Who knew the world of antiquing could be sexy and adventurous? The producers of Antiques Roadshow, our favorite (and the only) show that shows us the dark underbelly of antiquing across the U.S. There's crime! Excitement! Drama! Passion!
Okay, so Antiques Roadshow isn't actually that exciting. Is any PBS show? But within its seemingly mundane structure and concept, there's actually a lot of excitement. Hopes are dashed and lives are made, all based off of the value of an object.
On Antiques Roadshow, participants take their possessions to get appraised by the show's professional appraisers. The show began as a documentary in Britain, then was turned into a show. Eventually the British series spawned an American knockoff, as well as a Canadian version. Because antiques are riveting!
Civil war relics have been revealed to be frauds. Worthless china has been found to be worth more than the U.S. is in debt to China. It's always heartwarming when a contestant finds out that their trash is always a treasure, but one woman's appearance on Antiques Roadshow gave us all the feels.
The bracelet had been purchased by her mother-in-law's husband. The man had traveled quite a bit, and she believes that the bracelet was purchased during one of his excursions. While she wasn't sure how he purchased the bracelet, she believes it might have been purchased at an auction. That bracelet must have a lot of stories!
While the bracelet's origins were mysterious, Munn tried to shed some light on the subject. Munn explained the history of the bracelet. “Well I have no idea about the age of everybody in the family but I think there is another ghost here," said Munn.
Munn speculated on the type of woman who might have owned the bracelet. "And I think this is a ghost of a marvelous lady living in the Art Deco style with a silk dress – perhaps with a geometric pattern with it," said Munn. Munn didn't say whether or not the woman put a curse on the jewels. “This was bought for sheer pleasure to wear at some fantastic reception in Paris in 1927…"
Munn also provided information on the style of the bracelet. "We can give this the label that is often misused – of being Art Deco – and implies it is made between 1927 and the early 1930s," said Munn. Munn couldn't pinpoint the actual designer of the bracelet, but he did say that the design had been seen in some of the greatest jewelry houses in the world.
The family bracelet was described as "an opulent diamond and slinky platinum" bracelet. Despite its age, the bracelet was in great condition. But how much the bracelet was worth blew everyone away. Literally.
The woman had inherited the bracelet. However, if she had bought it in a jewelry store, she would have to pay, according to Munn, 150 thousand pounds ($197,902.50) for it. Good thing she already owns it!