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Hardy, Joanna free

Born London 9 Nov. 1961; d of Albert Edward John Hardy and Julia Hardy; m 1996, Craig Emerson; one s one d

independent jewellery consultant and broadcaster


Littlefields Sch.; Bedales Sch.; W Surrey Sch. of Art and Design; Sir John Cass Sch. of Art and Design (Diamond Dip. 1983). FGA 1982


Rough diamond sorter/valuer, De Beers Diamond Trading Co., London, 1982–84; Asst Manager, Polished Diamond Buying Office, J C Ginder Pty Ltd, Antwerp, 1985–86; Diamond Dealer, J C Ginder Ltd, Diamond Merchants, London, 1986–89; Diamond Specialist and Antique Jewellery Valuer and Cataloguer, Phillips Fine Art Auctioneers, London, 1989–92; travelled overland through SE Asia to Australia, 1992–94; Sen. Jewellery Specialist, Dir and Auctioneer, Sotheby’s, 1995–2009. Jewellery Specialist, BBC Antiques Roadshow, 2007–. FRSA 2010. Freeman, City of London, 2006; Liveryman, Goldsmiths’ Co., 2013


Collect Contemporary Jewellery, 2012; (with J. Self) Emerald, 2013; Ruby, 2017; contribs to jewellery mags and to newspapers


music, golf, arts, travel, gardening, photography, opera, theatre


London, SW19


Royal Over-Seas League