ONE of Stroud Auction Rooms' young experts is celebrating her qualification as a jewellery valuer with Gem-A, the Gemmological Association of Great Britain.
Twenty-four-year-old Alexandra Bowkett, who is already a professional diamond grader, has become a Fellow of The Gemological Association, after passing the prestigious Gem-A examinations in London.
This internationally-recognised qualification makes Alexandra the most qualified full-time jewellery valuer at any auction house in Gloucestershire, and she now has the letters DGA, FGA, after her name.
But Alexandra is not just qualified to deal with expensive diamonds and gemstones. During her six years as Stroud Auctions' jewellery expert, she has dealt with some extremely large collections of Georgian and Victorian jewellery including cut steel, Berlin Iron Work and mourning jewellery. She is also enthusiastic about costume jewellery and often finds an overlooked item hidden in the collections she takes in for auction - much to the delight of the surprised vendors.
Alexandra, who is also training as a general valuer, says: "Although I am obviously delighted to have gained my FGA qualification, I am just as happy looking through costume jewellery as I am appraising a highly valuable diamond or gemstone."
Alexandra's specialist jewellery sales, held every three months at Stroud Auction Rooms, attract buyers and sellers across the globe. They are spectacularly popular and have increased from a few hundred lots to well over a thousand, taking up the whole first day of a three-day auction.
The next jewellery sale at Stroud is in June and if you have items you would like Alexandra to appraise, bring them into the Bath Road saleroom during one of the free valuation sessions every Friday (9am-5pm) and Saturday (9am-12.30pm).
For more information, ring 01453 873800