April 29-May 2, 2016, Peebles, Scotland This annual conference took place at the Peebles Hydro Hotel, a Victorian spa overlooking the beautiful Tweed Valley in the quaint small town of Peebles. The SGA Conference is a popular conference and attended by gemologists from around the world. Following the welcome reception on Friday night was a talk by Clare Dorrell, FGA, an [caption id="attachment_7083" align="alignright" width="300"] Exquisite V-d diaspore crystal group. Lustrous and has some gemmy areas. Perfect for a rough and cut. From Aydun, Mugla, Turkey.3.4 x 2.7 x 0.8 cm[/caption] antique dealer and museum consultant from Edinburgh. Her presentation was a nice summary on the work of James Tassie. Ms. Dorrell took the audience to a journey of Tassie’s life beginning in Glasgow and carried on in London in the late 1700s. Initially a stone mason, he became an apprentice to Dr. Quinn after studying at the Glasgow Academy. He learned the art of enamel from Dr. Quinn and applied it to production of cameos and intaglios. After moving to London and fueled by the fashion at the time, his work gained enormous fame and reached as far as to the Russian Court. He had been compared to Josiah Wedgewood with whom he was acquainted, collaborated and, needless to say, competed. Dr. Karl Schmetzer from Petershausen, Germany, a world renowned mineralogist and gemologist, was the keynote of the conference on Saturday morning. His interesting talk on the dawn of synthetic.....
April 29-May 2, 2016, Peebles, Scotland This annual conference took place at the Peebles Hydro Hotel, a Victorian spa overlooking the beautiful Tweed Valley in the quaint small town of Peebles. The SGA Conference is a popular conference and attended by gemologists from around the world. Following the welcome reception on Friday night was a talk by Clare Dorrell, FGA, an [caption id="attachment_7083" align="alignright" width="300"] Exquisite V-d diaspore crystal group. Lustrous and has some gemmy areas. Perfect for a rough and cut. From Aydun, Mugla, Turkey.3.4 x 2.7 x 0.8 cm[/caption] antique dealer and museum consultant from Edinburgh. Her presentation was a nice summary on the work of James Tassie. Ms. Dorrell took the audience to a journey of Tassie’s life beginning in Glasgow and carried on in London in the late 1700s. Initially a stone mason, he became an apprentice to Dr. Quinn after studying at the Glasgow Academy. He learned the art of enamel from Dr. Quinn and applied it to production of cameos and intaglios. After moving to London and fueled by the fashion at the time, his work gained enormous fame and reached as far as to the Russian Court. He had been compared to Josiah Wedgewood with whom he was acquainted, collaborated and, needless to say, competed. Dr. Karl Schmetzer from Petershausen, Germany, a world renowned mineralogist and gemologist, was the keynote of the conference on Saturday morning. His interesting talk on the dawn of synthetic.....

Scottish Gemmological Association Conference

Posted on July 1, 2016 by Cigdem Lule, PhD, FGA, GG (GIA)

April 29-May 2, 2016, Peebles, Scotland This annual conference took place at the Peebles Hydro Hotel, a Victorian spa overlooking the beautiful Tweed Valley in the quaint small town of Peebles. The SGA Conference is a popular conference and attended by gemologists from around the world. Following the welcome reception on Friday night was a talk by Clare Dorrell, FGA, an [caption id="attachment_7083" align="alignright" width="300"] Exquisite V-d diaspore crystal group. Lustrous and has some gemmy areas. Perfect for a rough and cut. From Aydun, Mugla, Turkey.3.4 x 2.7 x 0.8 cm[/caption] antique dealer and museum consultant from Edinburgh. Her presentation was a nice summary on the work of James Tassie. Ms. Dorrell took the audience to a journey of Tassie’s life beginning in Glasgow and carried on in London in the late 1700s. Initially a stone mason, he became an apprentice to Dr. Quinn after studying at the Glasgow Academy. He learned the art of enamel from Dr. Quinn and applied it to production of cameos and intaglios. After moving to London and fueled by the fashion at the time, his work gained enormous fame and reached as far as to the Russian Court. He had been compared to Josiah Wedgewood with whom he was acquainted, collaborated and, needless to say, competed. Dr. Karl Schmetzer from Petershausen, Germany, a world renowned mineralogist and gemologist, was the keynote of the conference on Saturday morning. His interesting talk on the dawn of synthetic.....

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