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Special Interest Days are held each year to enjoy looking at a subject in greater depth than is possible in a lecture, allowing a more "hands-on" approach, giving members the opportunity to consider and discuss original material with an expert.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

A Gilding Study Session by Joanna Mabbutt

A talk and demonstration of the techniques employed in gilding.

Absreact flowers gilding
(1) Gilded Flowers
(2) Gilded Fan

Wednesday,16 November 2016

A Jewellery Study Session with Susan Rumfitt

Harrogate based jewellery expert Susan Rumfitt gave a superb 'hands on' special interest afternoon after our November morning lecture meeting at the Downe Arms Country Hotel. She continued the theme of her fascinating morning lecture on imitation jewellery entitled 'Faking It,' by passing a series of black velvet trays among the 31 attending members. Each tray was laden with small pieces of jewellery from her collection and members were given guidance sheets to study. They were able to use little jewellers magnifying glasses or loupes to examine the settings, to identify precious stones and to search for any interesting marks and were asked to arrange the items of jewellery in order of age. Susan moved around each group, where she identified and offered interesting facts and observations about the objects. She also dated and identified several items brought in by members. Susan's knowledge, lively enthusiasm and bubbly personality made this a very jolly and enjoyable afternoon for all.

Special Susan Rumfitt
Special Susan Rumfitt
(1) Susan Rumfitt at our Special Interest Day
(2) Art Deco style ruby, sapphire, emerald and rock crystal brooch