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07/31/2013 05:03 am ET

'Antiques Roadshow': Jewelry Collection From 1998 Nearly Doubles In Value (VIDEO)

"Antiques Roadshow" continued looking into its own past for hidden treasures, this week spotlighting a 1998 episode from Richmond, Virginia. While the crew was there, one woman was stunned to find out that she had a genuine fortune sitting in her jewelry box.

She'd inherited a series of jewels from her great aunt, who'd been married to a congressman back in the 1920s. As the couple didn't have any children, the jewels made their way to the woman's niece and then on to "Antiques Roadshow."

As they were examined, experts found that she had a dual-diamond pendant worth $12,000, and a diamond and ruby ring worth $80,000, but that wasn't all. A diamond bracelet accented with rubies was worth a staggering $165,000, according to appraiser Berj Zavian. Those three pieces alone were worth more than $250,000.

The show told us that the value has only increased since 1998. By today's values, the collection is worth between $400,000 and $450,000. Surprisingly, a lot of that jump happened in the past year. In 2012, it was valued at $320,000.

Never look at "old junk" the same after watching "Antiques Roadshow," Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on PBS.

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