Antiques Roadshow: Diamond pearl brooch’s value plummets as expert spots alteration

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Antiques Roadshow visited Stoner Park in Oxfordshire for the latest edition of the BBC show where Joanna Hardy was tasked with evaluating a diamond pearl brooch. The owner of the jewellery item was taken aback when the expert revealed the brooch had undergone a huge alteration before coming into her possession. 

Joanna began: “What I love about jewellery vintage and antique, you always know there’s going to be a story behind it.”

“This was left to my mother by a very good friend of hers. They spent 20 years together in a village in Derbyshire and when she died she wanted my mum to have it,” the owner explained.

“It had been a gift from her husband when he joined her in Tanganyika,” she said and Joanna interjected: “Which is now Tanzania.”

“Yes that’s right because he became the high commissioner there,” the owner continued. 

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“So they had this wonderful life in Africa and they found themselves retired to a little village in Derbyshire.”

“Oh my goodness,” Joanna remarked. “Looking at this, the style is very 1920s.

“What I always do I look at the front, I look at the back and because it’s a brooch [so] it has to prove to me that it’s a brooch. 

“I think this has been altered from a larger piece. Now, why do I think that? 

“If I turn it over where the catch is you’ll see it’s been cut away so the design hasn’t finished. It looks like it’s accommodating something else that’s been cut off.”

“I think that this actually was part of a bracelet,” the Antiques Roadshow expert continued. 

“You’ve got here natural pearls and the diamonds also are cut in about 1900, 1890 they’re slightly earlier so these are set with cushion-shaped diamonds. 

“They have a few flaws in them, the metal is probably platinum because white gold came out later.”

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The jewellery expert asked the owner: “So it’s been passed down to you?”

“Yes, my mother passed away last year and she left it to me,” she replied. 

“The value I’m placing on it is taking into account that it’s been changed and altered slightly,” Joanna said. 

“So I would say at auction it’s about £2,500,” the expert revealed. 

“That’s great fantastic,” the owner said. “It’s really interesting to know it’s part of another piece. 

“I might break it up into three pieces so I can give it to my family because it was left to me.”

“I’m the only girl in the family and I’d like to share it with my brothers,” she added.

Antiques Roadshow continues on BBC One at 8pm. 

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