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Can you imagine owning a diamond ring which has a worth of millions of dollars but you don’t know about it yet? It might sound like a very strange idea but one woman owned a piece of costume jewelry for decades thinking that it’s an ordinary glass ring but later it turned out to be the biggest surprise of her life.

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This happened with a 55-year-old charity worker, Debra Goddard, who purchased a ‘glass’ ring from a boot sale for £10 (~ INR 920). She kept the ring to herself for around 33 years and never thought about why it used to shine so much on her hands.  

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All was going well just before her mother, June Boyle, lost all of her cash because of a fraud done by their relative. For immediate help, Debra thought of selling the ring to a jeweler.

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When she went to the store for an estimate, the jeweler was too honest to speak the truth and told Debra that the ring actually had 26.27-carat diamond worth $1 Million (~ INR 7 crores). She was so surprised that it kept her awake all night wondering if the value stated was true.

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When I went to the jeweler 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.”

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Debra, who had already fostered more than 20 kids, played safe and decided to auction it with the help of Sotheby’s. The amount was massive and she was still very nervous about her decision but sometimes in life, great things happen in a blink of an eye. The auction was conducted in a fair way and she took home $600,000 (~ INR 4.3 crores) after deducting all the costs related to the auction.

Debra believed that this was a result of karma.

“It’s karma for the bad things that happened in our lives and my mum being robbed of everything.”

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With all of her new wealth, Debra first gave a major chunk of it to her mom who was in trouble at that moment. Another bundle was spent on holidays in Barbados, seeing Tom Jones and Celine Dion in Vegas along with some shopping from expensive brands.

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But now Debra is also all set to launch her own vintage jewelry firm which would hunt for boot sales. She has even written a book called ‘Car Boot Diamond’ and the proceeds of it will solely belong to the charity she works for.

Sometimes, luck is all you need to turn your life upside down.

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