Living in Colour with Kerry Beard

Living in Colour with Kerry Beard

Immerse yourself into my world of being a gemmologist. Discover more about me, Kerry Beard and my career in working with gemstones for the past 20 years through a discussion of my passion for the minerals. 

What is a Gemmologist?

As a gemologist, I analyse and identify the properties, quality and value of gemstones.  Through careful examination, I am able to select only the best stones to be set in precious metals. 

What made you want to pursue Gemmology?

After travelling India for 6 months, I discovered the pink city of India, Jaipur. Surrounded by an explosion of colour, I immediately found a deep connection and desire to work with the stones and was eager to learn everything about the industry. Upon my return to Sydney, I began studying a Diploma of Gemmology at GIA.

What do you look for in a gemstone?

I seek quality gemstones that are high in colour saturation, have precise, symmetrical cuts and are without flaws such as cracks or chips that
 do not compromise the hardness/durability. However, I find perfection within imperfections as natural gemstones come with natural characteristics such as internal fractures. 

Where do you source your gemstones?

Over the past 20 years, I have sourced directly from the same gem-cutters that specialise in hand cutting. I feel privileged to have dealt with craftsmen of recognisable skill passed down from generations. 
The stones are ultimately presented with integrity and authenticity with a guarantee that the stones are natural, ethically sourced and high in quality.


What do you love most about working with gemstones? 

Working with stones gave me the opportunity to live abroad, travel to gemstone centres of the world and visit far off places where gemstones are mined. 
Now permanently based in Paddington, Sydney this time allows me to connect with the community and to share my stories and knowledge whilst showcasing my precious collection.


I hope to connect with you in the near future.


KR x

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