Gem-A’s new offices signal how the ideas of Samuel Barnet, who first conceived of the idea of a gemological qualification over 100 years ago, have remained vital to the jewelry industry today.
New York, NY (PRWEB) August 13, 2013
To commemorate this important move, Gem-A is welcoming all members of the industry to join the Gem-A team for a celebration of the last 100 years of Gem-A history. Attendees will be offered the chance to meet with Gem-A staff and members, whilst learning about some of the key figures in the history of gemology and their connection with Ely Place.
Once the London residence of the Bishops of Ely and home to St. Etheldreda’s Church, Ely Place plays host to one of the only surviving buildings in London from the reign of Edward I (1239–1307). Remembered as a boarding place for John of Gaunt, the 1st Duke of Lancaster, as canonized by Shakespeare’s Richard II, the historical resonance of Ely Place is aptly fitting for Gem-A’s centenary celebrations which will climax at this year’s Gem-A Conference.
“Gem-A’s new offices signal how the ideas of Samuel Barnet, who first conceived of the idea of a gemological qualification over 100 years ago, have remained vital to the jewelry industry today,” says CEO James Riley. “Our new offices are also testament, not only to that vision, but to years of hard work by both staff and members. This significant upgrade will allow us to increase the level of support to our members at home whilst allowing us to continue to expand Gem-A’s provision of first-class education abroad.”
For more information on Gem-A and the services it provides you can visit the website via: http://www.gem-a.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 gemological research and high educational and trade standards. For information, see http://www.gem-a.com.