New York, NY (PRWEB) June 25, 2013
As of June this year, Gem-A will move closer to London’s famous Hatton Garden with a brand-new headquarters in Holborn’s historical Ely Place. Constructed in 1772 by Robert Taylor, Ely Place was once the London residence of the Bishops of Ely and is home to St. Etherdreda’s Church, the only surviving building in London from the reign of Edward I (1239–1307).
Canonized by Shakespeare’s Richard III and remembered as a boarding place for John of Gaunt, the 1st Duke of Lancaster –the historical resonance of Ely Place is aptly fitting for Gem-A, who is set to celebrate its anniversary as the longest-running association for gemological education this year. "Continuing to expand on the ideas of Samuel Barnet, who first conceived of the idea of a gemological qualification over 100 years ago, Gem-A’s new offices signal how those ideas have remained vital to the industry," says CEO James Riley.
"2013 is a special year for Gem-A. We’ve seen so many changes in the industry over the time I’ve been here - and the future of the industry is, as ever, uncertain. However," says, Riley, "the one factor that remains constant is the Gem-A’s loyalty to the principals of our founders and the commitment to provide and promote first-class gemological education across the globe."
"Our new offices are a testament, not only to that vision, but to years of hard work by both staff and members. This significant upgrade will allow us to grow our work in the United States and elsewhere whilst continuing to provide first-class support to our members at home and abroad."
Gem-A will celebrate the opening of its new London-based headquarters during the capital’s International Jewellery London (IJL) and will continue to celebrate its one-hundred year anniversary with a special centenary edition of the annual Gem-A International Conference in November.
For more information on Gem-A and the services it provides you can visit the website via: http://www.gem-a.com. For more information regarding the move, contact Gem-A CEO, James Riley, at 011 44 20 7404 3334 or by email at james.riley(at)gem-a(dot)com.
The Gemmological Association of Great Britain, or Gem-A, a London-based educational charity, is the world’s longest established provider of gem education and a membership organization that forms an international community of gem professionals and enthusiasts. Gem-A seeks to serve the best interests of the gem and jewelry industries worldwide through its commitment to supporting gemmological research and high educational and trade standards. For information see http://www.gem-a.com.