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?