MarciaLanyonMarcia Lanyon has announced that she will be retiring at the end of 2017 from Marcia Lanyon Ltd, the gemstone dealing company she founded in 1975.

Marcia has long been a member of ACJ, and her support has been greatly valued. Her beautiful & colourful advertisements have adorned the back page of many issues of Findings. Best wishes from all of us for your retirement, Marcia!

Marcia started her career in London's Hatton Garden, working for the gemstone dealer George Lindley Ltd and becoming responsible for stock and grading gemstones. In the evenings she studied for her Fellowship of the Gemmological Association, which she was awarded with distinction in 1969. The Association’s diamond certificate followed, in 1970.

In 1970 Marcia joined the business of leading jewellery designer/goldsmith John Donald, where her responsibilities included sourcing stones. In 1972 she moved to Hong Kong and there she wrote and taught an FGA Diploma course, alongside other gemmology courses. Some of her students have gone on to become luminaries of the gemstone and jewellery business and she was acknowledged at a 2008 ceremony as the founder of gemmology education in Hong Kong.

Her work in Hong Kong included consulting for the Hong Kong Tourist Association and led to the start of her stone-trading enterprise. Following her return to London in 1975, Marcia developed Marcia Lanyon Ltd alongside making necklaces and selling these direct to the public at Covent Garden market and through major stores such as Liberty.

By 1985 the company had three staff working from the ground floor of her house. It moved to freehold office premises in Hammersmith in 2001, by which time there were six staff. In 2017 the company manages over 14,000 lines of stock, using a computer-based stock coding system that is probably still unique.
The company regularly visits the UK's leading art colleges, introducing tomorrow’s designers and makers to the wonderful opportunities offered by coloured gemstones.

Marcia has been a source of inspiration and support to up-and-coming jewellers and craftspeople throughout her career. Her involvement in education has continued with her mentorship of young designer/makers for the Prince’s Trust and her sponsorship of prizes for the use of coloured stones in jewellery. In 1993 she became a Freeman of the Goldsmiths’ Company and from 1998 to 2003 was on the National Committee of the British Jewellery Association.
Marcia Lanyon Ltd has been proud to build lasting relationships with thousands of designers and goldsmiths, supporting their gemstone needs from their very earliest collections. Some now have worldwide reputations.

On the supply side, the company has built up a worldwide network of sources that includes other dealers, cutters and mine owners.
In 1983 Marcia Lanyon Ltd was the only stone dealer with a stand at what is now the International Jewellery London trade show and IJL 2017 will be the 35th consecutive showing. The stand has repeatedly won prizes for attracting more visitors than any other.

Alongside precious and semi-precious stones, stand E101 at IJL 2017 (at Olympia, September 3 – 5) we will be offering discounts of up to 50% on a wide selection of precious and semi-precious beads and pearls.
Between IJL and the end of the year the company will be winding down. There will be attractive offers on end of stock lines available in their email newsletter and in store.

After retiring at the end of 2017, Marcia plans to spend more time relaxing, playing with her grandchildren and travelling the world.