Antiques Roadshow guest shocked as homemade brooch is valued at £20,000

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Antiques roadshow expert Joanna Hardy was stunned after a brooch she mistook for ‘costume jewellery’ cost £20,000.

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The BBC show is famous for sharing the wonderful and interesting stories behind antiques, but no one expected a guest’s brooch to cost as much as it was.

The value of the brooch is £20,000. Wascredit: bbc
Joanna thought the brooch was costume jewelry at first glance

Joanna thought the brooch was costume jewelry at first glancecredit: bbc

Joanna was stunned as she found a sparkling brooch that at first glance assumed was nothing more than some dazzling costume jewellery.


Taking a closer look, Joanna found that the brooch was actually wrapped in real diamonds.

Speaking to the owner of the brooch, Joanna said: “When you came to my desk and showed me this, I was about to say, ‘It’s really cute but it’s costume jewellery.’

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“Then I looked at it and thought, ‘Oh my god, this isn’t costume jewelry because they’re all diamonds!

The owner of the brooch said that he inherited it after winning the brooch in a competition.

She said: “I inherited it. My partner was a jeweler at Hatton Gardens and there was a competition, If You Look Like a Duchess, and it was the prize. She made six in silver.

“Though unbeknownst to everyone, he built a real one in his garage in platinum and diamonds.”

Expert Joanna reveals a little more about the history of the brooch.

She described how the original brooch, on which the contest was based, was sold at auction to Elizabeth Taylor in 1988 for just over $600,000 (£449k).

Joanna recalled: “When Elizabeth Taylor died, the brooch went for $1.3 million (974k).

“I saw that brooch when it was in Elizabeth Taylor’s sale and I didn’t think it was great, the quality, to be honest, and I replaced it and it’s superb craftsmanship – so much better than the original, it is excellent.”

Talking about the craftsmanship of his fellow craftsmen, the owner of the brooch said: “He always told me he was good.”

Guest was stunned when Joanna revealed that it would cost around £20,000 to make a brooch like hers today.

Joanna said: “If you ask a goldsmith to make something like this today, I’d say you’re looking in the region of £20,000.

“There are very few craftsmen today who can make something as beautiful as this.”

However, the owner explained that it brings her a lot of joy and happy memories to go with her husband and keep it in the family.

The owner of the brooch says that he inherited the brooch

The owner of the brooch says that he inherited the broochcredit: bbc

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