100-year-old diamond has new owner - KCTV5

100-year-old diamond has new owner

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The .82 carat diamond that was mounted in a ring sold for $6,325.00 to an unknown buyer on eBay Tuesday. The .82 carat diamond that was mounted in a ring sold for $6,325.00 to an unknown buyer on eBay Tuesday.
SHAWNEE, KS (KCTV) -

A diamond dropped in a Salvation Army red kettle in Shawnee over the holidays has a new owner.

The .82 carat diamond that was mounted in a ring sold for $6,325.00 to an unknown buyer on eBay Tuesday.

"What a wonderful ending to the story of this mystery diamond," said Major Charles Smith, divisional commander of The Salvation Army in Kansas City in a news release. "We hope it brings a lifetime of happiness to the person who purchased it."

The ring was sold to someone with a shipping address in Indiana.

Meierotto's Jewelers in the Northland made the ring with the old diamond. The 18 karat white gold ring was set with side diamonds totaling .50 carat. Combined, the ring is 1.32 carats total in diamond weight.

The money from the sale of the ring will be used by The Salvation Army to help people in need in the community.

Someone dropped the diamond into a red kettle at the Walmart on Shawnee Mission Parkway in December. The Salvation Army said the diamond was of an unusual European cut that is no longer used.

Experts believe it was at least 100 years old.

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