D.C. Jeweler Mervis Diamonds Weighs in on Three-Carat Goodwill Donation

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The jewelry experts at Mervis Diamonds weigh in on a surprising act of altruism at a northern Virginia Goodwill store, citing the “positive energy” of an anonymous three-carat ring donation.

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Good deeds beget more good deeds.

Mervis Diamonds, a company that specializes in connecting clients with high-quality jewelry at their three stores in and around the D.C. area, calls a recent surprise donation to Goodwill a case of good deeds inspiring good deeds, according to Chief Growth Officer Jonathan Mervis.

Mr. Mervis is referring to the anonymous donation of a three-carat brown diamond engagement ring to a Goodwill store in northern Virginia, according to a story reported by ABC on July 15, 2014 (http://www.wjla.com/articles/2014/07/large-diamond-ring-donated-anonymously-to-goodwill-s-annandale-store-105122.html). The ring was included in a plastic bag containing other gold pieces. After appraising the ring, Goodwill decided to auction it off on their website rather than sell it in a physical store.

The winning bid on the ring was $11,600. The remainder of the gold sold in a separate auction for nearly $1,500.

“A three-carat ring typically sells for between $30,000 and $50,000,” says Mr. Mervis. “It’s not an everyday purchase.” When asked about the diamond’s color grading, Mr. Mervis said a light brown hue can undoubtably affect the value. "But the biggest factor is the size," he adds.

More impressive to Mr. Mervis, however, is the spirit in which the ring was donated. “The D.C. area is a very educated, affluent area. The people are very down to earth here. It obviously highlights the sense of community.”

The Goodwill in question, in the meantime, is furthering the spirit of generosity. Brendan Hurley, Chief Marketing Officer for Goodwill of Washington D.C., says that the money from this donation, like every donation, will go towards free job training to its employees, as well as employment services and opportunities to disadvantaged and disabled residents.

“Engagement and wedding rings evoke a sentimental aspect,” said Mr. Mervis. “The positive energy gets passed on.” Mr. Mervis related a story from the store’s own experience, where a ring found in a parking lot was returned to the jewelers after the business name was found inscribed inside the band. The store was then able to track down the owner, who was gratefully reunited with their ring.

This story highlights what many consider to be a surprising sense of community in an area where many people might personally benefit from simply reselling the ring, rather than trying to find its true owner. “You wouldn’t expect that to be returned,” said Mr. Mervis.

Like Goodwill, Mervis Diamonds endeavors to “pay it forward” when it comes to giving back to their community. “We've worked with lots of charities over the years, including animal foundations, as well as a charity called Devotion to Children," said Mr. Mervis.

Mr. Mervis sums up their philosophy of giving as, “Good deeds beget more good deeds.”

Mervis Diamond Importers specializes in diamond engagement rings and diamond jewelry, but they also provide a wealth of tips and advice on everything from ring buying to proposal ideas. Anyone stumped for proposal ideas can ask the experts for help planning that perfect moment, taking full advantage of Mervis' 30-plus years of experience in the engagement ring business.

Mervis Diamond Importers is located at 1900 Mervis Way in Tysons Corner, VA. For more information, visit http://www.MervisDiamond.com, or call 703-287-1627.

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