Milena Denis is the Jewelry Specialist at Bonhams in Los Angeles. She began working at the company in January 2012. Her responsibilities include jewelry appraising and gem grading, as well as contributing to fine jewelry and timepiece auctions throughout the US.
Denis has more than two decades of experience in the jewelry industry, including special expertise in gem identification, diamond and colored stone evaluation, and gem grading. Throughout her career, she has guided, advised, and counseled clients in the areas of customized jewelry design and connoisseurship.
Denis joined Bonhams after working for the Bvlgari Corporation of America as a Gemologist, where she specialized in evaluation of high end contemporary Italian jewelry and served as television jewelry and gem hostess on a premier shopping network. Prior to that, she played an integral part of the Wendy Portman Fine Jewelry team in Toronto, Canada and Dupuis Fine Auctioneers group where she specialized in antique, period and modern jewelry with a focus on diamond Art Deco, one-of-a-kind and famous maker pieces.
Denis's educational background includes earning a BA in Business Administration from University of Toronto. She also holds a certificate in Graduate Gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America.
Outside of Bonhams, Denis actively participated, supported and contributed to many non-profit and charitable organizations; most notably Make-A-Wish Foundation, Toronto Children's Hospital, and the Toronto Symphony, among others.