FOUNDER OF FINE JEWELLERY COMPANY
Josephine’s 19-year career began in antique jewellery. After studying gemmology, she moved into the world of contemporary jewellery at two of the world’s most prominent fine jewellery houses, Graff and Cartier. In 2004 she established Josephine Daniel Fine Jewellery, specialising in bespoke high commissions and diamond and gem-set collections. In 2009 she designed and presented a range of silver and gem-set jewellery exclusively for the QVC home shopping channel.
Why is Josephine involved?
‘When my mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, aged 59, I remember one of my first shocked reactions was, ‘What is ovarian cancer?’. Although I was an adult woman, I had literally never heard of it. The Royal Marsden was outstanding throughout her treatment. However, at the time, the treatment was quite standard for ovarian cancer – and it was gruelling. I believe Dr Banerjee’s research is such a promising move towards a more personalised approach, improving survival rates and quality of life for women with gynaecological cancers.
My mother and I were both unaware that the symptoms she had been experiencing were typical of the disease, yet they were ignored and misdiagnosed for over three years. Sadly, when it was discovered, it was advanced – and after an eight-year battle she passed away.
My mother’s story was not an unusual one: quite the contrary. Women of all ages should be fully aware of the gynaecological cancers and, most importantly, their typical symptoms, which are often the only way they can be detected. We must raise awareness now. Women need to understand their bodies and recognise any signs in the hope that problems can be caught earlier and chances of survival improved.’