An antiques roadshow guest was stunned when the expert revealed the jaw-dropping value of some precious jewelry with royal connections.
Expert Geoffrey Munn was joined by two women who had brought the brooch along, handed down through their family.
The women explained that the items originally belonged to a great-aunt who worked for Queen Alexandra of Denmark.
He was thrilled to examine the jewels, adding: “Here are the two jewels, the two original boxes for them, and in the lid, the royal family’s suppliers.
“It says Hancock and he says Collingwood. These two have been suppliers to the British royal family for a long time.
“What wonderful relics they are!”
The expert then took a closer look at each brooch and found that one was made of pure gold and embellished with coral.
He explained that coral is associated with Venus, the goddess of love and can be an item that you can give to a potential lover.
Geoffrey continued: “It is something that will mark a great occasion in the life of a courtier.”
Moving to the second brooch, he said: “It is in black onyx with a very distinctive pearl cross on it.
“It ticks every single box for memorial jewelry. So, it’s a memory of someone who died and I think if we turn it around we’ll be able to see the date in which it happened.”
He then turned the brooch over and uncovered a picture of Queen Alexandra with the delicate inscription.
It read: “From Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales, July 7, 1870.”
Astonished Geoffrey said: “It’s an extremely personal gift.”
The women said that their great-grandmother was the maidservant of the then Princess Alexandra and had been gifted with jewellery.
The women anxiously awaited the conjecture, with Geoffrey telling them that there was significant history behind the piece.
Geoffrey said: “When you can find a piece of jewelery like this, with the manufacturer, the origin, and the exact history, comes a fun good value.
“I have no hesitation in saying it’s £6,000 to £8,000.”
The owners were blown away by the assessment, with one saying: “Wow! That’s awesome!
“I’m going to say £8,000 to £10,000.”
The large sum initially left the guests lost for words, with one answering: “That’s incredible! Wow, that’s wonderful. I mean we really are – that’s their historical value.”
Geoffrey pointed out how important these inscriptions are, otherwise they would have been worth “one tenth of the value”.
Antiques Roadshow is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
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