Reader's Digest Asia Pacific

DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER

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Some people have all the luck. Consider the person who dropped about $15 around 30 years ago on what was thought to be a piece of costume jewellery — it turned out to be a 26.27 carat white diamond. The gem – which was bought at a flea market – fetched US$847,667 when it was auctioned by Sotheby’s earlier this year. The buyer had no idea of the ring’s value because 19th-century diamonds were not cut to show off their brilliance and clarity.

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