The inimitable Mae West once said: “I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number of carats in a diamond.”

While the queen of the quip is no longer with us other fans of gems would be well advised to mark Thursday, May 3, as a date for the diary.

That date sees Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s monthly antiques sale at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, when a strong range of jewellery will be showcased.

Among the items consigned are a number of pieces from a longstanding client in Bridgwater, who has been extremely satisfied with the services of the saleroom in the past.

He, along with many vendors, have been reassured by the expertise of the firm’s experienced silver and jewellery valuer, who has been in the trade for more than 30 years. He is a Fellow of the Gemmoligical Association and holds the post-fellowship Gem Diamond Diploma and Retail Jewellers Diploma.

Items featured in the May sale include a three stone 18 ct diamond ring and a couple of attractive brooches. The ring is estimated at £2,000-£3,000. An early Victorian tortoiseshell, gold and stone set butterfly brooch has a pre-sale estimate of £400-£500.

A diamond, ruby, sapphire and split pearl set crowned wings brooch, circa 1900, is another beautiful offering. It is guided at £500-£600.

As Elizabeth Taylor put it: “You can't cry on a diamond's shoulder, and diamonds won't keep you warm at night, but they're sure fun when the sun shines.”

The sale is on view on Saturday, April 28, from 9am-12.30pm and again on Tuesday, May 1, and Wednesday, May 2, from 9am-5pm.

For more details of the sale please call the salerooms on 01823 332525.