Antiques Roadshow expert's 'jaw drops' as they spot lucky reason guest's brooch is VERY valuable

AN Antiques Roadshow expert's 'jaw dropped' after they spotted the lucky reason a guest's brooch was VERY valuable.

On Sunday's episode of the BBC show, expert Joanna Hardy met a lady who had brought in a diamond and sapphire ring and brooch, both of which belonged to her mother.


The lady explained: "They’re inherited pieces from her mother-in-law and in turn, they also come from her mother so we understand they're about 100 years old.”

The guest believed they had Hungarian ancestry and revealed her mother wore the ring as her engagement ring.

Joanna said: "The sapphire is actually a synthetic sapphire it has a big bubble in the middle of it and that is telling me that I'm afraid it's synthetic.

“It’s [from the] 1920s platinum mount, lovely diamonds looks great in the sunlight.”

Because the sapphire was synthetic, the ring was worth £800, but Joanna then turned her attention to the bow-shaped brooch.

She said: "Now when I opened this box, my eyes popped out and my jaw dropped. 

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"And that is just quite a fantastic piece because it has a lot of movement."

Thankfully, Joanna had better news for the brooch, as she said: "It’s 1920, now unlike your ring, these sapphires usually when they were this small during this period they were synthetic but these aren't these are natural. 

“And you've got wonderful cushion shaped diamonds here really lovely, sparkly and very clean and bright.

"On the back there are some French marks, there is a maker's mark, but it's a bit indistinguishable I can't quite make it out."

Joanna then revealed her valuation, telling the lady: "I would say at auction something like this would be around £10,000 pounds."

Antiques Roadshow is available on BBC iPlayer.


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