According to Lost & Found by Pixie, an American spends on average 2.5 days searching for a missing item. This includes looking for a lost itty-bitty diamond ring in your home. Who wants to waste their time (and probably money) for that? In this article, I’ll be sharing with you some not-so-secret methods in finding lost diamond rings in your home. And tips to avoid losing them again. So make sure to keep on reading!
Table of Contents
- How to Find a Lost Diamond Ring in Your House
- What Should I Do to Avoid Losing My Diamond Ring?
- Will My Insurance Cover My Lost Diamond Ring?
- Should I Report My Lost Diamond Ring to the Police?
- Where Can I Hire a Professional to Find for My Lost Diamond Ring?
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Our Top Picks!
How to Find a Lost Diamond Ring in Your House
Method 1: Using Your Hands and Feet
Regardless of what you lost, using hands and feet is the first method that you use. You start reaching out the corners of your sofa, under the cabinet, and every nook of the room. However, diamond rings are really small, so it is more challenging than finding a missing remote. Also, be careful when using your hands and feet. Diamond tends to be sharp and can scratch you in the process. To be safe, you can wear gloves while looking.
If you have an idea where you last saw your diamond ring, start looking there. Sometimes, we overlook the things we are looking for.
Method 2: You Need the Help of Mr. Broom and Ms. Vacuum
Again, another simple method you can execute immediately. A few of us do not have the patience to lie on the floor to check underneath every furniture. So, we use materials to make the process easier and faster.
Similar to what was mentioned above, try looking for the diamond ring where you think it might be. Just prepare for a dirty and dusty diamond ring after.
Method 3: These Diamond Rings Are Grease Magnets
If you drop your diamond ring over the sink, do not call the plumber immediately because it may not have fallen far as you think. Diamonds are grease magnets, which will make them stick to grease. You may want to look over the sink and check if it is hanging near reach. You can use a stick with a hook tip. However, be careful not to nudge it. After retrieving the diamond, clean it properly with warm soapy water.
Method 4: Get Your Flashlight Ready
If, after sweeping and vacuuming, you still failed to find your diamond ring, then it’s time to bring out your flashlight. Turn off the light in the room, and beam your flashlight around the room. However, if you lost your diamond ring around your yard, then wait for nighttime. One thing about diamonds is that they sparkle when they are lit. I suggest using the brightest flashlight for this method. Weak light does not really work in wide spaces because the light will easily diffuse.
Method 5: Try Using Fluorescence
Another tool to use when looking for a lost diamond ring is fluorescence. You see, most diamonds will give out a signature-colored luminescence when exposed under ultraviolet light. For instance, when your diamond has a strong blue luminescence, it will emit a blue glow under black light. This glow makes it easier to be spotted when missing.
Method 6: As the Last Resort, Hire a Professional
After trying all the methods mentioned and there is still no diamond ring to be found, you may want to hire a professional. Depending on how you lost your diamond ring, there are different professionals you can contact.
If your ring falls over the sink and you cannot reach for it, call a plumber. If it is lost around your home and yard, then call for professional metal detectorists. I suggest that when you call them in, you should be present. It is not about lack of trust, but a few people take advantage of this kind of opportunity to take things that aren’t theirs.
What Should I Do to Avoid Losing My Diamond Ring?
There are numerous ways to avoid losing your diamond ring, and keeping it in a jewelry box is one of your options. Of course, keeping it in a jewelry box is an option for people who do not frequently use their rings. If you wear your diamond ring often or every day, make sure to keep it in the box at the end of the day.
Another way is to have a mental note where you leave your diamond ring. In case you’re washing dishes or cooking food, place the diamond ring on a spot where you can immediately see it. You can also put it in your purse if you want it to be extra safe.
There are also instances where you lost only the diamond. If you end up losing the diamond, follow all the methods already mentioned. To prevent the diamond from falling off the ring, make sure that the prongs tightly encase the diamond. You may also ask your jeweler to check whether there might be a gaping between the bezel and the diamond.
Will My Insurance Cover My Lost Diamond Ring?
Generally, insurance will not cover lost diamond rings. Standard home insurance covers up to £2,000 (around US $2,764.50) worth of jewelry. But, this does not include precious stones like a diamond. If you want to secure your diamond ring, you can ask your insurer for an additional accidental damage cover or a separate policy for the diamond. Since the insurance coverage still depends on one insurer to another, try inquiring with at least two companies.
Should I Report My Lost Diamond Ring to the Police?
Definitely! You should file for the missing diamond ring. You may think that this is overacting as you only lost the diamond ring in your home. But there is still a possibility that you may have lost the ring outside or someone stole it unknown to you.
To make it clearer, here are some reasons why you should file for a missing report:
- Insurance companies usually require a police report before they entertain a claim;
- Your ring may have been stolen. Stealing is not only limited to pickpockets but also to relatives and friends who may have pocketed your diamond ring. Police officers cannot act on it until a proper report is filed by the owner;
- In case someone surrendered the ring to the police, the missing report may redirect the ring to you.
Where Can I Hire a Professional to Find for My Lost Diamond Ring?
You can contact your local metal detectorist or plumber. Since it is uncommon for people to hire professionals to recover lost jewelry, it may take time to find great help. To start, you can ask some friends and family. You can also post on your local Facebook group if they know a professional who can help you. Start reading ads in your local newspaper too, you’ll be surprised to find someone there.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use a metal detector to find my lost diamond ring?
Of course! If you have a metal detector, you can use it to find your missing diamond ring. Since your ring band is mainly composed of metal, it will be easy. However, expect a lot of false hope as the metal detector may start detecting anything with metal in it.
Is there a difference between finding a lost diamond ring from other rings?
Generally, there is no difference when finding a missing diamond ring from other rings. All of the jewelry has metal materials that make them detectable. The gemstones attached to the ring band usually do not make any difference. When using a metal detector, the metal band is the one detected. However, the importance of what gemstone is on the ring comes to play when using fluorescence. Diamond tends to omit stronger luminescence than others.
How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Professional Ring Finder
When hiring a professional ring finder, it will cost you around $65 or more. The factors considered for the cost are the space of the room, time, and effort the finder will invest. If tasked to check the whole house, then you may be paying at least triple the price. However, if the ring is lost on the sink, then it may cost you less.