Expert Talks on Whitby Jet History, Geology, Gemmology & Archaeology
Whitby jet talks and education is an important part of our life at The Ebor Jetworks. Sarah is available to speak regarding her ongoing research, the cultural importance and 26,000-year history of jet from both a British and worldwide perspective. The presentations can be tailored for most audiences from those interested in Whitby history to professional gemmologosts, geologists and archaeologists.
In the past couple of years months Sarah has spoken on the subject at the , American Gem Traders Association, Tucson, Arizona agta.org, The Geologist Association student symposium, London, The Peabody Museum, University of Yale, The Canadian Gemmological Association conference, Vancouver, and the Jurassic Coast symposium in York, The Gemological Institute of America San Franscisco Chapter and The Geological Society of America, Phoenix. She has also delivered research posters on her new branch of gemmology at the World Gem Symposium in Carlsbad, California. gia.edu Our Whitby jet talks and education sessions for children have been very poppular this year with over 500 children now having polished their own jet samples read more These sessions are aimed at Key Stage 2 children and cover the history and importance of jet to the town of Whitby and to Bristish culture. The talk is light-hearted and features a cartoon based powerpoint. We are also able to offer workshops for jewellery professionals and gemmologists, focusing on black stone identification. Black stone identification is acknowledged to be the most challenging area of C21st gemmology. The methods utilised by gemmologists to identify coloured stones rely on the observation of the interaction of visual light with the stone. In the case of black, opaque materials these methodologies are found lacking. Sarah specialises in visual techniques to differentiate between these materials. We also offer workshops focusing on the identification of the Victorian organic, semi-synthetic biopolymers and fully synthetic polymers often retailed as, and often confused with, Whitby jet.