Diamond and Glass Ring, ca. 1940
Appraised Value: $1,500 - $2,000
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Appraisal Video: (2:23)
GUEST: This ring belonged to my wife, who is now deceased, but she inherited it from her great-aunt, who was a world traveler and bought a lot of expensive things.
APPRAISER: And did you ever have this ring appraised or looked at?
GUEST: Not in a professional sense. I was told it was old... by my wife, and she was told that by her aunt.
APPRAISER: When I saw this ring from afar, I was really curious, but when I looked real close, I realized this was a put-together ring; this was a brooch at one time. The diamond crescent right on the top here-- they're nice old mine-cut diamonds. That's an old Victorian crescent, and those came in three sizes, so that's old, probably 1870s, 1880s. Then I looked at the stone in the center, which is a wonderful carving. But you know what? It's glass. Then I looked at the side of the shank, and I said, "You know what? Some jeweler very cleverly did a brilliant job of mounting it in such a way that no one would ever question that these were three things put together." If you look at the side-- I'm going to give you a little clue: just take a look at the way that shank is broken. They tried to fit it in so it all matched, and it does match. I'm going to show you the other side. Beautiful engraving and all the engraving underneath. It was probably made in New York City, probably in the late '30s and early '40s, when a lot of these bits and pieces were put together and had new lives. But you know what? He did a great job, because everyone that sees this ring when we showed it around, they said, "Isn't that interesting?" Someone said maybe it's 18th-century, you know, maybe it's this, maybe it's that. When everybody's asking all these questions, usually there's something wrong. If this were just a brooch, that little crescent brooch, I would say it's worth probably $800, $900, a thousand. But as a ring, do you think it's worth more?
GUEST: I do not know.
APPRAISER: They did such a good job, I'm going to value it around $1,500 to $2,000.
APPRAISER: So they actually took an old piece and made it better.
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