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Jewellery and Watches

The Jewellery and Watches department currently holds a number of specialist jewellery and watch auctions within our sales each year, including our four Fine Art Sales.

Joan Lowther provides professional skilful advice and will accurately identify and value all precious stones and jewellery from the finest and most valuable gems to costume jewellery. The department has extensive experience and uses the most up-to-date technology, enabling them to provide accurate in depth opinions on works of any age and origin.

The Jewellery and Watches Department's specialised market knowledge enables Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood to consistently realise the best possible prices at auction for their clients.

Joan Lowther works from the South West Auction Complex at St Edmunds Court in Okehampton Street in Exeter, where she regularly sees clients with their jewellery items, but she also attends many of the valuation events we hold at venues across the Westcountry.

News and Articles

A Sapphire Diamond Three-stone Ring (FS34/404) offered in our April 2017 Fine Sale,
                    which realised £3,250. Lucy Marles, one of our jewellery specialists, reflects on how desirable sapphires are at auction with their connections to royalty and their association with romance. She concludes that the sapphire and diamond ring sold in a recent Fine Sale is a good example of what the market is seeking in terms of sapphire rings.
A Rolex Oyster Perpetual Wristwatch (FS34/213), which sold for £1,400 in 2017. Jewellery expert Lucy Marles looks at internationally renowned watchmaker Rolex and notes that wristwatches have become as much status symbols as they are devices to tell the time.
A Late 19th Century Graduated Diamond Riviere Necklace (FS34/348), which realised
                    £9,000 in April 2017. With diamond prices riding high, Lucy Marles, one of our jewellery experts, explains the difference between modern round brilliant-cut and old brilliant-cut diamonds.

Valuation Appointments

The Jewellery and Watches Department can arrange to visit you whether you are looking to sell your jewellery or would like an insurance valuation.


Joan LowtherJoan Lowther
Department Head

Jewellery and Watch Categories