How Shopping For Jewellery At Auction Could Save You £££!Read More Well, you might want to buy it at auction! Not only a sustainable way to shop. You can also find beautiful, unique items for a much cheaper price. And no,… Post author By The Mum Club Post date 16 April 2021 How Shopping For Jewellery At Auction Could Save You £££! Looking for some fancy new jewellery or a swanky gift? Well, you might want to buy it at auction! Not only a sustainable way to shop. You can also find beautiful, unique items for a much cheaper price. And no, you don’t have to be David Dickinson to shop under the hammer. It’s actually SO easy to navigate. We caught up with jewellery specialists Fellows to find out how to become a pro – with no effort at all. And watch out for our giveaway details and the bottom of this article!! Why could it save me money? Familiar with how cars depreciate the minute you drive them off the forecourt? Well, the same rule applies to jewellery and some accessories. Buying a second-hand piece will get you a whole lot more for your money. Meaning you’ll be able to afford higher-value metals and gemstones. And if size is an issue, it can solve that too. Here are some of Fellows’ previous sales A ‘Loving Heart’ 18ct gold necklace by Paloma Picasso Tiffany & Co New: £785 Sold for: £306.00 Monogram Alma handbag Louis Vuitton New: £1.4k Sold for: £357.00 Sapphire and diamond cluster ring. New: £3-6k Sold for: £1k Vintage single flap handbag Chanel New: £5k Sold for: £1.1k Emerald and diamond ring New: £3 – 5k Sold for: 2k Shopping second-hand helps the environment Buying pre-loved items can save you money but it is also a more sustainable way to shop, as it means that no extra energy or resources have been used to make a new item. It’s especially appealing for those who feel guilty about splashing lots of cash on themselves. What better way to clear your conscience? How do I become a pro? Plain and simple – you don’t need to be pro. Ok, it’s worth doing a little bit of research into what you’re buying. Like you would do with anything. But if you’re completely clueless, then you can speak to the team at Fellows, tell them what you’re after, how much you have to spend, and they’ll advise you in the best possible way. *As Fellows aren’t a jewellery dealer, they have no vested interest in making you purchase a particular piece, so you can trust them wholeheartedly. How do you know how much to bid? A little bit of research into the item will give you a good indication of what the retail value is. Still, if that seems like too much hassle, then you can just head to Fellows, as they carefully assess each item they sell and mark it with an estimated value. Dates for your diary Mark these upcoming auctions in your calendar stat! • April 19th – Luxury Watch Sale – The perfect place to shop for a spectacular gift. • April 8th – Online Jewellery – A timed auction with a range of gold and silver jewellery, featuring designer names such as Bulgari, Gucci, and Tiffany & Co. (prices range from £100 – £1,000) • April 29th – Jewellery – Need something for a special occasion? Maybe your wedding? You’ll find pretty period pieces, innovative contemporary styles and designer jewellery from the likes of Bulgari, Cartier, and Chopard. (price range £1k – £5k) • June 7th – The Designer Collection – Hello luxurious handbags, shoes and accessories! You’ll find names such as Chanel, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Mulberry and Gucci. Can I see the items IRL? Yes! From April 12th, you will be able to view some of the items in Fellows’ Birmingham or London showrooms (mainly the higher price lots). Can’t get there? Or your item isn’t available to view? You can either study the high-resolution catalogue online, request more photos or book in for a virtual appointment. Private online appointments are great for those who want to know more about particular items at auction, and it’s a chance for you to ask the specialists any questions you have about the product or the process. Seen something you like? Book one HERE How do I know they’re real? At Fellows all items are checked and vetted by their in house gemmologists and horologists (aka watch people). And they even have handbag and designer collection specialists that check all of those items too. I want to buy a watch for my fiancé, but I have no clue where to start. Fussy partner? Yep, we know the one! Don’t fret. Just speak to the team at Fellows and give them a description of your htb’s jewellery tastes or a watch that he already wears, and they will offer up a set of choices to suit his style. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Searching for a particular item but can’t see it on-site? Fellows have got you! Their ‘lot alert’ service is a personal notification system that lets you know as soon as one of your keyword items comes on for sale. How brilliant is that? *Types… Chanel diamond-encrusted tote. Enters: partner’s email. Aaaand….send. Competition To Enter Fellows X TMC competition to WIN a £500 voucher to spend in one of their auctions click on THIS LINK. Also check out these Sale items on Jewellery & Designer bags now!