TRADE ASSOCIATIONS – Valuers’ Conference Workshops and Masterclasses announced for the NAJ Summit 2024

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The National Association of Jewellers’ Institute of Registered Valuers (IRV) has announced the workshops and masterclasses at this year’s Valuers’ Conference, taking place at the NAJ Summit from June 22-24, 2024.

The 2024 Valuers’ Conference includes a packed roster of presentations, masterclasses and workshops designed for the entire jewellery trade, from jewellery valuers, retailers and sales professionals to students and designers who wish to expand their professional horizons.

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The workshops and masterclasses take place across the day on Sunday, June 23, featuring a broad selection of knowledge-expanding and practical sessions designed for the whole trade. A total of 29 workshop sessions will run throughout a packed day of learning and knowledge sharing.

Workshop highlights include:

A special two-hour deep dive into how to identify natural and synthetic diamonds with standard instruments from diamond expert Branko Deljanin.

Gem-A’s Charles Bexfield shares his story about helping set up the first gemmological school in Ethiopia.

Graeme Thompson will help attendees understand coloured diamonds. Graeme has over twenty years of experience in the jewellery industry, working for some of the world’s most prestigious auction houses, including Bonhams and Phillips.

Kerry Gregory provides a practical course on gemmological observation. The biggest part of any gem identification should be done by getting to know the stone in front of you.

Social media and how to market your valuation business are also catered for with two workshops. Sammantha Maclachlan reveals the social media tricks for valuers, while gemmologist, Lezlie Bailey, delivers a workshop on Jewellery Photography for Beginners.

Finally, the Valuers’ Conference will close with a plenary panel session exploring the current and upcoming challenges facing jewellery valuations. From rocketing gold prices to Russian diamond sanctions, this closing session, also open to Retail Jewellers’ Congress attendees, will round off a full learning schedule.

View the full workshop schedule

NAJ Chief Executive Ben Massey said:

“We are pleased to announce this year’s workshops and masterclasses for the Valuers’ Conference. The panel has assembled a practical range of speakers and topics for valuation professionals at all levels and is proud to support returning attendees in building up their network.

“Places on some workshops are limited, so we urge people to book their places as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.”

What is the NAJ Summit?

The extended weekend, taking place from the 22-24 June 2024 at Park Regis Hotel, Birmingham, will again feature the Valuers’ Conference hosted by the Institute of Registered Valuers and the Retail Jeweller’s Congress hosted by the JET Business Network, creating an unmissable three days of connecting with peers and knowledge-sharing.

NAJ Tickets are priced at day rates, with significant discounts available when booking multiple days or additional tickets.

Receive 20% off the price of a second ticket and 30% off a third ticket when purchasing tickets for multiple staff members.

The day rate includes access to the talks and workshops on your chosen day, plus food and refreshments.

1 day – £245 + VAT (NAJ/IRV members) / £295 + VAT (non-members)

2 days – £360 + VAT (NAJ/IRV members) / £410 + VAT (non-members)

3 days – £455 + VAT (NAJ/IRV members) / £495 + VAT (non-members)

TRADE ASSOCIATIONS –  Valuers’ Conference Workshops and Masterclasses announced for the NAJ Summit 2024