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John C Benjamin


  • A History of Jewellery from Elizabeth I to Elizabeth Taylor

  • The Life and Work of Peter Carl Fabergé: The world's greatest goldsmith

  • Romancing the Stone: A sparkling history of diamonds

  • From Belle Epoque to Bulgari: Jewellery in the twentieth century

  • At the Sign of the Falcon: The life and work of Harry Murphy, a great neglected goldsmith


John Benjamin began his career in 1972 at Cameo Corner, the celebrated Bloomsbury jewellers, renowned for its un-rivalled stock of Ancient, Renaissance and eighteenth and nineteenth century jewellery.


He joined Phillips Fine Art Auctioneers as a cataloguer and valuer, remaining for twenty-three years, ultimately becoming International Director of Jewellery.


John is a Freeman of the Goldsmiths' Company and of the City of London and author of Starting to Collect Antique Jewellery as well as co-author with Paul Atterbury of Jewellery and Silver of HG Murphy. He is an established member of the team of experts on BBC TV's The Antiques Road Show.

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