Antiques Roadshow expert shoots down husband as he learns true value of wife's diamond earrings

Antiques Roadshow expert shoots down husband as he learns true value of wife's diamond earrings

AN Antiques Roadshow expert shot down a husband as he learned the true value of his wife's diamond earrings.

The BBC programme visited Aston Hall in Birmingham and expert Joanna Hardy met a couple who had brought in the gold and diamond jewellery.


Joanna was impressed from the start, saying: "These are a very special pair of earrings – they're so stylish. How did you get these?”

The husband replied: "They were a gift from me to my wife as a silver wedding present.

“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.”

The wife said she had seen them in the shop back in 1991 but had no idea her husband had bought them for her.

Asked how much he paid for earrings, the man replied: "I paid £190 for them at the time."

Joanna then revealed they were by Andrew Grima, an important jewellery designer in the 1960s.

She added: "He's still so avidly collected – he died in 2007 but his wife and daughter have continued with his business today."

Joanna continued to praise the construction of the earrings as she turned them over, before revealing: "You'd be looking at auction in a region of around £3,000 to £4,000.”

 The couple were left stunned, with the husband saying: "Really?" before joking: "I’m not going to let them out again."

But Joanna replied: “No you should wear them and enjoy them and it's so lovely to see these well done – great, great choice.”

Antiques Roadshow is available on BBC iPlayer.

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