Appraisal Video: (3:24)
Front Desk, Jewelry
GUEST: I went to a Goodwill on the Oregon coast...
GUEST:...and for $20, I purch... I knew they were special when I saw them.
APPRAISER: And then you went further. You had them tested?
GUEST: Yes. I went from... many gemologists, and I must have-- on the Oregon coast alone, probably ten to 15.
APPRAISER: No kidding?
GUEST: A total of over 20.
APPRAISER: Did anybody tell you what they were?
GUEST: Most of them didn't have a clue. This gemologist would say, "Go to that gemologist," and I'd go to the next. "And this gemologist is better."
APPRAISER: Anybody offer to buy them?
GUEST: Um... nobody offered to buy them.
GUEST: Because I, um, I didn't want to sell them. They knew, they knew I didn't want to sell them.
APPRAISER: We're in a business. People always make bids to buy, you know, when you take it in to show it to them.
APPRAISER: Now, what do you think they are?
GUEST: Well... one lady committed herself and she said she believed they were old rubies. At first, they'd hold them and they'd go, "They're not real."
GUEST: And then they'd say... "Wait a second." ! ..."Well, maybe they are." Yeah, "Well, maybe they are," you know, and most of the time-- because I had them in my little hot hand and I'd warm them up and they'd be warm-- they'd say, "Oh, they're beads," you know, but then after that, she said that they're worth around $10,000, you know, but I'm going, "Oh, my gosh," and that was cool, but she said she wouldn't commit herself, so she sent me to another big mucky-muck. She said he was a gemologist and he had a big gallery...
GUEST:...with pieces that were, like, $30,000 and $100,000.
APPRAISER: You went to a high-class store.
GUEST: Yeah, so it looked really good.
APPRAISER: Now, what did he tell you?
GUEST: And he took them in his hands and he, at first, said the same thing-- "Oh, they're not real," and I said, "Yes, they are." He said the color didn't look real. Then he got a hot thing and he poked it.
APPRAISER: That's good, that's another test. Now, what we have here is a stone tester. This thing does not lie.
APPRAISER: If it's not real, it's going to go up into that area right around here. And this also tells you what type of stones it is. Rubies are corundum. Sapphires are also corundum. I tested quite a few of your stones.
APPRAISER: Now, watch what happens. Nothing.
APPRAISER: Nothing... nothing.
GUEST: (laughing nervously): Is that good?
APPRAISER: We're going all around it. So... now-- and I looked at the stones through the loupe and everything else.
APPRAISER: I'm sad to tell you that they're not real.
APPRAISER: Yeah. They're some sort of composite. They might be a plastic.
GUEST: You're kidding.
APPRAISER: I'm not kidding.
GUEST: He put an hour and a half on those things.
APPRAISER: I'm telling you, and if you have this tested in the lab, it's going to cost you about $200 to have the stones tested, and they're going to tell you that it's not real.
GUEST: And did you see the pieces you can see through and everything?
APPRAISER: Everything. I'm sad, I'm sad to tell you that-- I wish they were real, because if they were real, a ruby necklace like this would be worth $100,000. (laughs) Now it's worth-- good costume jewelry... So it's worth ten bucks or 20 bucks. That's what it is.
GUEST: Strange, very strange.
APPRAISER: So... I'm sorry to tell you that, but we had a good time with them.
GUEST: Yeah, we had a great time. ! (chuckles)
APPRAISER: I'm glad you came in.
GUEST: Yes, it's good to meet you.