Georgina Southam MIRV FGA DGA BA (Hons) will be at Richard Winterton Auctioneers in Church Street from 9am-4pm on Wednesday, March 8.

Midlands gemmologist offers jewellery valuations and probate advice at Tamworth

A LEADING light in the jewellery industry is coming to Tamworth to offer free valuations at the town’s auction rooms.

Georgina Southam MIRV FGA DGA BA (Hons), pictured, will be at Richard Winterton Auctioneers at 34-35 Church Street from 9am-4pm on Wednesday, February 15, with further sessions planned.

Gemmologist Georgina is a specialist in all types of jewellery, silver and other precious metals with professional expertise in probate and written insurance valuation services.

“I love all things gemmology related, especially learning the history behind a piece of jewellery – particularly heirloom pieces passed down generations,” she said.

“I’m looking forward to meeting more people in Tamworth and uncovering some real-life hidden treasures!”

With more than 15 years in the industry, and a previous chair of the Midlands branch of Gem-A, the world’s longest established provider of gem and jewellery education, Georgina has also been recognised by the Academy of Valuers for her hard work and dedication.

People seeking specialist services such as probate or insurance valuations should telephone 01827 217746 to make an appointment at the Grade II listed town centre building.

For free auction estimates and advice, just drop in on Wednesday, February 15.

This gold Georgian multi-gem set ‘Giardinetti’ – Italian for small garden’ – ring is designed as a basket of flowers set with diamonds, amethyst, emerald and ruby. Discovered during a routine valuation, the ring sold at auction for £1,450.
This gold Georgian multi-gem set ‘Giardinetti’ – Italian for small garden’ – ring is designed as a basket of flowers set with diamonds, amethyst, emerald and ruby. Discovered during a routine valuation, the ring sold at auction for £1,450.

“The auction market remains strong for jewellery and timepieces of all kinds, from Victorian gold to modern diamond sparklers,” said watch specialist Ben Winterton.

“Sometimes people are gifted items or they find an heirloom they had half forgotten about and it’s always a good idea to get such jewellery checked by a professional.

“Discovering something you thought was worth £5 is actually worth £5,000 is a pretty special moment!”

He added: “Or perhaps you have some old jewellery you no longer wear – they may not be to your taste any more but they will certainly be to someone else’s.

“That’s the perfect position of auctions – the items always go to a good home.”

People can also leave items for valuations or direct consignment at the Church Street premises throughout the week.

Free home visits for bulky items and large collections or to discuss quotations for full or partial house clearances are also available.

Email tamworth@richardwinterton.co.uk or telephone 01827 217746.

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