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.


‘A Yorkshire Rose’ – the History of Mappin & Webb

Friday 10th, Saturday 25th & Thursday 30th  ALL SOLD OUT!

Mappin & Webb was founded in 1775 in Sheffield and has flourished ever since. The firm has created exceptional silver and jewellery for over two centuries and this lecture will celebrate the rise of the firm within the jewellery industry and we will consider their exceptional celebrity and Royal client list from all over the world as well as their involvement with the Suffragette movement.

 ‘Romance of Nature’ - Jewellery History 1830-1850

(Saturday 11th, Thursday 23rd - sold out) & Friday 24th

The nineteenth century is a period of rapid development in both design and technology for the jewellery industry. During the period 1830-1850 we see William IV succeed to the throne in 1830, followed by Queen Victoria in 1837 and with it the rise of the popularity of both diamond and gem set jewellery and floral designs. This is a romantic and colourful period of design, where settings are developed to create magical pieces of jewellery, bringing with it splendour and frivolity.


The Magnificence of Buccellati

(Thursday 7th - Sold out), Saturday 9th, Friday 15th 

Buccellati was founded in Milan in 1919 and as a firm brings together all the great aspects of Italian Jewellery – colour, passion and attention to design! This is a firm that has often been in the shadows of jewellery houses such as Van Cleef & Arpels and Cartier. This lecture will look at the history of Milan as a jewellery centre and celebrate the fabulous work of Buccellati.

 Reviving the Past – Jewellery History 1850-1870

Friday 8th, (Thursday 14th- Sold out), Saturday 16th

The Victorians were very sentimental and passionate about the past. This lecture will consider the revival styles that became prominent during the middle of the century and the reasons behind this passion. Key figures will include Castellani & Pugin to illustrate what techniques were used as well as the Pre Raphaelite Artists who patronised many jewellers during this period and helped the styles flourish.


Bulgari – A kaleidoscope of Colour

Saturday 13th, Thursday 18th, Friday 26th  ALL SOLD OUT!

Bulgari was founded in Rome in 1884 and is considered one of the finest jewellers of the C20th. Their colourful creations have been found in many famous collections including Elizabeth Taylor and Barbara Hutton. This lecture will bring to life the importance of the Bulgari style, from the elegance in craftsmanship to the use of exquisite gemstones and their passion for Italian history.

 Jewellery Revolution - Jewellery History 1870-1890

Friday 19th, (Thursday 25th - Sold out), Saturday 27th

The industrial revolution of the C19th brought huge changes to the world of jewellery manufacture. This lecture will illustrate the changes in technology during this period and how it affected the supply of jewellery. This lecture will compare hand crafted jewellery to machine made jewellery and set the scene for future lectures on the Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau styles which were rebelling against the mass produced jewellery of this period. 


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