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Lecture / Seminar

2 Hours
For Groups or Individuals

How to Date Modern & Vintage Jewellery

This introductory lecture will give you a fascinating insight into popular jewellery.


Discover methods for dating types and styles of Jewellery from the late 18th century through to the mid-20th century.

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About this Lecture / Seminar

This introductory lecture will give you a fascinating insight into popular jewellery types and styles from the late 18th century through to the mid-20th century.


The lecture presented either in Birmingham Jewellery Quarter or in-house to suit you, will focus on a selection of jewellery of each period, discussing key information for dating jewellery on stylistic grounds.


This will involve discussing:

  • Diamond cuts

  • Gemstone types

  • Hallmarks

  • Brief explanation of the jewellery construction techniques used in these historical periods


Fakes and reproductions

In addition, part of the lecture will be devoted in brief to discussing methods used for the identification of fakes and reproductions and the current price, both at auction and in the antique market.

Using a selection of images the lecturer will demonstrate what to look for and the markers you can check to determine if an item is authentic.

Plenty of discussion is encouraged throughout and a short Q & A session will complete the lecture.


The visiting lecturer is accredited professional Jewellery Valuer and Auction House specialist with over 25 years’ experience.


This lecture may be of interest to antiques enthusiasts or anyone working in the jewellery world or antiques trades. No prior knowledge of antiques is required.

How to Value Jewellery, Silver and Watce


Depending on where you are located it may be possible for Consultant David to visit you for this mini consultancy course. If this is of interest please ask for details.

Note:  Lecturer travel expenses will apply.

Speaker |

David Byrne

Date |

Available upon request

Time |

2 hours

Location |

Birmingham Jewellery Quarter or

In-house  (Subject to speaker agreement )

Price |


David is an independent jewellery valuer covering antique and modern jewellery, silverware and watches. With over 25 years’ experience he is a Fellow of the Institute of Registered Valuers, Fellow of the Gemmological Association, and qualified diamond grader.


His lifelong career within the jewellery business means that he has a wide range of experience and expertise. Working independently over many years his time is now split between valuing and cataloguing items for auction, insurance and probate valuations and writing and delivering training courses.


He deliver tuition for clients of The Bespoke Jewellery Training and the National Association of Jewellers. He has also worked as a visiting lecturer at Birmingham City University, School of Jewellery.  


Qualifications: FGA Fellow of Gemmological Association Gem-A; RJDIP Retail Jewellers National Diploma; RJVALDIP National Association of Jewellers & Retired Member of the Institute of Valuers

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