Valuations & Engraving

Valuations, Insurance and Engraving

Jewellery & Gift Engraving

Hand Engraving

Hand engraving is a traditional craft which has long been used to symbolise wealth and luxury through the ornamentation and personalisation of a wide variety of items.

By the time of the Renaissance it was a highly esteemed skill which had become a closely guarded, secretive art, reluctantly passed onto the next generation from master craftsman to apprentice. This endured into the 20th century but today the hand engraving fraternity actively seeks to preserve its craft by training others in the expert techniques, which still include some practiced by the Renaissance goldsmiths.

This highly specialist expertise, which requires attention to detail and artistic and calligraphic talent, affords endless scope for decoration, from simple to very elaborate designs. It is a truly beautiful way to distinguish a gift.

W. E. Clark & Son sell many articles suitable for hand engraving.

Prices start from £45.00

Machine Engraving

We have invested in the latest equipment to enable us to engrave letters, numerals, photos and images onto almost any item in-house. This state of the art machine offers a choice of over 200 fonts and is capable of engraving onto any metal or glass surface.

W. E. Clark & Son sell many items suitable for machine engraving.

Prices start from £20.00

Seal Engraving

The use of wax seals has been traced back to the ancient world when they were used to denote authenticity in the same way a signature is used today. Initially their use was restricted to eminent individuals such as monarchs and bishops but, with the passage of time, they gradually became more widespread to include monasteries, guilds and aristocrats and finally the wider population.

A seal typically consists of an heraldic crest which is engraved onto a signet ring using the ancient craft of intaglio. Our highly skilled craftsman makes a counter-relief (reverse) engraving onto gold, platinum or gemstone and this produces an image in relief (positive) when an impression is taken.

W. E. Clark & Son possess some rare books of heraldry and we shall be delighted to help should you need assistance in finding your family crest.

Prices start from £275.00


Valuation Service
Lewes, Eastbourne and Uckfield Showrooms

W. E. Clark & Son’s Registerd Valuer and is a FGA and DGA qualified Gemmologist possesses the expertise, experience and scientific instruments required to provide accurate valuations for modern and antique jewellery, objects made of precious metals and watches.

A valuation requires a skilful appraisal of precious metals, gemstones, craftsmanship, and current value. We occasionally seek the second opinion of an additional expert if we are in doubt as to the accuracy of our assessment.

The Schedule

The schedule consists of a detailed written description and a colour photograph for each item. This provides an unambiguous reference for the replacement of lost or stolen items.

Valuations are completed within two weeks of receiving your valuables which are fully insured whilst in our possession. Schedules are prepared shortly after this and dispatched to you by post. Our Restered Valuer undertakes the work onsite at our Lewes showroom, every 2-3 weeks, please call 01273 487816 to confirm the next valuation date.

Please visit our Lewes, Eastbourne or Uckfield showrooms or book an appointment to use our valuation service.


Valuations for Insurance Replacement, Probate, Private Sale, or Division

Document Fee: £60.00. Plus a charge per item or group of items* of: £50
* Items (max 5) with a value under £500 are grouped as 'miscellaneous' and treated as one item.

Diamonds over 1 carat £60 per carat.

All fees include VAT and are payable on collection of items.

Lost or Stolen Letter Service

W. E. Clark & Son is affiliated to the Loss Management Group (LMG) and is recognised by most major insurance companies.

Lost or Stolen Letter

W. E. Clark & Son carry out an expert appraisal of the current replacement value of a lost or stolen item based on a description and if available pictures and previous valuations. This is recorded in a Lost or Stolen Letter and forms the basis for you to ensure you obtain an equal substitute.

Fee: £40.00 - fully refundable should W. E. Clark & Son provide a replacement.

Please Note: Many insurers may direct you towards a high street chain where in many instances you will not receive a like for like replacement. Our expertise equips us to assist you in obtaining an accurate replacement of your lost or stolen jewellery; to take advantage of this simply inform your insurance company you wish to deal with W. E. Clark & Son.