Welcome to our Spring newsletter. This edit we are looking at the future of property in the much sought after Mayfair and St James, how safe is it? We step off the pavements of the Kings Road and venture into the tree lined avenues of Camille Pissarro’s much loved Sydenham and speak to the hugely passionate antique jewellery expert, author and presenter John Benjamin.
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WHAT’S GONE WRONG WITH THE PRIME AND SUPER PRIME MARKET?
Whilst walking through Mayfair, my client commented, “anyone would think that gold had been discovered under the streets of Mayfair there is so much digging.” The construction work is continuing, glossy shiny buildings are soaring up to the sky, Mayfair townhouses are glowing with their expensive facelifts, but the gold has disappeared.
The Mayfair and St James market has ‘cooled significantly, falling by 25.4% in the second quarter of 2017’ according to Coutts. If you thought that by developing a piece of prime real estate was going to bring you a yacht in the South of France, you have to think again, it is more likely to bring you a visit from the debt collectors as your profits fall. Why has this happened when we have all be told time and time again by the pin-striped super estate agents, that Mayfair and St James property prices are resilient?
Have a read of the full article to find out our predicitons.
AN INTERVIEW WITH JOHN BENJAMIN
John Benjamin is a specialist in antique jewellery, lecturer and author. We had the pleasure of inteviewing him for Luxury Topping.
Was it a stroke of luck that you went to work for the Cameo Corner with their specialists in renaissance and 18th and 19th century jewellery?
It was pure chance, My father, noticed my love of colour duly wrote to Cameo Corner, a celebrated antique jewellery shop located a stone’s throw from the British Museum and I got the job of junior sales assistant which started me on the most amazing journey.
Which period in history would you start collecting now?
Antique jewellery – particularly jewels of 17th and 18th Century origin – are increasingly hard to find today. A charming Georgian ring, a pair of elegant antique earrings or a pretty and wearable Victorian bracelet can still be purchased at an affordable price and will always convey individuality, style and implicit good taste.
Head to LuxuryTopping for the full interview.
John Benjamin has written a number of books and if you wanted to learn more Joanna Hardy’s on-line Jewellery Foundation Course which is available from Learning with Experts.com gives a great overview of collecting and investing in jewellery.