Reader Merry Shugart wrote: “It was brought to my attention that this unicorn fur clip appears in your 2016 price guide [page 316]. It actually belonged to me. I bought it online early in 2014, and sold it at a Rago auction in December 2014. It was sold to me as costume jewelry. There was some enamel damage and two missing rhinestones. I collect and sell costume jewelry and bought this piece for myself. I looked at the settings and thought that’s not how you set a rhinestone, so I took out my diamond tester and found the rhinestones were diamonds!
“After I got up off the floor, I took it to my jeweler who verified that it was 18K gold with diamonds, rubies and sapphires. I had the missing stones replaced and Rago had the enamel repaired. The UK seller told me that she had bought it at a thrift shop. My theory is that since it was only marked “DEPOSE” and was so huge, everyone assumed it was costume, not fine jewelry. I also just found out that it was resold at auction two weeks ago for $7,000. I hope it has found its forever home. It was magnificent and I wish I could have kept it. Thank you for including it in your book. It makes me so happy that you, too, appreciate its beauty.”
UNICORN FUR CLIP, sold in December 2014, 3 1/2 inches, $5,625.