Debra Goddard, 55, bought a £10 'glass' ring at a flea market 33 years ago. It would have been left in the box if Debra's mother hadn't lost all her money due to her relative's fraud. Debra went to a pawn shop dreaming of getting £750 for it. What was her surprise when the expert told her that the ring was encrusted with a 26.27-carat diamond.

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"When I went to the jeweler he nearly fainted and said, 'Do you know what this is? It's a diamond'. I sat up all night looking at it, wondering what to do," says the charity worker.

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She went to Sotheby's, where the authenticity of the stone was proven. The sale of the ring brought the family £470,000.

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Debra still lives in a council house in Twickenham, a western suburb of London, but now generously pampers her 72-year-old mother, June Boyle.

"She's had holidays in Barbados, seen Tom Jones, seen Celine Dion in Vegas and bought a fur coat. The money isn't important to me," says the woman.

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"It's a reward for all the bad things that happened in our lives, for my mom being deprived of everything."

Goddard has opened a vintage jewelry firm that searches for valuable items at flea markets and has also written a book about her deeds. All the revenue from her book sales she intends to donate to a children's charity.

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