Join our Head of Jewellery & Silver, Ruth davis FGA DGA, as she highlights a some the areas attracting attention of bidders across the world in the current auction market.
In times of economic uncertainty, the gold price rises, and right now it is very strong. This means that you might be surprised how much that collection of knotted 9ct gold chains languishing in the bottom of your jewellery box might actually be worth. Also, bold gold mid-century jewellery from the 1950s/1970s is very much in vogue right now, which added to the strong gold price, means that they are doing well at auction.
Signed jewellery by well knowns houses such as Cartier, Bulgari, Van Cleef & Arpels, Tiffany & Co. etc, are eternally popular, particularly when they are antique or vintage (though modern pieces are doing well too), and if you have their original boxes, that always helps them along.
Antique and period jewellery, particularly anything from the Art Deco period and earlier, is another area that is always popular at auction. Their craftsmanship, and the fact that they are now often one of a kind (you may see a similar design, but rarely something truly identical) makes them popular buys for clients looking for classic design and something with a more one-off charm.
A diamond accompanied by an independent laboratory report is often thought of as a ‘safe’ buy, particularly right now when it is harder for clients to view items in person. The report gives them an independent assessment of the quality of the stone, not provided by the auction house selling the piece, and allows clients to bid with confidence in that lot. Diamonds never go out of fashion, and there is always a demand for them at auction.
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