£6m of jewellery left to gather dust at home

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A national auction house will host a free jewellery valuation day in Sheffield tomorrow – after it was revealed forgotten jewellery worth an estimated six million is believed to be gathering dust in drawers and attics across the region.

According to Bonhams, millions of pounds of items are simply set aside and forgotten as a result of changing tastes. The revelation comes after a UK woman realised a dusty brooch she’d bought in a charity shop for £1.50 was infact a Cartier piece, which later sold at auction for £2,400.

Other incredible recent finds include a £20,000 diamond ring buried in a back garden and an art deco brooch bequeathed to a young girl by her grandmother and considered ‘costume jewellery’ until it was valued and sold for £12,500.

Jean Ghika, head of jewellery in the UK and Europe at Bonhams, said: “There are always amazing finds akin to the moment on Antiques Roadshow when someone is left quite literally speechless after being told their old pot is a priceless Ming Dynasty vase. Many clients are left items by an elderly relative and have no idea just how valuable they are.”

For a valuation appointment on Thursday call Simon Mitchell on 0113 2345755.