Jewels that catch an expert’s eye by Joanna Hardy
There are some jewels that are special, but why? It may be because of their exquisite manufacture, or even their magical story of discovery. Jewellery can be inspiring, breathtaking or simply understated to grab the attention of an expert. But one thing they will all have in common is good craftsmanship.
A very important exhibition held at the Goldsmiths Hall in 1961 helped pave the way for jewels to be seen as an art form. The recession of the 1970s allowed different styles and materials to be in vogue before moving into the prosperity of the 1980s and a booming art market. Today there is a growing appreciation for jewellery that is individual and unique. Contemporary jewels that have not compromised the importance of craftsmanship and the uniqueness of design will stand the test of time and become the collectable art of the future.
Lecture starts at 6pm in the Cultural Centre (Casa Cultura), Calle Granada, NERJA
Joanna Hardy studied at Sir John Cass College before working for De Beers, valuing and grading rough diamonds. She worked as Senior Specialist and Auctioneer at Sotheby’s in London for 14 years where she masterminded and launched a unique selling venture, entitled ‘London Rocks’, a showcase for artists’ works, and now regularly conducts charity auctions for various charities and institutions, including Sotheby’s Institute. She is a regular jewellery expert on the BBC’s Antiques Road Show and has appeared in the feature-length documentary Aphrodite’s drop; The Power of Pearls.
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