Introduce yourself, what do you do at Freeman's and how long have you been here?
My name is Kate Della Monica, I am an associate specialist in the Jewelry & Watches department. I have been at Freeman’s for three years.
Can you explain what a G.G. is?
G.G. stands for “Graduate Gemologist.” In order to qualify as a G.G. one has to complete a Graduate Gemologist course at an educational and research facility such as the Gemological Institute of America. The course work entails an intensive study on diamonds and colored stones, all ending in a 20-stone exam in which you need to correctly identify 20 stones using gemological equipment such as a microscope and a refractometer.
What’s your favourite part about working in the Jewelry & Watches department?
I have a few favorite parts – I love to research and catalogue the items, learning how to date pieces, looking at stones under a microscope to identify them and determine their stability, etc. I love getting to try on the jewelry, particularly things I would likely not get to experience firsthand otherwise. I also really love working with Virginia Salem; she is incredibly knowledgeable in the field and it is an honor to have the opportunity to learn from her.
Can you tell us more about the Luxe Sale Series?
The Luxe Sales are designed to be a more approachable source of jewelry as the value threshold is more accessible to a larger client base. Both new and experienced buyers can find special items at a more affordable price point.
Is there anything exciting coming up in the December auction that you would like to share?
We have a collection of Louis Vuitton luggage and Chanel bags that we are excited to offer. It’s always fun when we get to play with luxury goods other than jewelry for a change. There will also be plenty of signed pieces coming up by Tiffany & Co. Plus a very sweet little cat’s eye chrysoberyl.