The antique roadshow guest was stunned to learn the huge price tag of the jewelry. A member of the audience on the episode of Antiques Roadshow that was broadcast on Sunday was taken aback when she found out how much her collection of jewels from the 19th century was worth.
When the Roadshow was filming at Powis Castle in Wales, a gemologist by the name of Geoffrey Munn went there to check out the location.
While he was there, he investigated a number of objects that had a history reaching back to the 1700s and contained precious stones such as diamondsand rubies.
When the guest of the hostess was asked to explain how she came to be in possession of the jewels, she gave the following response when she was questioned about it: "Well, the two diamondbrooches were given to me by my father."
'[The bow] on my wedding day. And [the flower emblazoned one] came a little bit later and [the ruby bow] was inherited from my grandmother.
'My father was into the antique world, it's something that I've grown up with.'
Geoffrey remarked to her after examining the things:
'The one on the left here is a very sweet little bow. The bow is not simply a bow, it's a true lovers knot because the harder it is pulled, the tighter it becomes.
'And then the diamonds are forever, so this little subliminal message for your wedding was perfectly well chosen.'
Antiques Roadshow guest stunned to learn huge price tag of jewellery
Geoffrey continued by stating that he believed the parts to have originated in Spain or Portugal, while the bow was likely made in Great Britain. He continued:
I would like to think [the floral brooch] was Russian, and that would be very, very exciting.- Geoffrey Munn
Following the revolution, the Russian Crown Jewels were put up for auction in London in order to earn moneyfor the newly established government.
'And it's just possible that that is a Russian jewel and wouldn't it be marvelous if it came from the Russian Crown Jewels.'
'We can work on that but not here right now,' he warned.
'But, what we can work is that these are very valuable to you because they have sentimental values.'
The antiquities specialist then appraised the collection, estimating the smaller brooch to be worth £8,000, the butterfly brooch to be worth £10,000, and the final item to be worth £15,000. Geoffrey said to the visitor:
'hey're marvelous things, they're not showy, they're utterly beautiful expressions of an era gone by and that's what we're looking for really.- Geoffrey Munn
The Antiques Roadshow returns to BBC One next Sunday at 8 p.m.