Our Curators & Experts
Our curators, a team of independent fine jewellery specialists, jewellery historians, gemmologists and vintage fashion experts, carefully and expertly select the jewels brought to you on Omnēque. Even more they vet each jewel for quality and integrity, before endorsing each carefully considered curation. They apply the same criteria and high standards of design and craftsmanship to their selection of work by talented contemporary designer-makers, understanding this will be the antique jewellery of the future. Every other week they curate themed drops, drawing on their individual tastes and specialities, and choosing from the entire Omnēque marketplace. Presenting the full spectrum of today’s rich jewellery landscape.
“Jewellery is about celebrating individuality, so buy bold, be discerning and enjoy it."
Joanna Hardy is an independent fine jewellery specialist with over 35 years’ experience working in the jewellery industry. She began her career training as a goldsmith at Sir John Cass College before working as a rough diamond valuer and grader for De Beers. She then became one of the first women to be a polished diamond dealer in Antwerp and then joined Phillips the Auctioneers in London. She moved on to Sotheby’s in Bond Street, London and was their senior jewellery specialist and auctioneer for 14 years and since 2009 has worked independently.
Joanna lectures and writes articles for publications worldwide and is a published author with her books, 'Collect Contemporary Jewelry', ‘Emerald’, ‘Ruby’, published by Thames and Hudson and a contributing author to ‘Graff’ published by Rizzoli and ‘Cartier Panthère’ published by Assouline. She curates contemporary jewellery exhibitions and has recently launched her Online Foundation Jewellery School.
Recognised as a respected voice in the industry for commenting on market trends for gemstones and jewellery, Joanna is an Independent Registered Valuer for the National Association of Jewellers UK, conducting jewellery insurance valuations and advice for HNWI clients. Joanna is a Fellow of the Gemmological Association, a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, a Trustee Board member of Gem-A, a Liveryman, Court Assistant of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, a member of the British Hallmarking Council and is a regular jewellery specialist on the BBC's popular television show 'Antiques Roadshow'.SHOP JOANNA’S EDIT
“Omnēque is giving me the opportunity to re-immerse myself in the world of antique jewellery which is where it all began for me, and the chance to show and share the richness of jewellery history.”
Vivienne Becker is an award-winning jewellery historian, journalist and author of more than 20 books on the history of jewellery design and contemporary jewellery. These include ‘Art Nouveau Jewelry’, the standard work on the subject, ‘Fabulous Costume Jewelry’, the first book to chart the history of fashion jewellery, and ‘The Impossible Collection of Jewelry: the 100 Most Important Jewels of the 20th century’. Vivienne also collaborated with former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on ‘Read My Pins’, the best-selling book about Secretary Albright’s collection of brooches. She has contributed chapters to several more books, including 'Bejewelled by Tiffany' and 'Cartier Panthère'.
As a journalist, Vivienne is a Contributing Editor to the Financial Times’ 'How To Spend It' magazine, and also writes for the Financial Times’ 'Life and Style' pages, as well as being a well-known contributor to magazines and newspapers around the world including Vanity Fair and the Wall Street Journal magazine and Sotheby’s and Phillips’ online magazines. She has worked closely with auction houses, researching and writing specialist catalogues and has curated major exhibitions, including the Jewels of René Lalique, Jewels of Fantasy and Art Nouveau Jewels from the Albion Art Collection, Tokyo. Vivienne also works on trend research projects for the jewellery industry, curates a contemporary Designer Showcase at GemGenève, and lectures widely on her subject around the world.SHOP VIVIENNE’S EDIT
“Make a statement with vintage fashion jewellery to wear and collect - an ethical and affordable way to add unique style and fun to your look.”
Carmen Haid is a vintage fashion curator and luxury brands specialist with two decades of expertise. Carmen started her career as Press Officer at Yves Saint Laurent and worked with Mr. Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé, and continued to work during the transition from a privately owned company to a luxury conglomerate, the then Gucci Group - now Kering. Carmen worked with Creative Directors Hedi Slimane, Alber Elbaz and Tom Ford.
Following a stint at British Vogue, Carmen launched the then-unknown brand CELINE under the LVMH umbrella in the UK as Head of Global Communications under Creative Director Michael Kors. Five years later and establishing Celine firmly as one of the top luxury brands, Carmen continued to revamp brands and worked at Tommy Hilfiger in the capacity of Director of Communications for the UK.
Carmen Haid believes in circular fashion and sustainability and, seeing a market opportunity in 2008, she founded Atelier Mayer, Europe’s first online platform for luxury vintage fashion and accessories. Developing it into a global luxury vintage brand with an international following and trading in 104 countries, the website published its own annual magazine as a supplement to Vanity Fair, and won awards for entrepreneurship and sustainable fashion.SHOP CARMEN’S EDIT
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