A jewel of a talk at Bedales from Joanna Hardy

Posted on 06th November 2017

Renowned author and BBC Antiques Roadshow jewellery specialist, Joanna Hardy delivered a lecture at Bedales on Wednesday last week.

Fresh from launching her new book, Ruby, Joanna introduced the audience to the fascinating world of the ‘King of Gems’ from price per carat inflation over the decades to the quality factors involved in getting a good price for the stone such as colour, the clarity and cut of the gemstone.

In writing her new tome, which encapsulates took two-and-a-half years of research, Joanna travelled to mines in Burma and Mogok and gained access to rarefied archives and museum deposits. Using pictures of her travels to illustrate her talk, Joanna took the audience on a journey along the harsh terrain of the silk trading routes of China, to the most exciting recent ruby deposit discovered, in Mozambique.

Sixth form Design student, Lettie said: “Joanna Hardy inspired and broadened the scope of the Bedales Design students. The talk was most enjoyable and opened my eyes to the complexity of these stones – it was very informative with a good handful of laughs throughout the afternoon.”

Proceeds from the event will benefit the John Badley Foundation, which provides life-changing opportunities through full bursaries for pupils to attend Bedales and Dunhurst Schools.

Head of Development, Veryan Vere Hodge said: “Joanna’s interest in jewellery began when she was a student at Bedales, and we were honoured to welcome her back to the school to enlighten us about rubies.  Whether you were interested in jewellery specifically, or history, science, the environment or politics - this talk had it all.  Joanna’s depth of knowledge is outstanding, and her delivery captivating.”