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    Diamond, Platinum & Gold Ring, ca. 1940

    Appraised Value:

    $3,000 - $4,000 (2012)

    Appraised on: August 4, 2012

    Appraised in: Corpus Christi, Texas

    Appraised by: Jill Burgum

    Category: Jewelry

    Episode Info: Junk in the Trunk 3 (#1721)

    Originally Aired: November 4, 2013

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    Form: Ring
    Material: Diamonds, Platinum, Gold
    Period / Style: 20th Century
    Value Range: $3,000 - $4,000 (2012)

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    Appraisal Video: (2:02)


    Appraised By:

    Jill Burgum

    Heritage Auctions

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: I purchased this ring in Naples, Italy. There was a lady that came to the house, and she sold jewelry of all different types. When I saw that ring, I fell in love with it. The story that she told me was that this ring was given to the youngest son in the kingdom. Which kingdom, I don't know. She also mentioned that it dated back to probably the 1800s. So I have had that ring since 1968. I had it sized down. It's supposedly a man's ring, but I liked it so much I had it sized down for me. The lady mentioned that the ring was from the 1800s.

    APPRAISER: The lady mentioned that the ring was from the 1800s.

    GUEST: Right.

    APPRAISER: And based on the design elements, with these rolls along the shoulders of the ring, that actually dates this stylistically to the 1940s.

    GUEST: You're kidding me.

    APPRAISER: It has a large diamond in the center. We've estimated the carat weight to be one carat. And it's a high-quality diamond as well. It's nice and white, it has very high clarity, and it's beautifully displayed in a combination of platinum and gold. And you've got accent diamonds along the sides. I know you said that you had been told that this ring was made in Italy.

    GUEST: Right.

    APPRAISER: I've looked over the ring, and unfortunately I didn't find any hallmarks that would help authenticate that. I don't know if I can say that this was attached to any royalty either. That was a good story. I do believe it was originally a gentleman's ring.

    GUEST: Yes.

    APPRAISER: May I ask what you paid for the piece?

    GUEST: I paid $120.

    APPRAISER: So if I told you that at auction, a retro diamond ring such as this would have an auction estimate of $3,000 to $4,000...

    GUEST: Oh, very good.

    APPRAISER: ...would you be surprised?

    GUEST: Surprising, yeah, very surprised.

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