Antiques Roadshow returns to television screens this evening as Fiona Bruce presented from Salisbury Cathedral. Minutes into the episode, viewers saw Joanna Hardy take a closer look at an exquisite set of diamonds and the valuation left the owner utterly “gobsmacked”. The expert kicked off the inspection by stating: “I opened this box and my goodness, what beautiful diamonds! So, tell me how you got these?”
“My grandmother left them to my mother and my mother left them to me,” the lady explained as a crowd began to gather.
“Where do you think your grandmother got them from?” Joanna enquired and the guest revealed: “My grandfather was Dutch, so they could’ve come from England or they could’ve come from Holland or Belgium.”
“That’s quite interesting that you say that, because I think they’ve been made in Holland where the diamonds would’ve been traded,” the expert commented.
“I was once a diamond dealer and I lived in Antwerp. So this for me is going back to my career roots and looking at the stones, the stones were cut in about 1920, 1915,” Joanna added.
The jewellery specialist then explained the details of the crystals, discussing the four C’s on the grading chart; Carat Weight, Cut, Colour and Clarity.
“To get the measurement of the diamonds, obviously its in the setting so it’s an approximate weight,” Joanna said. “I have gaged that the larger stone is just under four carats in weight.
“It’s all made in platinum, but we don’t know the make, there are no marks on it.”
As for their colour, Joanna discussed how she grades the tones found within the diamonds: “Now I think you saw me turning it over on a white card, I’m gaging the whiteness of the diamond against the witness of the card.
As for how much the jewels would collect should they go up at an auction, Joanne revealed: “You’re going to be in the region of £20,000-£25,000”.
Naturally, with this incredible price tag came a gasp from the audience.
As for the reaction of the owner, she stated: “Wow! I’m quite gobsmacked!”
Elsewhere in the show, the audience goes wild when a sightly scruffy rare “moon watch”, which also got Richard Price extremely excited.
It comes after last weekend’s episode when another item of jewellery received a staggering valuation.
A beautiful tear drop shaped diamond which originated from 1820 and Joanna described”the craftsmanship” as “faultless”.
The item was originally part of a set, a pair of earrings, as as an entirety is would get £30,000 to £40,000.
“Wow, I’m rarely speechless!” The guest commented.
Antiques Roadshow airs every Sunday night at 8pm on BBC One.