Based in Edinburgh and the Lothians, Scotland, Clare Blatherwick FGA DGA, is a professional jewellery advisory business which helps create the perfect bespoke piece of jewellery, assists with the acquisition of antique, vintage or modern jewellery or can reinvent an existing jewel. Without the overheads of a shop or stock, pieces can be acquired very competitively. Clare can also provide jewellery and watch valuations for insurance, market sale, inheritance tax or division purposes. Clare’s clients enjoy the finest quality jewellery, as well as receiving world-class advice and shared knowledge, along with the highest levels of personal service.
With over twenty years in the jewellery business, Clare Blatherwick is one of the most experienced jewellery professionals in Scotland. Before launching her business in 2017, Clare spent 10 years as Head of Jewellery in Scotland for Bonhams, one of the world’s largest auctioneers, and has travelled internationally as a jewellery specialist.
As a member of The National Association of Jewellers (NAJ), a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (FGA), a Diamond Member of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (DGA) and a founder specialist member of the The Jewellery Valuers Association (JVA) as well as a JVA Registered ValuerR, Clare has a thorough understanding of jewellery, gemstones and diamonds. This technical knowledge alongside her experience in the international jewellery market means Clare is best placed to offer her clients expert advice.
Choosing to use Clare as a jewellery advisor allows a client to tap into her knowledge, expertise and extensive contacts in the world of antique, vintage, period and modern fine jewellery. This, alongside her relationships with highly skilled jewellery designers and craftspeople, ensures that you are only ever offered the most carefully selected jewels.
"I'm holding you entirely responsible for my walking into lamposts as I will be too busy admiring my beautiful new ring!! Thank you - I absolutely love it. I am over the moon it all worked out and feel like the luckiest lady in the land."
"I’ve known Clare for a number of years, personally and professionally." "Clare is knowledgeable, passionate and spends the time finding the most incredible jewellery for her clients." "Clare has wide range of professional contacts who are equally happy to help/support/make the most wonderful items. Clare has a unique way to reassure you during the process, especially if your knowledge (like mine) is limited." "As we look to ways of working together we are exploring new types of boutique events for people to enjoy who care about jewellery as much as she does. I can’t wait to do events with her as Clare is a personality willing to give her time, and put her heart and soul into any project. I can’t recommend her highly enough."
"Clare, I wanted to thank you for all your great work in commissioning Peter's signet ring. I really appreciated the time you took to ensure that we got the correct crest and your advice and expertise on the style, size and fit was really very much appreciated. And all done in secret squirrel fashion so that it was a surprise for his birthday! As you know he's really delighted with the result. Thanks again."
"Clare is one of the most highly regarded and best known faces in the jewellery profession in Scotland. We've benefited from her expert advice over the years when acquiring key pieces - advice delivered with the utmost discretion and knowledge of the market. It's always a pleasure to work with Clare and enjoy her good humour, passion for jewellery and artistic flair."
"We were introduced to Clare after a lecture she gave in which her expert knowledge and enthusiasm for her subject was evident. We were so impressed by her we sought her assistance in sourcing a large, emerald cut diamond and suggested a budget. She took an appropriate amount of time and found exactly what we were after. This was the first of a variety of auction purchases Clare has assisted with, from £1,000 to several hundred thousand pounds. Clare's advice on quality, price and resale desirability has been exemplary."
"Clare recently came to the Royal Scots Club to do a talk on Famous Women Jewellery Collectors as part of our annual Afternoon Tea event. I had some wonderful feedback from the members who said how interesting the talk was and how much they enjoyed looking at all the dazzling images. Clare’s lecture was well thought out, she kept our members entertained and she was a pleasure to work with."
"I approached Clare to help with an old ring I had sitting in a box which had been damaged and rarely worn to enquire about the possibility of either repairing or selling it on. Clare was fantastic throughout the process and kept me fully informed via email. After I decided the best option was to sell it Clare put me in touch with an auction house in London where she knew we would get the best auction price and we certainly weren’t disappointed. I would definitely recommend Clare for any jewellery sales and hope to be back to her as a buying customer one day."
"I just wanted to write you a note to say how very much I adore the pendant and chain, it has really beaten all my expectations on how beautiful it could be. It was wasted as a ring! You’ve been an absolute pleasure to work with, and thank you for putting up with my tardy email replies and delayed phone calls. Thank you very much again."