Leslie Hindman Auctioneers
  • 28-Dec-2017 to 26-Jan-2018 (CST)
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers (LHA) is looking to add a Specialist in Fine Jewelry and Timepieces who is a self-starting, highly motivated, experienced professional to focus on building long-term client relationships with private collectors, institutions and industry contacts. The goal of this position is to grow LHA's business in Fine Jewelry and Timepieces by obtaining consignments for auction to meet and exceed annual sales goals. This position will report to the Director of Fine Jewelry.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Act as the senior contact for client inquiries regarding appraisal services, consignments, and auction, negotiation of terms and explanation of the auction process relating to Fine Jewelry and Timepieces
  • Proactively develop new opportunities to grow and maintain the volume of transactions with top dealers, institutions and private collectors
  • Responsible for all diamond work associated with the evaluation of property for auction including gemology carat weight calculation, grading, cataloguing consigned property, researching authenticity, provenance, and reviewing client inquiries to determine sale potential
  • Research and catalogue property for auction with the goal of assigning auction estimates, also valuing property for IRS (estate tax, gift tax, donation, etc.) and insurance appraisals
  • Collaborate with other departments to develop strategies to reach new potential consignors and ensure seamless client service
  • Work with other senior specialists to promote the auction by helping clients at auction previews, speaking to clients about the property, developing, tracking and communicating client interest in lots and executing bids at auction

Successful Candidate will possess:

  • Graduate Gemologist (required) with a minimum of 5 years of experience in the Jewelry Industry; experience with diamonds, colored stones, signed jewelry
  • 5 years of appraisal experience
  • Direct hands-on experience with current market pricing of gemstones
  • Working knowledge of contemporary, antique and vintage jewelry a plus
  • Strong sense of professionalism; excellent communication and client service skills
  • Proven ability to initiate new business
  • Some travel required

Compensation is market-based and commensurate with the candidate's experience.

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