People always wax eloquent about ‘de-cluttering’. We have to discard (or donate) things we no longer use or wear. Old clothes, accessories, books and everything in between. ‘Hoarding’ is a big no-no according to them. But one woman found out that a piece of costume jewellery she bought and kept in a box for decades turned to be a very, very valuable diamond!
Debra Goddard is a 55-year-old charity worker living in London. About 33 years ago, she purchased a ‘glass’ ring from a boot sale for £10 (~ INR 920). When her mother, June Boyle, lost all her money to fraudsters, she sought to sell the ring to a jeweller.
The jeweller revealed that it was actually a 26.27-carat diamond worth £740,000 (~ INR 6.8 crores)
In an interview with The Sun, she said, “When I went to the jeweller he nearly fainted and said,‘Do you know what this is? It’s a diamond’. I sat up all night looking at it, wondering what to do.”
She decided to auction it with the help of Sotheby’s. After deducting the auction costs, she took home £470,000 (~ INR 4.3 crores). She used this money to fund vacations to Barbados and Las Vegas. She says,
“It’s karma for the bad things that happened in our lives and my mum being robbed of everything.”
She’s also written a book titled ‘Car Boot Diamond’, proceeds of which will go to the charity she works for.
‘Car Boot Diamond’ by Debra Goddard is a true fairy-tale gift of fate and karma but most of all love.
— Austin Macauley (@AustinMacauley) February 8, 2019
This reminds me of a song I once heard, ‘They say that good things take time, but really great things happen in a blink of an eye’. Absolutely true in Debra’s case, isn’t it?