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Bromley woman discovers she had been sitting on a fortune with ring she paid £5.50 for

PUBLISHED: 07:00 01 May 2018

Sonia Jackson, head of the ceramics section at Hansons. Picture: Hansons Auctioneers Ltd

Sonia Jackson, head of the ceramics section at Hansons. Picture: Hansons Auctioneers Ltd

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A Bromley woman was dumbstruck to discover at an antiques valuation event that a ring found among 'odds and ends' in a charity shop featured a diamond worth thousands of pounds.

The ring is now set to go under the hammer at  with an estimate of £7,000-£8,000. Picture: Hansons Auctioneers LtdThe ring is now set to go under the hammer at with an estimate of £7,000-£8,000. Picture: Hansons Auctioneers Ltd

The lucky owner of the ring, a 58-year-old woman who wishes to remain anonymous, took the item along to a free antiques valuation event held by Hansons London in Keston - but only as an afterthought.

She said: “I wanted to have an opal pendant valued and only decided to take the ring at the last minute.

“I didn’t think it could possibly be real.

“I just assumed someone would have picked up on the fact if it was.

“The stone was so big, I thought no one could miss it if it was an actual diamond.”

She said the ring had caught her eye in a Bromley charity shop, where she spotted it in a plastic tub marked ‘junk jewellery’.

She paid only £5.50 for the ring last December, but the lucky finder should soon be adding a few noughts to that figure because the ring is now set to go under the hammer at Derbyshire’s Hansons Auctioneers with an estimate of £7,000-£8,000 after being identified as a gold ring featuring a huge 2.30 carat diamond.

Sonia Jackson, valuer for Hansons Auctioneers and Hansons London, swiftly spotted its worth at the valuation event held at The Greyhound, Commonside in Keston on April 19.

Sonia said: “I told her it was a real diamond and she was amazed.

“When I rang her to tell her the valuation I said, ‘you may need to sit down’”.

The finder said: “This is the best stroke of luck I’ve ever had.

“I’m over the moon.

“You hear about things like this happening to other people but never think it will happen to you.”

She added: “I hope the ring does well at auction as I’d like to put the money it makes towards the cost of my daughter’s Masters degree.

“I won’t be spending it on myself, I’ve got everything I need.”

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