30 years ago, a woman bought what she thought was a piece of costume jewelry at a flea market for about $15. Next month, that same piece of costume jewelry is expected to sell for about $454,000 at an auction held by Sotherby’s.
Turns out, it wasn’t a piece of costume jewelry at all, but a for real 26.27 white carat diamond. The buyer had no clue the diamond was real, as 19th century diamonds wer not cut in a way that showed off their brilliance and clarity.
The auction house’s jewelry department chief, Jessica Wyndham, said that the owner wore it daily, completely unaware that it was a real diamond worth almost half a million dollars.
The owners of the diamond have been asked to not be identified.
Via CTV News