As a child, Olivia Collings became fascinated by the seventeenth century alchemist and jeweller Christopher Pinchbeck while visiting her grandfather's house Pinchbeck Hall, Lincolnshire, England. She bought her first piece of antique jewellery aged seven.

Olivia began her career as a costume designer for the theatre and then trained in an exclusive Bond Street antique jewellers before starting her own business in 1975. She is a member of LAPADA and is a well known and highly respected dealer and independent jewellery consultant in London and the United States.