A LUCKY bargain hunter is set to scoop several thousand pounds after uncovering a rare gem at a Staffordshire tabletop sale.
A brooch spotted amongst a box of costume jewellery at the local sale turned out to be a Cartier Art Deco ‘tutti-frutti’ jabot piece, set with rubies, emeralds, sapphires and diamonds.
It was snapped up for very little, auctioneer Hansons said, but is expected to fetch up to £8,000 when it goes under the hammer at next month’s Fine Arts auction.
The brooch, created in the 1930s, is “flavour of the month amongst the high end jewellery buyers of Paris, London and Geneva,” Hansons’ head of jewellery department Isabel Murtough said.
She added: “The brooch is a fascinating find and a real rarity to uncover. We are very excited to be handling it at auction.
“Despite all the television shows it just goes to show what can still be uncovered at jumble sales, flea markets and even car boot sales. Although bargains may not be so frequent today, such exciting finds are still clearly out there.”