When it came to evaluating a magnificent sapphire ring, an Antiques Roadshow expert’s heart jumped.
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW expert Joanna Hardy was ecstatic as she examined a massive sapphire ring brought in by a visitor who knew nothing about it.
Gemologist Joanna, who appeared on the hit BBC valuation show, was definitely taken by the piece of jewelry that the Antiques Roadshow visitor had brought in with a necklace. Both belonged to the guest’s mother, but the present owner had no idea how valuable the ring was. Joanna confessed that her heart “jumped” when she first saw the piece of jewelry, and after learning that the collection may be worth up to £10,000, the guest pledged to keep it safe.
“I assume you came to my table thinking you’d show me these fast and then you’d be gone to lunch,” Joanna explained.
The owner of the jewelry admitted, “Yes, I did.” “Well, they were given to my mother many years ago, and I don’t really know the history of either of them,” she answered when Joanna inquired why.
The jewelry expert inquired, “Who gave them to your mother?” The goods had been given to her by her father, according to the guest.
“What interests me is how unique these jewels are,” Joanna continued.
The ring was a 25th wedding anniversary gift in 1974, while the necklace was a general gift, according to the owner.
She admitted, “The ring she didn’t actually wear because it was rather a big, heavy ring.”
“And I believe it was more for special occasions and clothing, and she always felt of it as a little bit uncomfortable because it’s so large – you knock everyone over with it!”
Joanna noted on the necklace, “We’ve got this one here, and the pink stone is topaz, and it’s surrounded with cushion-shaped diamonds.”
“It’s silver and gold, and it wasn’t always this way. It turned out to be a set of earrings. Nonetheless, it is breathtaking and lovely.”
“My eye instantly went on this one,” Joanna said as she pointed to the ring. My heart skipped a beat as I opened the box because, as the lining of the box shows, it’s a John Donald.”
“Now he was such an influential guy in the 1960s,” she said.
“Jewelry design was fairly gloomy after World War II and the austere years.
Brinkwire Summary News: “There was nothing innovative.”