Collectables and alternative investments

Diamonds with pedigree

Next month in Geneva, two outstanding pieces of diamond jewellery with aristocratic backgrounds will be going under the hammer. Chris Carter reports.

Start a collection of curios

Curiosity cabinets are back in fashion among collectors, says Chris Carter – and for good reason.

Classic-car sales stall

Chris Carter looks at what has gone wrong as the classic-car market hits the skids.

Hail the New Messiah

There’s serious money to be made in antique violins with rare musical instruments topping the Coutts Passion Index for last year.

Snuff bottles: A skill not to be sniffed at

Intricately decorated Chinese snuff bottles made from glass, stone, jade, agate, wood, ivory and lacquer are highly collectable, says Chris Carter.

Changing fashions drive prices in ceramics

Fashion trends are driving high prices in modern and contemporary ceramics, says Chris Carter.

Wee drams fetch big prices

Bottles of rare whisky have proven themselves to be rather tasty investments, says Chris Carter.

The allure of retro aeroplanes

For those who have always wanted to climb inside the cockpit of a vintage aeroplane, now is the time, says Chris Carter.

Fine wines, fine investments

Britain has always been a popular place to do business in the international wine trade. Chris Carter looks into the market, and explains how to invest in fine wines.

Serious money in entertainment memorabilia

Collecting items of entertainment memorabilia is more popular than ever, says Chris Carter.

The Holy Grail of handbags

As a recent £300,000 sale goes to show, there’s serious money to be found in handbags, says Chris Carter.