Platinum: Halo Settings, Platinum-Buying Brides in Orlando

Buried TreasureA simple necklace repair turned into a platinum discovery of a lifetime for a customer at Missionhill Jewelry in ­Mission, Kan. A staff member at Christopher Ragan’s store was taking in a jewelry repair when an elderly woman produced a plastic sandwich bag of mainly costume jewelry rings she had purchased at a garage sale for a quarter apiece. A quick inspection of the baubles produced what the staffer assumed was a sterling silver ring set with CZs—until he noticed some markings on the inside of the shank. Ragan gave the ring the once-over: The CZs turned out to be diamonds. The three 0.50 ct. diamonds were eye-clean, and VS to VS1 under a 10x loupe. But what really caught Ragan’s eye was “900Plat” in the shank markings. After some quick Googling, the jeweler discovered it was a manufacturer’s product code for high-end platinum. “I looked in the Stuller pla

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