Tessa Parry has worked in the auction business for 12 years. She was introduced to antiques by her grandfather and from an early age developed an interest in jewellery – the stories behind the pieces, the lives touched and the reasons why and how an item came to be made she found particularly compelling.
Tessa completed her degree in Antiques, History and Collecting at Solent University and whilst working for another high-profile auction house she turned her passion for jewels into formal FGA and DGA gemmological qualifications.
Tessa joined Dreweatts in June 2013 and here she is responsible for valuing and cataloguing the Fine and monthly jewellery sales. Tessa is frequently based at Dreweatts’ London Pall Mall office where she runs the weekly Valuation Days for the Jewellery department.
Her own interest lies with antique jewellery, especially the archaeological jewellery created by Giuliano and Castellani, through to the Art Deco jewellery of the 1930s.
Amongst many items of Jewellery, she has handled since 2013 Tessa counts a sapphire-set quatrefoil brooch by Castellani as one of her most interesting finds, the client had bought the piece for £1 at a car boot sale, and it sold at Dreweatts for £1,600. Another career highlight was valuing an important collection of antique jewellery, with items dating from the 1650s to the early 1900s, which went on to sell exceptionally well across two sales at the end of 2017 and in early 2018.
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