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A guide to online jewellery auctions in the UK

If you’d like to discover a hidden gem at auction but you’re not sure about the auction process, you’ll probably be interested to read that you can often bid online. Jewellery auctions in the UK take place every day so what jewellery should you be on the lookout for?
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Diamonds are a girl’s best friend

Diamonds are everyone’s best friend but jewellery with diamonds is normally extremely expensive, especially when bought new. If you’re in the market for an engagement ring, you’ll get a bigger diamond at auction. A ring from the past will also have more character than something from today, but antique jewellery doesn’t have to contain a diamond as rubies and emeralds are also much sought after.

Gems and pearls

When you’re looking at buying gems at auction, it’s important that they come with a laboratory certification which shows that the stones are untreated and natural. This is the same with pearls as natural pearls are worth thousands of times more than cultured pearls. Pearls should also come with certification saying they are natural. If not, then you should avoid buying them at auction.

Buying at auction

When you buy jewellery at auction always check the condition report. Buying from a reputable auction house is the best way of guaranteeing that you’re getting what you’re paying for. The old rule that you should see the product before you buy has now gone out of the window because of the high quality of images available. This means that online bidding is no longer a lottery.

Online bidding

If you’re willing to bid online, you open yourself up to auction houses throughout the world. This means that you have more choice, and the more choice you have the more chance there is that you’ll snag a great deal. When you’re about to spend major money on jewellery, you should be prepared to take your time and wait for the best possible deal.

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