Just her luck. A woman in London recently got the surprise of a lifetime and found out the ring she bought three decades ago might be worth nearly a million dollars. Meet Debra Goddard, the 55-year-old woman behind this incredible story.
Born in Twickenham, West London, Debra found herself in need of instant cash. You know, life happens to all of us. June Boyle, Debra’s mother, found herself amidst a family fraud and was left without a dime. Because of that Debra decided to sell whatever jewelry she had left. And just like that, Debra only had to sell one item to get the money – a ring that was seemingly worthless.
Glass Turned Diamond
In an interview, Debra explains that she bought the ring for £10 ($13) back in 1986. In her mind, the ring was probably worth around £750 ($967). However, she was in for a surprise she never saw coming.
‘When I went to the jeweler,’ Debra stated, ‘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.’
The ring’s stone was estimated as a 26.27-carat diamond. Debra wasted no time and auctioned the ring, which reached a value of £740,000 ($954,000). True story!
It is safe to say, Debra saw the light at the end of the tunnel without even realizing there was a coming light at all.
‘It turned out to be the nearest you can get to perfection,’ Debra said. ‘It was like when Del Boy would tell Rodney, ‘This time next year, we’ll be millionaires’. It proved right.’
Giving Back to Mom
Today, Debra takes care of her mother at all times. She has been a great comfort in her mother’s life, especially after a long period of family turbulence. At 72 years of age, June tackles life like a pro, and is proud to have her daughter by her side. Debra, on the other hand, promises to make sure her mom is happy and smiling once again.
‘She’s had holidays in Barbados, seen Tom Jones, seen Celine Dion in Vegas and bought a fur coat. The money isn’t important to me,’ Debra noted.
Debra has also been working as a volunteer working with runaway kids, and has offered her home to foster over 20 kids. To her, giving back to those in need is the way to righteousness and internal satisfaction.
Nowadays, Debra is busy working on her own vintage jewelry firm. Her mission is mostly focused on finding rare jewelry at boot sales.
‘I volunteer with a runaway kids’ charity. If this book makes money, I want it to go to them and youth leaders.’
If there was one indicator that diamonds truly are a girl’s best friend, Debra’s story is it.