You might not have to dig deep to find hidden treasures because they could simply be lying in your jewellery box, according to a leading Exeter auctioneer.

Bonhams is launching its annual Jewellery in June campaign next month, and this year’s theme is, What’s in the Box?

The auction house says many valuable jewels and gemstones in Exeter are simply set aside in jewellery boxes and are rarely worn due to changing tastes and lifestyles.

There are also many individuals or families who inherit jewellery are unsure what to do with it and it often remains untouched for years.

On Thursday, June 23, people in the region are being invited to visit Bonham’s at The Lodge in Southernlay West, Exeter, to seek advice from the auction house’s experienced jewellery specialists to gain up-to-date market valuations either by bringing the items or showing a picture of the jewellery.

Valuations will be by appointment only, and will be confidential and on a no obligation basis.

According to Jean Ghika, Head of Jewellery UK and Europe at Bonhams, now is a good time to get jewellery valued. She says: “Many people are paying high premiums to insure pieces that are rarely, if ever, worn. They are either sitting in a jewellery box at home or in a bank.

“Given a number of high street banks are currently abandoning or relocating their safety deposit services, now is an opportune time to get an up-to-date market valuation.”

She added: “Recently, a gentleman sought Bonhams’ advice with his family legacy of 88 pieces of period jewellery dating from the late 19th century to the 1930s. The extraordinary collection had been relegated to a safety deposit box without the family realising the pieces had increased significantly in value.”

The final sale total exceeded £1m.

For more details about Jewellery in June visit or to book an appointment call 01392 425264.

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