I’ve been fortunate to have held a wide range of roles within the jewelry industry throughout my 10+ year career, including at museums, in production at a designer jewelry company, for a family-owned retail store in Chicago and I also spent several years inspecting and valuing jewelry at an auction house.
As you can tell, I love learning, growing my skills and exploring, and spend my spare time visiting museums, traveling and being in nature.
I have been passionate about jewelry my entire life. Growing up I got a thrill helping my mom pick out jewelry from her jewelry box, and I have always loved searching for Petoskey stones in Lake Michigan.
I earned my BA in Art History from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania and spent my junior year abroad in Bologna, Italy. I was captivated by how styles in art and design reflected what was going on in the world at that time; how objects can portray so much more than what it seems.
I then received my MA from Parsons/Cooper-Hewitt in NYC, where I studied American and European Jewelry from 1850 to 1950 and American Silver from the same period.
To date, I’ve also completed the Graduate Gemologist, Graduate Pearls and Applied Jewelry Professional degrees from GIA. I am a Candidate Member of Appraisers Association of America (AAA) and a member of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA).
Hana Thomson is passionate about uncovering what’s unique about jewelry, watches and other objects, and developing engaging and compelling descriptions that capture the fascinating story and notable features of a piece or collection. She contributes her research and storytelling expertise to auction houses, collectors, the media, bloggers and others seeking to learn more about a piece or collection.
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