Silver & Jewellery Valuations & Auctions
Jewellery has always been a symbol of beauty, prestige, and wealth. Antique and collectable jewellery represents not only the craftsmanship of the past but also tells a story of different eras and cultures. As professional valuers of jewellery, Halls have witnessed the ups and downs of the antique and collectable jewellery market.
We are happy to advise amateur collectors and professional dealers alike. We offer RICS accredited jewellery appraisals for insurance, divorce or probate purposes and valuations and price estimates for those wishing to sell individual jewellery pieces or collections at our quarterly jewellery auctions held at our saleroom in Shrewsbury.
Jewellery Valuations & Appraisals
Valuing antique and collectable jewellery can be a complex process, but there are some essential factors to consider. Firstly, the quality of the materials used, such as the type and carat of the metal, the quality of the gemstones, and the condition of the item. Secondly, the period in which the piece was created, as some eras are more desirable to collectors.
Thirdly, the provenance or history of the piece can add significant value to the item. Finally, the popularity and demand for a particular type of jewellery can affect the value. It is important to seek the advice of a professional valuer when valuing antique and collectable jewellery to ensure that the valuation is accurate and reliable.
The valuation process for jewelry typically involves the following steps:
- Examination: A trained appraiser carefully inspects the piece to determine its age, condition, materials, and workmanship.
- Research: The appraiser researches the jewelry's history, manufacturer, and style to determine its rarity and importance.
- Comparison: The appraiser compares the jewelry to similar pieces that have been sold at auction or in the marketplace to determine its value.
- Assessment: Based on the examination, research, and comparison, the appraiser assigns a value to the jewelry, taking into account factors such as age, rarity, condition, and historical significance.
- Documentation: The appraiser provides a written report that details the jewelry's value, history, and condition. This report is important for insurance purposes and can also be used to sell the piece.
Collecting Jewellery From Different Eras
There are many different types of antique and collectable jewellery to collect, including Georgian, Victorian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and Retro. Here are some tips on collecting different types of jewellery:
- Georgian (1714-1837) – Georgian jewellery is characterized by its romantic and naturalistic designs. Pieces from this era were typically made of 18ct or higher gold, often featuring silver settings and rose cut diamonds. Georgian jewellery is delicate, and it is essential to ensure that the items are in good condition, as restoration can be expensive.
- Victorian (1837-1901) – Victorian jewellery is known for its elaborate designs and use of coloured gemstones. Pieces from this era were often made of 9ct or 15ct gold, with diamonds, emeralds, rubies, and sapphires. Victorian jewellery is generally more robust than Georgian pieces, and there are many beautiful pieces available to collectors.
- Art Nouveau (1895-1910) – Art Nouveau jewellery is characterized by its flowing lines and nature-inspired designs. Pieces from this era were typically made of gold, silver, or platinum, with gemstones such as opals, moonstones, and pearls. Art Nouveau jewellery is delicate and should be handled with care.
- Art Deco (1920-1935) – Art Deco jewellery is known for its geometric designs and use of bold colours. Pieces from this era were often made of platinum, with diamonds, emeralds, rubies, and sapphires. Art Deco jewellery is robust and can be worn on a daily basis.
- Retro (1940s-1950s) – Retro jewellery is characterized by its bold, sculptural designs and use of yellow and rose gold. Pieces from this era were often made with large gemstones, such as aquamarines and citrines, and were designed to be worn as statement pieces. Retro jewellery is robust and can be worn on a daily basis.
Famous Designers in the Antique and Collectible Jewellery Market
When it comes to antique and collectible jewellery, the work of certain designers stands out as particularly influential, innovative, and highly sought after by collectors. Here are ten of the most famous designers in this market:
- Cartier - Founded in Paris in 1847, Cartier is renowned for its high-quality jewelry, watches, and accessories. Their Art Deco and Art Nouveau pieces are especially prized by collectors.
- Tiffany & Co. - Established in 1837 in New York, Tiffany & Co. is known for their classic and timeless designs. Their signature Tiffany blue box has become a symbol of luxury and elegance, and their pieces are highly sought after by collectors.
- Van Cleef & Arpels - Founded in 1906 in Paris, Van Cleef & Arpels is known for their exquisite craftsmanship and innovative designs. They are famous for their use of colourful gemstones and their iconic Alhambra collection.
- Boucheron - Founded in 1858 in Paris, Boucheron is known for their unique designs inspired by nature and animals. They are famous for their use of textured metals and colourful gemstones, and their pieces are highly collectable.
- Lalique - Founded in 1888 in France, Lalique is known for their use of glass in jewelry design. Their pieces often feature intricate designs of birds, flowers, and other natural elements, and their jewelry is highly sought after by collectors.
- Fabergé - Founded in St. Petersburg in 1842, Fabergé is famous for their intricate and luxurious egg-shaped objects that were commissioned by the Russian Imperial family. Their jewelry pieces are similarly opulent and highly collectable.
- David Webb - Active in the mid-20th century, David Webb was known for his bold designs, use of vibrant colors, and sculptural elements. His pieces were popular with Hollywood celebrities and wealthy socialites.
- René Lalique - The founder of Lalique, René Lalique was a renowned Art Nouveau jewelry designer whose work often featured intricate designs of natural elements like flowers and insects.
- Harry Winston - Active in the mid-20th century, Harry Winston was known for his exquisite gemstones and classic, elegant designs. His pieces have been worn by many famous people, including Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor.
- Buccellati - Founded in Milan in 1919, Buccellati is known for their intricate and detailed goldsmithing techniques, often featuring floral or natural motifs. Their pieces are highly collectable and admired for their craftsmanship.