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Empowering Scotland's Jewellery-Making Students

Reflecting on an Inspiring Journey Through Scotland’s Gemstone Communities

During my recent trip up north, I had the privilege of giving talks to the jewellery students at the City of Glasgow College, members of the Glasgow Lapidary Club, and talented individuals at the Rachel Hearn Jewellery School. I wanted to take a moment to extend my heartfelt gratitude for the warm welcome and enthusiastic reception I experienced at each location.


Glasgow Lapidary Club | Gemstone Detective

Glasgow Lapidary Club Enthusiasts | Gemstone Detective

An Unforgettable Experience

From the moment I stepped into the workshops, I was greeted with eager faces and inquisitive minds. Sharing my knowledge about gemstones and the journey of being a Gemstone Detective was a joy, and seeing the student's eyes light up with curiosity and interest was incredibly fulfilling.


The questions these students and passionate enthusiasts posed were thoughtful and insightful, sparking engaging discussions that I truly enjoyed. It was wonderful to see such a genuine interest in gemstones, their origins, and their unique characteristics.



Jewellery-Making Workshop at City of Glasgow College

Jewellery-Making Students at Work | Gemstone Detective

Engaging with Future Experts

We spent time examining the various gemstones I brought along, exploring their unique features and histories. The response was overwhelmingly positive, with many students expressing how much they enjoyed the session. Some even chose to buy a book or two, which I hope will further fuel their passion for gemstones and assist them in their studies and future careers.


Rachel Hearn Jewellery-Making School Lancaster

Jewllery Making Books at the Rachel Hearn Jewellery School

The Benefits of a Gemstone Detective Talk

For jewellery-making students and gemstone enthusiasts, a talk like this offers numerous benefits:

  • Hands-on learning: Examining real gemstones provides a tactile learning experience that enhances understanding and retention.

  • Inspiration: Hearing about the journey of a Gemstone Detective can be incredibly inspiring and can ignite a deeper passion for the field.

  • Practical knowledge: Gaining insights into gemstone identification, sourcing, and ethical practices equips students with valuable knowledge applicable to their craft.

  • Interactive discussions: Engaging in Q&A sessions allows for deeper exploration of personal interests and professional advice tailored to individual inquiries.

An Invitation to Connect with me

If you’re part of a jewellery school, lapidary club, or social club and think that a talk on the Gemstone Detective journey would benefit your students or members, I’d be delighted to connect with you. Sharing knowledge and inspiring the next generation of jewellery makers and gemstone enthusiasts is a mission close to my heart. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you think your community would enjoy and benefit from such a session.


Let's continue to nurture our shared passion for gemstones and jewellery making. Together, we can create a brighter and more informed future for this wonderful craft.


Kim Rix visits the jewellery-making students in Scotland

Thank you once again to everyone at the City of Glasgow College, the Glasgow Lapidary Club, and the Rachel Hearn Jewellery School. Your enthusiasm and engagement made this trip truly unforgettable. I look forward to more opportunities to connect and share in the future.



Kim Rix GG GIA

Gemstone Detective

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