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On tonight’s , one guest brought in a small brooch, which had been handed down to her.

Examining the jewellery, expert Susan Rumfitt commented: “Such a cheery brooch particularly the colour, is it something that you wear?”

“Yes I wear it regularly on occasions where I go out in the evening with evening wear, the guest replied noting they get a lot of enjoyment out of it.

Wanting to know more about the piece, Susan enquired: “Brilliant. And how did it come into your collection?”

The guest explained: “It was actually a piece of jewellery that my husband got from his grandmother, it’s one of the few pieces that I got.”

Susan gasped: “What a generous guy to be buying all this jewellery.”

The guest went on to add: “Well my father’s grandmother was from a wealthy family.

“Every time the father had a piece of jewellery made for the mother, he had a piece of jewellery made for his daughters.”

“I suppose date wise, this is a little bit borderline as to whether he bought it or had it made because it dates from the 1860s, 1870s latest,” Susan shared.

“It is a little bit on the borderline with regards to that but it is a superb looking piece to have in the collection.”

The guest noted they didn’t really know what the stone was but explained: I once took it to a local jewellers to have it checked over. They suggested a citrine but I’m not sure it is that.”

“Well citrine come in a variety of yellow so it’s a good sort of description,” Susan commented.

“When we look at the stone it is a vibrant one, it is really cheery and not everybody loves yellow but you can’t help but smile when you she something as glorious as this.

“It’s what we call a cushion cut and it’s very soft.

“Although you may not get the brilliance you get from modern cuts, it has this charm about it which i think is absolutely super, claw set, keeps it nice and secure.

“Diamonds around the edge are all cut as well. Extremely well cut for the period. attention to detail at all times,” she continued.

“It’s a stunningly made set in yellow gold and silver around the edge of the stones.”

Susan then went on to reveal: “It isn’t a citrine. It’s far better, it’s an absolutely beautiful, stunning sapphire.

“The vibrancy of it, the quality of it is stunning. I have had the chance to get an approximate weight of the stone and we are looking in the excess of 15 carats.”

Not stopping there with the surprises, she went on to reveal the staggering valuation.

“In terms of valuation, if it had been a citrine, a couple of thousand pounds but yellow sapphires of this size are really sought after in the market today,” Susan revealed.

“And we’re looking at a value of between £15-20,000.”

The guest exclaimed: “Oh gosh, I think I will wear it more carefully from now on.”

Antiques Roadshow continues Sunday on BBC One at 7pm.


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