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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Estate Sale Story

I met a friend at an estate sale a couple of weeks ago.
After I'd found all my treasures, checked out and loaded my
Jeep, I went back in the house to see if he needed any help.
He was checking out and said I should look around one more
time.  "You never know what you'll find!", he said.
So I dug through a big basket of junkie jewelry...metal,
adjustable bands, plastic....and came across this ring in
a plastic envelope.  The band looked too fancy to be junk.
Everything in the basket was $4, so I bought it!


 Once home, I took a closer look....10KT gold! And a
natural mined peridot stone (you can tell by a couple of tiny flaws
in it that you don't get with synthetic stones...tiny black specks).
Pretty cool, right?  And $4.00?  And guess what...it was my size!
I took it to a jeweler to have the stone set and got to pick 
it up today.  They said it's Victorian era and with the
intricacy of the band, it's worth about $1,000.


Kind of looks like a crown, doesn't it?
Hmmm....princess crown or Wonder Woman crown? haha.



I thought they did a really nice job with the setting!
They polished it up and took a little bend out
of the back of the band.  Fun, fun!
Do you go to estate sales?
You should!  Because "You never know what you'll find!" 


49 comments:

  1. Wow . . . . what a find and fit for Queen Betsy . . . so glad you have it. It is beautiful . . :)

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  2. What a treasure. Beautiful. Hubby and I used to haunt Estate Sales all the time. Where we live now there are very few. Lots of senior living places where people have already gotten rid of their "good" stuff.
    We have found a few things that have at least tripled our money.

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    1. It's always fun...maybe at little bit of a drive would let you attend some good ones! This one was about 35 minutes away for me.

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  3. I thought the same thing about it looking like a crown also. Too bad you were only pretending to be queen for the day yesterday because today you have the ring for the part. 😊 Going to estate sales is something that we plan to do when hubby retires. We are going to an auction this Friday night.

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    1. Oh, lucky you this Friday night! No auction for me until next week!

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  4. How perfect for the Queen....Betsy, a treasure that found a treasure...win~win. It cleaned up beautifully. Have only been to one estate sale...don't see much of them where we live now. "Low Income" HaHa...Need to check around the area and see if there are any close enough to visit.

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    1. They're kind of like a thrift store that only open for a weekend. haha. Very fun!

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    1. Well, hi Cheryl! A nice surprise to see you here!
      Isn't it pretty? So fun to find it and have it put together!

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    1. Isn't that cool? Makes me look at everything at a sale differently.

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  7. Wow - you did good again! Yay!

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    1. I know...this one was especially amazing!

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  8. Wow, amazing find. You have an eye for beautiful things, and in this case it was valuable as well. Good for you, Betsy!

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    1. It makes me wonder why the estate people didn't notice have this ring marked higher...or maybe they did and it didn't matter to them.

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  9. Hi Betsy - what a wonderful find ... and as you say they've put it together really well - love peridots ... it looks like the colour of the San Carlos Apache Arizona peridots ... c/o Wiki! - could be interesting to check out too ... such a fun item to come home with ... cheers Hilary

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    1. The color is really pretty. Listen to you....I'll have to check that out! :)

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  10. What a great find!! So glad you got it repaired and you are enjoying it. I love that setting...it does look regal.

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    1. I've never seen a setting like this....the hand crafted ones are the best, aren't they?

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  11. Well damn, look at you
    Will be rich soon that way at your zoo
    $4 to $1000 isn't at all bad
    1000 more and you'll be a millionaire at your pad

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    1. 1000 more is a lot
      to make me rich at my plot. haha.

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  12. A beautiful piece Betsy, you found yourself a bargain there !
    ~Jo

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  13. Lovely Betsy...suits you!
    My son goes to Estate sales...always on the hunt for mid-century modern!
    Enjoy your week...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. mid century is such a fun era for style and decor.....I can see why he loves it!

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  14. Beautiful ring and a lucky find. You have a good eye and lots of practice.

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    1. Well yes, but I have my friend to thank for this one....I missed it the first time around!

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  15. Oh! MY! GOODNESS!! That is gorgeous, Betsy!! Great find and it is just so beautiful, not to mention a small treasure! You are really good at finding treasures. ;) blessings ~ tanna
    ps I'm sorry this was your first Mother's Day without Taylor. It is bittersweet. You're happy they've taken flight and are happy, but your heart aches for missing them. hugs and love ~ t.

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    1. Oh, I know....you love that they are independent and doing well but boy do I get a lump in my throat when he drives away now. Ugh.

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  16. Wow! What a fantastic find! I love the detail on this ring.

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    1. Isn't that neat? The detail is what caught my eye in the first place!

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  17. Gorgeous ring... I just love it. Peridot is such a pretty stone and the setting is beautiful. I love filigree work.
    You owe the friend that encouraged you to look around one more time, a big thank you! Wow.

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    1. Yes...so true...and I've thanks him over and over!

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  18. Lordy girl, you scored big time. You must have The Eye! Nice find!

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  19. Quite the find. And you're right, you never know what you'll find.

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    1. So very true....the thrill of the hunt and all that. :)

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  20. The thrill of the hunt. I used to buy and sell old stuff on Ebay. I kind of got out of the hunt but still hit an estate sale or flea market occasionally. I have helped my daughter get bit by the bug. She has different taste than me so we make a good team. I think your ring is a beautiful find and you were meant to have it. Woohoo! You might be a woner woman/princess cross perhaps.

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    1. Well, that works out well....it's not as fun if your friend loves the same stuff you do! hahaha....

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  21. I think of almost all the high-pronged solitaire settings as "Frog Prince Crowns."

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  22. What a find. - I love the color of the stone and the setting is very pretty.

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    1. I've always loved peridot but have never had one! They are a pretty color~

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  23. The thrill of the hunt. That's what keeps us coming back :)

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