Samantha Dunn-Davies MRICS FGA DGA

Jewellery & Watches Specialist, London

Samantha, one of the Bellmans' Jewellery & Watches specialists, is based at Bellmans central London office in Brook Street, Mayfair, where she arranges valuations all over London, from jewellery to Old Master paintings. Samantha has over 20 years’ auction house and industry experience: she is a qualified diamond grader, and a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain. A Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Samantha served on the Arts and Antiques Faculty Board from 2003 until 2011.

She headed the Valuations team for a Jewellery and Fine Art finance company for ten years before joining Bellmans. Prior to this she was a valuer at Bonhams, specialising in jewellery. A keen interest in textiles early in her career gave her responsibility as Head of the European and Oriental Costume and Textiles Department for the Bonhams Group after which she became Head of Sales for European Costume and Textiles at Christie’s.

During Lockdown, Samantha discovered Yoga and is now a great advocate as well as enjoying walks with her family.

Career Highlight: Valuing a 16th Century Sheldon Tapestry, one of only four tapestry-woven maps commissioned in the late 1580s by Ralph Sheldon (1537–1613).

Fantasy Discovery: a jewellery hoard lost for centuries.