The Alan Hodgkinson Bursary 2020

In 2018, The Academy of Valuers was honoured to receive a generous donation of gemmological instruments from renowned gemmologist and teacher Alan Hodgkinson, for the benefit of Academy workshop delegates. To show our appreciation, the Academy launched The Alan Hodgkinson Bursary. Alan has been a pioneering developer of practical gemmology over many years and in 2017 his long awaited reference book Gem Testing Techniques was published. Gem Testing Techniques is the epitome of excellence and as expected, this wonderful book has sold out and is therefore no longer available. However, The Academy acquired three books, to be given as prizes to future Alan Hodgkinson Bursary winners


The Academy is also very grateful for the support of Richard Drucker GG FGA (hons), President of Gemworld International Inc., in Glenview, Illinois, who has again generously donated an annual starter subscription to the GemGuide as part of this wonderful Bursary. Richard began a pricing publication in 1982 now known as the GemGuide,  used in more than 40 countries around the world and the industry leader in gem pricing and market information, it is truly a great prize for a new valuer. In 2002, he became the owner of GemGuide Appraisal Software and in 2014 he co-developed the World of Color nomenclature and grading system for coloured gemstones. In addition to the prize of a year’s subscription to the GemGuide, the Academy has purchased a copy of the World of Color for the recipient of the 2020 Bursary. The Academy will also provide free access to its workshops for one year to the successful applicant of this bursary, making the overall value of the bursary to be potentially in excess of £1,200.



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Not only is the Bursary an amazing opportunity for a new valuer, helping them on their journey to a succussful career, but with such support from leaders in the field of gemmology and valuation/appraisal education, the Academy is able to expand their own education portfolioby being able to assist with the ongoing education and training of new valuers in addition to continuning to provide relevant, aaffordable education for new and experienced valuers alike.


Alan Hodgkinson



  • Applicants must have a formal gemmological qualification, have passed the Certificate of Appraisal Theory or have become an IRV within the last two years.
  • Personal statement: What does gemmology mean to you and how important is it when training to be a valuer? What has been the highlight of your career so far, and where do you see yourself in five years? Length should be between 200-300 words.
  • Entries must be submitted to no later than 31st October 2019


The winner of the annual Bursary will be decided by Alan himself, based on the applicant’s personal statement.


This is an amazing opportunity to help a new valuer both financially and educationally, please share with anyone you think would be a worthy winner



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