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) as well as a specialist member of the The Jewellery Valuers Association (JVA) and Deputy Chair of The Scottish Gemmological Association (SGA), 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 wanted a special pearl necklace for my wife to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary but knew very little about pearls. I was given Clare’s name as an expert and duly contacted her. Not only is she hugely knowledgeable but gave extremely good advice and grasped instantly what I and my wife wanted. She found exactly the right piece (a natural pearl necklace) and then ensured it was a correct fit. She had the knowledge and contacts to have it superbly restrung. In addition Clare is an extremely nice person who goes to great trouble and it is a pleasure to deal with her."
"Clare Blatherwick was an absolute pleasure to deal with, she made me feel at ease immediately. Clare is very professional and really goes the extra mile. It was a tricky design brief as there were diamonds from different pieces of jewellery, which were very precious to me, that I was looking to have made into a new ring and necklace. Clare has an incredible knowledge and passion for jewellery and I enjoyed working with her to come up with the perfect designs. I am absolutely delighted with my new ring and necklace, they are exactly what I asked for and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her."
"I was in need of someone to do what I thought was the impossible - transform the setting on my engagement ring without actually making it look like a transformation (I wanted my ring to still look and feel the same). The finished product was just beautiful. My diamond was now a very subtle but stunning tulip setting, revised from the rather impractical 4 prong setting that kept breaking. I cannot explain how happy I was with the finished result. Absolutely delighted. Thank you Clare. "
"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."
"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."
"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."