Antiques Roadshow guest scolded after huge diamond earrings valuation ‘Good gracious!’11/07/2021
Antiques Roadshow: Andrew Grima earrings valued at £3000
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Joanna Hardy was tasked with evaluating a pair of gold diamond earrings when Antiques Roadshow visited Aston Hall in Birmingham. The owner of the item and her husband were stunned when Joanna revealed the item was worth £4,000 on the BBC show but the couple were taken aback when the expert lightheartedly scolded the pair.
Joanna asked: “These are a very special pair of earrings – they’re so stylish. How did you get these?”
“They were a gift from me to my wife as a silver wedding present,” the guest replied.
“She doesn’t like silver jewellery so we went shopping for gold jewellery and then I presented them on the evening that we were having our silver wedding party.”
“And I wore them for that which was lovely,” his wife added.
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“You had seen them in the shop?” Joanna questioned.
“I had seen them in the shop but I didn’t know he bought them for me,” she replied.
“And how long ago was this?” Joanna asked before they noted this had been in 1991.
The expert questioned: “How much did you pay for them in 1991?”
“I paid £190 for them at the time,” the guest answered.
“They’re made by Andrew Grima,” Joanna said. “He is an incredibly important designer jeweller from the 60s and really right up to the present day.
“He’s still so avidly collected – he died in 2007 but his wife and daughter have continued with his business today.
“In the 60s, it was very much that we’d come out of the austerity years of the 40s and the 50s where jewellery design was really quite mundane and very traditional and then Andrew came along and just turned it around on its head.
“The jewellery industry, especially for the UK has never looked back.”
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“He loved surface texture and his textured that with a dentist drill,” Joanna noted.
Really?” The owner asked and the expert replied: “That’s what they used to texture it.
“So it’s really lovely and I’m just going to turn it over here,” Joanna said.
“I love the way that you can see the construction of the piece and it’s got all the hallmarks.”
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Revealing the item’s worth, Joanna said: “You’d be looking at auction in a region of around £3,000 to £4,000.”
The owner’s husband asked: “Really?” And his wife added: “Good gracious I never dreamt that thank you so much.”
“I’m not going to let them out again,” the husband quipped and Joanna warned: “No you should wear them and enjoy them and it’s so lovely to see these well done – great, great choice.”
“Really astounded at £3,000 to £4,000,” the owner’s husband said before his wife added: “I really will have to wear them more often.”
Antiques Roadshow continues on BBC One on Sunday at 8pm.
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