Char­ity over­whelmed by do­na­tions of jew­ellery

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LO­CAL peo­ple have do­nated jew­ellery worth thou­sands of pounds to help a char­ity cel­e­brate its 70th an­niver­sary.

Marie Curie, which pro­vides care for peo­ple with ter­mi­nal ill­nesses, was founded in 1948 fol­low­ing the be­quest of a di­a­mond en­gage­ment ring.

To cel­e­brate the char­ity’s an­niver­sary, Dundee jew­eller Lor­raine Law con­tacted Marie Curie of­fer­ing to make a new item of jew­ellery, fash­ioned from un­wanted pieces do­nated to the char­ity, which will be auc­tioned or sold to help pay for Marie Curie nurs­ing ser­vices in the NHS Tay­side area.

Al­though Lor­raine and Marie Curie pa­tron Pe­tra McMil­lan asked for odds and ends such as bro­ken neck­laces or odd ear­rings, they have been stunned by the qual­ity and quan­tity of the do­na­tions they have re­ceived.

Lor­raine said: “I have done a bit of re­search on some of the pieces and the dates range from 1871 to 1971.

“There is a 15-carat gold amethyst brooch which is un­dated, but 15ct gold was dis­con­tin­ued in 1931 or 32.

“There is also an opal en­gage­ment ring en­graved Roma 7.7.”

Pe­tra said: “We are just over­whelmed with the gen­eros­ity peo­ple have shown.

“Some of the things peo­ple have been bring­ing in are in­cred­i­ble.

“We’ve had 10 rings handed in, one of which dates back to 1871.

“There’s also a plat­inum ring still in its orig­i­nal box.

“One lady brought in an en­gage­ment ring and a wed­ding ring that be­longed to her mother be­cause she had no one to pass them on to.”

The ap­peal closes on April 30 and any­one who wants to do­nate jew­ellery can hand it in to Lor­raine’s shop at 34 Union Street in Dundee or to Jessie’s Kitchen in Broughty Ferry.

Lor­raine Law

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