Antiques Roadshow guest is left speechless at the enormous value of Cartier’s legacy
An Antiques Roadshow guest was stunned by the value of Cartier jewelry passed down to her by her mother. It had such a high value that the expert joked that she would “run away with it”
An Antiques Roadshow guest was shocked at the true value of her Cartier heritage.
The woman brought a pair of earrings and a brooch her late mother had given her for appraisal, Joanna Hardy casting her expert eye on them and the guest was pleasantly surprised at the cost of the jewelry.
Joanna shared, “People often ask me what I look for in jewelry? Of course it’s craftsmanship and it’s good design. But sometimes a piece of jewelry gives me immediate excitement and that’s what these jewels have done to me.
“And the fact that they come in very well-known red boxes, the impact that this brooch and these earrings have together, I think, is absolutely stunning. So how did you acquire these fabulous jewels?”
The guest then explained that it was given to him by his recently deceased mother.
“Well my mum passed away last year and she left them to me. I saw her wearing them but I didn’t really know what they were and then when I brought them home I realized what it was because of the boxes,” she said. added.
Joanna then replied, “The red box with the Cartier signature inside and of course it’s Cartier jewelry and they’re both signed on the back. I took a good look, she clearly liked her jewelry.”
The expert was stunned by the beauty of the jewelry, but revealed that the earrings had been altered.
She shared: “When I shoot [the earrings] finished, these have been modified, they weren’t initially as pierced, what they are now, they are now for pierced ears and you can see here, the ring around it and that tells me that there would have been a clip, which would have been adapted in there. This is Cartier London and they are 18k gold. These lemons came in a variety of colors as you can see this nice kind of nice gradation of these very rich golden brown colors. »
That’s when she gave the staggering assessment, leaving the guests absolutely speechless.
“The earrings because they’ve been altered, you’d be looking in the region of around £10,000,” she said, “And then this brooch, which I’d run away with, I just think that’s spectacular I love it I love the colors At auction I could see there would be a bit of a fight about it and I’d say you’re probably looking in the region of about 30 £000.
“My God, it’s a lot more than I thought,” replied the shocked owner.