Alan Hodgkinson is dedicated to bringing gemmology to a wider audience and awakening an interest in all the intrigue, wonder, fascination and historical role which gemstones play and have played throughout history, particularly for the younger generation.
He has lectured in many different countries on gemmology and is the recipient of several awards relating to his dedicated study of the gem world over half a century, including:
President, Scottish Gemmological Association
Freeman of The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths
Honorary Registered Valuer − Institute of Registered Valuers
Honorary Member − Canadian Gemmological Association
Honorary Life Member − Gem-A
Honorary Life Member − Scottish Gemmological Association
Honorary Life Member − Accredited Gemologists′ Association
Honorary Life Member − American Gem Traders′ Association
First winner (in 2000) of the Antonio C. Bonanno Award for Contributions to Gemmology
Freeman of the City of London
Author of ‘Visual Optics’
Author of 'Gem Testing Techniques'
'I first began teaching gemmology as the Training Officer for Jewellery Training Scotland Ltd, Glasgow, in 1969. I found that sharing my limited knowledge as an FGA of eight years was none the less a privilege, especially as all the students passed their exams that first year. Then came the running of practical, ‘Hands on’ Gem Identification courses in London (sponsored by the late Eric Bruton) and later the increased satisfaction of running the courses with a stimulating team of friends; the students and lecture team staying on in the workshop until past midnight, such was the mutual enthusiasm raised by this combustible gemmological environment.
Yet strangely, while the delegates were limited to 12, with five or six of us as the lecture team, I was always conscious of trying to intrude and help the least experienced delegate catch up with the fastest, while trying to encourage the most knowledgeable, to push even further ahead, and this really did create a problem of conscience.
The answer I knew deep down was that ultimately, the best way of imparting gemmology is by tutoring in a one-to-one situation. As I can′t reach you all individually, my answer is Gem Testing Techniques. Enjoy your gemmological journeys in life and bear in mind, that, ‘Going the extra mile’ always brings its own reward, especially if it is a shared journey'.