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Re-opening for valuations
Re-opening for valuations

I’m sure we all agree that the past few weeks have been an unusual time for everyone, and as owner of Stroud Auction Rooms I am not used to having a great deal of spare time to take stock of things. However, as the restrictions on business begin to ease, and we can once again begin to offer the free valuations and advice we are well known for, I have taken on the vast majority of the work due to limiting the number of staff in the saleroom. So, it has fallen to me to value and catalogue a far wider range of items than I usually would, and while doing this I have realised just how important our team of specialist valuers really are. As a general auctioneer I have a good all-round knowledge of most items, but I very soon concluded that I will never know enough about every one of the huge variety of categories which our valuers cover. From a coin collection to a classic car, motorcycles to medals and militaria, guns, stamps, toys, watches, jewellery, vinyl records and more – Stroud Auctions are fortunate to have specialists in all these areas on whom I rely for their unbelievable knowledge and expertise. After concluding that they would do a far better job than I possibly can, I have decided to let the specialists take over and give our customers the service they have come to expect.

As things slowly return to normal we are looking forward to holding our usual monthly sales, beginning on 8th & 9th July, as listed in our auction calendar. Looking ahead, we have exciting consignments of toys, guns, medals, militaria and sporting items ready for our August 5th & 6th auction, including an exceptional private collection of air rifles, and the September sale on 9th & 10th of the month already has more than 750 lots of jewellery consigned and we can still accept a few more.

At the moment we are offering free valuations at our saleroom or in your own home, and if the government updates any of their guidelines over coming weeks then we may be able to return to the open valuation sessions everyone is used to, without the need to book. Home visits are currently very popular, and fortunately it has proved very straightforward to maintain social distancing and keep everyone safe.

Please remember that not all auction salerooms are the same, do make sure to have your items valued by a specialist before making a decision about selling them.

ONE of Stroud Auction Rooms’ young experts is celebrating her qualification
ONE of Stroud Auction Rooms’ young experts is celebrating her qualification

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

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