Hid­den gems

Country Life Every Week - - Prop­erty News -

OVER the past decade, the hous­ing mar­ket has been sig­nif­i­cantly out­per­formed by that for jew­ellery, re­veals the lat­est re­search. Vin­tage jew­ellery has soared in value by more than 80%, whereas the av­er­age house price in Eng­land has risen by 47% dur­ing the same pe­riod.

As such, ac­cord­ing to Bon­ham’s, Bri­tons are sit­ting on mil­lions of pounds worth of de­signer jew­ellery, sim­ply be­cause they don’t know what it’s worth. Af­ter a num­ber of ex­tra­or­di­nary finds— in­clud­ing a brooch from a child’s dress­ing-up box that sold for al­most £10,000 and a ‘worth­less’ piece of cos­tume jew­ellery (above) go­ing for £68,500, af­ter it was dis­cov­ered to have been de­signed by Coco Chanel—the auc­tion house has launched a cam­paign, Mak­ers & Eras (www.bon­hams.com/mak­er­sanderas), with free val­u­a­tion days across the coun­try and ded­i­cated auc­tions. So for­get down­siz­ing and have a rum­mage!

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