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18 March 2020RUNNYMEDE'S GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY LECTURE Wonderful world of Gemstones
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RUNNYMEDE'S GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY LECTURE Wonderful world of Gemstones Joanna Hardy Wednesday 18 March 2020

 

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The Indian subcontinent has been richly endowed with coloured gemstones which the ancient Hindus never failed to attribute to the blessings of the gods. The Sanskrit word for a gem, ratna, means ‘bestowed’ and these beautiful gems have played a significant role in symbolising power, rank and status for the Mughals and the Maharajahs, The Ottoman Empire, European Kings and Queens, Emperors and Empresses to the Tsars of Russia for over 2000 years. We will explore the magical world of coloured gemstones, discovering how nature’s marvels have captivated and inspired many explorers throughout history to travel the four corners of the world to seek out these precious gems. But what is it about gemstones that have captured man’s imagination and what are the qualities one looks for to recognize a prized gemstone? Our journey through time will discover how gemstones have played a pivotal role in the recognition of Royal dominance, as well as discussing the origins and popularity in giving an overview of the main gemstones, discussing their origin and popularity and how they have been used in jewellery. There will be an insightful and personal account on emerald mining in Zambia, the famous Mogok ruby mines in Burma, Cambodia, Thailand and the more recently discovered ruby mine in Mozambique. We will also visit the sapphires mines in Sri Lanka that have been mined for over 2,500 years and we will explore the art of cutting and take a virtual tour of Jaipur one of the main cutting centres for coloured stones.

Joanna Hardy is an independent fine jewellery specialist with over 35 years experience working in the jewellery industry. She began her career training as a goldsmith at Sir John Cass College, London before working as a rough diamond grader for De Beers. She then became one of the first women to be a polished diamond dealer in Antwerp and then joined Philips the Auctioneers in London. She moved on to Sotheby’s and was their senior jewellery specialist and auctioneer for fourteen years and since 2009 has worked independently.

Joanna lectures and writes articles for publications worldwide and is a published author with her books, Collect Contemporary Jewellery, Emerald, Ruby, published by Thames and Hudson and a contributing author to Graff published by Rizzoli and Cartier Panthère published by Assouline. She curates contemporary jewellery exhibitions and has recently launched her Online Fine Jewellery School. Joanna is a Fellow of the Gemmological Association, Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, a Trustee Board member of Gem-A,  a Liveryman and a Court Assistant of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and is a regular jewellery specialist on the BBC Antiques Road Show.