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Antiques Roadshow is currently showing repeat episodes during it’s BBC One slot on a Sunday evening. During a previous series, jewellery expert John Benjamin took a closer look at a dual set of ruby and diamond pieces. The owner, who had inherited the pendant and earrings, was pleasantly surprised when she learnt the true value of such pieces.
“A red box containing ear clips and a blue box containing pendants with red and white stones – and that’s kind of all you know about these?” John began.
The lady replied: “I know they were my great-gran’s and I was named after her.
“My great-grandad was the Mayor of Leicester, early 50s and she was the Mayoress and that’s about it really.”
“The Mayor of Leicester because looking at the lid of the boxes, George Tarratt of Leicester,” John revealed.
“Good name, very good name, a very smart jewellers.”
The camera then zoomed in on the red box and the expert continued: “Earrings first; red stones, white stones, possibly made around 1935.
“The red stones are rubies the white stones are diamonds.
“They’re of floral cluster design, actually they’re rather wearable – people like earrings and floral cluster earrings of the 1930s, quite nice,” he added.
As for the other item in question, John said: “Then we move onto the pendant, now you don’t know, this could be glass -“
“Yes, I don’t know,” the guest interrupted to clarify.
“So if I were to say it were glass, you’d have to accept that,” John remarked.
“Well, no, I think this is actually rather wonderful, because this is a large ruby in a surround of old Victorian cut diamonds.
“Rubies are very interesting gems, if you watch the Roadshow on a regular basis, we do not see many rubies.
“We see sapphires and we see diamonds, but we don’t see many rubies and there’s one good reason for that, they’re actually quite rare.
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“This ruby though is an old ruby, coming from the old mines in Burma or India,” he revealed.
“Wow, okay,” the lady exclaimed.
“Now the only way we can establish, where there ruby comes from, categorically, is to send it off to a laboratory who will test it to establish exactly where it came from,” John explained.
“And you may say ‘why would you bother?’ It’s because rubies that come from Burma are worth more than those from India.
“Now I’ve examined it quite carefully with my lens, and it’s borderline but I think it might be Burma,” he remarked.
“You will see it’s in a cluster of these old diamonds, in a slightly graduated formation – they’re old Victorian cut diamonds.
“And the thing I want to say, that [the earrings] were made in 1935, but that pendant goes back to 1850 to 1860.”
As for how much each item was worth?
“I think the earrings are very wearable and very sellable, they’re not big, but they’re commercial,” John added.
“So if I were to say £1,500 to £2,000, not disappointing.
“The pendant, well I think the ruby weighs around 3-3.5 carats.
“Looking at it as an Indian ruby-diamond cluster, I think it’s worth in the region of £7,500-£10,000,” he stated.
But the owner was in for an even bigger surprise when John explained: “Now if it turns out that the ruby goes for a report and comes back as Burmese, then we’re into a slightly different ballpark, because that £7,500-£10,000 ups to £10,000-£15,000.”
Antiques Roadshow is airing repeats on BBC One at 8pm and you can watch previous episodes on the BBC iPlayer now.
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