An article in The Express describes how a family received a pleasant shock when they found out the value of their precious heirloom diamonds.
In the incident which took place at an Antiques Roadshow in London, a woman and her father brought in a family heirloom.
The heirloom consisted of a lovely collection of rings, a brooch, and a pendant.
The oldest piece in the collection was a Georgian ring dating back to the 1800s. According to the
antique expert, the diamonds in the ring may have originated from Brazil or India.
The next piece was a beautiful brooch from the 1830s. A third piece in the collection included a pendant that was designed with a carat's worth of smaller diamonds.
The antique expert valued each piece between 2000 - 3000 British pounds ($2445 to $3668).
However, the highlight of the collection was a single diamond ring. The ring was made in the 1920s.
The weight of the single diamond was approximately three carats.
The antique expert evaluated the color of the stone to determine if there was any yellow showing through. Eventually, she declared that the ring was a "nice, white" stone.
The size of the diamond as well as its color made the stone valuable.
The expert revealed a value of 25,000 to 35,000 pounds ($31,000 to $43,000) for the ring leaving the woman and her father speechless.
The woman's aunt had owned the ring and as part of an estate, it was passed on to her niece's family.
In shock, the woman declared:
"I knew they were old but not how old really, it is just amazing how they could make that sort of diamond jewelry in the 1700s."
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