The team behind Antiques Roadshow recently delved into the archives, looking for particularly interesting discoveries. An episode of the popular TV show that had been filmed in Richmond, Virginia, in 1998 was found, containing footage of a woman who had brought in a jewellery box and its contents to be appraised. The woman was amazed to be informed that her jewellery was incredibly valuable.
The woman’s aunt had married a congressman during the 1920s, but the couple didn’t have any children. The woman was the sole inheritor to her aunt’s jewellery before eventually ending up on an episode of Antiques Roadshow. Among the treasures were a diamond pendant that was estimated as being worth $12,000 (£7,900) and a ruby and diamond ring worth $80,000 (£53,000). However, there was another piece of jewellery evaluated by Berj Zavian that shocked everyone – a bracelet made of diamonds, with rubies inlaid thought to be worth around $165,000 (£109,000). The total value of those pieces reached more than a quarter of a million. According to the experts, the value of the antique jewellery has increased significantly since the appraisal in 1998. The collection of jewellery would now be worth between $400,000 (£264,000) and $450,000 (£297,000).
Antiques are usually an investment, with antique furniture like antique oak pedestal desks being popular while also retaining their value. Rather than put money in an account, an investment in antiques can be a more profitable method of boosting savings. People are often bequeathed gifts and don’t realise just how valuable they can be.
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