Vintage jewellery has seen a resurgence in popularity recently, which in turn has seen many pieces soar in value. Leading auction house Bonhams said in a Financial Times feature that the value of antique and period jewellery has increased by more than 80% in the past decade. Furthermore, vintage items are fetching prices are sometimes more than double what was expected of them pre-auction. Some of the most popular include Art Deco jewellery from the twenties and thirties seem to be highly sought after, followed by Belle Epoque jewellery from between 1890 and 1915.
However, many people are still unaware of the true value of their family heirlooms. The Telegraph relayed the case of a guest on the Antique Roadshow who was astonished to find that the bracelet she inherited from her mother-in-law was worth £150,000. The show’s presenter Geoffrey Munn explained that the item was an Art Deco piece, and that the likes of it has never been seen after the Second World War.