Meet the team who bring you The Jewellery Editor across all our channels, from Editor in Chief Maria Doulton to our many contributors around the world.
Christine is a founder of The Jewellery Editor. For 15 years she worked in the communication departments of Swiss watch house Jaeger-LeCoultre and Brazilian jeweller H.Stern before her fortuitous meeting with Maria. She was immediately attracted to the idea of creating an online magazine specifically dedicated to watches and jewellery. In 2010, The Jewellery Editor was born, with Christine at the commercial helm. Providing a unique insight into the glamour of the luxury world and the ever-changing world of technology in the industry continues to be a fascinating challenge to Christine.
After many years as a freelance journalist and editor specialising in watches and jewellery, together with Christine Pasquier, Maria founded The Jewellery Editor. Maria’s work appears in a wide variety of notable publications, including the Financial Times, Intelligent Life, Telegraph Luxury, Vanity Fair on Jewellery and other publications around the world. As a recognised authority in her area, Maria has acted as a design judge at important jewellery events, including the Las Vegas Couture Show and at Central Saint Martins in London. Maria first became interested in watches and jewellery when she lived in Mexico and was looking for a change from her job at corporate branding company Wolff Olins. She saw the need for a website focussed on high-end jewellery and watches and, with Christine, launched The Jewellery Editor in 2010.
Amy has always had a love of the creative world, and despite starting out at The Jewellery Editor as an editorial assistant, now works as the Social Media Assistant photographing and editing images, and managing the channels. Out of the office she enjoys sport and visual arts.
Despite her Scandinavian name, Åse has lived in the UK since the age of 10, save for a couple of years in the US and Ireland. She has more than 15 years of journalistic experience, specialising in the fashion and marketing sectors. Seven years ago Åse swapped fashion shows and store openings for school runs and coffee mornings to combine freelancing with looking after her three children. As a self-confessed ‘enthusiast of beautiful things’ she is excited to be writing for The Jewellery Editor, where every day brings another visual treat.
Claire has worked in luxury publishing for 17 years as a magazine editor with a focus on watches and jewellery, so she is an old hand at roaming the Baselworld and SIHH fairs, searching out pretty things. Claire joined The Jewellery Editor in 2013 and is in charge of sorting through the vast amount of news in the industry and deciding what is most relevant to our readers. She also commissions writers in all corners of the globe to keep you up to date with trends in watches and jewellery on an international scale.
As our newest member of the team, Julia joined The Jewellery Editor as Editorial Assistant straight out of university, where she studied English and creative writing. She is a part-time fitness enthusiast who enjoys reading fantasy novels, and came to us through her combined love of jewellery and online shopping.
As a journalist, Rachael has always specialised in retail but cut her teeth in the world of jewellery and watch writing at Emap's Retail Jeweller magazine seven years ago. Headhunted to be the founding editor of ITP's Professional Jeweller, she then went on to start up WatchPro magazine. Today, Rachael is a freelance writer specialising in watches and jewellery.
Luxury goods and lifestyle writer Rebecca began writing for the Financial Times in Mexico City in the early 1980s. Formerly the editor of the Tiempo de Relojes website, Rebecca joined The Jewellery Editor with a wealth of experience in watches. Based in Madrid, Rebecca makes a weekly commute to London to keep abreast of everything that is ticking in the watch world.
Following success at short film festivals across digital and celluloid formats, Sam studied film and video production at Thames Valley University. Since joining Bobbin Productions, Sam has filmed many videos with The Jewellery Editor and other international companies as well as directing various narrative pieces - including one in German!
Tom founded Bobbin Productions in 2012. Originally producing works of fiction, Bobbin has since developed relationships with several commercial partners, including The Jewellery Editor, to become a producer of online corporate and editorial content with some of the world's biggest brands and agencies, as well as supporting exciting emerging artistic and journalistic talent.
Amy Sessions is a style consultant and editor. She began her fashion career working on titles such as Harper’s Bazaar and the Sunday Telegraph, and has worked across international titles in London, New York, Australia and the Middle East. Amy also has a proven track record of launching successful online ventures such as www.boutique1.com. Amy is now based in London as Deputy Style Editor at the largest global online luxury retailer and also continues to contribute to a variety of international lifestyle titles.
Anthony is a freelance journalist who travels the world covering the international jewellery and watch industry for trade and consumer audiences. He owns and operates the Jewelry News Network blog and writes for publications in the US, UK and Asia, including Forbes.com and the Financial Times. For The Jewellery Editor, he writes about the latest in luxury jewellery and watches news from the US.
Avril Groom is an experienced writer on luxury goods, including jewellery, watches and fashion, who works for many top publications including the Financial Times’ How to Spend It magazine, Telegraph Time, Sphere magazine and JFW magazine. She finds the people in the business, and their stories, at least as fascinating as the beautiful objects themselves.
When Beth Bernstein tried on her first faux tiara at the age of six, she was hooked on all things sparkly. She has since been lucky enough to fulfill her passion by writing about fine jewellery. Beth has authored a memoir, My Charmed Life: Rocky Romances, Precious Family Connections And Searching For A Band of Gold as well as coffee table books, Jewelry’s Shining Stars and If These Jewels Could Talk: The Legend and Lore behind Celebrity Jewels. She has worked as a writer and contributing editor for various publications. Beth learned about the history of jewellery through hands-on training, working at the weekend for a Madison Avenue antiques dealer, then continued to study the sentiment and romance behind various time periods, which she now collects. She can be found at antique fairs, hunting rare finds and the stories the people and the pieces have to tell.
Charlie Byrne is a fashion, beauty and jewellery writer for The Times who also co-edits The Times Luxx Reports. Charlie is based in London and contributes trend stories and shopping features to The Jewellery Editor.
Francesca has been a freelance fashion and jewellery writer for over 20 years, originally working with The South China Morning Post in Hong Kong before returning to London and launching into the world of fashion and celebrity at Hello! Today she is a regular contributor on fashion and jewellery to the SCMP, Hello! the Australian and The Jewish Chronicle but finds herself increasingly immersed and enjoying the jewellery world as contributor to The Jewellery Editor.
Isabelle Kellogg's love affair with mega-carat jewellery began when she worked with Chopard in 1999 and took off when she joined De Beers US. After De Beers, she founded her own communications and branding agency to represent celebrity jewellers such as Martin Katz, and Italian jewellers such as Marco Valente and Giorgio Visconti. In addition, since 2002, Isabelle has been the Luxury Editor for jewellery and watches for Cottages and Gardens magazines.
Jordan Clary is a freelance journalist based in a small town near Reno, Nevada, who discovered her passion for jewellery while writing about gemstone mining in Southeast Asia. When she returned to the US, she continued to write and learn about gemstones, visiting mining areas in Mexico and throughout the western United States. And, of course, the final joy of learning about a gemstone is watching its transition into jewellery. She has written two e-books, From Mine to Market: Gems in Southeast Asia and A World of Pearls.
Author of 21st Century Jewellery Designers – An Inspired Style and a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain, Juliet Weir-de La Rochefoucauld began her career at Sotheby’s in London. Irish but based in France, she writes about jewellery and is working on her next book on the subject. Juliet’s great-grandfather, Thomas Weir, founded the jeweller Weir & Sons in Dublin, Ireland, in 1869, a company that is still run by members of the family.
Ken Kessler has been involved with watches for over 35 years, initially as a collector, then as a dealer in vintage pieces. The Editor-at-Large for Revolution (UK), his articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, GQ, Men’s Health, Top Gear, Esquire, Financial Times, FT How To Spend It, The Telegraph, The Times and over 100 other titles. His weaknesses include chronographs, military watches and diving watches, while other pursuits include music, literature and wine.
With five books on the subject under his belt and an avid collector of fine timepieces, Kristian Haagen lives and breathes horology. Contributor to countless print and online media around the world, consultant to the auction business and a loving father of two, travelling the world in search of the next story keeps Haagen busy.
In a family with zero tolerance for malingering, the only upside of sickness was a kind of jewellery therapy: being allowed to poke through my mother’s jewellery box to pass the time in bed. That led to a childhood fascination with the jewel and auction advertisements in Apollo Magazine, followed by studies in art history and, eventually, living in Milan and writing about beautiful things for Connoisseur, The Journal of Art and The Financial Times Weekend. My jewellery therapy has evolved since then, but nothing cheers and heals quite like a new bauble.
After more than a decade in luxury goods marketing, public relations and talent searching for a global firm, Marielle’s entrepreneurial spirit led her to follow her passion in gems and become a jewellery advisor. An expert in antique and contemporary jewellery, she has been a regular contributor to various international publications (Tiempo de Joyas, Canadian Jeweller, Ever, Cote Magazine) and, more recently, The Jewellery Editor for South America. Originally from Belgium, Marielle was born and raised in Mexico, has lived in the UK, Italy, France, the US and Canada, and now resides in Rio de Janeiro with her family. A GIA Graduate Gemologist and Registered Master Valuer from the California Institute of Jewelry Training, she also holds an International Relations degree from Tufts University.
Melanie Grant is a journalist based in London who has worked for The Times, the Guardian, The Economist, The Independent, the Financial Times and the BBC for the last 20 years. She is currently the Contributing Editor for jewellery at Intelligent Life.
Melissa is an international jewellery editor who writes for the magazines ADORE (Singapore) and STYLE by South China Morning Post. Her office's location has never prevented her from talking to luminaries in drastically different time zones such as Stephen Webster, Delfina Delettrez, Jack du Rose and Hervé Van der Straeten, but she regrets she does not live closer to Paris, the veritable jewellery box. Melissa has also worked as a branding consultant for some of the world’s most prestigious jewellers.
Paula Weideger, author, journalist, art and jewellery lover, is a New Yorker living in London.. Her writing about art, objects of art, antiques and jewels has appeared in many international newspapers and magazines. (photo by Kate Milford)
Preeta is based in New Delhi, India, where she dedicates the majority of her time to writing about fine jewellery for The Jewellery Editor, Solitaire Asia Pacific, Forbes India and more. A trained jewellery designer and a photographer in her spare time, her expertise in the world of fine jewellery helps her in her other role as jewellery consultant specialising in PR, branding and marketing.
Priti is an international lifestyle writer based in Bangalore, India. Her byline has appeared in The Christian Science Monitor (USA), The Women’s International Perspective (USA), The National (UAE), Anokhi (Canada) and Femina (India), among others. She enjoys contributing designer profiles and news features to The Jewellery Editor.
Rachel is The Jewellery Editor's US contributing editor, covering all the top news in the world's largest jewellery market, from the Hollywood red carpet to designer profiles to the latest trends at the Couture Show and JCK in Las Vegas. Nominated for the 2016 GEM Awards' Media Excellence prize by Jewelers of America, she is a regular contributor to the Financial Times and International New York Times. Other notable publications include Condé Nast Traveller, T Magazine and Hollywood Reporter. Rachel lives in New York, the heart of the American gem industry, and previously lived in Los Angeles and London.
Watch expert Robin is a regular contributor to the FT, The Times, Men's Health, Traveller, Wired, Square Mile and QP magazine. He also edits the specialist watch magazine Calibre.