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#1 Posted : Thursday, August 08, 2019 9:32:49 PM(UTC)

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A flea market ring picked up for $13 was sold for $850,000 at Sotheby’s

Whether you’re in the search of a Boho vintage dress, a unique belt buckle, or maybe even a cute vase for your collection of trinkets, any flea market is the place to be. Everyone is looking for their own great deal. But one English lady unknowingly picked out something quite remarkable at a “car boot sale” at West Middlesex Hospital, London, in the 1980s. What she believed to be a piece of costume jewelry made the headlines 30 years later.Cheap Jewellery Shops

It was just a regular Sunday sale when the woman bought a ring she fancied for £10 ($13). She wore that ring for the next 30 years, shopping, working, running errands, until she discovered, to her astonishment, it was actually set with a 26-carat diamond that was cut in the 19th century.

At the beginning of June 2017, the “Tenner” ring went under the hammer at Sotheby’s Fine Jewels sale in London. The final bid of £656,750 ($849,740) was double it’s estimated price. According to the BBC, the woman wished to stay anonymous and as the head of Sotheby’s London jewelry department, Jessica Wyndham, said: “She wore the ring every day oblivious of its real worth.
The ring was placed in a bundle of low priced trinkets when she bought it. She never for a moment suspected it could be real diamond because it’s appearance wasn’t sparkly enough.

So, no one bothered to find out anything extra about this possession until one day a jeweler laid his eyes on it. Reportedly, the woman was told that the ring looks to be more valuable than a regular costume ring and the jeweler suggested she took it for further examination at Sotheby’s.At the jewelry department, Wyndham and her colleagues were quite excited by the size and unique geometric chevron design of the cushion-shaped stone. They strongly suspected that they were looking at a genuine old cut diamond, however it’s authenticity needed to be verified by a formal analysis.

Sotheby’s passed the ring over to the Gemological Institute of America to confirm their assumption. The 26.27 carat diamond was cut in a typical 19th century style that didn’t reflect as much light as modern cut diamonds. Gems from this era have a deep and warm finish that reflect the light in a different way than the brilliantly polished surface of modern cut diamonds. The appearance of these diamonds might seem to glow rather than sparkle, but definitely shine with beauty and individuality.
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