Joanna Hardy F.G.A., D.G.A., F.R.S.A Joanna has over 30 years experience working with jewellery, beginning her career as a goldsmith before becoming a rough diamond valuer and grader for De Beers. Joanna then went to work in Antwerp and became one of the very few women polished diamond dealers trading in Antwerp, Tel Aviv, Mumbai and New York before joining Philips the auctioneers in London. She then moved to Sotheby’s in Bond Street and for fourteen years was their senior jewellery specialist and auctioneer where she was responsible for jewellery auctions worldwide in New York, Geneva and London. Joanna is an Independent Fine Jewellery Specialist, she conducts Jewellery Masterclasses and lectures worldwide. She is a published author with her books ‘Collect Contemporary Jewelry‘, ‘Emerald’ and ‘Ruby’ published by Thames and Hudson, and a contributing author for ‘Cartier Panthère’ published by Assouline and GRAFF published by Rizzoli and she also writes for many international publications. Joanna curates Contemporary Jewellery selling exhibitions, is an accredited Arts Society lecturer (formerly NADFAS), a Fellow of the Gemmological Association, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Freeman of the City of London, a Liveryman of the Goldsmiths Hall and is a regular jewellery specialist on the BBC Antiques Roadshow. "Jewellery is my passion and has been a major part of my life for the last 30 years. It gives me enormous pleasure to see jewellery being appreciated for its artistic merit and craftsmanship and if I can help to broaden people’s awareness and help them become discerning jewellery appreciators and collectors then my mission has been accomplished. Please make sure you ask me as many questions as you like in the classroom, I look forward to having you in my classroom soon"