Valuers for Jewellery, Gold, Silverware and Antiques. Free Valuations and Sales Advice

Vernon has in excess of one hundred five star reviews, plus an expansive archive of thank you letters and press coverage spanning 50 years, a selection of which is available to view on this site or at Vernon's office.

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Recent sales range from a diamond ring  to a rare work of art by Turner

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When selling personal heirlooms, Vernon is your direct link to a world wide database of private buyers/collectors, he has attracted over 50 years. Items sold range from as low as £50 to the highest being in excess of £300,000 to a private collector

He  is able to source several interested parties for the relevant antique  (however high or low in value) without charging buyers a premium (unlike auction houses, that have a fixed rate in the region of 25%) this in turn gives you the seller a far higher return and no VAT is chargeable on the overall sale, as Vernon acts as “agent for the seller". No other charges are incurred, only Vernon Ward’s fixed commission of 10%.

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Low Commission Charges when Selling Antiques and Jewellery

Avoid unneccessary auction charges on sales when you can be assured of excellent sale results from your own independent sales agent. Vernon Ward's commission is 10% on all sales, with no hidden charges. Click here to compare auction charges as opposed to Vernon Ward's commission charges.

Vernon would like to bring to your attention a sample of his testimonials from clients past and present and the valuations and sales service he provides.

Please note that all five star reviews shown on this website are direct from the author(s). Vernon  holds all names and addresses, which are retained on file as to  the pedigree and authenticity of each review posted by satisfied clients  past and present and are available to view on

Antique diamond jewellery

Vernon and his colleagues were exceptional in their valuation of our collection of antique diamond jewellery, valued well in excess of £100,000. We were amazed with the depth and breadth of Vernon's knowledge. His valuation was quick but incredibly thorough and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to others. We were delighted to get the same high level of service that could be expected from a high end London jeweller, but in Brighton! Many thanks Vernon.

Katie, Sussex - August 2020

Excellent complimentary advice and a very friendly ear!

I contacted Vernon as I had bought what I thought was an antique bracelet online and, becoming aware that it may not be as old as I thought, was unsure how to move forward. Vernon called the next day to discuss my situation and gave me some excellent advice on what my options were, as well as helping me get the purchase into perspective. He was kind, amusing and incredibly honest, and very generous with his time. Highly recommended!

Annie, Sussex - Sept 2020

5 Star Valuation Service!

We had gold bracelets, gold watches, gold bangles and gold rings to be valued. Firstly Vernon was extremely knowledgeable from my laymans descriptions over the telephone. When we visited, all government guidelines for COVID-19 were in place and we were made to feel very comfortable with distancing etc well observed. We were very impressed with Vernons valuation especially as he made time to see us very quickly. We will definitely return to Vernon and whole heartedly recommend his fast, efficient service too.

Fiona Marshall - May 2020

The valuations and prices we received were above other jewellers’ offers & the execution of the sale was faultless

I have to say that we are delighted with the service we have received from Vernon Ward, we found him on Google and were impressed by the reviews. But reviews alone don’t tell the whole story. We were looking to have “valued for sale” our collection of gold and diamond bracelets, gold pocket and wrist watches and other items of gold jewellery. Meeting Vernon Ward was an absolute delight. He is personable, professional and very enthusiastic about his vocation of selling jewellery for private individuals. The valuations and prices we received were above other jewellers’ offers, the execution of the sale was faultless and well within the ten days quoted. His commission rate is very reasonable and exactly as quoted. I have already recommended Vernon to friends and will continue to do so. It is rare to find someone who you can empathise with so quickly and frankly, trust implicitly. Highly recommended.

Adrian Wimbush, Surrey - January 2020

Extremely professional as well as kind

I had a small legacy of jewellery from my late aunt and found Vernon on the web offering free valuations with the possibility to sell through him. I decided to take him up on this generous offer and he did exactly what he promised: entirely free of charge, he researched each piece and provided me with an estimate of value for the whole set. No pressure to sell and conducted with the utmost courtesy. Extremely professional and extremely kind.

Viv E. - Aug 2019

Outstanding Service!

"Vernon was recommended to me by a good friend when we were looking to sell off some family jewellery and silver and heirlooms. He could not have been more helpful and provided an outstanding service from the first phone call to the close out of the transaction. Knowledgeable, likable, honest, and straightforward, Vernon's whole approach was very professional and undoubtedly saved me a very considerable sum in auction house fees and related charges. I would have absolutely no hesitation in using his services again and would strongly recommend him to anyone looking for a personal and very high quality service."

Air Vice-Marshal Bob Judson - 28 Sep 2013

Antique jewellery valuations

I had collection of antique diamond jewelry and gold jewelry and Vernon's service was impecable I wanted a private sale rather than an auction sale which would have incurred much larger charges. Vernon managed to sell the ítems quickly and expertly and updated me regularly with constant progress reports I can thoroughly recommend his services

Tim Naylor - 2nd October 2019

Excellent results for antique jewellery/silverware

"We visited Vernon by appointment with a large assortment of unwanted diamond/gold vintage jewellery/modern gold jewellery, a Rolex watch and antique silverware, to instruct Vernon to act as our agent as we wanted a private sale. We received an excellent return, far higher than had we gone through other outlets. Vernon displayed excellent knowledge and kept us informed throughout the 10 day period. His standard of care and attention to detail was exceptional and solely through his efforts alone he achieved fine results on all. For reference, no other charges were incurred other than his low rate of commission. Many thanks for all your hard work on our behalf. In our opinion he is a leading antique jewellery and silver expert in England. Exceptional service and confidentiality. We would recommend Vernon without hesitation."

Liz Andrews, Sussex - February 2019

A Rare Find

We recently needed a professional to research, value and sell our collection of diamond jewellery and gold coins. From the Internet, we were very impressed by the reviews on Vernon Ward. After visiting us, we instructed him to act as our independent agent. He proved to be highly professional, with excellent business acumen and expertise. We were delighted with the results and, true to his word, he located private buyers. We benefited financially by using his services. We would not hesitate to recommend him."

Mr. and Mrs. D. Marshall - 22 Mar 2016

Extremely Professional and Knowledgeable Valuer

"Following a recommendation I decided to visit Vernon at his road show at the half moon pub in Plumpton. I took a small collection of valuable antiques including jewellery. Having had previous bad experiences with other valuers and auction houses I could not recommend Vernon more highly. He was extremely professional and knowledgeable. His manner was both charming and friendly and I would always use him again should I need any further valuations."

The Honourable Mrs C E Walford - 15 Mar 2013

Appraisal and sale of valuable antiquities

"We have used Vernon-Ward on a number of occasions to assist clients with the appraisal and sale of valuable antiquities and complete house sales for UK and overseas vendors. We have found Vernon-Ward to be a polite professional man who delivers what he promises."

Spencer Turner, Partner Spencer & Leigh Estate Agents - 16 Aug 2012

Original oil painting by JMW Turner

"Following my two previous reviews commending Vernon in researching my painting , I am delighted to announce that it is, indeed, an original oil painting by JMW Turner. A half-page article was published in The Times on Wednesday 6th September 2017 (page 17) and the article can also be found online. Vernon will be instrumental in securing a private sale and he has done remarkably well in arranging various meetings and safe storage of the painting pending sale. It's refreshing to meet an honest antiques expert who has liaised with me for over a year and has kept faith in my belief in the painting's authenticity."

Julian Bowden - London. 8th September 2017

Valuation & Sales - Vernon Ward has a worldwide database of private buyers and collectors

VERNON WARD ANTIQUE ROADSHOWS established 1990 and registered in England under No. 2215508 with the National Business Register LLP, Vernon has conducted these highly successful roadshows for 30 years, raising thousands of pounds for numerous charities, and is available to offer his services for charitable fundraising events on request (Due Covid-19 cancelled until further notice).

Click here to read the full letter to Vernon Ward from The SOUTH OF ENGLAND AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY, Patron HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN on the extensive silverware collection that was valued for insurance purposes.

50 Years Experience

Worldwide database of buyers

Low Commission

Valuers for Antique Jewellery, Gold and Silverware Covering the UK and worldwide

Vernon Ward's services are regularly used by the general public, estate agents, the legal profession and estate sales following probate throughout UK and abroad.

The excellent 5 star reviews on this website, along with many letters of thanks spanning 50 years are self explanatory. Vernon works tirelessly to locate private buyers and collectors keeping you informed throughout the negotiating period, within the 10 day period by 'contract of sale' (terms and conditions apply). Vernon aims to achieve the maximum value in the current market on all manor of antiques, jewellery, chattels etc. (click here to view the list of the many antiques successfully sold by Vernon Ward).

Before consigning your goods to auction it would be in your interest to make Vernon Ward your first point of call when selling antiques, jewellery, heirlooms etc. His reputation and confidentiality to you, the client is paramount, he prides himself on an old fashioned service.

In some cases antiques, jewellery, ceramics etc. may require researching, this service is provided, free of charge. 

**Please note: private buyers and collectors are, as the name implies, private. They are distrustful of the internet as a place to hold information about their valuable collections. They do not want people approaching them for unsolicited requests. Vernon Ward, with his 50 years in the antiques world, is your direct link to these private buyers and collectors worldwide.

Valuing Antiques and Jewellery

Vernon offers free valuations and when items are consigned for sale, he is happy to provide a pick up and collection service on request. In the event of any item(s) remaining unsold, then the item(s) will be returned to the vendor at no extra charge. Open five days a week by appointment only.

Vernon recently concluded the sale of an important painting by JMW Turner... Read story

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