Have you discovered any treasures hidden in your jewellery box during the lockdown tidy? If so, specialists at Bellmans Auctioneers are ready to help you value and sell your jewellery
For many, this year’s spring clean was rather more thorough than usual, with us all being stuck at home. If your clear out led to some surprising discoveries in cupboards – and, perhaps, jewellery boxes – then there could be an opportunity to raise some funds by taking it to auction.
Initially there were concerns that these unprecedented times might lead to a slow down in the auction market, but Bellmans – one of the largest auction houses in southern England with a London office and salerooms in Sussex and Winchester – has achieved some exceptional prices for jewellery and watches.
Innovation is one of Bellmans key selling points. The recent launch of BellmansLive has meant that, even more UK and international bidders can buy from the comfort of their homes.
As a result, Bellmans Winchester saleroom recently sold a natural pearl necklace for £8,500, receiving interest from the trade to collectors from Mumbai to Dubai.
What’s more, with gold prices at a record high and gemstones such as emeralds, rubies, sapphires and pearls becoming even more popular at auction, why not have a look in your jewellery box and see if there’s anything special hidden beneath that old string of pearls?
Famous jewellery makers are always an auction favourite, and Bellmans specialists will help you find out more about the maker and history of your items.
A recent highlight was a small 1970s brooch designed by Andrew Grima, one of the foremost modern jewellery designers of the 60s and 70s, with fans ranging from The Queen and Princess Margaret to fashion icons Miuccia Prada and Marc Jacobs. The brooch sold for £1,900 at Bellmans Sussex saleroom.
‘Gold prices are at a record high and gemstones such as emeralds, rubies, sapphires and pearls are becoming even more popular at auction’
So how does it work? Bellmans’ Samantha Dunn-Davies is a jewellery and gemmology specialist with in-depth knowledge of design, designers and history and will arrange for an examination of your items. She offers free advice on single items all the way up to full collections.
Naturally, in these times, the health and safety of customers is of the highest priority, and Bellmans has measures in place to make valuation safe. You can do an initial jewellery valuations from the safety of your home by sending images by email or by booking a virtual appointment.
If you’d like to meet Sam in person, you can book an appointment at Bellmans’ London office or even arrange a home visit. Strict Covid-secure regulations are in place to ensure your safety.
So if you’ve found something in your spring clean, why not consign those forgotten pearls or gems to auction? You could even use the money to bid for those diamond stud earrings you have always wanted!
Bellmans is currently looking for jewellery for the autumn auctions. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the London office on 020 7993 5275, the Sussex saleroom on 01403 700 858, or the Winchester saleroom on 01962 861 789
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