Antiques Roadshow: Guests stunned at value of diamond brooch
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Antiques Roadshow visited Stoner Park in Oxfordshire earlier this year in a previously aired episode of the BBC show. Expert Joanna Hardy was tasked with evaluating a yellow diamond brooch but her conclusion the piece had tripled in price from £500 to £1,500 left its owner stunned.
Joanna began: “This is a very sparkly jewel. When did it catch your eye?”
“It was in 2013 in an antique shop at Woburn Abbey, and we’d gone that day and just happened to stumble across it.
“It was decided that it was then going to become a wedding present, as we were getting married a couple of years later.”
“So what attracted you to it?” Joanna asked and the guest replied: “The colour of the yellow.”
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“Most people think that if diamonds are not white, then they’re not so attractive,” the expert continued.
“But you’re absolutely right to see the beauty in these yellow diamonds.
“Many many years ago, I was a diamond sorter in rough diamonds and when they were yellow, yellow diamonds in the rough went into the industrial pile and the white diamonds went into the gem pile.
“Then in the 70s a young Laurence Graff at the time who has these wonderful shops all over the world, he understands diamonds so well.”
“He saw these yellow diamonds in the rough and he took them and cut them and made them,” she explained.
“He made yellow diamonds almost famous,” Joanna noted before turning the piece over.
“So what you have on the reverse is a K and then 18 and that is a foreign mark.
“So that’s implying that has been made in Europe and that’s saying that it’s 18 karats white gold.”
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The guest asked: “Do you know who might have made the pendant?”
“I think it might be Italian I’m just not sure,” Joanna admitted.
“It is really very, very special because of the yellow diamonds and may I ask how much did you pay for it?”
The owner’s husband revealed he’d paid £500 for the stunning item.
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“You paid £500 pounds for it in an antique shop in 2013?” Joanna clarified.
“I think you’ve done very actually that’s well spotted because I would say at auction you would be looking more in the region of £1,500.”
“Wow, really?” The guest’s husband commented before the owner added: “Wow, fab!”
Antiques Roadshow continues on BBC One on Sunday at 8pm.
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