An antique roadshow expert was impressed by a “powerhouse collection” of heavily priced “huge” amber gems.
BBC show star Jon Benjamin, who joined the series in 1991, branded a guest collection as “truly remarkable”, before admitting that he was “speechless”.
Guest described how the gems were passed on, courtesy of his mother who lived in Doncaster in the ’60s.
Antique Roadshow jewelry expert John said: “I don’t say this very often, but it’s a really remarkable collection.”
He continued: “Now, how long have I been doing this show? Almost 30 years. I’ve never seen an Ember that size.
“Amber pearls are absolutely huge and I am truly speechless about the amber of that particular size and quality.”
He flagged off a huge necklace placed on a blue table, which was originally bought from the antiques market and told about the cost of the stones.
He said: “This butterscotch amber is by far the most commercially sought after.
“But, the size, the scale, the scope… £5,000 to £7,000,” as he explained of his expert assessment.
The owner, who wore a checked shirt and had his items on display shining brightly, was clearly stunned.
He said: “Good Lord!” before bursting out into startled laughter.
John, whose most memorable find on the series by far has been a stunning Cartier watch, continued to wax lyrical about the item.
He said: “I think it’s really going to capture the market if you sell them, as will a really complete collection.
“It’s a powerhouse collection of antique jewellery. It’s amazing. It’s so rare.
“As a total group collection, from £15,000 to £20,000.”
I think it’s really going to capture the market if you sell them, as will the whole collection really.”
A recent episode of Antiques Roadshow has been flooded with good news, with a guest stunned by the cost of his father’s pen.
Expert Mark Allam was ready to announce the good news as he examined the 19th-century piece.
He added: “I know it’s very personal to you, and I know it was your father’s – but the market for these is very, very strong,” declared the expert.
“It’s also very strong in America, where they worship these multi-tools …
“If it were to go to auction, I could easily make it two to three thousand pounds.”
Clearly shocked by the figure, the owner gasped and said: “Oh, have mercy on me.
“It’s amazing, it absolutely startled me! It really shook me to the ground.”
Antiques Roadshow airs Sundays at 8pm on BBC One.
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