After a short engagement, a couple who eloped in the 1970s didn’t have a long marriage to show for their wedding. The bride, however, never took off the ring that was given to her by her husband. This giant diamond ring was then passed down to the bride’s daughter. An emerald cut diamond as the centerpiece of the ring recalls the Art Deco period. The large diamond also has nearly no inclusions- which makes it a pretty rare stone and a spectacular piece of heirloom jewelry.
According to the paperwork, the ring came from noted jewelry firm, Van Cleef and Arpel’s. Jewelry pieces by this firm have been worn by such huge stars as Liz Taylor and Marlene Dietrich and more recent celebs like Jennifer Aniston and Mariah Carey. Needless to say, the name is very well known with collectors of fine jewelry. Unfortunately, this ring lost the signature on the band over the years. As appraiser, Kaitlin Shinnick, explained- rings can often have no maker’s mark if they’ve been resized, which this ring was. It’s certainly something to consider if you ever have work done on a ring.
Regardless of the removal of the mark, the paperwork backs up this incredible ring which was purchased by a resident of Beverly Hills and given as a gift to the bride. The 5-carat diamond is set with two smaller diamonds on each side in platinum. This is like the Rolls-Royce of rings right here.
On Antiques Roadshow the owner of the ring brought it to be appraised and the value was much higher than we were expecting it to be!
If you love jewelry then you have to see this diamond sparkle. It has to be one of the biggest diamonds to ever be appraised on the show. Have a look at this stunning ring and the appraisal in the video below.