I am delighted to have been asked to be a guest speaker on the topic of Imperial Topaz at the launch of the Sustainable Jewellery Collective Seekd, hosted by The Crown Estate.
As you can read in my recent blog, Topaz is the birthstone for November. At this SEEKD event, I will focus on the most exclusive gemstone in the Topaz family, called Imperial Topaz.
The SEEKD collective will showcase five brands each month keeping the collection fresh and inspiring; each designer embodying a commitment to excellence, craftsmanship and taking pride in their responsible jewellery-making processes and personal stories.
When you come to the event, you will be able to view timeless jewellery pieces made for people who are looking for something that little bit different and special.
For this special launch event, Seekd will be partnering with Lemuria Jewels. Lemuria is a bespoke jewellery atelier that creates timeless sustainable fine jewellery pieces. Founded by Tatiana Ovchinnikova who graduated from the Gemological Institute of America (that’s GIA for short), Tatiana finds inspiration from women, nature and timeless trends. Lemuria Jewels strives to create the highest quality jewellery with a focus on ethically sourced, stunning traceable gemstones.
Give yourself a royal treat and come and join us. See you there!
I am so fortunate to have been able to visit Mogok. The last time I visited Myanmar in 2018, Mogok was closed so I could not complete my research. I was only able to visit Mandalay and Yangon.
But, after a successful three-day event to celebrate the 800th anniversary of Mogok in March 2018, the Government in Myanmar re-opened the doors to Mogok (a city in the Pyin Oo Lwin District of the Mandalay Region of Myanmar), granting access to international tourists and visitors.
I jumped at the opportunity to visit Mogok and explore the region, 200kms north of Mandalay. And now that I have been, I can complete my writing – the next book in the Gemstone Detective series – Buying Gemstones & Jewellery in Myanmar .
I can confidently say that this essential guide for tourists will be published in mid 2020. Pre-order your author-signed copy now!
Although I have not quite finished writing the travel guide, which will be a valuable resource for gem collectors, I am delighted to have been asked to share my knowledge and photos at the Scottish Gemmological Association November Symposium on Saturday 9th November, 2019.
I am also organising a Gem Tour for 2020. Mogok is not an area to travel alone so if you would like to visit Mogok, sign up to hear more about Gem Tours with Gemstone Detective.
As well as showcasing the Gemstone Detective books, I will be talking about my global travels and ‘how to make informed choices when buying gemstones abroad’.
You will learn – what to look out for, what to avoid and, what are the top questions to ask when you are buying gemstones.
Throughout the day there will be a number of expert demonstrations taking place. You’ll find me at the demonstration area at the front of the hall, immediately behind the Bead & Jewellery Magazine stand, at 2.30pm.
If you have an interest in buying gems for making jewellery, come a long and listen to my talk. Or, if you are looking for a public speaker for your own event, I’d love to meet you too.