Movers & Shakers: Christopher Hardman of Berridges becomes Fellow of the Institute of Registered Valuers

Christopher Hardman of Berridges who has been invited to be a Fellow of the Institute of Registered

Christopher Hardman of Berridges who has been invited to be a Fellow of the Institute of Registered Valuers, � one of only 42 in the country. - Credit: Archant

Christopher Hardman, owner of Berridges the Jewellers in Ipswich, has recently been invited to join as a Fellow of the Institute of Registered Valuers.

The prestigious invitation was made after he achieved a score of 94% in a recent monitoring exercise; he now becomes one of only 42 Fellows in the UK and only three in East Anglia.

Christopher joined Croydon’s the Jewellers from school in 1979 and founded Berridges over 20 years ago with his wife Angela. Having qualified to undertake valuations in1985, Christopher has continually specialised in valuations with a keen interest in vintage jewellery visiting auctions and antiques markets around the country.

Christopher said: “I am delighted to have been invited to become a fellow , I Joined the National Association of Goldsmiths Valuations Committee in 2000 to help raise the standards of valuations across the UK. The consistent monitoring of the valuers has seen the number of registered valuers fall from approx 600 to 200, which is ensuring standards are met across the industry.”

Berridges offers customers an unrivalled valuation service, which are all undertaken by Christopher on the premises, unlike most jewellers who have to send clients jewellery away with a long turnaround time.

“All valuations contain a detailed description, photograph and of course value,” explained Christopher. “ The valuation is stored on a secure website where it can be accessed by any authorised insurance company eliminating the need for paper copies. A detailed description is not only vital when making an insurance claim it also helps the police when it comes to tracking down stolen items.”

Although a small part of the business it is one that Christopher is particularly proud of. “If you can value jewellery accurately it keeps you one step ahead when it comes to purchasing new stock at the most competitive prices,” explained Christopher. “I would recommend that you have all your items professionally valued at least every five years for peace of mind and of course in case of any loss or theft.”

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