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Nelson memorabilia in demand at auction with hair lock and shipwreck furniture smashing estimates

A brooch containing a lock of hair from Horatio Nelson (1758-1805) and a bookcase made from the wreck of Nelson’s former flagship HMS Foudroyant have both been snapped up at auction.

Fly Earrings

The buyer's guide to jewellery with coloured gemstones

Gems are stones or minerals, deemed precious, semi-precious or fine and ornamental and are found in many types of jewellery.

Diamond scarf clip by Cartier

What to look out for when buying jewellery at auction

More and more people are discovering the benefits of buying jewellery at auction. Free from high street mark-ups, ‘pre-loved' jewels by luxury designer names are priced at a fraction of the cost of buying a similar brand new item.

Tiffany Heart Bracelet

What to look out for when buying Tiffany

Jewellery brand Tiffany & Co was founded in 1837 in New York by 25-year-old Charles Lewis Tiffany and John Young.

diamond floral cluster ring

An expert's guide to buying diamond rings

A large array of diamond rings are regularly offered at auctions on

Diamond ring

Jewellery, watches, silver, art and ceramics – the full auction mix at Lockdales

The upcoming sale at Lockdales taking place on June 8-9 features over 1000 lots across a wide range of areas.

Art Deco diamond brooch

What to look out for when buying brooches

Perfect for a special occasion as well as everyday wear, brooches are both stunning pieces of jewellery and ever-popular fashion accessories.

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Find jewellery to ‘ADORE’ at auction

Victorians would plant messages in their jewellery, organising the stones in a ring to spell words. For example, taking the first letter of amethyst, diamond, opal, ruby and emerald spells ‘adore’, so the precious stones would be set in that order.

Cartoer Star Brooch Noonans

The buyer's guide to Cartier

Cartier is one of the world's best-known luxury jewellery brands. Find out how to buy a piece for your own collection.

A gold owl brooch

Joyful jewellery: time to sparkle

Spring is a busy time for auctions and there are thousands of jewellery lots to browse. All the items we have picked out here come with three-figure estimates.