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jeweller in Florida has successfully tracked down and recovered a stolen 6.04 carat diamond ring worth $85,000

A jeweller in Florida has successfully tracked down and recovered a stolen 6.04 carat diamond ring worth $85,000, thanks to its GIA certification. Marlow’s Diamonds responds to the news.

Jeff Hess, owner of Old Northeast Jewellers in Tampa, Florida, has finally retrieved a 6.04 carat diamond ring worth $85,000 (£56,000) which was stolen in autumn of 2013. Despite quickly identifying the thieves through the use of CCTV, the ring had already been sold on, and was considered irretrievable. “We were all really upset,” Hess told reporters. “My wife said, ‘I think the diamond is going to come back to us.’ I said, ‘No way.’”

Despite the slim chances of ever finding the ring, Hess kept an eye on social media and online retailers, auction houses and diamond listing sites in case his 6.04 should resurface. Eight months after the theft, his tenacity finally paid off with the ring appearing on a popular diamond-selling website. Hess contacted the local police, who determined that his stolen ring was indeed for sale in New York, despite the fact the ring had been sent to a laboratory in Israel. Fortunately for Hess, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) had mapped the diamond’s internal characteristics long before the ring was stolen and he had kept hold of the GIA paperwork. When the police finally recovered the diamond in New York, the ring was sent to the GIA once more, which confirmed that it was, indeed, Hess’ stolen 6.04 carat diamond.

“We had been able to discern pretty quickly that it was our diamond, because it had the proper crown angles, proper measurements,” Hess said, adding that when the ring was finally returned to him his wife insisted, “I told you that it would come back.” The diamond is once again in sale in Hess’ Florida store, seven months after he initially identified it in New York, and he has redoubled his store’s security efforts. Marlow’s Diamonds takes a keen interest in stories such as this. A spokesperson for the company commented on the story, saying “Congratulations to Mr Hess for tracking down and recovering his stolen ring. Diamonds of that quality are worth a lot of money, and nobody wants to have their property stolen – let alone a diamond ring.”

“Hess’ story has a happy ending, but it’s important to remember that there are dozens of victims of theft who will likely never see their engagement rings again because they bought a ring without independent certification. When you have something as personal as a wedding ring you want to ensure that your diamond is protected, and institutes like GIA and IGI go a long way towards that. If you are going to invest in a high quality engagement ring, you need to ensure that you buy from a well-respected jeweller. Make sure your diamonds are ethically sourced and come with the proper certification before you buy anything.”

Marlow’s Diamonds are one of the UK’s leading certified diamond specialists and they take great pride in sourcing all diamonds with extreme care and due diligence. They only supply the highest quality diamonds and can cater to all budgets, tastes and occasions.

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