Susan is an independent jewellery consultant and lecturer based in Yorkshire.
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A gold bracelet originally belonging to Queen Victoria
Susan Rumfitt studied for her postgraduate degree in decorative arts at Glasgow University, in association with Christie’s Auctioneers. Following a jewellery and silver traineeship with Christie’s, Susan moved to Phillips in Edinburgh as Head of the Jewellery and Silver Department. In 1998, she moved to London as an international jewellery specialist where she established and ran a second jewellery department for Phillips Auctioneers.
Susan is now an independent jewellery specialist based at her gallery in Harrogate, advising private individuals as well as auction houses. She regularly lectures on the history of jewellery for the National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies (NADFAS), and regularly holds jewellery courses and selling exhibitions throughout the UK. In 2009, Susan joined the fine art auctioneers, Anderson & Garland, based in Newcastle, as their jewellery consultant and area representative for Yorkshire.
Susan has a particular interest in 20th Century jewellery, particularly the 1940s. Since joining the Roadshow, one of the most memorable items she has come across is a gold bracelet originally belonging to Queen Victoria – the lucky owner had found it in the street!