Bonhams has appointed international gem specialist and auctioneer, Graeme Thompson, to head the company's Jewelry Department in Hong Kong.
Matthew Girling, Bonhams European and Middle East CEO, comments: "I'm delighted that Graeme Thompson has rejoined Bonhams and will be heading our Jewelry team in Hong Kong. Asia is, without doubt, going to be one of our most dynamic and burgeoning markets and Graeme will be responsible for building Bonhams jewelry business across this exciting region. Without doubt his appointment will assist our expansion in the international jewelry auction market."
Graeme Thompson began his jewelry career in 2001 in London and in 2005 moved to New York where he studied at the prestigious Gemmological Institute of America and qualified as a Graduate Gemmologist.
During his time in New York, Graeme worked with the jewelry team at Bonhams and in 2006 he was appointed by the company as its Jewelry Specialist in London. While at Bonhams, Graeme gained a wide knowledge of the global fine jewelry, diamond and colored stone markets and became one of the Jewelry Department's principal auctioneers. As Head of Department, he led Bonhams Knightsbridge jewelry team to their most successful year.
In 2010 he set up his own business dealing exclusively in fine jewelry, diamonds and colored stones, trading successfully with both wholesale and private clients from around the world.
Graeme's skill as an auctioneer on the rostrum, learned from the best at Bonhams, has benefited several charities, and recently raised nearly £200,000 for JDRF, the world's leading Type I diabetes research charity.
NOTES FOR EDITORS
Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and appraisal services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to www.bonhams.com