BONHAMS APPOINTS JEWELLERY SPECIALIST IN PARIS

Bonhams has appointed Kirsten Everts as the company’s jewellery specialist in Paris.

Kirsten joined Bonhams in August 2007 after spending a number of years working in both the auction and the jewellery industries in London and Geneva.

She has twice worked for the Geneva based jewellery firm de GRISOGONO where she gained experience in wholesale gem purchasing, production and, most recently, in the company’s press department.

Kirsten, a Dutch national, gained a BA in History of Art at Leiden University, the Netherlands. She holds a Graduate Gemmologist (GG) diploma from the Gemmological Institute of America and is currently completing a degree with the London School of Journalism.

Commenting on the appointment, Matthew Girling, Director of Jewellery at Bonhams said: “I am delighted to announce the appointment of Kirsten Everts, as an additional member to Bonhams International Jewellery team. Kirsten, who will be based full-time in Paris from September 2007, has considerable previous auction experience and has worked in the jewellery industry in both London and Geneva. She will be responsible for developing Bonhams business in Europe and will be regularly visiting our offices in Amsterdam and Brussels.”

She describes her career highlights as contributing to de GRISOGONO’s launch of its “Icy Diamond” jewellery line which also includes the “Icy Autumn” jewellery line, both of which have done exceptionally well.

Kirsten comments: “It was very interesting to undertake from scratch the sourcing of these particular colours of diamonds which had not been used in jewellery design before. This was because they needed to be sourced within a specific colour range – ICY diamonds are a cloudy white/silver colour. Icy Autumn stones are generally of a dark cognac body colour with red, yellow and green overtones.”

PASSION FOR DANCE AND FLYING

Besides jewellery Kirsten also has two other great passions – dance and flying.

She set up a dance Foundation this year called Fondation pour l’Amour de la Danse. In Switzerland patrons include Yvette Chauvire (Prima Ballerina Assoluta of the Paris Royal Opera (paired with R.Nureyev in the 70s)) and Rafael Avnikjan (Ballet Master of the National Opera of Slovakia in Bratislava).

The company will be staging another performance in June 2008, says Kirsten, hopefully including Juliette Galstian the internationally renowned mezzo-soprano.

Kirsten never travels without her ballet slippers and is an active dancer where ever she goes.

Flying is another passion and she holds a Private Pilot Licence on Robin DR400, flying in France with the Annemasse Aerodrome. “I fly as much as I can and love the challenge.”

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