If you’ve ever wondered if that antique ring or necklace, piece of silver or designer watch could be of value, now’s the time to find out if you’re sitting on a summer windfall.
Right now, jewellery is soaring to success at auction and one woman with a wealth of knowledge on the subject is coming to Hampton Court Village this week.
TV personality Kate Bliss will be offering free valuations of jewellery, watches and silver at Hansons London valuation office, 77, Bridge Road, Hampton Court Village on Friday, July 20, from 11.30am-4pm.
Kate, a familiar face on TV programmes like Bargain Hunt and Flog It!, has uncovered numerous treasures over the years which have gone on to make hundreds, or even thousands, of pounds at auction.
In recent days, Hansons London has uncovered a fabulous necklace awash with diamonds and a large central aquamarine gem stone together some eye-catching gold, diamond and enamel Fabergé cufflinks. Both could easily sell for thousands and our experts are assessing the necklace as it, too, could be Fabergé.
Inevitably, high quality makes such as Fabergé and Cartier are highly sought after and if the item has its original box all the better.
Designer watches are also in demand - prestigious brands such as Rolex, Jaeger Le Coultre, Vacheron Constantin De Bethune, Breitling, IWC and Harry Winston. To give you some idea of what can be achieved, an IWC gold Portugieser perpetual calendar wristwatch made £12,000.
When it comes to fine silver, demand is rising for Eastern silver. That’s because wealthy Chinese and Indian people are keen to buy back their heritage, a fact which is increasing auction prices.
In a recent Hansons’ sale, an Indian silver, heavily embossed three-piece tea set, purchased in 1946, sold for £520. Period silver was also popular with a William IV silver ink stand selling for £720.
Jewellery highlights included a Georgian rose cut diamond and amethyst ring inscribed ‘Hannah Handley, July 1740, Oct 66’, offered together with an 18ct gold triple-diamond ring, which sold for £1,200.
Kate Bliss will be at Hansons London valuation office, 77, Bridge Road, Hampton Court Village, KT8 9HH, on Friday, July 20, 11.30am-4pm. No appointment necessary. To find out more, email [email protected] or call 020 8979 7954.