Gold prices are soaring round the world – and that means any golden gems you have gathering dust at home could deliver a welcome windfall.

And an expert who can tell you just what your jewellery is worth will be in Kingham next week to offer free valuations.

Kate Bliss, a famous face from TV antiques programmes such as Bargain Hunt and Flog It!, will be at Kingham village hall in West Street on Monday March 18 from 11am-3pm to assess jewellery of all types – antique and vintage – as well as silver and watches.

And if you like the guide price you can enter the item there and then into a Hansons Auctioneers sale.

Kate Bliss said: “I’m very much looking forward to coming to Kingham and discovering some treasures. Jewellery is flying high at auction at the moment.

“Gold is rising in price as investors fear the US economy may tumble back into recession. At the same time, the demand for diamonds is growing worldwide. So, now really is a good time to sell.

“If you happen to have a charm bracelet you could be in the money as five charm bracelets appeared in the sales top 10 in Hansons’ February jewellery auction. For example, a 9ct gold charm bracelet with 16 charms sold for £1,160.

“I love giving people good news about the value of their items. People often discover something they thought was worthless is valuable, or sought after.

“For example, in Hansons’ February auctions lot 207, a hardstone cameo ring set in 18ct gold, was spotted languishing in a box of costume jewellery. Its owner thought it was of no value but it made £1,100 from a guide price of £100. In the same box of costume jewellery was a silver and opal Arts and Crafts ring which made £220. The vendor had been planning to give the items away.

“Vintage watches are also selling for impressive prices. In Hansons’ last Fine Art Auction, a rare circa 1970 Tudor Rolex ‘Montecarlo’ steel wristwatch sold for £51,100."