Antiques Roadshow expert delivers staggering valuation of jewels with ‘royal connection’

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Antiques Roadshow expert delivers staggering valuation of jewels with ‘royal connection’

Antiques Roadshow headed to Ham House in the London borough of Richmond-upon-Thames for a recent episode of the hit BBC show. A wide range of inter

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Antiques Roadshow headed to Ham House in the London borough of Richmond-upon-Thames for a recent episode of the hit BBC show. A wide range of interesting antiques were featured in the episode, but it was a garnet jewellery set which caught the eye of expert John Benjamin. The items were brought onto the programme by a guest, who claimed they could have a connection to the Swedish royal family.

Antique jewellery expert John began: “I love antique jewellery and when I see a broach like this in the box it really gets to me.

“When we look at this box here it looks a little bit like a horse’s hoof. It doesn’t look like a box from this country, it looks like a European box, just in its style and in its construction.

“But, of course when we reveal what’s inside the box it does it full justice doesn’t it?

“What an absolutely fantastic garnet bracelet that is,” he exclaimed.

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John looked over the collection which included a bracelet, a brooch and some earrings.

When asked where they thought the jewellery came from originally, the owner explained: “Apparently my great-great-grandmother was left it by her mother-in-law.”

She revealed somebody in the family had originally bought them from the Swedish royal family at some point during the 19th Century.

“They’ve become known as the crown jewels in our family,” the owner joked.

The antiques expert went on to share more details about the gemstones in the jewellery set.

John said: “They are garnets of a particular density of colour and that’s what makes them so beautiful.

“Now, with all those garnets, the one that really dwarfs them all is this massive faceted garnet in the middle of the bangle in a border of little half pearls,” he remarked.

The owner explained she never wears the jewellery herself: “I’ve never had an occasion where I’ve needed something that splendid.”



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