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Fine Jewels & Timepieces

Founded 40 years ago, Leonard Joel’s Fine Jewels & Timepieces department leads the market in Australia with regular, curated auctions in Melbourne.

These curated auctions feature diamonds, coloured stones and pearls as well as antique, modern and contemporary jewellery and rare timepieces.

Our highly experienced team of specialists, who are all certified gemmological and diamond technicians, value and offer over 15,000 pieces at auction every year.

Their extensive expertise, combined with a highly personalised client service, provides an unrivalled auction experience for sellers and buyers of jewellery and watches in Australia.

Upcoming Auction

Thursday 14 December 2023

Fine Jewels & Timepieces Auction Highlights

Fine Jewels & Timepieces Specialists

Bethany McGougan
Head of Fine Jewels & Timepieces


​Bethany has years of auction experience across various disciplines including Jewellery, Luxury, Collectables and Old Masters/British paintings. After completing a Master​'​s degree in Art History at the University of Edinburgh, Bethany worked at Sotheby’s London, joining Leonard Joel in 2015, acquiring both gemmology and diamond grading qualifications. Bethany has been head of the Jewellery department since 2020.

Bethany has a particular interest in antique and mid-century jewellery pieces.

Patricia Kontos
Senior Jewels & Timepieces Specialist


Patricia Kontos joined Leonard Joel in 2021 and has substantial auction industry experience in Australia and overseas serving as Deputy Director at Sotheby’s and Senior Specialist at Christie’s. Patricia was instrumental in establishing the success of the jewellery and watch department for Sotheby’s in Australia. She has presided over a number of important sales and counts as her consignment highlights the sale of Rolex Daytona ref 6263 which holds the Australian auction record for a watch sold at auction, and a rare Rolex “Pulsometer’ Daytona ref 6239 which sold at Sotheby’s Geneva for in excess of AUD $1 million.

Patricia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Melbourne, is a fellow of the Gemmological Association of Australia, and has a passion for watches.

Now consigning for auction. Submit items for online valuation here or contact us to book an appointment.


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