Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Anybody Know Anything About Jewelry?

So, when my daughter, young Galadriel Tanqueray Onassis, graduated from High School, my mother presented her with a ring.

It looks kind of like a spiral galaxy with one arm of diamonds and one arm of rubys.

At least my mom says they are diamonds and rubys. But she also told me we are related to Jesse James. Her proof? Because so many men in the family had the first name "James". Yeah.

So I suspect the whole ring is just cheap costume jewelry. Anyway, my mom is convinced that the rubys are some sort of rare "dark rubys" that are incredibly valuable.

So here is one crappy picture and two better pictures of the ring. Anyone have any idea what we are looking at here?


Christy said...

She can take it to a jewelry store to get it appraised, but I don't think those are rubies.

Xavier Onassis said...

Christy - I'm sure you're right. I doubt they are diamonds too. Maybe real gold. Maybe.

Donna said...

Are you saying your mother is full of... you know?

Average Jane said...

We have a diamond tester. The next time I know I'm going to see you, I could bring it and find out if the "diamonds" are diamonds.

Xavier Onassis said...

Donna - Let's just say my mom can be a bit gullible. But in this case, she may be right. I've already confirmed that the ring itself is pure 14K gold. We'll see about the rest.

Xavier Onassis said...

Average Jane - Who just has a diamond tester? LOL!

midtown miscreant said...

A jewelers loupe or any 10 x magnifiying lense should reveal some black specks in the diamonds, unless they are exceptionaly clean, like vvs1 or better. Alot of rubies will have a milky cast running through them or a slight purplish tint. Take it to a pawn shop, they will loupe it and tell you if its real. If the gold is 18k, chances are its real, 14k 50/50, 10k probably lab created rubies. It isnt particularly old, probably the 60's 70's or later. Now, if the rubies are real, and if they are burmese, then it actually would be fairly valuable. But you would e to send them off to a gemological appraiser to determine the origin.
Thats all I got.

Xavier Onassis said...

MM - I'm not surprised that know what you're talking about. My other expert had similar opinions...the better the gold, the higher the probability that we are dealing with real gems of some variety.

She also noticed that the high placement of the prongs suggested that they were meant to secure real gems, not fakes.

The stamp on the ring is "14KP" which she said means it's pure gold, not plated.

She also agreed that the "down and dirty" way to get it appraised is to take it to a few pawn shops. That will give us the absolute rock bottom value and tell us whether it would be worth getting a full, professional appraisal.

You guys are awesome.