In a classic episode of the BBC favourite, jewelery specialist Geoffrey Munn exclaimed he ‘can’t believe’ what he saw when he explained the value of the special brooch, which was brought by a guest who had given it as a gift to her husband. . The Antiques Roadshow moment saw the presenter and guest lost sight of as they admired the unique object which was revealed to be worth thousands of pounds thanks to its connection to Tsar Nicholas II.
Asking the owner of the brooch how she got it, she explained that it was given to her by her husband.
“That’s great, isn’t it, because jewelry-buying husbands are an almost extinct species,” Geoffrey commented.
“But it’s one of the most beautifully chosen, and I think it has a very interesting subliminal message, which is only secondary to what I’m going to tell you next, actually.”
The 68-year-old continued: “It actually means ‘always lucky in love’. Here’s a horseshoe for luck, diamonds are forever and a little sprig of mistletoe.
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“So always lucky in love and from your husband, how often does he buy you jewelry?”
“Every once in a while I get a little surprise,” the guest explained.
Geoffrey continued: “It’s really amazing, because I looked at the back earlier and there are a series of features, and they are important for what I’m going to tell you next.
“Well it’s a sequence of hallmarks, not only do they tell me this brooch was made in Russia in 1900, but there’s also a hallmark there that tells me this is the most famous goldsmith who ever lived. It’s a Carl Fabergé brooch.”
“Yes,” replied the brooch owner, smiling and ecstatic.
“Incredible really,” added Geoffrey. “I can’t believe this happened – I can’t believe this happened to me, it’s been a wonderful journey of discovery.”
Speaking of the valuation, he continued: “These kind of brooches, due to the background and excitement of the maker, were offered at auction and fetched up to £10,000.”
” Truly ? No, that’s not possible ! The guest said.