The market for antique jewellery has, for a long time, been well established. The variety of stones, styles and fashions over the centuries makes it very easy to find something to love and there are buyers out there for almost anything. From Roman carved cameo rings all the way through history to Victorian memoriam brooches made with the plaited hair of loved ones. Anderson and Garland have always prided themselves on offering an eclectic mix of such pieces and find their items for sale in some of the unlikeliest places. “It is always worth rifling through costume jewellery,” says specialist Fred Wyrley-Birch, “just because it isn’t studded with diamonds and gems doesn’t mean that it isn’t valuable. I’ve found a Cartier Blackamoor brooch (sold for £2,000) and a carved hardstone cameo brooch (£2,500) as well as fine quality costume pieces, left forgotten or unknown in boxes of inherited jewellery waiting to be loved by someone new.”
There are of course the known names of Cartier, Van Cleef and Arpels, Tiffany, Boucheron, Coco Chanel, Rene Lalique, Castellani and many others that have been collected for years but there are new names that have started to become more and more collectable, spearheaded by the Norwegian and Danish enamel makers like David Andersen, Georg Jensen and Marius Hammer.