This year’s gem is a diamond ring |

This year’s gem is a diamond ring

Scott N. Miller

MINTURN – Just about every year, a small treasure pops up among the items donated to the Eagle Valley Community Fund Auction and Rummage Sale.This year’s treasure truly is a small gem, a lapis and diamond dinner ring found among the jewelry and flatwear in the “new and nearly new” room.The ring, built for a small finger, looks to be the work of local goldsmith Gordon Westerberg. The ring’s value hasn’t been established yet, but it’s believed to be worth at least several hundred dollars.”We try to go through every year and find items that might be more valuable,” said longtime sale volunteer Tsu Wolin-Brown. “We try to make sure things like this don’t get marked at $2 or something.”The ring found this year is probably the top small treasure found among the mountains of donated items. Treasures that have turned up in years past include a Lalique vase, also worth several hundred dollars, and a half-carat diamond ring.That ring was taken to the folks at Portofino Jewelry, which shines and appraises some of the items for the sale. That item was valued at about $2,000. Put up for silent auction, it brought about $700.Not every “treasure” is actually valuable, though, Wolin-Brown said.”Last year we had what looked like a diamond and ruby ring,” Wolin-Brown said. “It sold for about $50. The lady who bought it had it appraised and it was glass. You’re taking a risk when you buy at the sale, but she brought it back so we gave her her money back.”So buyer beware. But there could be buyer’s delight at the sale, too.Staff Writer Scott N. Miller can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 613, or, Colorado

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