British Woman Finds 34 Carat Diamond Worth Over $2 Million USD During Her Fall Cleaning

She nearly threw it out thinking it was just costume jewelry.

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In the case of coincidental finds, a woman in her 70s finds a 34-carat diamond amidst cleaning her home in Northumberland, U.K.

The owner originally thought that it was a costume jewelry stone. Turns out, the gem, which is slightly larger than a £1 GBP coin, has a shocking value of approximately £2 million GBP ($2.73 million USD). Featonby’s Auctioneers’ Mark Lane called the worth of the diamond to be a “huge shock” when the owner came in to get her items valued. Lane told the BBC, “The lady came in with a bag of jewelry as she just thought she would bring it in as she was passing because she had another appointment in the town. It had been in a box along with her wedding band and a number of low-value costume jewelry items.”

Lane also admitted that he initially thought that the stone was cubic zirconia, also known as a synthetic diamond lookalike and that the gem sat on his desk for a couple of days before he decided to use the diamond tester machine on it. The diamond was confirmed to be 34 carats and the largest-value item that Lane has dealt with. He said, “The color, the clarity, the size… to find a 34-carat diamond is off the scale.”

The diamond is currently kept at London’s Hatton Garden jewelry quarter and will be auctioned at Featonby’s on November 30.

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