Can you imagine? You are rummaging through some treasures at an outdoor market and you come across the perfect piece of costume jewelry that matches a dress you recently purchased. After scratching your head a bit thinking, “Geez, it’s $13, but it’s just the thing I’ve been looking for. Ok, I’ll buy it!”
You bring it home feeling satisfied with your purchase and wear the beautiful ring on your next evening out. People rave about what a beautiful little piece of jewelry you’ve got there, repeatedly.
Purchased for $13
So you’ve had your fun and when you get home, you toss the jewel in with where you keep your other accessories, bring it out to wear occasionally over the next a 35 years or so, and forget about it. One day, you take a glance at it with different eyes, wondering what seems so special about this ring compared to all the others. Out of curiosity, you bring it in to have it looked at and appraised by an expert.
Can we have a drumroll, please! That nice little ring you purchased at a London yard sale back in the 1980s is worth nearly a half-million dollars!
As it turns out, what you purchased for $13 is no ordinary piece of costume jewelry after all!
“This is an extremely rare find,” said Jessica Wyndham, who is the head of the Sotheby’s auction house’s jewelry department. “We’re used to people coming in with pieces from their personal collections but this was exceptional.”
This Oppenheimer Blue Diamond sold in 2016 for $57.5 million in 2016