Our next Meeting

SGA Evening Meeting, Wednesday 21st November - Shirley Mitchell on Variations in Gemstone Valuations.

Coloured gems are becoming more popular, no longer does the consumer just want the ‘Big Three’ ruby, sapphire and emerald. Instead they are learning about pink sapphire, tanzanite, aquamarine and a whole host of other gems. As a valuer, we have to know what constitutes a poor, medium and good gem or we run the risk of under or over valuing an item of gemset jewellery. We also have to be aware that not everything is what it seems and sometimes you just have to look a little closer. Shirley will be talking about value factors that have to be considered and how one particular piece almost got the better of her!

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Shirley has been in the jewellery trade for over 20 years and has a passion for coloured gems and valuing beautiful pieces of jewellery. In 2010, having been a retail manager and valuer for a number of years, she hung up her retail hat and started her own independent valuation consultancy.

She is a Fellow of the Institute of Registered Valuers, serving as an elected member of the IRV committee for 6 years, and now is a co-opted member of the committee,  Chairman of recently formed Academy of Valuers and an ODL tutor for Gem-A.  Having been inspired by so many great gemmologists and tutors, Shirley is happiest when she sees people learning about gems and jewellery.

We are continuing to hold our Monthly Meetings at the Eric Liddell Centre, located on the southside of Edinburgh at: 

Map:  15 Morningside Rd, Edinburgh EH10 4DP. 

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.

If you would like to join us afterwards just for a coffee, a drink or something to eat, we will have a table booked at the nearby Cafe Grande.


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