Watch out, there’s a Humphery about

There are companies who ask you to send your gold to them and they will send you cash by return. I am not saying they are good or bad, but once you have sent your possessions to them, it is hard not to accept their price!

The other day my wife and I went to Bonhams to put some of my wife’s jewellery she inherited into auction. Two of the items weren’t collectors pieces and the lady at Bonhams recommended a company in Hatton Gardens. She said they buy old gold and melt it down. She indicated the chain and plaque and said they’d probably pay £250 for that and around £50 for the brooch.. We took her advice of course – I say, of course as one respects a company such as Bonhams – and went to Cookson Exchange, at 49 Hatton Garden.

We were pleasantly surprised at our visit to Cookson. They seemed a genuinely good company and were at the end of Hatton Garden away from the very commercial shops which didn’t give us any confidence when we saw them. And instead of Bonhams’ guess of £300, we received over £500. They didn’t like the idea of going through the paperwork to raise a cheque and insisted in paying us in cash.

So beware of postal selling, if gets awkward if you don’t like their price. With Cookson, if you don’t like the price you can just walk away.

This is a public service blog.

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Home jewellery event next weekend

Our “proof-reader, leaflet manager and restaurant critic” David Lewis’s wife, Rosemary, is holding a summer extravaganza sale of her lovely jewellery. I say lovely as my wife is standing over me and has bought many items! But it’s not difficult to be positive about her creations, and I have no fear that my journalistic integrity is intact!

The dates and times are: Saturday 17th July and Sunday 18th July, 10:00am to 5:00pm.

The place is: 37, The Grove, N3 1QT

The cost of each of these one-of-a-kind pieces of handmade items are: Necklaces are either £25 or £35, Bracelets up to £12.50 and Earrings are £7.50.

If you have any broken pieces of jewellery hiding at the back of a drawer, bring them along and see if you qualify for a free repair.

RSVP or telephone Rosemary on 020 8349 0404

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There’s a (few) humphrey(‘s) about!

The following warning came from the Barnet Council Neighbourhood Watch boss, Paul Hammond:

A new angle from our old friends at SAS Fire and Security. They are cold calling saying that they are working with Barnet Crime Prevention week and the lucky householder has been selected for a free alarm.

On this occasion they were unlucky as the recipient had received our warnings.

There is no Barnet Crime Prevention week and this is another scam.  However there is light at the end of the tunnel, but more of that when we can say a little more.

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