Thursday, April 29, 2010

Imagine Finding This....

at your local Goodwill. Just this week, a retired jeweler was sorting through items donated to a Goodwill in PA when he spotted a 2.6 carat diamond and platinum ring. The ring was appraised at 17,600! The ring has a two-carat European-cut diamond, surrounded 14 smaller diamonds.
Goodwill official aren't sure why the ring was donated or who donated it.

My guess is that it came in from someone cleaning out an estate. They probably tossed the entire box of costume jewelry, thinking it was all junk jewelry, in a bag to be donated They may have looked at the size of that diamond and thought that it couldn't possibly be REAL! It's not uncommon to find 14K jewelry mixed with costume, but I've never found anything this valuable. My shop partner once bought a bag of mixed costume jewelry and there were 2 Tiffany heart bracelets inside the mix. That was unexpected and a nice surprise!

Have you ever found anything valuable at a thrift store or tag sale?


Anonymous said...

Wow....what a lucky find for that person.

Blissitydoodah said...

I'd like to say I have :) but I can't.

Anonymous said...

Wow- that ring is beautiful. I would love to find a piece of Tiffany. I haven't so far- maybe someday.

I did find something good once! I found a sculpture by a 1950's-60's modern pop artist a few years ago at a junk shop in central Illinois.
- I bought it for $18 (plus it was 10% off that day, so I got it for $16.80)

Sold it to a private collector- for $18,000. It's now sitting in the collection at Omaha Museum of Modern Art.....

For sure a once in life time event- I'm sure it will never ever happen again. But I always keep looking.

@ Relics

Anonymous said...

A friend of mine once found a painting for $20 and sent it to an auction house. It brought $150,000. I thought it was ugly and probably would have never looked twice at it!


vintage tickled pink said...

i frequent the gw well many of them, but i bought an old jewerly box, little dawers, gold velvit inside, anyway i was gonna paint it white shabby it a bit and give it to a dear friend i found a diamond ring behing one of the drawers that must have got stuck there 40yrs ago, had it appraised and sold it for $600. paid 1.99 for the jewerly box....excitement... priceless. diane

luvtodecorate said...

wow! what a great post! I have found money in jeans I have bought at the goodwills. but never nothing like that before!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

I once found a 14kt slide bracelet at a junk shop while on vacation for $5. I didn't even know it was gold because I didn't have my contacts in! I threw it in my purse and three weeks later I pulled it out and saw that all 14 slides were marked 14kt.