Everyone knows that on British garage sales it is possible to get almost anything you need: something for a house, garden, wardrobe or jewelry box with accessories almost for nothing. It is hard to believe that it may be possible to find a diamond (both literally and figuratively) among the mountain of old things. But we have to believe that: one of the residents of Greater London proved that through his own example.
Back in the 80s of the last century, a ring with a large, looking like diamond, stone was put on sale. That was at one of Sunday's garage sales at the West Middlesex Hospital, London Borough Aylworth. The question of the authenticity and originality of the 'gemstone' weighing 26.27 carats was irrelevant because of the low cost of the accessory - £10.
The buyer of the ring remained in ignorance for almost thirty years, until he accidentally found out that he has had a "wealth" on his finger for all these years. Workers of one of the oldest auction houses in the world (London's Sotheby's) confirmed that the stone was a rare diamond. The remnants of doubts were finally dispelled after an examination at the Gemological Institute of America which is located in California. It turned out that the stone was made in the XIX century.
This summer, on 7th of July, the ring will be one of the lots at the jewelry auction from Sotheby's in London. Original price for the ring is £350,000. Until now, it is still unknown how such a valuable piece of jewelry fell into the hands of a seller who, most likely, will never know what luck he has let out of his hands thirty years ago.