Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

Lady Wears Costume Ring For 30 Years, Then Realizes It's Worth Hundreds Of Thousands.

Was It A Mistake?

Was It A Mistake?

Ice Carats

She was baffled by what the woman had just told her. The appraiser must have made a mistake, or so she thought. She had never been in this predicament before, and she figured that neither had the appraiser. She wasn’t sure what to do, but if the woman was right, then she had just become filthy rich.

My Precious

My Precious

Petticoat Lane Market

Back in the 1980s, the unidentified London resident was rummaging through things at the West Middlesex Hospital’s flea market, just west of the city. Most of the things were old, but not in the best of shape. Since she only had a couple of bucks on her, she wanted her purchase to count. And then, as she was looking at a necklace, she saw it in the corner of her eye. It was a huge, sparkling ring. She turned and instantly knew that this ring was meant for her.

She Was Drawn To It

She Was Drawn To It

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The woman was looking for something that was all nice and pretty, but it had to look expensive too. Fortunately, the ring looked luxurious, but she wasn’t sure she’d be able to afford it. Nevertheless, she picked it up, took a closer look. There was something about the ring that she couldn’t quite figure out. But she was sure of one thing. She felt an inexplicable connection to the piece of jewelry.

Next Time

Next Time

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The ring’s mount and crystal were huge! It looked like something that had come out of a fairy-tale, which is why she wanted it so badly. She figured that it wasn’t real, but it would serve as motivation so that she could buy herself a real diamond ring someday. All she had to do was save up enough money. But she had no idea that her dream was a lot closer than she could have imagined.

She Felt Like A Princess

She Felt Like A Princess

Petticoat Lane Market

From that day forward, she wore the ring whenever she went shopping, and she felt like a princess. But she never regretted her purchase. After all, she bought it for about $13 (£10). And since it wasn’t that expensive, she thought, if she lost it, she wouldn’t cry over it. But for thirty years, she hadn’t realized the ring’s true value. Then, she went to the grocery store, and that’s when everything changed for her.

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