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    Sapphire & Diamond Ring, ca. 1925

    Appraised Value:

    $30,000 - $40,000 (2013)

    Appraised on: June 29, 2013

    Appraised in: Boise, Idaho

    Appraised by: Sarah Churgin

    Category: Jewelry

    Episode Info: Boise (#1803)

    Originally Aired: January 20, 2014

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    Form: Ring
    Material: Diamonds, Sapphire
    Period / Style: 20th Century
    Value Range: $30,000 - $40,000 (2013)

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    Appraisal Video: (1:14)


    Appraised By:

    Sarah Churgin

    Rago Arts & Auction Center

    Appraisal Transcript:

    GUEST: It belonged to my mother, and she bought it probably in the early '50s from Louisiana at an estate sale. She paid $1,000, and that's all I know.

    APPRAISER: Did she wear it a lot?

    GUEST: Yes, all the time.

    APPRAISER: And have you been wearing it? (laughs)

    GUEST: No.

    APPRAISER: Well, this ring, it's an American ring set with sapphire and diamonds in at least 14 karat gold with platinum tops around the diamonds. The sapphire by calculation is 12 and a quarter carats, give or take, and the diamonds, old European cut diamonds, come to about six to six and a half carats total weight. It's a big sapphire, and we can see from the silkiness that it's also an unheated sapphire. Now, origin is very important with sapphires. Since 1951, sapphires have gone through several levels of popularity, and since 2011, sapphires have really hit the market and really taken off. So without knowing its origin, a fair auction estimate is in the range of $30,000 to $40,000.

    GUEST: Oh, my! How exciting!

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