Alumni Chapter

Houston Chapter: The Importance Of Origin and What Sells at Auction

Caroline Morrissey, Bonhams Jewelry Head of Department

Presenter: Caroline Morrissey
Join the GIA Houston Alumni chapter for a fascinating discussion led by Caroline Morrissey who will focus on market trends at auction and will take a look at what pieces are most desirable, and why. From signed pieces to different periods and styles to gemstones and their origin, Morrissey will review the various considerations that affect secondary market appeal.
Caroline Morrissey is the director of jewelry for Bonhams New York and is responsible for the New York jewelry department including overseeing property acquisition, appraisals of gemstones and jewelry, and auction preparation. Morrissey's career began in a charming jewelry store in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she discovered a passion for jewelry on weekends during high school. Her career started in earnest after college in the diamond industry in Antwerp, Belgium, and has since spanned many areas of the business, including stints at prominent luxury retailers Cartier and Leviev. Some of her notable sales at Bonhams include a diamond riviere, which sold for $1,205,000 in June 2015, a diamond solitaire which sold for $1,807,500 in September 2017 and a loose Kashmir sapphire which sold for $1,244,075 in July 2020. She has a double major in Economics and Politics from the University of York, England.
This event is co-hosted with Women’s Jewelers Association and American Gem Society of Houston.

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