HARRISBURG, Pa. — A retired jeweler sorting through items donated to a Pennsylvania charity spotted one fabulous find: a 2.6-carat diamond and platinum ring.
Officials from Goodwill Industries say the ring has been appraised at $17,600, making it the most expensive item ever donated to Goodwill Industries Keystone Area.
The ring was discovered last week by retired jewelry Barry Landis, who has sorted through donated jewelry in Goodwill’s Harrisburg distribution center for the last two years. Most of it is costume jewelry, but the donated diamond shone through. The ring has a two-carat European-cut diamond, surrounded 14 smaller diamonds.
Edwardian engagement rings are famous for its intricate designs and delicate patterns that every bride will certainly love to have. These rings were made from the finest materials and carefully handcrafted to produce high-quality engagement rings.
The Edwardian era was a period of lavishness in terms of fashion and jewelry. It is during the time in power of King Edward VII, from 1901 to 1910. Though this epoch lasted for only a decade, the designs were continuously utilized until around 1920.
During this time, jewelers used platinum and diamonds to craft an engagement ring with intricate designs and filigree patterns that resemble an airy design that’s very romantic. They incorporate contoured circles and arches to the filigree patterns to add texture to the design. Romantic symbols such as flowers, leaves, doves, hearts, and vines were used to highlight the filigree patterns. They also use multiple stones which are smaller than the center stone to accentuate it; this is called the pave settings, which is very popular in this era.
Today, antique Edwardian engagement rings are not common to be seen in a jewelry store. They are most likely to be seen at estate sale or auction. Usually, a piece of it would cost you several thousands of dollars; ranging from $6,000 up to $12,000. And if your budget can’t afford to buy an expensive antique Edwardian engagement ring, you can settle for the modern ones. They are replicas of the vintage and they are less expensive but they offer the same beauty and elegance. You can buy those pieces through online shopping or you can visit your favorite jewelry boutique.
Just my two cents here, but it’s always a good idea to have photographs of your rings and such! It is reported that there were phone calls from people claiming it was their ring with no proof.