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VOID at London Design Festival 2019

Rubies and emeralds as you’ve never seen them before!

A multi-sensory spatial installation by designer Dan Tobin Smith and creative studio The Experience Machine, in partnership with Gemfields, immersing visitors in the inner world of gemstones through photomicrography of the stones’ unique inclusions.

Joanna will be leading an intimate group walk around the VOID installation space with the designer, Dan Tobin Smith, as they discuss these awe-inspiring inclusions.

Read our events page here for more information


Joanna talks Cartier and her favourite museum for jewellery and gold

Take a look at Nina Hald and Rachel Garrahan’s articles in our In The Press page

As Cartier is set to open its first boutique in Denmark, Joanna spoke to Nina Hald about the incredible female influence at Cartier in the twentieth century: Jeanne Toussaint. Read the full article in April’s edition of IN Magazine.

Rachel Garrahan introduces us to the V&A Museum’s newest sparkly addition: Queen Victoria’s diamond and sapphire coronet. Garrahan also invites friends from across the jewellery world to introduce their favourite museums for jewellery around the world. Check it out in March 23-24 2019’s New York International Times.

See clips of both here


Ruby’s Latest Reviews

It’s all shiny for Ruby: The King of Gems in gemmologist Edward Boehm’s review in The Journal of Gemmology

“I can honestly say that in the 40-plus years I’ve been reading about gems, I have never experienced greater joy than from this fabulous tribute to Ruby. […] I highly recommend this magnificent work of art to anyone who wants to learn almost everything there is to know about ruby and the jewellery containing it, or simply wants to be mesmerised by Hardy’s storytelling expertise to escape the burdens of the ‘real world’ for a while. Enjoy!”

See the review here

Read revered gemmologist Richard B. Drucker’s review of Ruby: The King of Gems.

From its formation millions of years ago, to its cutting, setting and the myths and intrigue that surround this stone, ruby is truly the King of Gems. Explore the stories connected to this incredible gem in Joanna’s latest book: Ruby. Available at many retailers, including Waterstones, Foyles, Amazon, Harrods and V&A Book Shop.

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Ruby Review, Richard B. Drucker

GemGuide, November/December 2018



Nelson's Lost Chelengk Podcast

Listen to Joanna discuss the fascinating story of recreating Britain's lost jewel

Bestowed upon Admiral Lord Nelson by the Sultan Selim III of Turkey following Britain's defeat of the French in the Battle of the Nile in 1798, this hat jewel once delighted British high society. Tragically, in 1951 the jewel was stolen and never found. In understanding the story of the chelengk, historian Martyn Downer decided to recreate the jewel with the help of London-based craftspeople. Joanna watched the jewel's remarkable journey from original design to sparkling ornament. Listen to the story here.


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