Loughborough Conference 2019

for Valuers and Jewellers


The David Wilkins Award 2019



This Years nominees Included Julian Cousins, Gareth Brown & Shirley Mithchell from the Academy of valuers, and our congratulations goes to Shirley Mitchell, crowned for the second time with this prestigious award.


"The IRV David Wilkins Valuer of the Year is announced on the Saturday evening and I was delighted and supremely honoured to have won the trophy for the second time. I first won the award in 2013 and that was a momentous occasion. To be voted the Valuer of the Year by one's peers again in 2019 is truly the greatest of honours." Shirley Mitchell


Shirley Mitchell FGA DGA PJValDip PJGemDip FNAG

Photomicrography Competition


We are delighted to announce the winner of our Photomicrography competition is Mary Dieu De Bellefontaine. All of us at The Academy of Valuers send our congratulations to Mary, whose microphotograph was selected as the winner from a huge entry of 54 photographs, by Billie Hughes of Lotus Gemology.

Billie said 'I have chosen #24 (the tourmalinated quartz) as the winner! I was really drawn to the composition and clear focal point of this image.

Mary wins a Lotus Gemology Colour Book generously donated by Billie Hughes.

Once again our thanks go to Billie for her fabulous workshop, we very much look forward to seeing you back very soon.

Over the next few days we will showcase some of the other entries we had - they were all amazing - well done 



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