Antiques Roadshow guest gutted as he’s told huge jewellery pin is worth just £10

A couple were gobsmacked when an Antiques Roadshow expert revealed the true value of their wedding gift jewellery.

The husband and wife pair brought a set of six different jewellery pieces to the BBC One show and hoped to find out more about the value of it after having "tucked them in a drawer" for years.

Appearing on Sunday's programme, jewellery historian John Benjamin asked how did they acquire the brooches and pins.

The man said: "These pieces of jewellery were given to my wife on our wedding day by my mother."

And his wife added: "I was taken aback, very surprised, had no idea at all. But because it was my big day so my mind was on other things, so I put it back in a box and gave it to my mother-in-law and got them from her when we came back from our honeymoon."

John lined up the set of six jewellery pieces in chronological order and said the oldest item – a brooch with graduated diamonds – was dated back to the Victorian period.

As he continued, he pointed at a pin with a distinctive green stone and three white gems on top.

He said: "This pin is set with a very large green stone and white stones. That was made in about 1910 and what do you think about the green stone is?"

The wife took a serious guess and answered: "I thought it was an emerald."

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But John delivered the bad news to her, saying: "I wish it was. It could be worth an absolute fortune.

"It would be worth, I don't know, £100,000…but it's glass."

When he moved on to a rectangular shaped Art Deco style brooch, also set with a green stone in the middle, saying: "That is an emerald and it's a super stone from Colombia.

"That's where the best ones come from, it's a really lovely, rich, bright green colour."

After a quick debrief on the jewellery collection, the expert tried to put a price on each individual piece.

"Now we are going to move on to values," he continued. "Your pin…£10."

The man gulped and looked at John in shock, saying: "£10? Okay," before laughing nervously.

But John said the rest of the pieces are all diamonds pieces so that whole collection is worth about £15,000 to £20,000.

The couple looked relieved and shocked as the husband said: "That's just blown away. It's just been tucked away in a drawer.

"We thought they were sort of real diamonds but had no idea of the value."

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