Proving Birmingham is Best!

As we move into an ever more digital world, isn’t it amazing that sometimes we still find a lot of comfort in a good old piece of paperwork? That could be in the form of a trusty paperback book, or in our case, a diamond certificate. 

Last month saw us offer two substantial diamond rings. One solitaire measuring approx. 2.40ct, the other with a principal diamond measuring approx. 2ct. Both were classic, modern engagement style rings, which I was certain would find a buyer.

Both rings were consigned to us with a diamond grading certificate, however, it was a laboratory I had not come across before and not all of the grading supplied matched up with my own thoughts as a diamond grader. Therefore, I decided to firstly offer the rings without any accompanying certificates. I quickly realised that our buyers were looking for a bit extra to confirm their grading and also (and perhaps more importantly nowadays), their natural origin. I decided to take them along to Birmingham Assay Office’s AnchorCert lab for a mini report. 

The following week they were ready for collection, I was over the moon to receive the news that they were indeed both of natural origin, a fact included on the mini report. The reports were photographed alongside the rings on our website and it was then time for them to face the music in the auction. 

After some very competitive bidding on the 2ct ring, the final hammer price was £4900. The 2.40ct ring sold for £3500. Both sales just proved that this extra time spent getting the certificates was well worth it as we achieved a brilliant result for our vendor. With so many buyers bidding at distance, the certificates provided them with the security to bid confidently.  

Additionally, we are now offering viewing on all jewellery, silver and watches. Visit our website to book a viewing time slot for our 13th November auction, we’ve got another fantastic collection! 

Until next time,


Jennifer Pardoe FGA DGA

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