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Staff Writer | December 12, 2020 1:09 AM

The jewelry is old, valuable and, as is true with the best of gifts, it arrived under a cloak of anonymity.

Somebody dropped off an envelope at the Coeur d'Alene Press on Friday morning. The envelope was addressed simply, Christmas for All.

With two rings and a pair of earrings in a small plastic bag, an accompanying note reads:

"The ruby ring was estimated at about $3,800. I was offered $600 for the pieces enclosed. I thought since it was for charity, you might be able to find someone willing to pay more.

"Please do your best. I'll be praying for good fortune. Thank you. J.C."

The Press confirmed through Clark's Diamond Jewelers in downtown Coeur d'Alene that the jewelry is authentic — and valuable. Sandy Miles of Clark's said the ruby ring is 18 carats gold, the diamond earrings are 14 carats and the diamond ring is 10 carats.

So, who's willing to pay more than $600 — hopefully, significantly more — with every penny going to the 2020 Press Christmas for All campaign?

If you're interested in seeing the jewelry, call Mike Patrick at The Press, 208-664-0227, and leave your name and phone number. We'll arrange to meet at the newspaper next week.

And to the donor: Thank you. Your heart is 18,000 carats.


Henry and Ora Meyer; Susan Welch; Elizabeth Cook; Julia Aho; In memory of the Brandwold family; Bob and Nancy Thiessen; Randy and Jane Thomas, In loving memory of Karman Baker; Jim and Diane Zipperer; Deborah McDermott and Warren Middlemist; Joan Lewis; Alan and Mary Pettit; Ray and Jen Fisk; Silver Angels for Elderly; In memory of Ray G. Capaul; Graham and Betsy Crutchfield; Frances Love; Mary Button; Vicki and Emon Olson Jr.; Cheryl Marcheso; Lawrence and Cathy Kraus; Nova and Jack Miller; Peter Vandall; Russell and Sabey Grange; Linda Lewis; Ione Perry; Pat Dyke; Gloria Willard; Linda Crossman; Dick Wood; Runge Furniture Company; Linda and Tim Bedal

OVER $500

Carol Landis; Richard Moore; Cynthia Tallman; Gordon and Tina Sanders; Longwell and Trapp Architects

Can you help?

• Mail a check to Press Christmas for All, 215 N. Second St., Coeur d’Alene, 83814

• Call The Press and make a secure credit card donation over the phone: 208-664-8176

• Go to Click on Christmas for All 2020 at the top of the page.

• Drop off your check at The Press weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.: 215 N. Second St. in downtown CDA.