The Jewelry Insider

April 28, 2010

A 2.6-carat diamond ring was mysteriously donated to a Goodwill thrift store in Pennsylvania. Talk about a diamond in the rough!

Jewelry sorter, Barry Landis, quite literally found a diamond in the rough when he
discovered a
2.6-carat
diamond ring among the piles of costume jewelry given to a Pennsylvania
Goodwill store. The retired jeweler said he trembled while holding the tarnished
stone, realizing he had more than just a rhinestone bauble on his hands.

The ring, appraised at a whopping $17,600, includes a 2-carat European
diamond surrounded by 14 smaller diamonds in a platinum setting. No one has
called in yet to claim the ring – the most valuable Goodwill donation on record
for the Pennsylvania area.

“It could have ended up with a price tag of $5.99,” Jennifer Ross,
spokeswoman for Goodwill Industries Keystone Area told The Patriot
News.

“It makes me think about what treasures might be out there in some of our
stores.”

Ross said the ring will be posted for auction in the Reading section of
www.shopgoodwill.com with bidding starting at $15,000.

“I don’t know that we’ll ever top this,” she said. “All we need is a matching
bracelet now.”

 

 

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