Brits have an estimated £60m unwanted jewellery gathering dust in our drawers and attics. Pieces are set aside as a result of changing tastes or simply forgotten.
As a result, auction house Bonhams has launched Jewellery in June, inviting us to bring our treasures and family heirlooms to be valued confidentially and without obligation at events across the UK from Bury St Edmunds to Bath.
Finds from previous Jewellery in June campaigns include:
- A £20,000 diamond ring buried in a back garden
- An art deco brooch bequeathed to a young girl by her grandmother and considered ‘costume jewellery’ until it was valued and sold for £12,500
- A ring inherited from a randmother that was revealed as an ultra-rare Burmese unheated ruby which sold for £134,500
- And the owner of the vintage flower brooch pictured above was stunned to find out it was made by Cartier and worth £35,000.
Jean Ghika, head of jewellery in the UK and Europe at Bonhams, said: “Many people tell us they'd forgotten about a piece of jewellery that might have been handed down to them when an elderly relative passed away or that it has been sitting in a safe deposit box. A lot of people have no idea just how valuable these pieces could be.”
Jewellery prices have been rising in recent years as investors ignore stocks and shares in favour of more tangible commodities like diamonds, gemstones and collectible pieces. “Current market conditions for fine jewellery, most specifically period pieces, fine-coloured gemstones, diamonds and natural pearls, has never been stronger," advises Jean.
“This month, our team of jewellery specialists will be available to give confidential valuations, free of charge, on any piece of jewellery you may be considering for auction.”
Get it valued
- To find a Jewellery in June event near you click here
- For more information or to book an appointment with a Bonhams jewellery expert at one of its 20 regional offices, call 020 7468 8278 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bonhams has also created a short film to show you how easy it is to arrange a valuation. This can be viewed here.
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