After leaving school at 17 John served a four year apprenticeship at Cameo Corner, an antique jewellery shop just 50 yards from the gates of The British Museum.
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a Cartier watch
After qualifying as a Fellow of the Gemmological Association he went on to gain the Association’s Diamond Diploma and joined Phillips Fine Art Auctioneers, ultimately becoming International Director of Jewellery. In 1999 he set up his own independent valuation consultancy and now lectures all over the world on a wide range of jewellery topics - from diamonds to Faberge.
John is a Fellow of the National Association of Jewellers Institute of Registered Valuers, a Freeman of the Goldsmiths’ Company and a Founder Liveryman and Court Assistant of The Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars. He is author of 'Starting to Collect Antique Jewellery' and co-author with Paul Atterbury of 'The Jewellery and Silver of H.G.Murphy’.
His most memorable find was in Ireland – a badly worn out Cartier watch kept in an old tobacco tin which was worth £40,000 once it had been restored.
John relaxes to classical music and enjoys reading and cycling.