Yellow Diamond Ring, ca. 1905
Appraised Value: $35,000 (2013)
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Appraisal Video: (3:02)
GUEST: Well, this ring is my inheritance from my parents. And the ring was actually bought at an estate sale back in the '40s or '50s by a couple that I considered surrogate grandparents. And when the wife of that couple died, my parents purchased it for $500 in the mid-'70s.
APPRAISER: What do you know about the ring? Have you ever had it appraised?
GUEST: My parents had it appraised in the mid-'70s. It was appraised at that time for right around $6,000. At that time, they called the cut of the diamond a mine cut-- old mine cut. And then it was appraised again in the early '80s for around $15,000...and that appraiser called the diamond cut a European cut.
APPRAISER: We call these old European cut, this particular stone, because it's round and it's got an open culet. When you look into the center of the stone, you can see through it. But did they talk about the color?
GUEST: No, that the center cut is a yellow diamond. And the other one said something very fancy.
APPRAISER: Someone gave it a... right. Well, you know, the second appraiser was more accurate in the cut and that he called it a fancy yellow. I would even go one step further and call it a fancy intense because it is a rich, rich yellow. This ring was fashioned around 1900 to 1910, and that's because of the platinum and yellow gold. That's the vintage of these rings, the vintage of the cutting, and also the style. We call this a princess style ring. You have really an antique diamond ring.
GUEST: It's over 100 years.
APPRAISER: Over 100 years old. And really pure and natural. They didn't really color diamonds back then. I actually don't know exactly where it was made. Difficult because it has no marks on it. Now, what's happened in the diamond market? We are now here in 2013. Today, if you were to get this appraised, the first thing is you'd have to get a certificate to determine, "Is this a natural color?" I am absolutely sure that this is a natural color. However, you'd need to have that certificate. If I were going to give you a value for replacing insurance, you're almost at $60,000 for this diamond. And the diamonds around it, we don't want to just throw them out. They're beautiful old cut stones. They're about 2.5 carats. I think the mounting alone is worth over $5,000.
GUEST: Oh my.
APPRAISER: So I think insurance replacement in the market today with the certificate would be over $60,000.
GUEST: Oh, that's wonderful.
APPRAISER: In the market. Without the certificate stating that it is natural, fancy intense, you're at about $30,000. Big difference.
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