The Great Colorado Payback

For the past 3 weeks the Antiques Roadshow has been airing episodes that were taped in Denver. One of the issues touched on was the Great Colorado Payback, which collects lost and forgotten objects left in safety deposit boxes in Colorado banks. The objects vary from stamp collections to Civil war relics to antique jewelry. These items are turned over to the Colorado unclaimed property division of the State Treasurer’s office. The items are held for 5 years and then auctioned on-line. The money raised is held for the owners indefinitely. One of the more interesting items highlighted on the show was a “Fancy Intense Yellow Diamond” that weighed in at a whopping 6.2 carats. The show’s appraiser valued it at 15,000 to 20,000 dollars, but did concede, if the ring was indeed a natural yellow diamond and not artificially colored the value would increase to 75,000 to 85,000 dollars. The findings could only be authenticated by an accredited laboratory and certified. It may be beneficial to check the family tree to see if any “ornamental fruit” may be missing.

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