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Yesterday, a VIP Jewellery, Watch & Silverware Valuation Day took place here at Assay Office Birmingham. The new VIP valuation service was very well received and there was a great turnout for the Event Day.

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Carried out by highly qualified and experienced professionals, a Valuation In Person can be pre-booked and paid for via our dedicated website and will include a face to face appointment with the valuer on a specific valuation event day.


Craig O'Donnell VIP Valuer said:  “With the price of precious metals still remaining relatively high in comparison to where it was ten years ago, and fashion and rarity pushing the price of some vintage brands up rapidly, it is well worth knowing the replacement value of your most treasured personal possessions in case of loss, damage or theft." “We will do our utmost to put a fair assessment of value on an item but if all we have to go on is a photograph it is virtually impossible to determine the authenticity of an apparently rare watch, the quality of a large gemstone or the metal content of the article. These factors will make a significant difference to the value of the item and it is well worthwhile having them all properly recorded as part of a pre loss valuation, making any claim far more straightforward." Insurers are increasingly requiring policyholders to have up to date valuations of individual items valued at over a threshold varying between £1,500 and £2,500 but in fact a valuation is a worthwhile investment for any precious personal article as it offers verification and vital reassurance if any disaster should happen.

VIP Valuation Image

A VIP valuation provides full details of the metal, the hallmark if any, an assessment of the weight and quality of any gemstones and other relevant information such as the overall weight and dimensions of the piece.  All the information, accompanied by a digital image of the article is stored on a secure database, to be recovered at any time it is required in the future. Valuations can be provided for a number of reasons including probate, when the value of items has to be assessed on a very different basis from the retail price which applies for insurance. 

The next VIP Events here at Assay Office Birmingham will be held on:

 Tues 26th August, Tues 30th September,

Tues 28th October, Tues 25th November

Book your appointment today at

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  VIP Valuations are also available as a valuation in the post, which can be booked and paid for via our dedicated website prior to sending in by secure carrier for valuation. 


  For those customers with larger collections of items, Valuations in private can be arranged so that you can have your personal items valued in the comfort of your own home. The VIP Valuation service is provided by Assay Office Birmingham, an independent organisation founded by Act of Parliament, which has been protecting both the jewellery trade and the consumer through its statutory duty since 1773.  For more information visit or call 0871 423 7922 or email  



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