If you've held onto a box of baseball cards for years, hoping against all odds it will be worth something someday, you might envy this individual's unexpected joy. A piece of "exceptionally sized" costume jewelry purchased at a West London garage sale in the 1980s carries a surprising value. The owner wore it for fun over the last 30 years, thinking it couldn't be worth anything.
Recently, it was suggested that she take the ring to a jeweler to get it appraised. She took it to Sotheby’s Jewelry in London, where she was undoubtedly shocked by the news. This ring, bought for just £10 at a garage sale, is now up for auction with a starting bid of £250,000 ($325,000 USD).
The ring is a 19th-century 26.27-carat, cushion-shaped white diamond. Sotheby's adds that the ring has an "attractive" color grade of I and an "impressive" clarity grade of VVS2.