Joanna has 30 years experience of working with jewellery, initially beginning her career as a goldsmith before moving into the diamond world as a trader.
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Joanna then moved to antique jewellery, starting at Phillips the Auctioneers in London and until recently, she worked as a senior jewellery specialist at Sotheby’s Fine Art Auctioneers where she regularly took auctions and was responsible for assessing and valuing jewellery worldwide for sales in New York, Geneva and London.
Joanna is a jewellery consultant and she has recently established a series of Jewellery Master Classes within her business. She lectures widely and is a Freeman of the Goldsmiths’ Company, a Freeman of the City of London and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In addition, Joanna regularly conducts charity auctions and delivers seminars and lectures for various charities and institutions. She also recently appeared in a feature-length documentary Aphrodite’s Drop: The Power of Pearls.
In 2006, Joanna launched a unique venture at Sotheby’s, entitled 'London Rocks'. Designed as a pioneering exhibition of contemporary jewellery, 17 artists/ jewellers were invited to showcase their specially designed pieces for public sale. In many ways, London Rocks worked exactly like a contemporary art exhibition: allowing original, progressive, fashionable and most importantly, collectable artists to showcase their work and expose it to a wider audience.
One of Joanna’s most memorable items came along to the Roadshow at Hatfield House in 2010. When she opened the box containing a diamond and sapphire bow shaped brooch Joanna said "my eyes popped out and my jaw dropped".