AN ANTIQUES Roadshow guest was left shell shocked after an 'ugly hunk of glass' ring she didn't want to bring on the show received a huge valuation.
In the classic episode of the BBC show, expert Susan Rumfitt met a lady who had brought in an art deco-style ring with a large yellow stone.
Describing it as "sunshine in a box", Susan asked the lady how she came across it and she explained it had belonged to a relative of her mum's and she had inherited it alongside a number of items when the relative died.
Asked if she liked it, the guest replied frankly: "No. I think it's an ugly hunk of glass."
As they both laughed the guest added: "But I'm told it's set in platinum and has to be something, but no, I don't like it, I think it's a bit too much for me."
Susan said the ring was set with diamonds and mounted in platinum which "kind of indicates that it might not be a lump of glass".
She then revealed it was in fact a yellow sapphire from the 1930s and said: "It's a great stone to have and a very hard stone, hence the reason why you're getting almost that glassy look to it, because it's the hardest gemstone after diamonds."
Susan continued: "I did a quick measurement of it and it's round about 16 carats."
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The woman was clearly stunned but the expert continued to surprise her when she said: "It's certainly brightened up my day, and if this went into auction you would be looking at an estimate of between £4,000 and £5,000."
As the audience gasped, the guest doubled over in surprise, before revealing: "You're kidding me, that's ridiculous because when I was telling my mum I was coming here, she brought this out and I said 'I'm not taking that! That's just a big lump of glass!
"I'll be so humiliated!" she then added with a chuckle: "Right ok, that is actually growing on me!"
Antiques Roadshow is available on BBC iPlayer.
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