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JVA Registered Valuer® Conference for Jewellery and Watch Valuers

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JVA Registered Valuer® Conference for Jewellery and Watch Valuers

Jewellery Valuers Association (JVA) Annual Conference ~ 8th-10th September 2023

Holywell Park, Loughborough

The JVA conference delivers a combined programme of presentations by some of the world’s finest authorities interspersed with essential hands-on workshops, it is an educational experience and networking opportunity not to be missed! Whether you are just beginning your journey to becoming a Registered Valuer, have been valuing jewellery, watches or silverware for years, or engaged in or interested in any aspect of this wonderful world of jewellery and watches, the JVA conference has something for all abilities and all areas of the industry. 

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

During the three-day conference, delegates will be able to attend presentations by leading industry experts, get hands-on experience in relevant and engaging workshops and network with presenters, colleagues and friends during breaks and evening meals.

The JVA Conference App enables delegates to personalise their conference experience by selecting their workshops from the wide range on offer, download the JVA Conference brochure, interact with fellow delegates and our Sponsors and much, much more.

Holywell Park, situated within Loughborough University, synonymous with the sharing of knowledge, learning and developing skills, 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 industry speakers will be attending from the UK, Europe, Australia and the USA, all working together to deliver an engaging, 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.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Holywell Park in September for what is guaranteed to be another outstanding conference ...


"Being able to rub shoulders with so many of your peers and like-minded people left me completely motivated. 
I genuinely believe becoming a member of the JVA is one of the best and most important decisions of my career. The JVA conference has only enhanced this decision."
Raymond Morath-Gibbs FGA DGA
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"The JVA conference is an eclectic mix of industry professionals with a shared attitude to learning and friendly individuals who are generous with their knowledge. 
Within moments of arriving I'd already made new 'gem friends', from sharing taxis at the station to sitting next to someone new at dinner. The JVA promotes an inclusive environment which makes networking effortless and most of all FUN!"
Jennifer Gait


From Friday 8th September until the conference draws to a close on Sunday 10th September at 6.15pm, we have an exciting programme of talks and workshops lined up designed to suit all abilities.

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.


Booking is now closed for the JVA Annual Conference 2023! Please Download the Conference Brochure below to see what we have in store for you .. 

JVA Conference Brochure cover
Download the Conference Program 2023 here

Once you have chosen which workshops you would like to do, you will select them in the dedicated JVA Conference App, the link will be sent to you once you have booked your place.

 Please welcome our speakers ... 

Stuart Robertson GIA GG

Stuart Robertson, GIA GG., is an award-winning gemologist and appraiser. He is president of Gemworld International, Inc., and serves as research director for the company’s publication, GemGuide. Stuart is the immediate past-president of the Accredited Gemologists Association. He is also a senior member of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers and serves as chair of the conference committee.
Stuart has extensive experience as an appraiser. He completed the International Society of Appraisers’ Appraisal Principles Core Courses in 1993. Today, he limits his appraisal assignments to special projects, trial consultant and expert witness work. 
Stuart is a recipient of the prestigious Antonio C. Bonanno Award for Excellence in Gemology (2011.) He received the AIJV Valuer of the Year Award in 2014 and The Scottish Gemmological Association’s Catriona Orr McInnes Award in 2019.

Gary Roskin GIA GG, FGA

Gary Roskin, graduate gemologist, author, gemstone photographer, and journalist, is the Editor in Chief of the Roskin Gem News Report.
Former CEO for the International Colored Gemstone Association, Senior Gemstone Editor for JCK Magazine, and the Baselworld Daily News, Roskin has covered the international colored gems and diamonds market, as well as gemological subjects on diamonds, and the estate gemstone/jewelry market for close to four decades.
With years of professional experience in areas including laboratory diamond grading, supervising, training, monitoring, and reporting, Roskin has provided jewelers and appraisers valuable diamond grading tips and techniques. Gary is the author of “Photo Masters for Diamond Grading.”
Roskin began his career as a fourth-generation retail jeweler in Marion, Indiana. He studied at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in Santa Monica, California, and worked there from 1977 through 1992; 6 years as Assistant to the Director of the Los Angeles GIA Gem Trade Lab, 3 years as a resident gemology instructor in both diamond grading and colored stone/gem identification, and 5 years as Executive Director of the GIA Alumni Association. From 1992 through 1997, Roskin was Assistant Director for the European Gem Lab in Los Angeles.
Roskin is a Graduate Gemologist and Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain. Gary has been the recipient of many awards, including the International Society of Appraiser’s Media Award for his feature story entitled, “Bad Appraising Lands Good Jeweler in Court,” several Richard T. Liddicoat Journalism Awards Honorable Mentions from the American Gem Society, and a shared 2nd place award in Gems & Gemology’s Dr. Edward J. Gübelin Most Valuable Article Award, as a co-author of “Synthetic Gem Materials in the 2000s: A Decade in Review.”
Gary was presented the Antonio C. Bonanno Award for Excellence in Gemology from the Accredited Gemologists Association in 2023.

Julia Griffith FGA DGA EG

Julia Griffith FGA DGA EG, is a gemmologist and esteemed educator at The Gem Academy. With a profound expertise in the realm of laboratory-grown diamonds, Julia stands as the ultimate authority in delivering comprehensive knowledge on this pivotal subject.
Recognized as the go-to person for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of laboratory-grown diamonds, Julia's extensive experience and meticulous attention to detail ensure that learners are equipped with accurate and up-to-date insights. As a passionate advocate for education, Julia's engaging teaching style captivates learners, making even the most complex concepts easily accessible and understandable.

Rui Galopim de Carvalho FGA DGA

Rui Galopim de Carvalho FGA DGA is a Gem Education Consultant, author and international lecturer on gemmology and the history of gem materials. As a Portuguese national, Rui has a particular interest in Portuguese jewellery of cultural heritage and has recently studied the gemstones in the Portuguese royal treasures for the forthcoming museum in Palácio Nacional da Ajuda.
The founder of the Home Gemmology webinar series launched during the COVID-19 lockdown, Rui is also editor of the educational account Portugal Gemas on Instagram and shares gemmological content actively across his social media channels (Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Twitter). He is associate editor of The Journal of Gemmology, Vice-President of Sector A and of the Coral Commission of CIBJO (The World Jewellery Confederation), member of the Communications Committee of ICA (International Colored Gemstone Association), Advisory Counsellor of the Portuguese Jewellery and Watchmaking Association and consultant of National collections, namely the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga and Royal Treasury at the Palácio Nacional de Ajuda.

Claire Carson

Claire grew up in the jewellery, silver and antiques world alongside her father, Steve Carson FJVA (Ret.). Claire spent 10 years with the prestigious Searle & Co. jewellers situated in the Royal Exchange, London until it closed in 2021. She then moved to Luke Stockley and Bellefontaines Jewellers as a jewellery designer. Claire's passion lies mainly in design and marketing, but particularly with the historical aspect, especially the Art Nouveau period.

Roland Schluessel FGA DGemG

Roland Schluessel was born in Switzerland and spent part of his childhood in Milan, Italy.

After graduating from business, management and marketing schools in Switzerland, he studied gemology in Idar-Oberstein and London, where he was awarded the Rayner Prize in 1985. He was a senior director of the gemstone and jewelry department, and member of the board of directors of the leading jewelry and watch company in Switzerland.

During his many travels to the mining sites in South-America, Africa and Asia, and as a hobby photographer, Roland captured more than 300,000 pictures of gem mining, volcanic eruptions, gemstones and inclusions in gemstones. His presentations on gemstones have been valued in many countries throughout the world.

Roland Schluessel has lived in Tiburon, San Francisco with his wife Nata since 2004, and together, they own the gemstone wholesale company Pillar & Stone International which specialises in fine coloured gemstones and jadeite. Roland has extensively visited Myanmar several times and is the author of the book "Mogok - Myanmar. A Journey to the Finest Rubies and Sapphires in the World" (2002; written in German).

Adrian Hailwood SJVA

Adrian Hailwood has over 30 years of experience within the watch and jewellery industry, working for companies such as Cartier, Van Cleef and Arpels, Mappin & Webb and seven years as Boutique Manager for Breguet. You could say watches have been both a career and a passion for Adrian. In 2011, he swapped retail for auctions, holding senior positions at Fellows, Woolley & Wallis and Dreweatts. In 2020 he became ‘Employee No.1’ at, adapting the existing Collecting Cars auction platform to the needs of the watch market. Launched in March 2021, the first 2 years saw sales totalling £40 million making it the fastest-growing online watch auction platform in the world.
Since 2017, Adrian has worked as an independent specialist providing watch expertise across the Auction, Insurance, and Asset-Lending industries. As a founder member of the Jewellery Valuers Association, and one of the few Specialist Watch Valuers in the UK, he provides rigorously researched valuations of watch collections for insurance, probate, division, or sale.
Adrian writes about watches and watch culture for both online and print publications including The Telegraph, The Financial Times, Revolution, GQ Magazine, and Square Mile. He is a presenter, trainer and keynote speaker on watches, the watch market, watch collecting and watch history.

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