Abbeys Auctions has had a long association with fine jewellery, watches and all things gold and silver but tended to include these pieces into the well known monthly Collectables and Classics Auctions.
Over the last few months, the quantity and the quality of jewellery coming into Abbeys has increased to such an amount that it was decided that special jewellery auctions were necessary, and with that, the requirement for an expert to round out the jewellery auction team.
We were thrilled to have Julie Foster join us in July. Julie is a fully qualified Gemmologist (F.G.A.A), Advanced Diamond Grader, Diamond Technologist and Registered Jewellery Valuer with the National Council of Jewellery Valuers. She brings twelve years of auction house experience to Abbeys Auctions (formerly holding senior roles as Department Head and Senior Jewellery Specialist).
Having had a life-long fascination with gemstones and jewels, Julie’s expertise lies in the identification and market valuation of antique, vintage and modern jewellery, gems and time pieces, with a strong passion for diamonds.
Abbeys held a jewellery valuation day in July and were thrilled at the response. Many customers waited for well over an hour to have the opportunity to sit with Julie and find out more about their precious pieces.
When asked about the most interesting pieces valued on our valuation day, Julie replied:
“The valuation day provided exposure to a vast array of jewellery items both old and new. Some stand-outs were a beautiful diamond riviere necklace with diamonds graduating in size and totalling almost 4.0cts. Another fabulous piece was a Retro (1940’s – 1950’s) necklace with a foliate style centre panel set with aquamarines and seed pearls”.
“We had several great timepieces presented for valuation too, including ‘his and hers’ Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date wristwatches and a fabulous Maurice Lacroix automatic chronograph wristwatch accompanied by its own automatic watch winder.”
The next Fine Jewellery & Timepieces auction will be held on Sunday 22 August 2021 with viewing and bidding online from Wednesday 18 August.