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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

With a combined programme of presentations by some of the world’s finest authorities and the essential hands-on workshop element, the JVA Conference is an education experience and networking opportunity not to be missed! Whether you are just starting out or have been valuing jewellery, watches or silverware for many years, or any stage in between, the JVA conference has something for all abilities. 

The JVA is the leading 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 practice in relevant and engaging workshops and network with colleagues and friends during the breaks and evening meals.

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.


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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.

Geoffrey Munn OBE MVO FSA, jewellery specialist, historian and writer will open the conference on Friday 10th September to begin our weekend with ‘Munn’s Miscellany’, an incredibly special opportunity to hear behind the scenes stories of the discoveries of treasures that have passed through his hands.

The JVA Conference offers an engaging and stimulating programme of presentations and seminars for a blended learning experience enhanced with unique networking opportunities throughout the weekend. 

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We are delighted to be welcoming JVA Consultant Specialist John Benjamin FGA DGA SJVA to the stage on Sunday, to talk about Jewellery from Elizabeth I to Elizabeth Taylor: 450 Years of Jewellery. Delegates will also have the unique opportunity to attend a 'Surgery with John Benjamin' where they are able to bring antique items of interest to discuss with John himself.

From 11.45am on Friday 10th September until the conference draws to a close on Sunday 12th 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.

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Royal Osteoporosis Society Charity Dinner ~ Saturday 11th September

Saturday 11th September ~ Royal Osteoporosis Society Charity Dinner

Please join us on Saturday evening in Burleigh Court restaurant when we will be holding a charity raffle in aid of the Royal Osteoporosis Society. Each year the JVA committee invite a speaker to propose a charity to the committee to receive support at our conference. During our 2020 online conference the generous JVA members and attendees raised over £1800 to support a young woman suffering from MND. This year, we are delighted to be supporting the Royal Osteoporosis Society, a charity chosen by our opening speaker Geoffrey Munn. We do hope you will choose to join us for this very special evening when all proceeds from the raffle will be donated the ROS.


Sunday 12th September ~ Conference Finale and Buffet Dinner

The conference closes at 6.15pm and will be followed by a Buffet Dinner attended by our speakers, guests and delegates giving everyone, following an intense weekend in the classroom or lecture theatre, an opportunity to network, discuss the weekend and enjoy each others company.


 Our Speakers include ... 


Geoffrey Munn OBE MVA FSA
Geoffrey Munn OBE MVO FSA
Geoffrey Munn

Munn’s Miscellany

A light-heated, whistle-stop tour of some of the exciting discoveries that Geoffrey Munn has made in half a century of jewellery studies. It includes a cameo of Mary Queen of Scots, a brooch made to Queen Victoria’s order to commemorate her favourite John Brown, a gold watch designed by Dante Gabriel Rossetti and a silver brooch designed by the famous architect William Burges. Munn hopes to demonstrate that the jewellery trade has the same potential as an archaeological site and that great treasures come to light in the most unusual circumstances.


John Benjamin FGA DGA SJVA
John Benjamin FGA DGA SJVA
John C. Benjamin Limited​​​​​

A History of Jewellery from Elizabeth I to Elizabeth Taylor

400 years of international jewellery design examining the changing styles from the pomp of High Renaissance enamelled gold work, to the global generic designs of today. We look at the development of diamond cutting, neoclassicism and romanticism, the language of flowers, 19th Century Archaeological, Gothic and Renaissance Revivalism, Diamond mining in South Africa, Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts, the impact of Platinum, and post-war Modernism.


Dr. Cigdem Lule
Dr. Çiğdem Lüle PhD, FGA, GIA GG, DGA ~
Kybelle LLC

Colour Perception in Gemmology

Colour is arguably the most important grading factor of coloured gemstones. Perception of colour, how to observe and name it have always been the essence of endless discussions in gemmology. In this talk, Dr. Lule will delve into colour science, cultural aspects of colour perception, observation of colour and colour terminology of gems with examples from the current gem market. The topic is aimed to help clarify the confusion that might have been caused by the current coloured gemstone grading systems and their application to valuation of gems.


Rui Galopim de Carvalho
Rui Galopim de Carvalho FGA DGA ~
Rui Galopim de Carvalho

Understanding Gemstone Cuts in 18th Century Jewellery

The presentation will provide an overview of cutting styles and influences for diamonds and coloured gemstones throughout the 18th century. We will look in detail at the latter half of the century, where we find examples that display a characteristic style emerging of the period.

Following the discovery of Brazilian diamonds in the 1700s, there was a rise in the popularity of the brilliant cut, so much that it became the preferred diamond cutting style by the 1750s, with occasional modified versions also seen. The discussion on coloured gemstones, especially for larger stones, will focus on the various facet arrangements, otherwise classified as mixed cuts.

The presentation will be illustrated by images of the Portuguese crown jewels that will be on public display at the new Museu do Tesouro Real in November 2021.


Mahiar Borhanjoo
Mahiar Borhanjoo ~ CEO UNI Diamonds

The State of the Diamond Industry - Today and Tomorrow

How has the diamond industry positioned itself out of the Pandemic? And where will it be in the near future and beyond? This presentation will cover these aspects in detail, providing an insightful analysis of the diamond industry.


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Susi Smither BSc FGA GIA JDTThe Rock Hound

Ethical Gold: Behind the Price Tag

As a proud Fairtrade licensee for over 5 years, Susi has first hand knowledge of the integrity of traceable certified gold. Whilst giving a background on the intricacies of the supply chain, including third party auditing, consumer buying trends and the power for good that ethical gold wields, Susi will give an insight into the nuances of running an ethical jewellery brand. We hope you'll come away with knowledge of what markings to look out for, a deeper understanding of all the challenges faced by our industry and what some brands, such as The Rock Hound, are doing to overcome this. 


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

Modern spectroscopy in Gemmology: practical applications of fluorescence spectroscopy.

New synthetics and treatments are posing serious challenges for the gem and jewellery industry. Now, more than ever, it is important that industry professionals become familiar with standard instrumentation and their gemmological applications, in order to prevent expensive mistakes.

This workshop will introduce standard instrumentation found in gem laboratories such as UV-Vis-NIR, FTIR, Raman/PL, before doing a deep dive into fluorescence spectroscopy with hands-on application.

There are limited spaces on this workshop -  to find out more email


Kerry Gregory
Kerry Gregory FGA DGA GG (GIA)
~ Gemmology Rocks

Gemmology by Numbers - Why it Doesn't Add Up!

Gemmology is more than just numbers, it is more than one quick test such as throwing something on a refractometer, or believing that you can be a gemmologist with little or no training or experience. That would often end with disastrous results and incorrect identifications. 

In this talk Kerry will take you on a whistle stop tour through some of the howlers that she has seen as people conduct "Gemmology by numbers"-  where the numbers just don't add up. Crucially, she will run through how you can make sure that you avoid these errors with your own practical testing.


Charles Evans BSc (Hons) FGA DGA  ~ Remarkable Rocks
Charles Evans BSc (Hons) FGA DGA  
Remarkable Rocks

The importance of Melee in the jewellery industry and why it deserves our attention. 

Melee is a major player in the jewellery industry, but quite often forgotten when it comes to industry discussion, insight and knowledge, especially when, with some gem varieties, 90% of production becomes melee. Charles Evans will discuss the little gems that keep most mining areas alive and most of the workers in a job.


Steve Carson FJVA (Ret)
Steve Carson FJVA (Ret)

The Bold & The Brave ~ A Revolution in Form and Function of Jewellery Design

Although rocked by phases of boom, depression and war, jewellery design between the 1920’s and 1930’s continued to be both innovative and glamorous. Strong, geometric patterns, while colourful creations inspired by the Near and Far East, including heavy applications of gemstones are characteristic of Art Deco jewellery. Steve discusses some of these wonderful inspiring and creative jewellery designers of this period, such as Suzanne Belperron, Raymond Templier and Paul Brandt to name but a few


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