Viewers of the Antiques Roadshow were stunned by the ‘astonishing’ Yorkshire jewelry collection amassed at fairs and markets valued at £ 20,000
Sunday night’s episode (September 19) saw a guest bring in a collection that left antiques expert John Benjamin in awe.
John began, “I don’t say that very often, but it’s a really remarkable collection.
“Where the hell were they from? he asked the owner of the jewelry.
The owner explained that he and his family lived in Doncaster in the mid-1960s and described it as a thriving market town.
He revealed that his mother used to explore fairs and antique markets, where she purchased the jewelry for the collection.
The item group included a number of stunning brooches, but it was an amber necklace that stood out the most by expert John Antiques Roadshow.
The necklace was adorned with shocking large amber beads and while watching the item closely, John made a confession.
He remarked, “Now, how long have I been doing this show? Almost 30 years. I have never seen amber of this size ever brought.
“Amber beads are absolutely colossal and I’m really speechless about amber of this particular size and quality,” he remarked.
“It is the caramel amber which is by far the most sought after commercially,” he revealed.
After evaluating the entire collection of items, John moved on to estimating value.
He explained, “These amber beads need to be tested, I want this to be clear.
“They have to go through a lab certification process to make sure they’re all absolutely the way they should be.
“But the size, scale, scope… £ 5,000 to £ 7,000,” he said, revealing his estimated value for the necklace.
” Good God ! The owner exclaimed and laughed in shock at the high number.
John continued, “I think it’s going to really hit the market if you sell them, as the whole collection would by the way.
“This is a powerful collection of antique jewelry. It’s amazing. It’s very rare.
“As the group’s total collection, £ 15,000 to £ 20,000,” he estimated.
“It has been a privilege for me today,” added John.