Diamond In The Rough
How about this for money well spent? Back in the 1980s, a woman bought what she thought was a piece of costume jewellery for £10 in a car boot sale. Believing the cushion shaped stone in the ring was not a gemstone as it did not sparkle and was set in a ‘filthy’ mount, the owner simply enjoyed the piece and wore it every day for several decades. It was only after the ring was taken to Sotheby’s and a jeweller for valuation that the woman found out the “exceptionally-sized” stone was in fact a 26 carat diamond which is thought to date back to the 19th century. As for value, Sotheby’s estimated it would fetch £350,000 at auction but that was clearly on the conservative side as it sold for almost twice that at £656,750. Jessica Wyndham, the head of the auction house’s London jewellery department, said “The owner would wear it out shopping, wear it day-to-day. It’s a good-looking ring. No-one had any idea it had any intrinsic value at all. They enjoyed it all this time.” Sounds like the owner got more than her ten pounds’ worth.