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26 - 29 July 2014 The Monastery Glen Osmond // South Australia GAA Laboratory Featuring International visitors

A once a year opportunity - to get together or come on your own for a fabulous industry Conference and dinner Great raffle and silent auctions items to be won! JAA, NCJV and GSGA members, members of the public and partners are welcome


Geoffrey Dominy & Tino Hammid from Canada, Authors of the Handbook of Gemmology. A weekend of Information & Education, meet leading Industry Professionals Richard Hughes, Grant Hamid, Scott Langford, Bill Merrill, Mark Madden, Patrick Jelk, Ray Hood & many more! Chat and catch up with industry colleagues over dinner and drinks at the major Dinner!


TH GAA ANNUAL FEDERAL CONFERENCE The Federal conference in Adelaide is a chance for small “m” members to participate in a unique way. Commencing on Saturday 26 July and runs for 4 days. Apart from the formal meetings on Sunday (AGM-1hour) and Monday and Tuesday for Committee meetings, the time on Saturday is for workshops on various topics Sunday afternoon, Lectures all of interest to Gemmologists. Then on Monday and Tuesday there is the opportunity for members not involved with meetings for trips to Adelaide surrounding hills districts, the Barossa Valley and a day tour to Kangaroo Island.


SATURDAY 10.00am - 12.00pm

Gemstone Enhancements Grant Hamid (Venue - The Lab)

10.00am - 11.00am The London Engraver Ray Hood 11.30am - 12.30pm Langford Lapidary Scott Langford 12.30pm - 1.30pm


1.30pm - 2.30pm Jewellery Manufacture Patrick Jelk & Mark Madden 3.00pm - 5.00pm Corundum Richard Hughes 7.00pm - 11.00pm GRADUATION DINNER Wide Choice Menu Graduate Presentations Raffles and Silent Auctions

SUNDAY 9.00am

Directors Meeting

10.30am - 11.30am



SUNDAY 1.00pm - 2.00pm New Treatment and Enhancements of Gemstones Geoff Dominy 2.00pm - 3.00pm Striving for Realism in Gemstone Photography Tino Hammid AFTERNOON TEA 3.30pm - 5.00pm Opals Bill Merrill 5.00pm - 6.00pm


DINNER – Own Arrangement.


MONDAY 9.30am - 12.30am

Gem Ed

1.30pm - 5.30pm


DINNER – Own Arrangement.

TUESDAY 9.30am - 10.30am


10.45am - 11.15am


11.15am - 1.00pm


1.00am - 2.00pm


2.00pm - 5.00pm

Federal Council

VENUE NOTE The Monastery. 15 Cross Road, Glen Osmond SA Unless stated otherwise

NOTE Optional day tours for non participants for meetings. See booking sheet.


PRESENTERS GEOFFREY DOMINY Geoffrey Dominy is an author, independent gemmologist and jewellery appraiser who appeared on the Canadian Antiques Roadshow for four seasons. He received his F.G.A through the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A) in 1987 passing the diploma examinations with distinction. Throughout the 1990’s, he developed and taught the ‘Gemmology’ program at both Red River Community College and The University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, worked for the Canadian Institute of Gemmology, was President and Founder of the Jewellery Appraisers Association of Canada and was asked to be a contributing author for the 5th & 6th Editions of Robert Webster’s ‘Gems’ which even today is considered one of the most authoritative textbooks in Gemmology. Currently in addition to lecturing and promoting the ‘Handbook of Gemmology’, he is a regular contributor to Jewelry Business Advisor, a popular jewellery magazine and on-line publication and JewelryNetAsia. Session Details New treatment and enhancements of gemstones CPD points-2

GRANT HAMID Grant has been a popular lecturer and practical demonstrator in gemmology at GAA Victoria for more than 30 years. While his main interest lies with corundum, his experience as a fourth generation gem dealer also brings him into contact with many new varieties of gemstones and treatments. Grant is a life member of the GAA and a leading expert in sapphires and ruby in Australia. Session Details Review of latest gemstone enhancements CPD points-4

TINO HAMMID Tino Hammid is an internationally renowned gem and Jewellery photographer whose work has appeared in most major jewelry publications. Session Details Striving for realism in gemstone photography. How real are photographs of gems and jewelry? How often do you wonder if a photo is really showing a piece as you would see it in person? Achieving realism is the goal here. CPD points-2

RAY HOOD Ray Hood is a world renowned Master Hand Engraver. Originally from London, Ray now resides in Adelaide, Australia and runs his own successful business, London Engraver. Ray is the only hand engraver in Australia to have completed an intense 6 year apprenticeship at Garrard & Co, the former Queen’s Crown Jewellers in London. He is a member of the venerated Goldsmith’s of London and was made a Freeman of the City of London for his services to the trade. Hand engraving at this level is highly exclusive and very rarely found. Hand engraving is an age old art-form providing bespoke and personalised engraving onto precious metals. All engraving is done entirely by hand using high speed steel gravers and is amongst the very finest offered in Australia. Specialties include pet portraits, family crests and heraldry, antique restoration, seal engraving, deep carving, wax name but a few! Ray has also hand engraved many prestigious sporting awards including Wimbledon, Formula 1, the FA Premier League Cup, ICC Cricket World Cup, ICC Champions trophy, the Augusta US Masters trophy, Royal Ascot and the Heineken Cup. Session Details A display of techniques in hand engraving.


PRESENTERS RICHARD HUGHES A.G. graduate of Bangkok’s AIGS (1980), and a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (F.G.A.) (1982). He was the director of the Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences in Bangkok, Thailand during the 1980s, and also served at the American Gem Trade Association’s gemological laboratories in California and New York from 2005 to 2008. In 1997 he authored Ruby & Sapphire, which is considered by many in the gem and jewelry industry to be the most authoritative treatise on the subject. Hughes has authored or co-authored a number of books on gems as well as numerous articles on gemology over the past 34 years. In recognition of his contributions Hughes has received the American Gem Society’s Richard T. Liddicoat Journalism Award in both 2004 and 2005. Hughes has worked both in lab gemology and also in the wholesale, retail and mining sides of the gem business. In 2010, Richard was awarded the prestigious Antonio C. Bonanno Award for Excellence in Gemology by the Accredited Gemologists Association. This award recognizes Richard’s efforts in successfully advancing the profile of many gems and the countries that produce them through his travelogues, as well as more scientific writings and the generous sharing of this information through trade journals and his website. The award underscores the responsibility of the international gemological community to encourage and reward ongoing research, education and dissemination of information. Gemmological Heresies There are certain ideas that gemologists accept as being unabashedly and unassailably true, and heaven forbid that someone might question them. In this program, Richard Hughes will reach into gemmology’s darker corners and poke some of these demons with a sharp stick. Those who enjoy puzzles and are unafraid to have cherished beliefs challenged will not want to miss this. Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector’s Guide Ruby and sapphire are two of the most important precious stones. Richard Hughes has spent a lifetime working with these gems, authoring several classic books on the subject. In this program he will discuss the key factors that collectors should look for with ruby and sapphire, along with taking a journey around the world visiting the most important sources. Session Details Author of book Ruby and Sapphire - Corundum including the latest fields. CPD points-3

PATRICK JELK Born in Lens, a Swiss mountain village during the summer of 1948, Patrick moved with his family to Geneva where he was first introduced to the world of jewellery at the age of 12. Working as a delivery boy he couriered curious packages between the large jewellery houses. At one particular house: ‘Ludovic Matteis’, his interest was noted and he was subsequently encouraged through 4 years of apprenticeship. The following two years working in the atelier of Gilbert Albert, Patrick’s appreciation of unconventional design flourished while he worked in such a creativity rich environment. Further to this Patrick worked for other major jewellery houses doing exhibition pieces for the Basle Fair. While Patrick’s technical skills were exemplary his creative skills were only realised when he arrived in Australia. Influenced by the creative freedom of Australia, Patrick began to explore the limits to which he could push innovation of design. Creating wearable pieces of art which charm and intrigue his unique approach has given him a stamp of individuality which is shown by the enormous range of diversity in his work. His sculptural approach and balance of design allows a successful combination of unusual elements. From Ants, Fish, Beetles, Moon, Planets and Lily flowers, his choice of subject is transformed by the finesse of his fluid, elegant shapes into exceptional pieces of art. Through regular exhibitions and private showings, Patrick’s work has now become sought after by collectors of fine jewellery. Session Details A display of jewellery making techniques. CPD points-2


PRESENTERS SCOTT LANGFORD Langford Gems and Lapidary was established in 1997 by master gem cutter Scott Langford. Scott is a qualified gemologist (Diploma of Gemmology) and a member of the Gemmological Association of Australia (GAA). He has serviced the Australian jewellery trade and is well respected. He is a committee member of the Jewellers Association of Australia( JAA) , South Australian branch. Scott has fostered his keen interest in gemstones since youth through studying, training and working. He started studying jewellery leading to his employment as a junior lapidarist under the guidance of Murray Thompson Lapidary and eventually, established his own business where he’s developed his own style of cutting, which has made him the master gem cutter he is today. Now living and working in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia with his wife and young family. Session Details Cutting of crystals in relation to the crystal axis. A display of cutting. CPD points-1

BILL MERRILL Bill Merrill did a mechanical apprenticeship with ETSA and tertiary studies at the University of SA in Whyalla. Took long service leave from ETSA and became involved in opal full time in 1972, buying, cutting and polishing and mining in Mintabie in 1978-79 and again from 1987-1995 but living in Adelaide and doing extended trips up north-still involved. Session Details Location of opal worldwide, where it is found strata-wise, Modern methods of prospecting and mining, Cutting and quality grading of opal, (including an exercise where a card is passed around with samples on it for participants to give marks) Specimens to observe, price determination. CPD points-2

TOURS BAROSSA VALLEY Starts at 9am from your hotel, drive through Adelaide Hills and stop at famous Whispering Wall, first winery is the beautiful historic Chateau Yaldara, enjoy wines or have a coffee in the cafe. Cruise through the Barossa Valley to Jacobs Creek winery, lunch at Peter Lehmann winery. After lunch short walk to Langmeil Winery, boutique winery with the oldest Shiraz vines in the world. From Langmeil head to Menglers Hill – take in the panoramic view of the Valley. Finish the day at the Murray Street Vineyards – one of the smaller wineries Andrew Seppelt is a 6th generation Barossa winemaker at Murray Street Vineyards with great knowledge of wines and the region. The tour blends historical wineries, great regional food, breathtaking scenery, and people that make the Barossa Valley a truly world class region.

ULTIMATE ADELAIDE AND HAHNDORF Full day –visit Haigh’s chocolate factory; St peters Cathedral; World Famous Adelaide oval (newly dev); Glenelg Esplanade –view luxurious beach front apartments; Adelaide central Markets for lunch (at own expense); travel to Mount Lofty Peak for views of City ; afternoon tea or beer tasting at Hahndorf hotel including free time wandering local shops and businesses of German origin; drive past Bridgewater (with water mill) villages of Crafers Stirling and Aldgate.

KANGAROO ISLAND HIGHLIGHTS TOUR Coach via farming country side on Flurieu Peninsular to Cape Jervis- Sealink ferry to KI – guided tour among rare Sea Lions at Seal Bay; Two course lunch at Vivonne Bay ; visit Flinders Chase National Park; Remarkable rocks and Admiral Arch. # Note Participants are to make their own way to Central bus station at Franklin St city or an nominated place.




INSTRUCTIONS Please select the sessions required. Total the form and send form and cheque or postal order to Gemmological Association S.A. GPO Box 191 Adelaide 5001 or direct debit the amount to BSB 633 108 A/c 1439 21435 noting your name and send a copy of the form to

SATURDAY 26/7 Subject


Cost Extras

Gemstone Enhancements

Grant Hamid

$60 MT

The London Engraver

Ray Hood

$60 MT

Langford Lapidary

Scott Langford


Jewellery Manufacture

Patrick Jelk and Mark Madden $60 AT


Richard Hughes





(Drinks not included)





Barossa Valley

$99 Lunch Included


Adelaide/Hahndorf Tour



Kangaroo Island Tour

$258 Lunch Included




*Total dinner ($90) plus 3 speakers ($150) on Sunday is $240 – less 10% if staying for bot **Beer, Wine and Soft Drink only – pay on the night to bar attendant

GAA (South Australian Division Inc) GPO Box 191, Adelaide SA 5001 4th Floor Room 421, Edments Building, 38 Gawler Place SA 5001 Telephone: (08) 8227 1377 Email: South Australian Division



INSTRUCTIONS Please select the sessions required. Note that lunch is included for paying participants. If anyone wishes to be an observer on Monday and Tuesday and stay for lunch please add $20 and make a note “lunch only.” Note:- preference for rooms at Monastery will be given to those staying 3 nights. * Share accommodation $100 per person * Total dinner ($90) plus 3 speakers ($150) on Sunday is $240 – less 10% if staying for both MT = Morning Tea / AT = Afternoon Tea


SUNDAY 27/7 Meetings Directors AGM


Lectures Cost Geoff Dominy Tino Hammid $150 Bill Merrill


MONDAY 28/7 Meetings Gem Ed BOS&E


Cost $80 inc Lunch

Extras MT MT Extras AT

Meetings Cost Finance Editorial $80 Publicity inc Lunch Federal Council


Extras MT

ACCOMMODATION At Monastery Fri - Tues (Single) (Double)

Cost $120/night inc Breakfast $150/night inc Breakfast






PROUD EVENT SPONSORS Grant Austin Display Packaging / JAA / O’Neils Affiliated / Hamid bros NCJV / Gerard McCabe / Ottaways Jewellers & Silversmiths Peter W Beck / Langford Lapidary / Teracast

GAA (South Australian Division Inc) GPO Box 191, Adelaide SA 5001 4th Floor Room 421, Edments Building, 38 Gawler Place SA 5001 Telephone: (08) 8227 1377 Email: South Australian Division

68th GAA Annual Federal Conference  

A once a year opportunity - to get together or come on your own for a fabulous industry Conference and dinner

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