Guarding the Crown Jewels

PUBLISHED: 05:57 06 April 2015

The Diamond Diadem

The Diamond Diadem


Your treasured possessions may not include a crown or tiara, but they will be worth safeguarding whatever the cost, says James Hawkins of the Gold Shop at Diss.

While serving with the Grenadier Guards, I have on more occasions than I care to remember, been part of Her Majesty’s Main Guard, The Tower of London, guarding the Crown Jewels and being part of the ceremony of the keys.

With every Englishman’s home his castle, equal importance should be placed on your treasured possessions. Everyone’s individual processions are priceless to them, either by monetary or sentimental value. So how can we safeguard them to the greatest effect?

Being a member of the British Jewellery Association and close trade connections with the jewellery quarter in Hockley, Birmingham, we became involved with the Gold Standard which working alongside police commissioners’ attempt to prevent any stolen items being passed illegally direct to the trade.

Apart from making your home as secure as you possibly can, a good tip would be to take pictures of all your items and in the case of jewellery take pictures of you wearing the items for proof of ownership for the insurance companies. Collate all images along with the best description you can of the item, detail any serial numbers together with any valuations and then keep these records with family or friends at a different address. In the event of any items being lost, misplaced or stolen you have a detailed record of the items for both the police investigation and the insurance claim.

Sgt Claire Burgess from the regional priority crime team adds: “The more information we can gather the likelihood of retrieving the stolen items. The Gold Standard is an excellent scheme to alleviate the selling on of any stolen items”.

The customer can be reassured that any jeweller displaying the Gold Standard sells only legal pre-owned jewellery.

During the year at venues in Diss, Bury St Edmunds and Norwich, Juels’ Limited intends to hold free valuation days for any treasured possession. A full description will be obtained and catalogued, and individuals will be given a fully certified valuation certificate that contains a picture of the item as well as current replacement cost. All details will be collated and stored with Sgt Burgess and the crime team stationed in Bury St Edmunds. For valuations on any item, please call James at Juels’ Limited, 6a St Nicholas Street, Diss. He will gladly give insurance valuation as well as buying valuation on any items brought in.

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