Sheffield jeweller scoops international awardPosted by: Ashley Birch
Zoe Lewis receiving her award from Richard Drucker, President of Gemworld International
The jeweller from Sheffield’s PA Jewellery was awarded the prestigious Anderson Medal at awards ceremony held at London’s Central Hall Westminster
A massive well done to Zoe Lewis, 28, on winning the Anderson Medal at the Gemmological Association of Great Britain awards.
The PA jewellery employee is in her first year of studying gemmology, the study of precious stones, on the foundation course and received the award which recognises the best performing foundation candidate in the world.
Zoe scored a whopping 96% in her examination making her the joint winner of the prestigious award and beating out over 400 other candidates from as far away as China, Madagascar and Myanmar.
She was left in shock when she was informed she had been awarded the honour. She said “It hadn’t crossed my mind, I wasn’t expecting it. I just got the letter, read it just as I got to work and was gobsmacked.”
“Even when I got my results and I knew I’d got a really high mark, it never crossed my mind that I’d be top of everybody.”
To give an idea of the scale of the achievement it is very rare that these award stay in the UK and even rarer that a candidate wins who is on a distance learning version of the course.
The Anderson Medal recognising the best overall Foundation candidate on the gemmology course
Zoe said: “The more I thought about it the more it became quite a wow feeling just because I kept thinking this is everybody around the world and it’s such a prestigious organisation, to actually be going down in their records took a while to sink in.”
PA Jewellery currently have five qualified gemmologists working for them and it is something the owners are keen to send their staff to do. PA pay for members of staff who have been there for a while, and have shown an interest, to go on the course and this isn’t the first time their faith has been rewarded.
Back in 2009 another employee Amy Campbell-Jones also received the Read Practical Award, which is a similar medal recognising the next stage of the diploma and something that Zoe will be looking to emulate.
Zoe said: “One of my first thoughts was ‘no pressure for your next exams, Zoe!’ 100% behind the excitement is the pressure for the next set of exams.”
Zoe takes on that next set of exams next week in London and everyone here at VIBE is rooting for her.
But that’s’ not all the award news at PA as their workshop manager Deborah Rootham has been shortlisted for workshop employee of the year by the National Association of Jewellers.