The golden chandelier symbol displayed in a window or at a fair is the sign of membership of LAPADA, the Association of Art & Antiques Dealers. Since its inception in 1974, LAPADA’s membership has grown to over 550 members making it the largest association of professional art and antiques dealers in the United Kingdom with the majority of its membership in the UK. Membership is only open to those who meet the Association’s requirements as to experience, quality of stock and knowledge of their subject.
LAPADA was the first antiques trade association to introduce a Code of Practice, the purpose of which is to reassure the public and give them confidence when they make a purchase from a member. All members have agreed to abide by this strict Code of Practice and in the unlikely event of a dispute, the Association’s free Conciliation Service.
As a member of LAPADA I am bound by their Code of Practice, this is in addition to consumer protection laws which all art and antiques dealers must comply with (unlike auctioneers whose Conditions of Sale protect them).
When you purchase an item of jewellery from me you will be given a written invoice stating my trading name, address and telephone number, date of sale, brief description of the item(s) – including the approximate date, any major restoration or alteration to the item since original manufacture – and the price paid.