Dazzling jewels, designer watches and superb silver are being sought by a jewellery expert who could turn your unwanted items into a windfall.
Isabel Murtough, jewellery valuer at Hansons Auctioneers, will be visiting St Andrew's Church, Langar, Nottinghamshire, on Thursday, September 6, from 10.30am to 1.30pm to offer free valuations and support a good cause.
She said: "Valuations are free but people will be invited to make a donation to Vale First Responders, a fantastic charity which brings together a group of volunteers to help save lives. The team provides vital emergency medical support."
"I hope people will support this great cause and take advantage of the free valuations. We make some amazing finds at events like this, which net their owners thousands of pounds at auction.
“Jewellery is hugely sought after and can fetch impressive figures when the hammer falls and yet many people leave forgotten items languishing in drawers or on dressing tables. Others are forced to keep expensive items permanently locked away in bank vaults, so can’t enjoy them.
“An auction offers people the chance to turn their jewels into cash or, perhaps, sell something they’ve grown tired of and upgrade it for a spectacular auction buy.
“We sell beautiful pieces, including antique and vintage finds, and items from top makes like Faberge, Cartier and Liberty.
“We hold jewellery auctions every month and extra special finds go into our Fine Art jewellery auctions, the next one being on September 27. Entries close for that on September 7 but remain open for our Christmas Fine Art Jewellery Auction.
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“In our Summer Fine Art Auction, a favourite lot among an important collection of antiquity rings, was lot 20, a Greek Hellenistic 4th-1st century BC gold ring set with square, round and tear shaped garnets. The skill and craftsmanship demonstrated from such an early date was astonishing. It sold for £3,600.
“Another gold ring which ignited interest was lot 29, a rather risque ring, Roman in origin from the 2nd-3rd century AD. It included a carnelian intaglio depicting ancient Greek goddess of love Aphrodite with a rather cheeky subject matter. It was a hit with avid collectors of this period as it sold above estimate for £2,200
“We also had a beautiful array of hat pins from a large private collection, with a myriad of styles from makers including Charles Horner.The highlight, lot 70, two Japanese large Satsuma hat pins, soared to £1,000.
“Lot 123 was a stunning Art Nouveau enamel, gold and amethyst pendant, which made £220 while lot 140, an alluring Edwardian opal and diamond pendant brooch, was contested to £2,300.
“Top quality makes are desirable, such as lot 76, a Cartier Panther ring crafted from 18ct gold, emerald and onyx, which sold for £2,200. Also popular was lot 177, a gent's Cartier 18ct gold Tank Americaine chronograph wristwatch which made £2,500.”
Make a date?
Isabel Murtough will be St Andrew's Church Langar, Nottinghamshire, NG13 9HG on Thursday September 6, 10.30am to 1.30pm. Hansons in Heage Lane, Etwall, Derbyshire, also holds free jewellery valuations every Tuesday with UK expert David Byrne, 9.30am-4.30pm, and every Friday with Helen Smith, 10am-4pm. Entries invited for Hansons’ Autumn Fine Art Jewellery Auction until September 7. To find out more, email [email protected] or call 01283 733988.