I don't own much in material things that I would call valuable -- although probably in comparison with 3rd World countries almost everything I own would be called valuable. But in comparison with most of America I'm pretty average.
However when my mother passed away about ten years ago, my sister and I found among her things this ring with a note attached:
The photograph makes them look like large diamonds but believe me they are not. However, there are two things which make me wonder just how valuable this ring is. The note attached to the ring stated that this was my grandmother's engagement ring. Since this grandmother married in 1912, that makes the ring at least 100 years old.
The other thing is that I know that diamonds mined before a certain date are called old mine diamonds and this ring is definitely from before that date, so they are probably old mine diamonds which are more valuable than newer ones.
As you can see, there is one small diamond missing, so that would bring the value down.
Naturally the ring is in a bank lock box -- just in case it is worth something. But I took it out and photographed it a few years ago to see if I could find out its value. That's when I discovered that it was going to cost me more to have it valued than it was probably worth!
Ah well, in the vault it will stay, and any dreams of great wealth I may have are locked in with it.
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