Jewellery, watch and silver valuer Helen Preece has just joined the knowledgeable team at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s antique saleroom.

Helen has a lifelong interest in antiques, particularly jewellery, and as a youngster used to attend the London markets with her aunt who was an avid collector.

Helen’s love of jewellery flourished further when she began her career in a High Street retail jewellers, which made bespoke items and carried out repairs.

“I love the history of antiques, especially jewellery, said Helen, who lists Art Deco and Victorian designs as among her favourites.

Before joining Greenslade Taylor Hunt Helen ran a successful jewellery, silver and watch department for another auction house.

She also has a penchant for silver and the charms of costume jewellery. In fact Helen appreciates jewellery from all eras.

She is particularly delighted with a diamond and ruby pendant necklace, which will feature in the antiques sale on December 2.

This early 20th century old cut diamond ruby and seed pearl bow pendant drop, set in platinum and gold has a pre-sale guide of £650-£850 and would be top of many a Christmas gift wish list.

Helen is available for consultations at the Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, each Tuesday, between 10am and 3pm.

No obligation appointments are free, of charge, but must be booked in advance. For more information and to arrange an appointment please call the saleroom 01823 332525.