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Less than 72 hours until ‘Virtual Valuers Conference’

15 Oct 2020

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The inaugural Valuers’ Virtual Conference takes place this Sunday, with the likes of Richard Drucker, Kerry Gregory and Rosamond Clayton FIRV featuring among the prestigious speaker line up.

The free event which will start at 9.30am with a welcome from Barry Sullivan FIRV, Chair of the Institute of Registered Valuers, has seen registrations continue to rise since announcing the full programme.

Sponsored by TH March and developed with valuers, retailers, suppliers, designers and also gemmologists in mind, organisers are looking forward to welcoming the professional jewellery community to the one-day conference.

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Susan Pennington FIRV, who along with Jackie Sanders FIRV and Sandra Page, IRV Administrator, has organised the Virtual Conference said,

“We’re delighted the event has caught the attention of so many new people. The speaker line up is fantastic, and I’m sure there’s going to be useful, practical and interesting takeaways for valuers themselves, but also those thinking or considering valuation, either as part of their business, or career progression.”


The full programme is now available to view, featuring the following talks:

  • Pricing and evaluating fancy colour diamonds, Richard Drucker
  • The London Diamond Bourse – rolling with the changes, Alan Cohen
  • Auctions open up options, Richard Winterton
  • Identifying Mounted Gems - Tips and Tricks from a Master! Kerry Gregory
  • Letters of transmittal, Rosamond Clayton
  • Watches - second-hand market trends, Matt Bernado
  • An overview of common treatments, Julia Griffith
  • Why diamond prices are falling at retail and how to evaluate today’s trade value, Howard Levine
  • Cameos, Craig O’Donnell
  • Corundum and ‘glass’ demystified, Tracy Jukes
  • Problems with unqualified valuers, Barry Sullivan

Associates, Members and Fellows of the Institute of Registered Valuers can register for the Virtual Conference, however guests to the event must apply for a seat by emailing Sandra Page, IRV Administrator. Jewellers and valuers can engage or follow the event across social media with the hashtag #VirtualValuers as well as follow the IRV’s social media accounts.

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Also featuring in the day’s programme is the David Wilkins Award, presented to an IRV who has demonstrated outstanding skill, dedication or service in respect of jewellery appraisal and valuation.

David Wilkins (1931-1994), former Chairman of the National Association of Goldsmiths (the NAJ's predecessor) Valuations Committee, had a distinguished career in the jewellery industry and was widely known and respected both for his outstanding personal qualities and great expertise.  More than any other individual David sought to encourage high standards of conduct and professionalism in respect of valuations.

View the 2020 David Wilkins Award Shortlist

Source: The National Association of Jewellers