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Antiques Roadshow guest is stunned by the staggering value of her grandmother’s sapphire ring as expert admits it’s ‘one of the best’ she’s seen

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Antiques Roadshow expert Joanne Hardy stunned a guest in Glasgow during the BBC show after valuing her grandmother's sapphire ring at a staggering amount.

Antiques Roadshow expert Joanne Hardy stunned a guest in Glasgow during the BBC show after valuing her grandmother’s sapphire ring at a staggering amount.

During an appraisal at Pollok Park in the last episode, a woman brought in a stunning and elegant ring that had been in her family for decades.

The expert, specialized in buying and selling high-end jewelry, admitted that it is “one of the best rings I have seen in a long time.”

Joanne said: ‘Well, this is definitely a necklace for every outfit you have in your wardrobe. You could wear it with anything.

“It belonged to my grandmother,” the woman explained. “She used it all the time and she left it to me 58 years ago… When she was young I think she used it because it was new to me.”

Antiques Roadshow expert Joanne Hardy stunned a guest in Glasgow during the BBC show after valuing her grandmother's sapphire ring at a staggering amount.

Antiques Roadshow expert Joanne Hardy stunned a guest in Glasgow during the BBC show after valuing her grandmother’s sapphire ring at a staggering amount.

During an appraisal at Pollok Park in the last episode, a woman brought in a stunning and elegant ring that had been in her family for decades.

During an appraisal at Pollok Park in the last episode, a woman brought in a stunning and elegant ring that had been in her family for decades.

During an appraisal at Pollok Park in the last episode, a woman brought in a stunning and elegant ring that had been in her family for decades.

Jo replied: ‘So this is a beautiful sapphire called a star sapphire and it has a six ray star and it really is quite impressive.

“It is set around cushion shaped diamonds and this is essentially around [the period of] 1900/1910. It has the beautiful milgrain setting…all platinum, which is very of the moment.

“I would say at auction the price is between £4,000 and £6,000.” The stunned woman said: ‘God!’

Earlier this week, another guest was shocked to discover the value of a watch they had found broken in a junk shop.

In the episode, members of the public went to collect their possessions from Powis Castle in Welshpool, and one man hoped to learn more about the clock.

He explained to expert Alistair Chandler how he had paid £40 for a box of trinkets and later discovered the watch hidden at the bottom.

The guest said: “There were all kinds of fragments in [the box] and there were some tools I wanted, but at the bottom there were some dead watches, and among them was that one.

Alistair instantly warmed to the article and told the guest how he had “stumbled upon a gem.”

Joanne (right), who specializes in buying and selling high-end jewellery, admitted it was “one of the best rings I’ve seen in a long time”.

“I would say at auction the price is between £4,000 and £6,000.” The stunned woman said: ‘God!’

Earlier this week, another guest was shocked to discover the value of a watch they had found broken in a scrap shop was worth up to £2,000.

Earlier this week, another guest was shocked to discover the value of a watch they had found broken in a scrap shop was worth up to £2,000.

Earlier this week, another guest was shocked to discover the value of a watch they had found broken in a scrap shop was worth up to £2,000.

Fiona Bruce and the Antiques Roadshow team will hit the road again this summer to film the 47th series of one of the BBC's best-loved shows.

Fiona Bruce and the Antiques Roadshow team will hit the road again this summer to film the 47th series of one of the BBC's best-loved shows.

Fiona Bruce and the Antiques Roadshow team will hit the road again this summer to film the 47th series of one of the BBC’s best-loved shows.

He then went on to tell how designer Jaeger-Lecoultre made the watch, before also pointing out the name of London luxury jeweler Asprey on the dial.

Alistair gushed: “It really oozes style” before revealing that it had been made in the 1930s and was at the “avant-garde of design” of the time.

Turning to the valuation, he concluded: “I think you paid £40 pounds, in the current market and interest in Jaeger watches and given the Asprey retail name.”

“I think someone would easily pay between £1,500 and £2,000 for this watch.”

The man looked stunned and let out a gasp before laughing, “That wasn’t a bad day of shopping.”

Jaeger-LeCoultre is a Swiss luxury watch manufacturer founded by Antoine LeCoultre in 1833 and is known for creating some of the most expensive watches in the world.

Fiona Bruce and the Antiques Roadshow team will hit the road again this summer to film the 47th series of one of the BBC’s best-loved shows.

Open to the public as usual with ticketed events, the team invites guests to tell them about their prized pieces in advance by submitting photos and information about their items via the Antiques Roadshow website.

Applications are now open for free tickets to the new venues including:

  • Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery in Walpole Park, Ealing, west London
  • Cromford Mills, near Matlock in Derbyshire
  • Firstsite Art Gallery in Colchester, Essex
  • Thirlestane Castle at Lauder in the Scottish Borders
  • Beaumaris Castle on the Isle of Anglesey
  • Botanical Gardens in Belfast

Applications for tickets and exhibit items are now open with limited spaces. To order both, visit: www.bbc.co.uk/antiquesroadshow

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