Antiques Roadshow: ‘Amazing!’ Guest lost for words over huge valuation of emerald necklace
Antiques expert Joanna was thrilled when she set eyes on a Van Cleef and Arpels necklace and diamond brooch on this evening’s episode and left one guest stunned by the valuation she delivered.
Taking a look at the two items, she declared: “First of all, I got very excited when I first saw this because these green stones were so vibrant in the sun and the way that it glistened.
“I did think initially they were paste. And then, I looked at the box and inside the box is this magic word in the jewellery industry called Van Cleef and Arpels.”
Probing the guest, she asked: “How did you get these?”
“Well, my great-grandfather, he invented the sprinkler and went into buildings to put out fires and my grandfather was in the manufacturing side of things,” the guest explained.
“He travelled around the world and around the world, he picked up those things for his wife. And these two, are two of them.”
Joanna couldn’t wait to inspect the items as she turned her attention to the diamond brooch.
“This is what we call a target brooch,” she said. “It’s english, beautiful diamonds.
“If you look at the back of it, it has all been hand pierced out, you can see here that there is a brooch fitting and this is really superb craftsmanship, english craftsmanship.”
She estimated it was made about 1895 while the Van Cleef and Arpels necklace was from 1920-1925.
“They are master, master, master craftsman, the Maison is recognised with jeweller collectors throughout the world
they have chosen these beautiful emeralds, Columbian emeralds,” Joanna remarked.
“They’re not easy to match all these emeralds and they’re all sort of square cut.
“Then you have all these diamond panels and they’re beautifully crafted.
“I am comfortable that this is a Van Cleef and Arpels piece.”
Going on to value the pieces, Joanna believes the brooch would sell for £1,200-£1,500.
In terms of the necklace, she commented: “So this one, I would say this is going to be in the region between £35,000-£45,00.”
The audience could be heard gasping as the guest, who was lost for words, simply replied: “Wow. Amazing. It’s amazing.”
Last week, one guest said she had to “sit down” after she learned the valuation of letters from Queen Victoria.
Experts ronnie Archer-Morgan and Matthew Haley revealed they could be worth up to £5,000.
Antiques Roadshow airs Sunday on BBC One at 8pm.
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