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Australia’s Leading Auction House Specialising in Fine Jewellery, Swiss Watches & Gemstones

First State Auctions is Australia’s leading jewellery auction house specialising in fine jewellery, Swiss watches and gemstones.

When First State Auctions first launched in 1995 in Sydney, we represented a better way to purchase quality jewellery pieces - often at below wholesale prices. We hold weekly online jewellery and Swiss watch auctions and when Covid restrictions pass, we will return to room auctions in all major Australian cities. We conduct over 80 auctions every year (see upcoming auctions to find an auction near you).

We pride ourselves in being the only jewellery auction house owned and operated by gemmologists and diamond graders. All jewellery submitted for auction is checked by at least 2 in-house gemmologists, that’s why we can unconditionally guarantee the accuracy of all auction catalogue descriptions. You can bid at our auctions with the knowledge that you are getting what you paid for.

We are very proud to have been selected by Commonwealth of Australia government departments as their auctioneers in the sale of seized and recovered jewellery. Our services range from acting on behalf of liquidators in jewellery business insolvencies to selling on behalf of private vendors.

We strive to make each auction an exciting event, full of fun and offering an easy way to buy jewellery that is both affordable and beautiful.  


Six Reasons to Use First State Auctions

  1. Our impressive range.
  2. Our expertise. With more experts on staff (11 diamond graders and 3 gemmologists) than any other auction house, First State unconditionally guarantees every catalogue item we list.
  3. Our experience. Nearly two decades in the industry – the first to launch in Australia and well established in South East Asia. We know jewellery!
  4. Our quality. All jade is Type A and all single diamonds over 1ct are sold with a Laboratory Report that has been graded loose (for greater accuracy). We only use the most internationally renowned laboratories for our diamond certification – GIA (Gemmological Institute of America) and Gem Studies Laboratory (Australia).
  5. Our service. We are always happy to assist, to make your experience a pleasant one. And we do not charge a surcharge on credit cards.

Experience the difference today with First State Auctions – the first name and last word in jewellery excellence!


Videos - A Step By Step Guide To Our Room Auctions

Check out our videos below for a step by step guide on what to expect when you attend First State Auctions!