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An Art Deco platinum bracelet combining calibre-cut sapphires with a surround of millegrain set circular-cut diamonds which sold at £9400 at Lawrences.

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“As a lot of the banks are now closing down branches and getting rid of their deposit boxes, she was told she had to find alternative arrangements and so she decided to sell it with us,” said specialist Miranda Bingham.

These pieces were consistently good quality and most had been kept in their original boxes.

A Victorian diamond riviere set with 61 old brilliant-cut stones in a fitted case by D&J Wellby of Garrick Street, London, sold at £21,000 (estimate £10,000-15,000) while an Art Deco platinum bracelet combining calibre-cut sapphires with a surround of millegrain set circular-cut diamonds which sold at £9400 (estimate £6000-8000).

An accompanying GCS report stated that the 30 sapphires (around 24cts in total) were all natural sapphires with no indications of heating.