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What an occasion for us at Staines-upon-Thames with over a thousand people turning up to have their items valued. It was wonderful to see so many people and we had a full team of experts present to handle the numbers. Alison, Robin, Simon and I were aided by Simon Valentine, Charles Newington and guest valuer Paul Martin of BBC Flog It! fame. The event was part of the town’s efforts to raise their profile, considering Staines competes for custom with towns like Eton and Windsor. The weekend showed a good increase in trade for nearby shops, so the scheme showed an immediate gain.

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  • Posted by Jonathan Riley

This weekend, 28th and 29th January 2017, we are holding two valuation days at St Mary’s Church in Putney. We will be in The Cromwell Room, St Mary’s Church, High Street, Putney SW15 1SN. The church is just the south side of Putney Bridge. We will be there from 11.00 am – 3.00 pm on Saturday 28th, and from 12.00 noon – 3.00 pm on Sunday 29th.

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  • Posted by Alison Cawley

The simple answer is yes, probably. But to understand why requires more of an explanation. The key point to consider is, could you describe your items from memory in enough detail to have them accurately replaced? Do you know their precise measurements, materials and embellishments? If no, then a valuation is strongly recommended.

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  • Posted by Simon Rufus
white gold platinum round brilliant cut diamond solitaire ring

As a firm of auctioneers and valuers, Grand Auctions deals mainly with two types of valuation. Auction valuations and insurance valuations. These two types of valuation can result in two wildly different values. One morning last week we had a client who wished to know the value of their diamond engagement ring. The ring was very attractive. It featured a round brilliant cut diamond of approximately 1.50 carats. The colour was good, around G or H on the Gemmological Institute of America’s colour grading scale. The clarity was also not bad. Around SI (slightly included) on the GIA clarity grading scale. The setting was pretty standard but the ring was very commercial and very saleable.

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  • Posted by Simon Rufus

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