How a toybox trinket that cost just 20 and was a four-year-olds plaything, turned out to be a royal gem

How a toybox trinket that cost just 20 and was a four-year-old’s plaything, turned out to be a royal gem

All that sparkles: Four-year-old Imogen with the junk shop brooch

All that sparkles: Four-year-old Imogen with the junk shop brooch

Thea

Thea”s 19th century brooch features 27 diamonds and a near flawless topaz weighing 20 carats

Thea first set eyes on the brooch five years ago, while she was in a second-hand book shop

Thea first set eyes on the brooch five years ago, while she was in a second-hand book shop