Romancing The Stone

Romancing The Stone

A very special Summer event on the 28th July 2022 with guest speaker John Benjamin, jewellery expert on the BBC’s very popular Antiques Roadshow.

This exclusive event will be held at a beautiful private home in North London with a delicious catered lunch. John will be delighted to examine, identify and assess your own jewellery at a ‘valuation surgery’ immediately following his presentation (maximum 2 items per person).

Minimum donation £50

Limited places available

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Date

28 Jul 2022

Time

BST
12:30 pm
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Speaker

  • John Benjamin
    John Benjamin
    Honorary Jewellery Adviser

    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.

    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’. In 2022 John was appointed Honorary Jewellery Adviser to The National Trust.

    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.