My husband and I took a day trip to Paradise, CA, a tiny mountain town just north of Chico. We didn’t have much time, but we wanted to look around a bit. We ended up in one of my favorite places, an antique shop.
We wandered for about an hour, ooing and ahhing over stuff, snapping pictures on the sly. Before we left, I spotted this beautiful antique ring in a case near the door.
I asked the man at the counter if I could see it, because it was so pretty and delicate and it looked big enough to actually fit me (My ring size is an 8 1/2, most women are a 6 or 7). I placed it on my finger and it fit perfectly. It was dingy and dirty, and really needed a good cleaning but I could see potential. On closer inspection, I saw that it was stamped inside as .925 silver, and the stones were real. They looked to be white topaz, and they are jeweler-mounted in a prong setting, with tool marks so it looks to have been done by hand. (Sometimes having worked in fine jewelry comes in handy!)
I had noticed the price tag on it, and I honestly didn’t think it could be right. I asked the man to check the price to be sure. He did and it was correct.
I told him that it was sold, and he rang me up.
My total………………….. $1.85.
Yes, for this gorgeous ring, I got change back from $2.00.