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How to Find a Lost Diamond Ring

by Molly Jones
Last updated on August 22, 2023
How to Find a Lost Diamond

Accidents happen. Sometimes, no matter how careful you are, you’re left staring at a bare finger and wondering how to find a lost diamond ring.

We’ve all been there: the ring was on your finger, but now it’s gone. You’ve searched everywhere—in the pockets of your jeans, the couch cushions, even in the dog’s mouth—but still no ring. Now what?

First, before doing anything else, take a deep breath. Panicking won’t do you any favors as you attempt to find a lost diamond; in fact, it may make things worse. Second, keep reading because we’ve compiled a list of handy tips to help you search and ultimately find your lost diamond jewelry (or even the missing diamond itself!).

Looking for a Lost Diamond Ring? Start by Thinking Backwards

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Engagement Rings

When you’re looking for your diamond ring, start by thinking about where you were when you lost it. Did you take off your ring while cooking? Or maybe you were in the shower and took it off so that it wouldn’t get wet. Think about where else you might have taken off the ring, and then go check those places.

If you lost it outside of your home, think about how long ago that was—was it yesterday? The day before? Was there something that happened that day that could help jog your memory? A trip to the park or a movie date with your spouse?

Finally, think back to any possible move that could have caused your engagement ring to slip off your finger. For example, pulling gloves on and off.

All of these instances should be considered when searching for missing jewelry because each one brings up different questions. Did I take my ring off while doing something specific at a specific time? Or did my engagement ring just slip off without me noticing? Additionally, thinking backward will help you narrow down the possible location of your missing diamond engagement ring.

Double Check Your Purse

We know double-checking your purse sounds cliché. You would be surprised how many stories we hear about lost diamond rings showing up at the bottom of purses. Dig through every square inch of your empty purse to ensure that your ring isn’t at the bottom of it.

Use Your Hands and Feet

If just the diamond fell out of your diamond engagement ring, then it’s worth it to carefully comb over the immediate area using your bare hands and feet to feel for the diamond or diamond ring. Thanks to their facets, diamonds are distinctive in shape and hard, which makes them easy to feel out with the soft pads of your hands and feet.

Employ a Black Light

Around 30% of diamonds will emit a strong blue luminescence when exposed to a black light, thanks to the presence of Boron in their chemical makeup.

If your lost diamond contains boron, first turn off all the lights. Look for objects that give off a blue glow under a black or UV light. Most likely, the object emitting the strong blue fluorescence is your diamond!

Try the Flashlight Trick

Diamonds are beloved for their sparkle, and you can use this trait to help you find a lost diamond ring. Simply search a dark room with the brightest flashlight that you can find. Under the bright light, a diamond will sparkle, cluing you into its location.

Find Lost Jewelry by Using a Metal Detector

If you’re looking for an entire piece of jewelry like a diamond ring or wedding ring, use a metal detector to comb through the area you think you lost it. A metal detector will help you find the exact location of your diamond jewelry by detecting its presence through electromagnetic waves. It can also sense certain metals that might mask its signal. Metal detectors come in many different forms, from handheld devices to large machines that are used for construction purposes.

If you don’t want to purchase a metal detector, you can always hire professional metal detectorists who carefully check the area for your diamonds. Just be sure to do your research and hire reputable metal detectors so you don’t get taken advantage of.

Hard Floors? Sweep. Thick Carpet? Use a Vacuum Cleaner Hose Attachment

A simple technique to find a lost diamond? Simply sweep or vacuum!

If you think your diamond fell to the floor, then it may be worth it to use a broom or vacuum cleaner to pick up any loose material. Here, it’s important to use the vacuum cleaner hose as you don’t want the diamond or ring to be damaged by the machine.

As long as you’re ok sifting through some debris, this is a simple technique that often delivers.

Prevention is Key: How to Avoid Losing a Diamond Ring

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Diamond Rings

Hopefully, one of these pro tips has helped you find your lost diamond, but the best way to ensure you’re not stuck trying to find a lost diamond ring is to prevent the ring from falling off or going missing in the first place.

Work with Your Jewelry Designer to Size Your Ring Correctly

When you’re working with a jewelry designer to size your diamond ring correctly, it will be sized so that it will fit your finger well and stay on your ring finger. This means that you won’t have to worry about losing it if you go for a jog or take a shower.

It can be hard for people to understand why sizing their diamond ring correctly is so important, but trust us: it matters! We’ve seen it happen too many times. Rings are lost in all sorts of ways—from getting caught on the edge of a tablecloth during dinner to accidentally dropping them into the drain in the kitchen sink.

Clean Origin understands that you might not get your ring size right. That’s why we offer complimentary ring resizing within 100 days of the ring’s shipping date. Plus, Clean Origin will cover two-way shipping and will alert you on your ring’s process every step of the way.

If you’ve recently purchased a ring through Clean Origin and are considering having it resized, reach out today.

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Store Your Diamond Wedding Ring In a Jewelry Box When Not Wearing It

When you’re not wearing your diamond ring, it should be stored in a jewelry box. This will keep it clean and protected. You can also use a cloth to wipe off any dirt or dust before putting it away.

Diamonds can be grease magnets, so not only will a jewelry box help you protect your diamond ring from being lost, but it will also protect it from getting dirty.

When in Doubt: Take Off Your Diamond Ring

If you know you’re about to perform something with your hands that could increase the likelihood of your diamond ring getting lost, then simply take it off, place it in its jewelry box, and go about your task.

This way, you know that your ring is safe, and you can fully commit to your task at hand. It’s a win-win!

Will My Insurance Company Cover My Lost Diamond Ring?

There are a variety of factors that determine if your insurance will cover your lost diamond ring. It depends on a number of factors, including what kind of insurance you have, how much your ring was worth, and whether or not you were negligent in its loss.

If you have homeowner’s insurance, it’s likely that your claim will be covered by theft or vandalism coverage. This coverage protects the property against damage caused by fire and lightning, windstorm or hail, riot or civil commotion, smoke or volcanic eruption (if the damage is not excluded), malicious mischief by children (if the damage is not excluded), and theft or vandalism.

If you don’t have homeowner’s insurance but do have other kinds of insurance—such as auto or life—then those policies may cover your lost ring too! It all depends on what kind of policy you have and how much coverage it provides for lost jewelry. Sometimes certain jewelry pieces are excluded from coverage (like pearls), so it’s important to read your policy carefully before filing a claim.

Should I File a Police Report for Missing Diamonds?

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Loose Diamonds

If you suspect that someone stole your diamonds, then yes, definitely file a police report. You will want to report the theft to the police in case it happens again in the future and also so that if they are found, they can be returned to their proper owners as soon as possible.

However, if your diamonds were lost or misplaced and have not been stolen by someone else, then it may not make sense for you to file a report unless there are extenuating circumstances surrounding your loss. For example, if you lost your diamonds while traveling abroad and think someone stole them or during another trip where something unusual happened, it would make sense for you to file a police report because it could help law enforcement locate them more quickly than if they were just sitting in a drawer at home waiting for someone else to find them by accident or on purpose when they were not looking for anything specific themselves.

Ultimately, file a report if you believe that someone is to blame for your missing diamonds but not if you merely accidentally misplaced them.

Finding a Lost Diamond is Difficult But Not Impossible

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Engagement Rings

While it may feel like you’re in a bad dream when you lose a diamond, there is still hope. Use any of our pro tips and tricks above, and you’re sure to have your diamond back in no time.

And if you’re Looking for a diamond ring that is impossible to lose sight of, consider Clean Origin. Our premium lab-created diamonds are brilliantly sparkly and unmistakably beautiful. In fact, we warrant that they’re so stunning you won’t want to take your eyes off them!