Courses & Events



Contact Maggie Hall at The Gallery on 01423 705 198 or email

The Gallery Lectures are a fun and relaxing way to share Susan’s knowledge on the history of jewellery. The Gallery opens and 10.45am and coffee is served until 11.15. Susan will present the lecture for an hour and then lunch is served with a complimentary glass of fizz. The Gallery is open for you to see the current collections and chat with Susan about valuations you may require or the redesigning or repairing of any jewellery you may have.

Time 10.45am – 2pm   Price £33/person

 The Gallery can be hired for your own private party – ask Susan or Maggie for more details



From March 2017 to July 2018 Susan will run one lecture per month on the development of jewellery design, concentrating each month on a particular period between 1500 and 2000. Where possible each lecture will involve a practical handling session to help understand how jewellery design has developed.  The series will provide you with a good understanding of how and why jewellery and fashion has changed over 500 years and which gemstones were popular. The lectures will all stand independently from each other and it is not essential that you attend all the lectures to appreciate jewellery design history.


Thursday 15th, Saturday 17th or Friday 23rd  SOLD OUT!

Glorious India – the Jewels of the Raj

British rule on the Indian Subcontinent lasted from 1858 to 1947 and is referred to as the British Raj. This is a period of sumptuous jewellery and this lecture will look at the Jewellery industry in India and the influence it has had on British design even before the Raj. We will also look at the spectacular jewels worn at the Delhi Durbar ceremonies as well as those owned by a number of the wives of the Governor Generals of India including Lady Curzan, ensuring that this presentation is full of excitement.

Thursday 1st, Friday 9th or Saturday 24th SOLD OUT!

Extra dates: Thursday 22nd or Thursday 29th

Contrasts of Colour and Form – Jewellery 1920-30

The jewellery of the 1920s takes on a completely new look, reflecting the change of attitudes following the 1st World War. With it comes new ways of working with gemstones and metals. This lecture will continue the study of the development of Jewellery design looking at the first ten years of the Art Deco period of design. 


Saturday 7th, Thursday 26th or Friday 27th

The genius of Japan – The development of Japonisme in Jewellery.

By the 1870s many saw the Japanese as aesthetically superior to the French and this led to a huge interest in incorporating Japanese motifs into Jewellery design. This lecture will consider the exceptional work of the jewellers including Faberge, Vever. Lalique, Falize and Tiffany & Co to illustrate this outstanding style and understand why Vever said that ‘the Japanese constitute the most artistic nation that has ever emerged.’

Thursday 5th, Friday 20th or Saturday 21st   

Sculptural Beauty – Jewellery 1930-40

This lecture will continue the history of Jewellery design during the second decade of the Art Deco period and uncover the new approach to Jewellery design and selling. Despite the Wall Street Crash of 1929 the Jewellery industry flourishes. More emphasis is given to educating the Jewellery buyer and great attention to detail is given to the cutting of gemstones and the setting of the stones. A remarkable period of innovative design will emerge.


British Royal Wedding Jewellery

Friday 11th, Saturday 26th or Thursday 31st (All Full)

The forthcoming wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle provides the perfect opportunity for us to reflect on the fabulous Jewellery worn at Royal weddings since Queen Victoria’s marriage to Prince Albert. This will be a presentation full of dazzling gemstones, romantic stories and of course the odd tiara or two!

The Fashion Conscious 50’s

Jewellery History 1950-1960

Thursday 10th(Full), Saturday 12th or Friday 25th

Fashion in the 1950’s had a ‘New Look’ not just introduced by Dior but by Schiaparelli, Chanel and Balanciega. The Jewellery designed to accompany this look is big, colourful and sculptural. Drawing inspiration from the Art Deco period, the 50’s meets the demands of individuality in a society that is working within new social and economic boundaries.


Chaumet – Parisian Elegance

Friday 15th, Saturday 23rd or Thursday 28th (Full)

Chaumet was founded in 1780 and has provided exceptional jewellery ever since. Although having been established in Paris some of their finest clientele were found in London during the Victorian period, including Queen Victoria. Their work is romantic, stylish and has attracted many famous clients. This is a presentation which shows how the skill of the jewellers working for Chaumet have led to many utterly outstanding creations, bringing elegance and a ‘wow factor’ to all periods of jewellery design since the C18th.


Jewellery Revolution

Jewellery History 1960-1970

Thursday 7th, Saturday 16th or Friday 22nd

The 1960’s was a time for change. It was a period of Jewellery invention. Traditional jewellers continued to flourish, but this lecture will highlight the changing nature of Jewellery design in the 60’s to meet a more expressive and younger clientele. Surrealism, Pop Art & Space all influence Jewellery at this time, to create what was known as ‘Art Deco 69’ style. Free style creating fun Jewellery sums up this period.


Eclectic Scottish Jewellery – from the Highlands to the Glasgow School

Friday 6th, Saturday 14th(Full), Friday 27th

Scottish jewellery has risen in popularity over the years. This lecture will look at the outstanding agate jewellery made during the Victorian period and the exceptional work of the jewellers associated with The Glasgow School. From Phoebe Anna Traquair and Margaret Macdonald to Charles Rennie Mackintosh this is a colourful and creative area of jewellery design, showing how the Glasgow School also helped to influence the Secessionist movement in Vienna.

Creative Freedom

Jewellery History 1970-1980

Thursday 5th, Friday 13th or Saturday 28th (Full)

Jewellery during the 1970’s was an eclectic mix of colourful large stones to meet the Middle Eastern tastes and those pieces showing individuality which have become known as ‘Art Jewels’. This lecture will look at the importance of the ‘Art Jewellers’ and how they reflect the eclectic mix in fashion design through their jewellery and bring in the social and political topics of the time. Goldsmiths’ Hall and De Beers promoted these works extensively. Designers such as Andrew Grima, John Donald and Wendy Ramshaw provide a new approach to jewellery design which paves the way for our contemporary designers of today.

We look forward to welcoming you to The Gallery


Susan has an established career as a lecturer in the history of jewellery design and is a registered lecturer for The Arts Society. Susan shares her wealth of knowledge through a variety of Courses, lectures and jewellery lunches. These courses are designed to be educational but also fun. The courses are run at various venues throughout the UK.

These events attract both private and corporate clients who are interested in the history of jewellery or who are looking for an alternative way to entertain friends and clients. These events can be arranged for charitable organisations or simply for your own personal enjoyment. Subjects include “Designed for Wearing” – Jewellery in the C20th; “Cocktails and the Fashion Conscious” – 1940’s & 50’s Jewellery and “Romance with Nature” – the love and sentiment portrayed in Victorian Jewellery.

Half Day

Coffee on arrival, followed by a lecture on either the history of jewellery or on gemstones chosen by you or your organiser. After the lecture there will be a handling session of jewellery relating to the subject as well as the chance to learn the basics of diamond and pearl grading. The mornng will end with a light lunch and glass of champagne.

Full Day

Coffee on arrival, followed by two lectures on the history of jewellery from the period chosen. After a light lunch there will be an extended jewellery handling session where jewellery from the period will be on display. There will also be an opportunity to use gemmological equipment to understand how jewellery specialists identify gemstones. The day ends with afternoon tea and a glass of champagne.

Anyone attending the course is invited to bring their jewellery along to find out information about the history or even value of the items.

Popular subjects include "Designing for Wearing" - Jewellery in the C20th; "New Age Creations" - "Inspired Jewellery Design of the 1960's to 2000" - "Cocktails and the Fashion Conscious" - 1940's & 50's Jewellery; "The Garland Style" - Jewellery in the Edwardian Period; "Romance with Nature" - the love and sentiment potrayed in Victorian Jewellery; "A Cut Above the Rest" - Diamonds; "The Romance of Pearls".

Art Deco Sapphire and Diamond Brooch