PHILADELPHIA — Freeman’s announced two new appointments to its jewelry and watches department: Lourdes Winnick and Samira Mazloom.
Freeman’s has chosen Lourdes Winnick to head of its department of jewelry and watches. Winnick brings two decades of hands-on jewelry experience to Freeman’s, including as a partner of two successful fine jewelry retail stores in Long Beach, California. A Southern California native with deep family roots in the Sonoran desert and the Riviera Nayarit, Winnick is the first Latin American woman to hold a department head title in Freeman’s 217-year history. Winnick is already re-envisioning Freeman’s luxury offerings, highlighting the work of local artisans alongside classic Swiss timepieces and platinum and gold period jewelry, two of her areas of specialization.
Samira Mazloom joins Freeman’s as a specialist in the jewelry and watches department, where she puts her gemology, marketing, advertising and business development skills and past experience to work in appraising, authenticating and evaluating works. As the third generation of jewelers in her family, Samira’s love for jewelry is instinctive; her initial involvement in the industry was accompanying her father as an interpreter on his business trips. Mazloom brings years of insight into mining, gem and diamond cutting and manufacturing to Freeman’s, and joins Winnick in bringing significant and fresh-to-market works to two standing series of Freeman’s sales: Jewelry and Watches and Luxe.
“I am thrilled to have the talent and insight of Lourdes and Samira as head of department and specialist in our jewelry and watches department,” said Freeman’s Chief Executive Officer Fraser Niven. “I have no doubt that their expertise will move the department forward by elevating both the buyer and consignor auction experience.”
Two back-to-back auctions scheduled for May 18 and 19 — Jewelry and Watches and Luxe: Boutique Jewels — will highlight both the expertise of the new hires and the department’s focus on luxury goods across categories.