Folkestone, England, UK
Avg. Rating 5.0 (2 reviews)
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Rufus Valuations is a jewellery, diamond and wristwatch valuation company based in the southeast of England covering Kent and London.
Rufus Valuations is dedicated to producing jewellery and watch appraisals of the highest quality and clarity. The company specialises in insurance, probate and division of assets valuations. Fees are charged per item and are agreed before hand, after which an appointment is made to meet one of the experts, either at your home or business, or at the Rufus Valuations office. Every item is meticulously examined and appraised and a bound report is compiled along with high quality photography for each piece. A PDF version is then emailed to you for checking, after which the hard copy is posted out.
The company is headed by registered independent valuer Simon Rufus FGA DGA MIRV. Simon’s career began at Christie’s Auctioneers in London where his interest in gemstones and jewellery led him to study to become a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain, a standard he attained in 2008. The following year he also became a Diamond Member of the Gemmological Association in recognition of his knowledge of diamond grading and the diamond market in general.
After Christie’s, Simon worked with a jewellery dealer based in London’s West End who specialised in high-end designers including Cartier, Boucheron, Tiffany, Van Cleef & Arpels and Bulgari. This brought him face to face with some of the finest jewellery and gemstones in the world and cemented his determination to become acquainted with it as intimately as possible.
After this Simon worked with high-end wristwatches selling brands such as Rolex, Panerai, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Vacheron Constantin, Audemars Piguet, Blancpain, Hublot, Breitling and Omega.
Eventually Simon made the move back into the auction world after being appointed Director and Head of Jewellery and Watches at a Kent based auction house. This role saw him sourcing, valuing and selling fine jewellery and watches. Simon is now a Member of the National Association of Jewellers’ Institute of Registered Valuers (IRV97517).
Working with Simon as a consultant retail replacement valuer is Anna Franklin. Anna lives, breathes and sleeps horology and has spent over seventeen years working with high-end jewellery and fine watches.
To make an appointment for a home visit valuation or a consultation at one of the Rufus Valuations offices, please use the contact links at the top of this page.
- Private Practice
- Business mix: 100% valuations
- Principal + 1 staff valuer
- Mon - Fri: 9am to 5pm
- Home visits & at Valuer′s office
- Per-item based fees
- All major cards accepted
- Full valuation reports start at £95
- DGA, FGA
18 The Glenmore Centre
Shearway Business Park
- Free, on-site
- Visitors by appointment only
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Sue. St Albans
Sensitive and Thorough Valuation
Simon valued seven items from my Late Mother's estate for the purpose of probate. He was very sensitive to the situation and handled her jewellery and Omega watch with the greatest of care and respect. Simon talked me through what would be done and how the probate valuation would look once generated. I was really happy with his work and attention to detail and would not hesitate to recommend him for future valuation work. Thank you.
A Fielder. St Albans
Rufus Valuations valued both my diamond engagement ring and my Panerai watch for insurance purposes. They were very detailed, efficient and a pleasure to deal with. I highly recommend their services.