Location: New York, NY
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Virginia Salem is an international jewelry specialist representing Freeman’s in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, London, and Edinburgh. She has worked with precious stones for decades, from the start of her career with luxury retailers Neiman Marcus and E.B. Horn Co. to the auction marketplace, including opening Bonhams New York's fine jewelry department in 2005.
Ms. Salem studied art history in college and loved paintings and sculpture. “I was placed reluctantly in the jewelry department as an intern and worked with Art Deco Kashmir rings and Burmese rubies. I discovered Italian revival jewelry from the 1880s which resembled small three dimensional sculptures. The applied tiny gold bead and wirework drew me in and then it dawned on me ‘Jewelry is like a tiny sculpture! It’s art you wear.’”
A USPAP certified member of the American Association of Appraisers and a frequent contributor of trade articles on period and estate jewelry, Ms. Salem remains an active as a buyer and seller of fine jewelry. She is also sought after as a lecturer and consulting appraiser throughout the United States. She lives in New York and Massachusetts.