Richard Drucker GG (GIA) FGA (Hons) 
President, GemWorld International
Kerry Gregory
Kerry Gregory FGA DGA GG (GIA) ~ Gemmology Rocks
Rui Galopim de Carvalho
Rui Galopim de Carvalho FGA DGA ~ Portugal Gemas

Kym Hughes FGAA DGA ~ Symmetry Valuations

Anu Dippal Manchanda GG (GIA) FGA DGA ~ GIA London

Mikko Åström FGA & Alberto Scarani GG (GIA) ~ Magilabs

Charles Evans BSc (Hons) FGA DGA  ~ Remarkable Rocks


JVA Workshops ~ Loughborough 2021

T.H. March - Insurance Surgery 1-2-1

Shirley Mitchell & Tim Bicknell - Welcome to Valuing Sessions 1, 2 & 3

Alan Wetherall - Intermediate Valuing

Peter Buckie & Barbara Leal - ‘AAAA’ ~ Apposite Advice for Advanced Appraisers

Chris Simpson - GuildPro Valuation Software

Sarah Caldwell Steele - Jet & its wonderful simulants: quick & easy identification hacks

Kerry Gregory - Rule your Refractometer

Michael Inkpen - Quantum Leap 2 Appraisal/Valuation Software

Graham Price & Karra Ellison - Old Cut Diamonds

Jason Williams & Shirley Mitchell - Coloured Gemstones - Assessing Colour & Value Factors

Charlie Bexfield - The History of Hallmarking

Andrew Fellows - Synthetic Diamonds - From creation through to identification, learn what you need to know about synthetic diamonds

Steve Carson - The Brave and The Bold - A revolution in form and function with Early 20th Century Visionaries of Jewellery Design

Michael Inkpen - Photography for Valuers

Geoff Whitefield - A Practical Guide to Watch Valuations

Heather McPherson - When is a diamond not a diamond? When it’s a lozenge!

Adrian Hailwood - Fakes & Frankens - You don't know what you don’t know - taking a look at the complexities of watch valuations

Tim Bicknell & Shirley Mitchell - Using Price Guides ~ The GemGuide & Rapaport

Diamond sponsor

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Platinum sponsor



We are the largest firm of specialist jewellery insurance brokers in the UK and have been looking after jewellers and their customers since 1887. 

Gold Sponsors

Celsteel Diamond

Celsteel is a third generation diamond dealing company, established in 1952 and run as family concern ever since. We are able to supply diamonds from tiny 0.7mm diamonds up to large GIA certificated stones. As a family company we offer all our customers that personal touch that only a family company like ours can.

Quantum Leap

QL2 is an appraisal software program that runs in your browser and implements the latest, and best, technology continuing to streamline the production of jewelry appraisals for the discriminating jeweler and independent appraiser.


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Silver Sponsors

Bentley & Skinner

Bentley & Skinner’s bespoke service offers you the possibility of creating your own jewellery to celebrate the most memorable occasions in your life. We have a team of highly qualified specialists who can help you design your own unique engagement ring or fashion a personalised gift for your loved one.

Bruce Stevenson

Established almost 40 years ago, Bruce Stevenson is the largest Independent Insurance Broker in Scotland, providing specialist products and services to both commercial and private clients across the UK. As a business, we are proud to have a retention rate in excess of 95%, which is testament to the focus we place on our customers.


Founded in Birmingham in 1876, Fellows are a family-run firm of auctioneers and valuers. We hold more than 100 sales a year with specialist watch and jewellery auctions becoming increasingly popular. In 2018, we were delighted to be named the leading UK regional auctioneer by the Antiques Trade Gazette.