About Me



I am a gemmologist who is difficult to define. Whilst I specialise in practical gem testing focussing on efficiency and simplicity, I am also a teacher, a writer and a dealer at heart. I entered the jewellery industry 20 years ago and have since had a varied career encompassing retail, manufacture, appraisal, pawnbroking, education and dealing in pre-owned gemstones and jewellery. I left employment to focus my time on Gemmology Rocks, the main mission of which is to deliver affordable, accessible and commercially relevant gemmology education and support to individuals and small businesses outside London and Birmingham.


I have delivered workshops and seminars at a number of conferences including the Scottish Gemmological Association,  the Institute of Registered Valuers’, and Gemworld International, and have had articles published in a number of trade magazines, including Gem-a’s Gems & Jewellery, NAJ’s The Jeweller magazine as well as the Gemworld publication.  Already a qualfied gemmologist with both Gem-A and GIA, this year I am undertaking the FEEG examinations in gemmology.

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Member of the National Association

of  Pawnbrokers

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Member of the


Gemologists Association 



Individual Member of Gem--A, The Gemmological Association of Great Britain

GIA Alumni


Member of The Scottish Gemmological Association