Tennants Fine Art Auctioneers has appointed Jacqueline Adams as head of jewellery. 

Adams will be leading the jewellery department, which carefully curates an array of antique, period and modern jewellery across six dedicated jewellery, watches and silver sales each year as well as featuring in the company’s fortnightly antiques and interiors sales.

In her new role, Adams and her team will provide professional valuations for probate, insurance and family division. She will also catalogue items of jewellery for auction.


Adams is a fellow of the Gemmological Association and a freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and brings to Tennants over 25 years’ experience of working with jewellery.  She started her career as a jewellery specialist in London at Sotheby’s, and was part of the team that worked on the auction of jewels belonging to the Duchess of Windsor in Geneva.

The jewellery expert went on to become a senior international jewellery valuer for Phillips Auctioneers in London. She has regularly worked internationally and has worked for a number of other UK auction houses, most recently for Bonhams.

In the course of her career she has been involved in a number of landmark jewellery sales in London including jewels belonging to Elizabeth Taylor, Elton John and Ava Gardner.

The appointment is a key part of the company’s plans to grow the their business, which it says remains unchanged despite the current coronavirus outbreak. Tennants is however adapting at this difficult time and is currently conducting virtual valuations by Skype, Zoom, and email, whilst also preparing to launch a busy online-only auction programme.

Auction house director, Jane Tennant, shares: ‘We are delighted Jacqueline has joined us at Tennants, bringing with her a wealth of experience and knowledge, and a passion for her subject. In these challenging times, it is even more important for our clients to know we are here for them, offering a reliable service they can trust.”

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