Christie’s jewellery expert leaves after 42 years to head up luxury jeweller Moussaieff


David Warren has left Christie’s, where he worked for 42 years, to take on the newly created role of CEO at diamond jeweller Moussaieff.

He joined Christie’s in 1978 and most recently was senior international jewelry director and head of jewels Middle East.

Now, as CEO of Moussaieff, he will report to Alisa Moussaieff, head of the family-owned business.

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Warren announced his departure from auction house Christie’s on his Instagram account last month, but the “exciting new challenges” he was referring to in the post was only revealed yesterday.

Moussaieff describes itself as one of the world’s most “exclusive and discreet” jewellery businesses. It has a London showroom in New Bond Street.

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The past 42 years at Christie’s have been beyond what I could have predicted. And when I look back to when I joined in 1978, it would have been impossible to imagine at the time what it would look like today. Each year became more and more exciting; the thrill of stumbling upon an unexpected treasure, being allowed into the vault of a stately home, the privilege of dealing with royal collections, the satisfaction of advising and building collections for clients, developing our Asian, European and Middle Eastern markets, competing for some of the world’s most exceptional jewels, all memories I will forever cherish. The sheer quantity and astounding variation of what you see at Christie’s is incomparable. And the opportunity to uncover mysteries, never lost its excitement over those many decades. To the wonderful people I met along the way, the passionate collectors, the specialists continuously travelling all over the globe to advise clients and bring people the opportunity to see miraculous gems in person, thank you. I cherish the friendships we made and the moments we have shared. And so now, exciting new challenges await. I look forward to sharing these with you very soon. David Produced by Konscious Media @natashagw

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