Antiques Roadshow guest gobsmacked as £1 charity shop ring is worth over £2,000December 12, 2021
An Antiques Roadshow guest was gobsmacked when she discovered that her £1 bargain buy at a charity shop was actually worth more than £2,000.
Appearing on the BBC programme with a yellow gold ring with a cluster of gems, the lady introduced herself before talking about the item she had brought along.
"I bought it in a charity shop and it was with the costume jewellery," the lady began.
John Benjamin then asked her how much it set her back, to which she replied: "It cost me a pound."
"A pound?" John asked.
"One pound," the lady replied before confirming that there are no hallmarks on the ring or anything to indicate that it was any more than costume jewellery.
"I just thought it was a nice ring, with pretty glass inside," the lady said.
John then said: "I looked at it and I thought, 'that's interesting' because of this rather unusual fluted back," before touching upon the sunburst style etching on back of the ring.
He continued: "That kind of design is typical of jewellery that was made in Georgian times, so we can date it to around about 1790–1800, that sort of period.
"I then turned the ring over and it revealed this cluster. In the middle you've got a large dull grey stone, and surrounding the dull grey stone are a series of little red gems."
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The lady went on to say how she didn't think the ring was real or worth anything because it wasn't hallmarked, but John then went on to say that it actually wasn't hallmarked because it's Indian.
"It's actually 22-carat bright yellow gold," he revealed before talking more in-depth about the stones.
After using a device called a thermal tester, John was able to reveal what the 'dull grey' stone really was.
Using the device in front of the lady, he placed the thermal tester on the centre stone and it made a loud beeping sound.
He then revealed that the stone was in fact a diamond that has been cut 'in the most unusual way'.
"This is the kind of cut that they used to use in the old mogul times, this is actually really rather rare. It's grey because it's actually quite a heavily spotted diamond – but it doesn't matter, it's a rare stone," he said.
Moving onto the smaller red stones, John said: "Well, they're rubies – in other words, this is a mogul ring that has somehow found its way over from somewhere near the Taj Mahal over to the charity shop here, 200 years later and it's really quite an extraordinary thing.
"You're one pound investment you see is worth £2,000," he said, to which the lady replied: "Wow," looking completely gobsmacked.
Antiques Roadshow airs Sundays at 8pm on BBC2.
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