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 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 April 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.


Saturday 9th, Thursday 21st or Friday 29th

Dressing to Impress - Jewellery Design 1750-1800

The last half of the C18th was one of enlightenment and The Grand Tour. An interest in ancient Greek and Roman history was soon introduced into fashion and Jewellery throughout Europe. From the exuberant style of Marie Antoinette, particularly when dressing the hair, to the fineness of the Grecian style, this lecture will show a dramatic change in Jewellery design and fashion throughout Europe. 


Thursday 7th, Saturday 16th  or  Friday 22nd

Devonshire Delights – The jewellery of the Cavendish Family

 To complement the exhibition of fashion at Chatsworth House until October 22nd, this lecture will look at the fabulous jewellery owned by the Cavendish family. Bess of Hardwick, Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire and Deborah Devonshire created collections which have been greatly admired over time. From pearls to gothic revival inspired suits of Jewellery to the romance of insect brooches, this lecture will appeal to all tastes.  


Thursday 5th, Friday 13th or Saturday 21st

Regal Regency – Jewellery Design 1800-1830

This is a period when the classical influence was going to thrive and joining it the revived interest in all things Egyptian. France led the way, with the English having their own interpretation of the style. By the end of the Regency period a return to the romantic look can be seen with flowers becoming popular again. This period also introduces a new way of setting gemstones. Mounts are lighter and the closed back setting is making way to the open lighter settings which would become fashionable throughout the C19th.



October sees the start of a series of lectures will celebrate some of the finest jewellery establishments that have provided and influenced magnificent jewellery design for nobility and collectors alike since the C18th.

Saturday 7th  Thursday 12th Or Friday 20th 

Rivalry Unravelled - Asprey’s and Garrard’s

 In this presentation we will unravel the history of the two of the oldest and finest jewellery shops in England. From their establishment as independent firms and their extraordinary client lists to the merger of the two firms in 1998 to the demerger in 2002, the history is full of intrigue and colourful designers. From Royal Warrant Holders to headline makers, full of some of the finest jewellery produced in British history, this is a presentation not to be missed. 


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 National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS). 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