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Decisions, Decisions: Meghan’s Wedding Tiara

The first of this year’s two royal weddings is fast approaching and excitement is building. For those of us who love jewellery, the question of Meghan’s wedding jewels is bigger than her choice of dress, flowers and veil combined. Critically, will Meghan wear a tiara? Read Joanna's full article here

Royal Recipes: Wedding Special

Episode 2, Broadcasts BBC ONE, 15 May 2018, 15:45 and BBC TWO, 16 May 2018, 07:15

Joanna joins presenter Michael Buerk on a special Wedding edition of BBC's Royal Recipes series. Together they discuss royal engagement rings and jewellery in the lead-up to the royal wedding. Joanna shows a collection of beautiful rings and a tiara.

Royal Wedding: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

BBC's Royal Wedding Live Coverage, 19 May 2018

Join Joanna on the big day as she comments on the spectacular jewellery worn by Meghan and her wedding guests.

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Joanna has over 30 years' experience working with jewellery, beginning her career as a goldsmith before joining De Beers as a rough diamond valuer. Joanna then went to work in Antwerp as a polished diamond dealer before joining Philips the auctioneers in London. She then moved to Sotheby’s in Bond Street and for fourteen years was their senior jewellery specialist and auctioneer, where she was responsible for jewellery auctions worldwide in New York, Geneva and London. 


Jewellery is my passion and has been a major part of my life for the last 30 years. It gives me enormous pleasure to see jewellery being appreciated for its artistic merit and craftsmanship and if I can help to broaden people’s awareness and help them become discerning jewellery appreciators and collectors then my mission has been accomplished.

- Joanna Hardy F.G.A., D.G.A., F.R.S.A


Joanna is an independent fine jewellery consultant, conducting masterclasses and lectures worldwide. She is a published author with her books Collect Contemporary Jewelry, and Emerald and Ruby, all published by Thames and Hudson, and is a regular contributor to The Daily Telegraph Luxury Magazine. Joanna curates contemporary jewellery selling exhibitions, is an accredited NADFAS lecturer, a Freeman of the City of London, a Liveryman and Court Assistant of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, a Fellow of the Arts Society and is a regular jewellery specialist on the BBC Antiques Roadshow.  

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