Antiques Roadshow guest shares heartbreaking Holocaust love story behind ring

An Antiques Roadshow guest was stunned after learning a heartwarming story behind the diamond sapphire ring that was given by a Jewish family.

The pensioner showed expert Susan Rumfitt a spectacular heart-shaped ring that set in turquoise and sapphire along with a pavé of diamonds leading to a star on top.

Appeared on last week's BBC One programme, the guest told how she came in possession of the jewellery.

She says: "As a child I was told the ring had belonged to the Belgian royal family. When the German army advanced in spring of 1940, invading Belgium and the Netherlands, the family gave it to a Jewish family, who were also fleeing from the Germans.

"They brought it, obviously, across to this country. It then came into the hands of our family doctor and he gave it to my father, who wanted to give it to my mother."

The story touches expert Susan's heart and she said the historical stories that attached to the jewels are "what make the piece so interesting".

She then decodes the hidden meaning of the gemstones to the guest, explaining: "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. The whole thing is about this wonderful love, coming together and romance, and it really is superb."

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The small diamond star on top has a hint of showing the way forward, which Susan adds: "It means everything was going to be all right."

When giving the valuation, the expert admits that she couldn't confirm the provenance of the royal family link but estimates that the ring could fetch somewhere between £3,000 and £5,000 at auction.

The guest smiled and replied: "That's very nice! Lovely!"

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