Upcoming meetings and events
We are continuing to hold our Monthly Meetings at the Eric Liddell Centre, located on the southside of Edinburgh at:
It is just past the junction of Bruntsfield Place, Colinton Road and Morningside Road. Evening parking in this area usually presents no problems and the Centre is served by Lothian buses services 5, 11, 16, 23, 45.
Generally we are in the South Wing which is on the Ground Floor, just to the right of Reception, with a 7.00 for 7.30p.m start.
If you would like to join us afterwards for a drink or something to eat, we will have a table booked at the nearby Cafe Grande.
Thursday, 18th January, 2018, 7.00 for 7.30p.m
Charles Evans: A Window into 150 Years of Diamonds, Kimberley and Surrounds
Much is disclosed about the timeless elegance of diamonds but less so about their natural scarcity and the sustainable mining developments of some of the world’s most viable mines, such as those in the Kimberley region of South Africa. 1866 marked the discovery of a diamond on the banks of the nearby Orange River.
Charles will take us on a whistle-stop journey through the Kimberley region and the subsequent years before concluding with a visit to the depths of some of the oldest mines in the region.
In a multi-dimensional talk, he will explore the social changes in South African mining as well as the vagaries of those big grey carrots, Kimberlites through a visual journey of observation and captivating photography. Whilst the industry focuses upon the larger world operations of De Beers and Petra, Charles will explore the smaller outfits ringing in change for the diamond business like Ekapi and junior miners like Blue Rock.
Charles Evans, FGA DGA, IT & Operations Manager, Gem-A
has enjoyed a multi-faceted career, journeying from his native Zimbabwe to South Africa, Namibia, Australia, Scotland and now London. After developing an “uncomfortably close acquaintance” with an asbestos mine in the Northern Cape region of South Africa, Charles travelled to Scotland and spent five years working with the Cookson Group in thermal ceramics manufacturing.
Another stop on his global journey was the Laverton and Leonora regions of Western Australia, where he could be found diamond drilling at the Gwalia, Sunrise Dam and Granny Smith mines. This experience led him to extensive, albeit unsuccessful, fossicking in both the Rubyvale gem fields of Queensland and the New England region of New South Wales.
When Charles wasn’t trading Australian sapphire, he was nurturing his passion for computer sciences. This interest in IT and how technology can support the gem trade led him to his current role as the IT and operations manager at Gem-A, the Gemmological Association of Great Britain.
Throughout his time there, Gem-A have thrived in creating an advanced instrumentation resource that will serve to keep members and the industry integrated and up-to-date on the identification of gem material and advances in the detection of gemstone treatments and origins.
This will be followed by Alan Hodgkinson on the 28th of February starting with his observations from Tucson 2018 and finishing with an exploratory glimpse into a bequest received from Eric Bruton.
The final talk arranged before our Conference will be from Clare Blatherwick on the 28th of March.