Valuers' Conference

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Whether delegates have just joined the jewellery trade or been in it for more years than they care to mention, the NAJ’s Valuers’ Conference is the event for them. This will be our 32nd Conference.

Although geared towards jewellery valuers, this conference is one of the few events in the UK that endeavours to appeal to all sectors of the trade.  This event offers something for everyone involved in valuing/selling jewellery, silver, watches, gemstones, etc., not only from the UK and Ireland, but also the rest of the world.

This popular annual event provides opportunity for all to expand their knowledge and make new contacts and friends. The conference is a friendly and welcoming affair, but not a relaxing one – the business sessions are very demanding and delegates work hard to benefit fully from all that’s on offer. Each year we welcome back many familiar faces and, indeed, many new ones.

Book your ticket to the Valuers' Conference, hosted by the IRV

Welcome to the auction room… how your auctioneer can add value to your business and keep you in the loupe
Richard Winterton, Director, Richard Winterton Auctioneers

richard winterton croppedAlongside his day job, Richard Winterton is a familiar figure on television through his appearances as auctioneer on programmes such as BBC Bargain Hunt and Dickinson’s Real Deal on ITV.

Richard has 40 years’ experience in the auction business, which is a lifelong passion. He personally catalogued jewellery sales for 20 of those years and emphatically believes in the auction process.

In his local community he is a passionate supporter and sponsor of charities including We Love Lichfield, the Lichfield Garrick theatre, Lichfield Cathedral, Burton Albion Community Trust, Support Staffordshire and The Hub at St Mary’s above the new library in Lichfield city centre.


Forensic Jewellery
Dr Maria MacLennan, Edinburgh College of Art

Maria MacLennan


Pricing Coloured Gemstones
Richard Drucker, Director, Gemguide

Richard drucker compressedRichard Drucker, GIA GG, is the president of Gemworld International, Inc. in Glenview, Illinois. His credentials include: Graduate Gemologist of the Gemological Institute of America; Honorary Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain; Senior Member of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers; Senior Gemologist, Accredited Gemologists Association.

As a third generation in the jewelry industry, he began a pricing publication in 1982 now known as the GemGuide. This publication is used in more than 40 countries and is the industry leader in gem pricing and market information. In 2002, he became the owner of GemGuide Appraisal Software used by more than 1,000 jewelry appraisers. In 2014 he co-developed the World of Color nomenclature and grading system for colored gemstones, now being used and taught by several organizations worldwide.


Cultured Pearl Grading & Pricing
Cidgem Lule, Founder, Kybele LLC

Cigdem lule compressedDr. Lüle is a mineralogist and award-winning gemologist. She is the founder of Kybele LLC consulting firm based in Illinois, USA. Her scientific background, gem trade and market experience in Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States form the basis for the broad range of services provided to clients.

Dr. Lüle is considered to be one of the pioneers in archaeogemological research with an emphasis on origin investigation. She lectures on various aspects of gemology, archaeogemology and mineralogy worldwide. She specialises in mineral and gem valuation services as an independent appraiser (Valuer).

In 2016, she was awarded the prestigious Antonio C. Bonanno Excellence in Gemology Award. She is also the proud recipient of The Catriona McInnes Medal of 2019.


The Mourning Jewel
Hayden Peters, The Art of Mourning

Hayden Peters Hayden Peters is a Jewellery Historian, Lecturer and Experience Designer.

An authority on the topic of mourning and sentimental jewellery, Hayden founded the Art of Mourning ( in 2005 as his teaching platform to share knowledge and educate about this important part of history between the years 1517-1920. The website reaches thousands of international students and collectors daily, with over 900 articles detailing the history of early-modern society, politics, design and fashion.

Hayden has appeared on television, in international publications, museum installations, global touring and written for academic publications.




Conference Programme

When the National Association of Goldsmiths created the Registered Valuer Scheme back in 1987, we had no idea of the impact this visionary concept would have upon the world of valuing. Relaunched as the National Association of Goldsmiths' (now the National Association of Jewellers') Institute of Registered Valuers in 2008 the Institute is proud of its objective to promote best valuation practice in the UK and Ireland. 

Building upon what we have achieved over the last 30 odd years, we aim to have a selection of main keynote presentations and workshop sessions covering topics that will help delegates - whether they are a valuer or not -  to widen their knowledge of our trade which in turn they can use to benefit their business and their customers. 

Our programme also offers aspiring valuers Introduction to Valuing sessions. On Sunday, there are three 90-minute sessions with lots of practical hands-on participation included. 

Our programme also includes an "Any Questions?" session giving delegates an opportunity to air their views, and discuss with fellow delegates matters relevant to us all. 

The usual Conference Programme is (subject to change):

Saturday 11th September
12.35 - 12.45 Welcome
12.45 - 14.15 Main presentations
14.30 - 16.00 Workshop sessions 
16.30 - 18.00 Workshop sessions 


Sunday 12th September
09.00 - 10.30 Workshop sessions
11.00 - 13.00 Main presentations
14.30 - 16.00 Workshop sessions
16.30 - 18.00 Workshop sessions


Monday 13th September
09.00 - 10.15 Main presentations
10.45 - 11.45 Any questions?
12.00 - 13.30 Workshop sessions

workshop sessions


What's a workshop session?

These sessions, the majority with a practical perspective, cover a number of topics and last 90 minutes each. Last year's programme offered workshops on old-cut diamonds, Australian gemstones, imagery, probate valuation, valuation methodology, cameos, fake watches, pocket watches, synthetic diamonds, marketing, insuring watches, price guides, the House of Cartier, identifying mounted gemstones, colour grading, watch parts, pearls, special commissions, valuing watches, gemstone treatments and identification, post loss assessments, "headache" gemstones, hallmarking, digital trends and jewellery appraising and valuation software. 

The delegates choose the six sessions they wish to participate in. We do all we can to meet their request but please be aware that if a session has reached full capacity, we may place them on an alternative workshop. NB: not all lecturers are available for all six sessions so delegates must study the booking form carefully. 

Delegates will be informed of any specific items required for participation in the sessions they have been allocated to and reminded nearer the time to bring their eye loupes, gauges, etc. 

Unless stated otherwise workshops are suitable for all delegates. 

Valuers dinner

The social element

A licensed pay bar is available at the venue for the purchase of refreshments. 

On Saturday evening we shall welcome all Summit delegates during our pre-dinner Drinks Reception  followed by  a three course dinner (dress code smart casual). After dinner we shall present the David Wilkins Trophy to this year's winner of the David Wilkins Award and hold an informal Presentation of Awards Ceremony to present certificates to those MIRVs who have achieved FIRV status since last year's conference and to the students attending who passed the CAT examination held in October 2019. 

On the Sunday evening there will be a Gala Dinner which will incorporate all attendees at the Summit Weekend, including the Retail Jewellers' Congress hosted by the JBN, and Seminars on Better Business, Created in the UK and SecurityWise.

 Book your ticket to the Valuers' Conference, hosted by the IRV

The Venue

Surrounded by 150 acres of peaceful parkland the De Vere Staverton Estate is a stylish and contemporary retreat in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside, boasting a leisure club, spa and PGA European-tour standard 18-hole golf course on site. The venue also presents itself as convenient to reach, with easy access from the M1, Birmingham Airport and West Coast Mainline, with a journey from London Euston to the venue taking just over 60 minutes.

 open areas at Stevrton

Discounted rooms on check out

To secure your room at the De Vere Staverton Park, please call 01327 220676 to book and quote the NAJ Summit as the event you are attending. Rooms are to be settled on check out and are charged at a preferential rate of £89 per night using a code which you will recieve on attendance at the event.

Use of Spa and Golf facilities

Attendees at the Summit are welcome to make use of the onsite facilities including the on site Beauty salon, Maddison Peach, gym fully equipped with cardiovascular and resistance training equipment, as well as a heated swimming pool, sauna and spa pool.  Staverton Park also boasts a mature 18-hole Championship Golf Course, set in 150 acres od parkland, which is discounted to £40 per person for Summit attendees.

bar and coffee lounge at Staverton