Marquise-cut Diamond & Platinum Ring

Value (2012) | $40,000 Auction$60,000 Auction
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GUEST:
I inherited a box of jewelry, a lot of costume jewelry, and this was in it.

APPRAISER:
Did you have any idea if this was a costume piece or a real piece?

GUEST:
I was hoping it was real, but I didn't know.

APPRAISER:
Well, I can tell you that it is real. It is marked platinum. This is a wonderful piece from the 1950s. And we have tested it, and it's a real diamond.

GUEST:
Oh, good.

APPRAISER:
So we can take it a step further and say that the center diamond is a fancy colored diamond, which means it has yellow and brown in it, which makes it more unique than the standard white diamond.

GUEST:
Oh, good.

APPRAISER:
Yeah, and by measurement, it comes up to seven carats.

GUEST:
Wow.

APPRAISER:
So it's a big diamond. And at auction, an item like this would sell for between $40,000 and $60,000.

GUEST:
Oh, that's wonderful.

APPRAISER:
Is that what you expected to hear?

GUEST:
No.

Appraisal Details

Appraiser
Heritage Auctions
Dallas, TX
Appraised value (2012)
$40,000 Auction$60,000 Auction
Event
El Paso, TX (June 18, 2011)
Period
20th Century
Form
Ring
Material
Diamonds, Platinum

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