CURRENT GALLERY LECTURES
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Contact Maggie Hall at The Gallery on 01423 705 198 or send an enquiry using our contact form
The Gallery Lectures are a fun and relaxing way to share Susan’s knowledge on the history of jewellery. The Gallery opens and 10.30am and coffee is served from 10.45 until 11.15 when Susan will present the lecture for an hour and then lunch is served. The Gallery is open for you to see the current jewellery collections and chat with Susan about valuations or the redesigning or repairing of any jewellery you may have or a particular item you may be looking for.
Lectures are individually priced at £38* and include coffee on arrival and a light sandwich lunch with a complimentary glass of fizz.
We can accommodate specific dietary requirements. Please allow at least 72 hours’ notice of such requirements.
On lecture days the doors to The Gallery open at 10.30am.
Coffee will be served from 10.45 Please note the lecture will start at 11.15 and we request you are in The Gallery by 11.10 to ensure a prompt start.
LATE COMERS – FOR THE PLEASURE AND COMFORT OF ALL COURSE ATTENDEES: Once the lecture has commenced a sign will be placed on the Gallery entrance door and we will be unable to allow admission until 12.15 when lunch is served.
The Gallery can be hired for your own private event – ask Susan or Maggie for more details
JUNE to SEPTEMBER 2019
GEMSTONE DISCOVERY DAYS
A series of Gemstone Discovery Days are being added from June to September, to complement the Magnificent Gemstone lectures in the same months. (Scroll down for more information.)
The Gemstone Discovery Days are a fascinating insight to the world of gemstones. At each of the days Susan will discuss through both a power point presentation and hands on session, the gemmology behind each of the stones, how fashion dictates price and what you should look for when purchasing coloured stones.
On each of the days Susan will be joined by her industry colleague, Chris Francis, whom she has worked with for over ten years, sourcing gemstones and designing jewellery for clients. Chris operates out of Hatton Garden and travels extensively acquiring the finest gemstones. Starting out on ‘the bench’ Chris has over 40 years in the business, working with stone merchants, designers, retailers and advising insurance companies, Chris brings a wealth of experience that he is looking forward to sharing with you on the day.
As well as being a fun and informative day, this is a perfect opportunity for you to bring any jewellery you need repairing, cleaning or perhaps stones which need re-polishing and a chance to discuss with Susan and Chris all your valuation requirements.
JUNE – Wednesday 26th or Thursday 27th
JULY – Wednesday 31st or AUGUST – Thursday 1st
SEPTEMBER – Wednesday 18th or Thursday 19th
NOTE: These Gemstone Discovery Lectures have a slightly later start time of 11am with the presentation commencing at 11.30am.
This series of lectures will look at some of the most exceptional sapphire, ruby and emerald set jewellery that has graced the collections of Empresses, Queens, Celebrities and Collectors as well as specific stones which have made record prices at auction. Where possible the current locations of such pieces will also be revealed.
The Splendour of Sapphires
JUNE – Thursday 6th, Saturday 15th or Friday 21st
The Romance of Rubies
JULY – Friday 5th, Saturday 13th or Wednesday 17th
SEPTEMBER – Thursday 5th, Saturday 7th or Friday 13th
JUNE – Saturday 8th, Friday 14th or Thursday 20th
Karl Gustavovich Fabergé was a second generation jeweller from St Petersburg. By the start of the C20th Fabergé was employing hundreds of craftsmen. This lecture will look at some of the key figures who helped to create the hugely successful Fabergé Empire. These exceptionally talented craftsmen will include The Holström Family of jewellers, Alma Phil, A Tillander, Henrik Wigström and Mikhail Perkhin. A feast of magnificent jewellery and exceptional talent awaits!
Jewels of the Caledonian Nobility
JULY – Thursday 4th, Saturday 6th or Friday 12th
For decades, the Royal Caledonian Ball was one of the most picturesque sights of the London social calendar, raising money for Scottish Charities and bringing the opportunity for family heirlooms to be worn. From the lesser known Princess Maud, Countess of Southesk to the Duchesses of Atholl, Buccleuch and Argyll to name but a few, this presentation will delve into the fabulous collections of jewellery owned by the Scottish Nobility.
SEPTEMBER – Friday 6th, Thursday 12th or Saturday 14th
Cartier is one of the most successful jewellery businesses in the world. This presentation will concentrate on the jewellers who worked for Cartier including Jean Cocteau who introduced the Trinity Ring, Charles Jacqueau who brought in the Great Cat designs, Jeanne Toussaint who was promoted to Director of High Jewellery in 1933 and Aldo Cepullo who joined the firm in New York in 1969 bringing a contemporary Italian look to the range.
*Terms & Conditions: Tickets are non-transferable. Refunds can only be made in exceptional circumstances or when we can fill a place due to a waiting list. Unfortunately, we are not in control of the weather and unless we cancel a lecture due to inclement weather, we are unable to make a refund.