Antiques Roadshow expert Susan Rumfitt came across a stunning sapphire diamond ring when the BBC show visited Culzean Castle in Ayrshire. The owner of the jewellery item revealed the piece shared a royal connection but Susan issued a warning before explaining the guest could expect to sell the item for £5,000.
Susan began: “So jewels are full of stories, they’re full of passion there’s so much I can tell you about this beautiful ring but first I’d like to know how it came into your family.”
“As a child, I was told the ring had belonged to the Belgium royal family,” the guest replied.
“And when the German army advanced in spring of 1940 invading Belgium and the Netherlands the family gave it to a Jewish family who was also fleeing from the Germans.
“They brought it across to this country, it then came into the hands of our family doctor and your family doctor in these days was a friend of the family and he gave it to my father who wanted to give it to my mother.”
“What a lovely present, as well, fabulous present, fabulous story,” Susan remarked.
“Obviously we’re not entirely sure how the royal family gave it to the Jewish family that’s a bit of a missing link.
“But these sorts of historical stories that attach themselves to jewels are what makes the piece so interesting.
“On top of everything else that we can see in front of us which is just a glorious work of art which is set with turquoise and sapphires and diamonds.”
“The sapphires themselves represent, in the language of stones, devotion and turquoise is the true colour of the forget-me-not flower.
“So we have that hidden meaning as well of forget-me-not so the whole thing is about this wonderful love coming together and romance.
“It really is superb, also, of course quite interestingly there is a little diamond star on the top to show the way forward, that everything was going to be alright.”
“So it really is an abundance of love and sentiment, it really is,” the antique expert revealed.
“I didn’t realise there was so much background to the stone,” the guest remarked.
“So obviously we can’t add the royal provenance to the value of it today,” Susan warned.
“So if it came up in an auction I would expect it to fetch between £3,000 and £5,000.”
Surprised, the owner of the ring commented: “That’s very nice, lovely.”
Antiques Roadshow continues on BBC One on Sunday at 8pm.