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April 16, 2009
I lay the ring on the black velvet square.

It was made around 1900. The center stone is over one and a half carats, and the side stones total another half. The setting is filigreed platinum.

The jeweler peers at it through a magnifying glass, pointing out the flaws, but also giving me a little history lesson about diamonds and how they and their settings have changed over the years. It would be interesting if I weren’t planning to sell it.

She offers me less than a quarter of the value on the insurance appraisal. Fighting back tears, I agree.