2019 Conference; Adding value to your jewellery journey

The 2019 National Association of Jewellers’ Loughborough Conference is home to the Institute of Registered Valuers.conference

Whether, you want to learn something about a fashion house, how to identify green gemstones, promote your business on the internet or embellish your valuations with quality images we’ll have a workshop for you – not to mention others covering topics you may not have even thought of. The 2019 conference is setup to have something for everyone, whether you’ve been in the trade for more years than you care to mention or have only recently joined – the Loughborough Conference has it all.

Frank Wood, PTSI Chair said: “We welcome everybody to this popular event, both from the UK jewellery industry and colleagues from around the world. One of the key components of the event is our range of workshops from lecture-based talks to ‘get down and dirty’ hands-on sessions. My advice would be to book these up early as space is limited.”


Conference development

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’ 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 the last 30 years NAJ's IRV community has a selection of keynote presentations and workshop sessions lined up covering topics that will help you – whether you are a valuer or not – to widen your knowledge of the Jewellery trade which in turn you can use to benefit your business and your customers.

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Sessions overview

Continuing from its introduction in 2016, we offer aspiring valuers our 'Welcome to Valuing' sessions. There are three 90-minute sessions on the Sunday with lots of practical hands-on participation included. Our programme also includes an “Any Questions?” session giving you an opportunity to air your views and discuss with fellow delegates matters relevant to us all. We will also include a report on this year’s IRV Monitoring Programme and updates on developments within the NAJ including Practical Valuation Techniques Tutorials.

A full list of sessions, the majority of which offer practical perspective and cover a number of topics lasting 90 minutes, will appear below.

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

Retail Therapy

Between talks and workshops and before the evening meals, delegates will have time to visit exhibitors in the Gemstone Market. The Gemmological Association will offer attendees the opportunity to purchase books and instruments from selected suppliers, and gemstones will be available from selected dealers. Further exhibitors are set to join the line up in due course.

Evening Activities

On the Saturday evening a welcome reception will take place, followed by dinner and the awarding of the David Wilkins Award. A raffle for the NAJ Education Trust will also take place. 

Sunday evening will recognise all MIRV individuals who have achieved FIRV status since last year’s Conference and students who passed the CAT examination within the last calendar year.

Plans are also under way to include entertainment for those delegates who wish to participate. 

Bookings and discounts

The fees include the following:
  • Saturday, Two-course lunch, Welcome Reception, three-course dinner with wine.
  • Sunday, Two-course lunch, three-course dinner with wine.
  • Monday, Two-course lunch.
All business sessions on Saturday, Sunday and Monday including tea/coffee breaks during mornings and afternoons.

Discounts for multiple bookings are available.

If two or more delegates from the same firm attend the Conference we offer a 10% discount on the second (third, etc.) booking. Please amend the amount you need to pay accordingly. NB: Please note the discount does not apply if a delegate is attending the 'Welcome to Valuing Sessions' and paying the special rate. 

Conference Venue

The University of Loughborough will host it's 29th conference in succession for the Institute, due to it's central location and excellent conference facilities.

Just one mile from junction 23 of the M1, the campus is close to both East Midlands and Birmingham International Airports. Rail links also offer good connections with shuttle buses regulalry serving the Univeristy (every 20 minutes). Services to Loughborough from London can be as little as 90 minutes.


Sandra Page


Phone: 029 2081 3615