The history of the pieces I’ve been instructed to sell never ceases to astound and delight me; be it inherited jewellery, bank collections in London where I’ve sold fabulous diamonds alongside gold jewellery or just a single piece of vintage or modern jewellery. The charming ladies and gentlemen I’ve met over the years are just as joyful as the stories they’ve told me, all of which are fascinating. That’s why I love my profession. Reflecting on some of my gratefully received reviews makes me feel very touched and proud of the comments received. Many reviews shown have been about research, selling or being instructed to sell high end vintage or diamond jewellery whether it be diamond rings, diamond cluster brooches or fine diamond Riviere necklaces, one of the most popular and enduring styles of necklace to come out of the Georgian period. Over the many years I’ve sold exquisite pieces of gold and platinum jewellery ranging from classic Cartier to modern Kutchinsky to a single bar brooch! All of these are still sought after by collectors however high or low in value.
An example is of two delightful ladies from Surrey who contacted me August 2017
The above clients contacted me by phone requesting a meeting, they drove down to Sussex to visit me at my office where they instructed me to sell their diamond and gold jewellery privately. I researched and appraised the items and they were absolutely delighted with the overall sale.
I’m going to share some further details on one of the pieces I sold on their behalf which was a bangle: (permission given by the client); to be precise: a late Victorian oval hinged rose hollow double bangle with an old cut diamond set crossover top section set with a cultured pearl centre.
The colour of the diamond was 1-J, the clarity was VS/S1 and the cut was “old cut” and “rose cut”, the pearl was light cream in colour, the lustre – medium and the gold bangle itself was 15ct yellow gold – not hallmarked, the weight was 20.9 grams. I sourced a private collector, much to the delight of my clients and shown below is the bangle and their review.
I can't thank Vernon enough, and would certainly recommend him to anyone considering the sale of jewellery and antiques.
After trawling the internet for information on the best way to value (and ultimately sell) a number of items of jewellery that were left to me by my late mother, I found myself at a complete impasse - High street jewellers wished to charge a set fee for a valuation on each item, which could easily have exceeded the eventual sale values. Feeling rather lost, I happened across Vernon's website and contact details. Sending a message, resulted in a swift and courteous telephone reply from Vernon. We had an extremely helpful conversation, which left me in no doubt that Vernon's knowledge and expertise would be invaluable in assisting me with the sale of the jewellery. I travelled from Berkshire to Vernon's office on the outskirts of Brighton, and had a delightful meeting with the man himself and his lovely colleague Hayley. During the meeting Vernon was very honest and concise, and I elected to have him sell the jewellery, which he did over the course of the following 10 days. I consider myself very lucky to have happened across Vernon, when other avenues appeared to be unsuitable for my particular situation. I can't thank him enough, and would certainly recommend him to anyone considering the sale of jewellery and antiques.
Alastair Summers, Berkshire - August 2021
He is a man of his word and he delivered all that he promised!
"We were bequeathed extremely high end diamond/ gold jewellery and signed pieces and approached top jewellers and auctioneers (being somewhat out of our depth and new to the selling procedure for appraisals/ valuations). However, before selling, we felt we needed another appraisal and contacted Vernon - what good fortune that was! After asking him to sell our jewellery, We received excellent service, a far better return than expected and all with no hidden charges. From beginning to end, he was attentive and reassuring. He operates in a friendly, hospitable way which made doing business with him a pleasure. He is a man of his word and he delivered all that he promised!"
Lynn D - Surrey
Gold effects fine sale
"My gold goblet and other gold jewelers was classed as scrap. However after visiting Vernon he achieved fine prices as individual items from collectors he sourced, and secured far above other quotes. Excellent conclusion for me, and sales concluded privately confidentially. Would recommend without question."
Tim S - 22 May 2019
Antique diamond jewellery
Vernon and his colleagues were exceptional in their valuation of our collection of antique diamond jewellery, valued well in excess of £100,000. We were amazed with the depth and breadth of Vernon's knowledge. His valuation was quick but incredibly thorough and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to others. We were delighted to get the same high level of service that could be expected from a high end London jeweller, but in Brighton! Many thanks Vernon.
Katie - August 2020
I would not hesitate to use Vernon again in the future and highly recommend his services
After trawling the internet for hours trying to find the best way to have my jewellery valued and sold I came across Vernon Ward. Vernons service was fantastic from start to finish. He valued and sold my Gold & pearl Victorian necklace and a gold bangle and kept me fully informed through the whole process. I knew instantly that I had gone to the right person. I would not hesitate to use Vernon again in the future and highly recommend his services.