Support ANTIQUES ROADSHOW by supporting public television! Give Today
  • ON TV
  • SHOP
  • The Roadshow Archive

    Demantoid, Diamond & Ruby Brooch, ca. 1890

    Appraised Value:

    $12,000 - $18,000 (2011)

    Updated Value:

    $22,000 - $25,000 (2014)

    Appraised on: August 13, 2011

    Appraised in: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Appraised by: Peter Schaffer

    Category: Jewelry

    Episode Info: Manor House Treasures (#1835)
    Pittsburgh (#1607)

    Originally Aired: February 13, 2012

    slideshow IMAGE: 1 of 1  

    More Like This:

    Form: Brooch
    Material: Diamonds, Garnet, Ruby, Gold
    Period / Style: 19th Century
    Value Range: $12,000 - $18,000 (2011)
    Updated Value: $22,000 - $25,000 (2014)

    Related Links:

    Understanding Our Appraisals
    Useful tips to keep in mind when watching ANTIQUES ROADSHOW


    Appraisal Video: (2:36)


    Appraised By:

    Peter Schaffer

    A La Vieille Russie

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: My grandmother received it when she was 18 years old, in 1910. She got it from her boyfriend, she's cherished it all these years, and when I turned 18, she handed it down to me.

    APPRAISER: Did she marry the boyfriend?

    GUEST: No, unfortunately, she didn't. I really don't even know what his name was. I wish I would have known that, but...

    APPRAISER: Poor guy. (both laughing) Have you ever had it looked at and examined?

    GUEST: Yes, about ten years ago, I had it appraised from a jewelry store and they had told me it was about $5,000.

    APPRAISER: Well, to start off, the stones are not emeralds, which most people think they are. They are what you call demantoids, which is a green garnet. The demantoid has a wonderful history to it. It was the first of the green garnets discovered in Russia. The stones are Russian. It was made in England around 1890. Generally speaking, the English and the French were the only ones who wanted the demantoid of that particular color, which is the best. This brooch was hand made. It had to have been at the time. And what they did is they carved out the gold frame for it, and they set it with the green garnets and the diamonds, and of course it has a little catch so it can be worn as a pendant. But one of the things that really kind of sets it off is the little ruby eyes. And it's probably either 15 or 18 karat. The fact that it's a turtle, and a brooch and a pendant, it's really quite a something piece. It's got a lot of things. First of all, the turtle is very good luck. And the animal form brooches makes it a double. And you've got a triple whammy because it's got demantoids, which are very, very much sought after and it's not a fad. Demantoids have been sought after for decades. These are worth more than emeralds are. As a retail value today, you're talking about $12,000, $15,000 and possibly even $18,000.

    GUEST: Wow.

    APPRAISER: I mean, it's really quite a wonderful thing and a very saleable thing.

    GUEST: I plan on continuing the history and giving it to my granddaughter, and hoping she will do the same with her granddaughter.

    APPRAISER: Good.

    WGBH This website is produced for PBS Online by WGBH Boston. ©1997-2015 WGBH Educational Foundation.
    ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is a trademark of the BBC and is produced for PBS by WGBH under license from BBC Worldwide.
    WGBH and PBS are not responsible for the content of websites linked to or from ANTIQUES ROADSHOW Online.
    PBS is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

    ROADSHOW on Facebook ROADSHOW Tweets ROADSHOW on YouTube