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Gem-A Welcomes Jewelry Television (JTV) as Platinum Sponsor for Annual Gemmology Conference

03 Oct 2018

  • The leading American retailer continues long-term relationship with the world’s longest established provider of gem and jewellery education
  • NEW! Gem-A Conference app available for the first time

Gem-A (The Gemmological Association of Great Britain) is pleased to announce that Jewelry Television (JTV) will support its annual Conference as Platinum Sponsor. 

The two-day event, which will take place in London on November 3-4, 2018, welcomes the world’s leading gemmologists, mining specialists, geologists, jewellery collectors, and jewellery historians for a range of insightful talks and workshops, led by leaders in their prospective fields. 

This year’s Gem-A Conference will also benefit from a new smartphone and tablet app, designed to guide visitors through speakers, special events, seminar topics and more. The app is free to download for iOS and Android devices both prior to and during the Conference.

As one of the leading retailers of jewellery and gemstones across the United States, JTV has been instrumental in sharing gemmological knowledge and inspiration with more than 86 million American homes, cultivating a new market of gemstone lovers and buyers in the process. 

JTV’s long-term support of Gem-A and its two-day Conference reinforces a professional friendship between the two organisations, which are united by a shared dedication to gemstone education and professionalism. 

Speaking on the partnership, Gem-A CEO Alan Hart commented: “The continued support that JTV offers Gem-A is inspiring and highlights the importance of fostering accurate gemmological understanding for current, and future, practitioners of gemmology. This year’s Gem-A Conference, coupled with our Graduation Ceremony, is an event not-to-be-missed, and we look forward to welcoming the international community to London in November.”

This year’s line-up of speakers includes world-renowned fine jewellery designer, Wallace Chan; Fijian cultured pearl specialist and founder of J. Hunter Pearls, Justin Hunter; specialist in Afghani and Pakistani gem deposits, Peter Lyckberg; gem-cutter Victor Tuzlukov; curator-in-charge of the Smithsonian’s mineral collection, Dr Jeffrey Post; mining insider, Monica Stephenson; vice-president of the Coral Commission in CIBJO, Rui Galopim de Carvalho FGA DGA; gem-mineral collector and dealer, Federico Barlocher; and the curator at the Mineralogy Museum of École des Mines de Paris, now known as MINES ParisTech, Dr Eloïse Gaillou.

For the second year, the Conference will take place at etc.venues County Hall, with views across the River Thames and the Houses of Parliament, from Saturday 3 to Sunday 4, November. Further sponsors of the event include Silver Sponsors CGA (Canadian Gemmological Association); AGA (Accredited Gemologists Association); AGL (American Gemological Laboratories); gemstone supplier, Marcus McCallum; online platform, The Jewellery App; and Bronze Sponsors The Rock Hound, Gemworld International, Ruppenthal UK, Fair Trade Gemstones, IIDGR and EGM (Ecole de Gemmologie de Montreal).

In addition to world-class talks, the Gem-A Conference also serves as a forum for delegates, allowing them to network with their industry colleagues and peers in a friendly and relaxed environment. This year, the opening night of the Conference will welcome guests aboard the Elizabethan – a replica 1890s paddle steamer – for an evening of dining and entertainment along the River Thames, celebrating 110 years of gemmology education. 

The Gem-A Conference will be accompanied by field trips to the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London , the Natural History Museum and the V&A, followed by workshops hosted by Richard Drucker FGA (Hons) GG of Gemworld International, Alberto Scarani and Mikko Astrom of MAGILABS,  Monica Stephenson (idazzle) and Barbara Palumbo (adornmentality).

To book Gem-A Conference tickets, please click here. For more information visit the Gem-A website at

To download the new Gem-A Conference app, please visit your iOS or Android app provider.