The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) took part in London Jewellery Week 2010 (LJW) by opening its doors to those eager to learn about gemmology on June 11.
The GIA Open Day ran as part of LJW, welcoming prospective students and a collection of others from the jewellery industry, who all wanted to explore the world of gemmology. Walking around the open classrooms and talking to the friendly members of staff on hand to show you the school’s facilities and impart their knowledge of gemstones, one thing was clear – this is a great place to come and learn.
GIA London director Edward Johnson has been involved with LJW since the feasibility talks that preceded its launch five years ago, and said the GIA saw a synergy between itself and LJW’s aim of promoting the industry. He said: “This is a unique event, and there isn’t another other event like it in the world where jewellers showcase their works to the consumers. LJW is a stage on which jewellers and designers can perform for the public.”
The GIA put on a number of talks during the day, educating attendees on the gemmology industry. Sitting in on the first talk ‘What is gemmology?’ was insightful. The event drew in an assortment of visitors, including students, retailers and sat next to me, the jewellery buying team from high street favourite Argos, all looking to build on their knowledge.
I walked away from the GIA Open Day feeling inspired, interested and as though I’d learnt something. If you’re visiting LJW next year than I’d advise you to stop by the GIA, you may surprise yourself and learn something new.