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Susan Rumfitt was on hand to take a closer look at three extravagant rings during a previous episode of Antiques Roadshow. And when she revealed the price tag of each of them, the owner was pleasantly surprised, especially when the expert said their value would only increase with time.
“Well, these are the most glamorous knuckle-dusters I’ve ever seen, how did they get into your family?” Susan began.
The lady explained: “All I really know about them is that my father travelled through South America and he collected these along the way.”
“How fantastic! What was his role? What was he doing travelling so much?” Susan continued to probe.
“He sold textile machinery,” she said.
“Oh great! And coming back with sparklers like this, your mother must’ve been delighted!” Susan added and the guest replied: “She was very glamorous in them.”
“The fact she was travelling in South America fits in perfectly, because they’re all by a designer called H Stern, but was founded in Rio de Janeiro!” Susan revealed.
“So, I wonder if he actually did go in and choose these for her or have them made for her, but they are stunning designs.
“And Hans Stern actually stared the business mainly as a gemstone dealer and one of the finest gemstone dealers in the world and is still going – a really strong business today.
“They’re really good fun,” the expert continued.
“If we look at them in order, I mean, do you have a favourite to start with?” Susan asked.
The lady offered: “I quite like the little square one. I think I could wear that one.”
“Oh, I know, I love that. Well, you wear them all very well, maybe not all together, but they do look good,” Susan remarked.
“But the centre one, this is full of vary-coloured sapphires. We’ve got a whole variety of different colours there, all set in 18-karat gold and all probably from round about the ’70s.
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“So they’ve got that really glamour feel to them.
“It was about going out and having a good time during this period and making sure that your jewellery was full of beautiful gemstones, as we see here.”
Moving on, Susan said: “This one here is set with amethyst and again, shows all the qualities of 1970s jewellery, bringing in texture against smooth gold.
“And then this one over here, wow, my goodness. It’s actually set with green and pink tourmalines.
“Tourmalines grow in a crystal that is half pink and half green and they’re really great fun, really good crystals and a beautiful gemstone to work with.
“And then again. he’s mounted it in this very traditional Bombay-style ring and mount, typical of what’s happening during this almost cocktail society jewellery,” she explained.
As for how much they would fetch, should they be for sale, Susan offered: “If these came up for auction, I would expect probably the centre one to be making somewhere between £1,500 and £2,000.
“This one here [left one] again, similar amount, £1,500 to £2,000.
“But there’s something just really stunning about this one over here [on the right], certainly from a design point of view.
“I’d be putting that one at around the £2,000 to £3,000 mark at auction,” she divulged.
“Really good stunning rings, that are going to rise in value!”
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