Clare Blatherwick, FGA DGA

Clare Blatherwick, FGA DGA

In 2017, she founded Clare Blatherwick FGA DGA, a business designed to offer her clients an alternative to the High Street for all of their jewellery needs. This highly personalised approach involves meeting with clients in the comfort of their own home, office or bank and ensures complete privacy, the highest level of discretion and is designed to make the whole process, whether it is an insurance valuation, the designing of a bespoke piece of jewellery or searching for that perfect antique or modern jewel, enjoyable, easy and hassle-free.

Clare has experience of working in jewellery for an international auction house, within high end jewellery retail, and also for an international gemstone dealer.

Most recently, she spent ten years as the Head of Jewellery for Bonhams, Scotland. This role involved sourcing pieces for auction to be sold throughout the world as well as in Scotland, and advising sellers, collectors and buyers around the globe. In this role, she has spent time in Asia, the USA, South Africa, and various European countries.

Clare started her jewellery career in London, where she worked for several years for an international gemstone dealer in the heart of the UK's diamond and gemstone industry in Hatton Garden. During this period, she serviced the gemstone needs of a wide range of manufacturers and designers in London and the rest of the country. She handled an enormous variety of gemstones and developed an understanding of rarity, value and desirability as well as the importance of the cut of a gemstone.

Whilst working in London, Clare completed her FGA - the Gemmology Diploma at The Gemmological Association of Great Britain (now known as Gem-A) which provided a technical understanding of gemstones, their imitations and treatments.

But the lure of Scotland was great. Having previously graduated with an honours degree in Art History and Modern History from the University of St Andrews, Clare was keen to return and so made the decision to leave Hatton Garden and head north of the border. Upon her return, she worked for eight years for one of Scotland's most prestigious retailers of antique jewellery, becoming manager and gaining enormous experience in helping clients looking for the finest pieces of jewellery. During this period, she completed her DGA - the Diamond Diploma at The Gemmological Association of Great Britain.

From there, she went on to work for a world renowned Royal Warrant holding retail jeweller, based in Edinburgh. They offered Clare another perspective in dealing with clients who seek the finest goods, principally in modern or bespoke pieces, and also understanding the importance of emotion when it comes to jewellery and what it means to an individual at that moment in their life. Clare has frequently been asked to give talks to private and jewellery trade groups on jewellery and its history, both in this country and overseas. In 2019, Clare became a member of The National Association of Jewellers, as well as Deputy Chair of the Scottish Gemmological Association. 2020 saw her become a Founder Specialist Member of the Jewellery Valuers Association as well as a JVA Registered ValuerR and be invited onto the committee.