A stunning collection of gems that lay forgotten in a bank vault for 30 years has been unearthed and is set to sell for more than 100,000 at auction next month. The jewellery, which includes an emerald and diamond necklace and matching earrings, is thought to have been amassed from the start of the 20th century by a female owner. After her death, the 30 or so emeralds, rubies, sapphires and diamonds were handed down through her family, who are based in the West Country. The items were locked in a bank vault for safe-keeping in 1980 and forgotten. It wasnt until the familys affairs were being sorted out recently that the vault was opened. The collection includes a Belle poque emerald and diamond necklace, with 15 graduated sections, and a matching pair of earrings, worth 30,000. One Victorian necklace, set with rubies and diamonds, is set to fetch 20,000, while a Georgian ruby and diamond brooch could make in excess of 10,000. Miranda Bingham said: It is remarkable that such exquisite pieces could have been left for so long in a bank vault. TG