Owner Interview: Edwardian Ruby & Diamond Bracelet, ca. 1915
It has everything going for it. If I had to insure it, I would put probably $20,000 on it because I don't think you could find one.
And certainly not with the whole story, so I'm glad you came today.
I said I was going to try not to cry.
Don't, no, you don't have to, be happy.
Well, when Gloria told me the value, I just started crying because this bracelet was my husband's grandmother, Hilda, it's a very sad story in the end, because Hilda never made it out of Germany alive and so... I never put it in a bank so I leave it at home and I usually will hide it and sometimes I hide it so well that I can't find it when I'm looking to wear it and that happened once and I was worried about it and I had a dream one evening about my husband's aunt who gave it to me and the next day I found it. We went to Germany two years ago, my husband and my son. The house of the family is still in Frankfurt but now it's a hotel and we stayed there. It was very interesting realizing that that was the family house where my husband's father was born and you know, so that was really fun. I got this postcard, my husband was making vinegar and he wanted something for the label for the bottle so I was going online just looking at Italian villas and I thought, I should see if there's anything Villa Sulzbach so I searched that and there was a company in Berlin that sold postcards that had this card. And on the back is the signature, this is from a postcard that Hilda wrote to a friend of hers in France. Gloria said, "I can I have a bottle of that vinegar? But I'd really like the bracelet, but I'll take a bottle of vinegar."
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