|Bonhams, the British auction house, will be conducting complimentary jewelry appraisals throughout the U.S. and Canada during the month of June, for clients who wish to explore consigning items to auction, as part of their long-running "Jewellery in June" campaign.
Millions of dollars' worth of earrings, necklaces, bracelets and other pieces are simply set aside and forgotten as a result of changing tastes, according to Bonhams. The incredible finds reportedly range from a $2,629,000 rare, unmounted diamond found buried at the bottom of a safe deposit box in a bank in Canada, to a $317,000 gem-set, diamond and enamel 1925 Cartier brooch found tucked away in a closet in San Francisco.
Abeles adds, "These finds are found in many households, usually tucked away either with insurance or without, and almost never worn. With the Jewellery in June campaign, our specialists are poised and ready to assist, to discover these hidden treasures."
According to Susan Abeles, U.S. Head of Jewellery at Bonhams, "Current market conditions for signed estate pieces, coloured gemstones, fine coloured diamonds and natural pearls are very strong."
The company reports that hundreds of pieces of jewelry are valued for free every year with a view to sale by Bonhams during its long-running "Jewellery in June" campaign.