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How to Find Your Diamond When It’s Lost

Pro tips for finding a lost diamond from your engagement ring

How to find a missing diamond
Use these tips to find your missing diamond

It has to be one of the worst feelings in the world. You look down, and your beautiful diamond is not where it’s supposed to be on your finger. Your heart skips a beat, your mind kicks into overdrive, and for a split second you wonder if you’re in some kind of bad dream. We know how terrible it can be to lose a diamond, and that’s why we’re sharing our best tips and tricks to help you find it again.

These tips are what we have learned from working with small diamonds and gemstones day in and day out for years. Of course, the general advice for finding lost things (slow down, retrace your steps, think back to the last time you knew you had it, etc.) is a great starting point. But, we want to share some diamond-specific insights to help where the general advice isn’t working.

  • Fluorescence is your friend. Many diamonds will give off a colored luminescence when placed under ultraviolet light. This is normally invisible, but you can use a black light in a dark room to make the effect stand out. A diamond with strong blue fluorescence, for instance, will exhibit a blue glow in under a black light making it much easier to pick out from its surroundings. You can learn more about fluorescence here.
  • Use your hands and feet. Diamonds may be small, but they are hard and sharp. If you have a general idea of where your diamond might be, you can feel around with your bare hands and feet for something sharp (please be careful while you do this). This trick is especially effective in areas with thick carpet where the diamond can be nestled in the fibers making it hard to see.
  • It’s not going to bounce where you think. If you know exactly where you were when the diamond was knocked out of its setting, you might think finding it will be easy. But, because of their unusual shapes diamonds have a way of ending up where you least expect them. Don’t limit your search to where you think the diamond could have bounced. Just work slowly and methodically out from where the diamond fell without ruling out any possibilities. Along these same lines, you would be shocked at how far a diamond can roll. Don’t limit your search to the immediate area where it came out. Assume it sprouted legs and walked for a while before settling down.
  • Diamonds are grease magnets. This fact makes them hard to clean, but it can also help you find them if they go missing. They will literally stick to grease, so if you lost your diamond over the sink, it may not have fallen as far as you think. Carefully check around the drain in case your diamond is hanging on just out of sight.
  • Double check your purse. This one might seem like a no-brainer, but it is incredible how a diamond can hide in the folds and seams inside a purse. Carefully pull out every item over a clean, flat table, and then check every nook and crevice inside the empty purse.
  • Use a flashlight. Why do we love diamonds so much? Well, for one thing, they sparkle! Turn off all of the lights (or wait till night time if you’re looking outside), and get out your brightest, tight beam flashlight. Set the flashlight on or close to the floor and slowly sweep it around the area looking for anything that sparkles. This trick is especially effective on hard floors and it is one of the first things we try anytime we need to find a gem on the ground.
  • Sweep the floor. This is another one that works best on hard floors. I have scoured a section of floor looking for a gemstone I know is there only to come up empty. After sweeping that same section of floor, I will often find the gem in the pile of dust I collected. The key is to sweep slowly with long smooth strokes and to collect all of the dust in a central location. It’s hard to believe, but this simple technique actually works really well, especially for smaller diamonds and gems.
  • Hire a professional? If your entire ring is missing (not just the diamond), and none of the tricks here have worked, you might consider hiring a local metal detector. There are professionals that specialize in finding lost jewelry that might be able to locate your ring if you know the general area that it should be in. This isn’t a service that we have used before, so we can’t give any recommendations, but we wanted to mention it as an option to keep in mind.

So there you have it, a collection of tips and tricks from battle-hardened, veteran diamond finders. We hope this helps you find your missing diamond, and if you have any useful tips of your own, please leave a comment here so we can all learn from your experience. Of course, this post wouldn’t be complete without a reminder to bring your engagement ring in for regular checkups. Keeping your diamond secure and tight in its setting is the best way to avoid having to look for it in the future.

As a final thought, remember that, in the end, a diamond is just a thing. The love that it represents is what really matters, and if your search does come up empty, we’re here to help you find a new symbol for the love that you never lost.

What people are saying

  1. Mary says:

    I lost my engagement ring (the entire ring, not just the diamond). Looked everywhere and couldn’t find it. Almost a year and a half later, I found it today. It was in the top crisper of our refrigerator, somewhere that it never occurred to me to look. I hadn’t replaced it and I’m really glad to have it again.

  2. Joanne Martisofski says:

    I lost my over a carat, color D. Clarity VVS1 stone 2 days ago. Not sure where it fell out but I woke up in the morning and realized the prongs were bent, stone gone. I know that the day before I was in my house all day. I’m devastated. I live in a 3 story home and I have no clue. Thought it would be in my bed, but no. It makes me sick to my stomach. Stupid me never insured it! What a dumb idea that was. If I could only go back. Thank you for your tips, I will try with a black light and a flashlight. Hubby and I will be married 25 years next July.

    • Hi Joanne, I’m so sorry to hear that. Were you able to find your diamond? We recently had a comment from someone who found their diamond in the refrigerator, so you never know where it could be. We wish you the best, and hopefully it’s turned up by now.

  3. Rashmi Agarwal says:

    I lost my diamond ring this morning in the kitchen. Before making the dough I was removing it so that it won’t catch on the sticky dough and be hard to clean later. While removing it and before putting it on my other hand it slipped and hit the tiled floor and disappeared. Strange as I thought I’ll find it right beside my feet. I was standing very close to the corner between the oven on my right and cabinets to my left. All cabinets were closed. As I started my search I realized there’s a small wooden opening at the base of the corner wooden plank right beside the spot where I dropped the ring. I reckon the ring bounced upwards and got into it…hard to believe though. Unfortunately the opening is very narrow. I tried using long sticks reaching right upto the end of of narrow path. Trying to use a torch but no luck. I’m going to try getting a metal detector to know if its in there or somewhere else but not sure it’ll help. I have already searched the kitchen and the lower cabinets multiple times.

    • Hi Rashmi, I’m so sorry to hear about that, and I apologize for the slow response. I’m not sure how much good a metal detector will do in this situation, unfortunately, given all of the other metal around (the oven, etc.). That said, if you have easy access to one, it can’t hurt.

      Beyond that, I would first do a thorough search of the surrounding area. Yes, it could have jumped into the small crack, but it also could have rolled somewhere else. It’s easy to fixate on one possibility when looking for something. Check all around the area first and then you might look into removing part of the bottom of the cabinet just enough to see back where you think the ring is.

      Hopefully that helps, and please post back if you were able to find the ring.

  4. Gemma says:

    I want to thank you so much for your tips and advice, I lost my diamond yesterday and to say I felt sick would be an understatement Your post made me feel like I wasn’t alone, your tips were extremely helpful, mostly you gave real hope of finding the diamond. I feel so blessed to have found it almost 24 hrs later and I’m not sure I would have without your tips and the positive stories of others finding their diamonds. It has been an intense, emotional 24hrs. And I promise to look after my diamond better. Thanks again and many blessings. Gemma – from Australia.

  5. Avery says:

    Hi my name is Avery and my mom has lost her wedding ring. My mother is dearly upset. I was wondering how I could help her find It.

    • Hi Avery, I’m so sorry to hear that, and I apologize for the slow response. Hopefully the ring has turned up by now. All of our best advice for finding diamond jewelry is in the article above, and I hope it was helpful in your search.

  6. Andrew says:

    My wife lost her ring yesterday and there is some weird things that happened leading up to it. She went out Friday night with some of her friends bowling. At roughly 9:25pm she texted me telling me she showed her friends (we moved here less than a year ago) her wedding ring. She mentioned that she didn’t removed the ring and it was on her hand. At roughly 10pm she left the bowling alley and came home where she layed on the couch and eventually fell asleep as i finsihed a movie. I tried to get her to get up to come to bed but she persisted to stay. At roughly 4-5am she woke up and went to the bathroom and eventually came to bed. The next morning she made coffee and got some breakfast for our kids. I happened to look at instagram and one of my old friends got engaged and was showcasing her ring online. I replied congrats (second weird thing). She was pouring water our kids and noticed the ring was missing. We have literally tore the house apart, went back to the bowling alley and checked the parking lot, bathroom, and even the shoes. I have tried prayer, but we have had a recent string of bad luck which also brings me to say she has MS which causes her hands to lack some sensory. She is beyond sad and so am I. I will continue the search but we feel strong that the ring is in the house and not lost at the bowling alley. In case it did get lost at the bowling alley, we have talked with the manager about but what if someone takes it and pawns it? I did a local search for pawn shops to call and ask about it, but what else can I do?

    • Hi Andrew, I’m sorry to hear that, and I apologize for the late reply. Hopefully the ring has turned up in the mean time. If you believe the ring was stolen, your best bet would be to contact the local sheriff or police department. They have access to all local pawn shops and can ask them to keep an eye out for it. If instead you think it was simply lost in the house, a thorough search using the techniques described in this article is your best bet. I hope everything worked out, and please feel free to contact us if there’s anything else we can help with.

  7. Clare says:

    Hi, today I received a pair of exquisite Swarovski earrings for an early birthday gift and the beautiful charm dangling on the hoop fell off somewhere outside. I was playing tag with my cousins There are so many places it could be – stuck under the cracks of the deck, hidden in the grass, buried in the bushes, or simply stolen – after all, I lost it in the street and anyone could have picked it up. My mother, father and I have looked everywhere. I am beyond devastated and I don’t know how to find it. I know Swarovski are crystals and not diamonds but might you have any tips for how to find it?

    • On no, that’s a tough one. I would try using the flashlight at night, but since you are dealing with such a large area, it’s kind of a long shot. I’m sorry we couldn’t be more helpful on this one, and we wish you the best with the search.

  8. I lost my diamond last night, but didn’t notice it until this morning. I KNEW I had it at dinner time, but after that I had helped my husband move 12 or so chickens to a new house, I had cleaned about 15 pieces of soffit in my kitchen sink, I had showered and washed my couch cover and a blanket that my dog threw up on! LOL there were SO many places that half carat diamond could be! After praying and vacuuming and looking through the dirt, I decided to check outside. There JUST OUTSIDE the back door, it lay in the dirt….sparkling away! BEST way to find a lost diamond? PRAYER!!!! 🙂 Thank you again, Jesus!!!! Just had to share!

  9. Thomas says:

    A few years ago my wife and I were having a serious discussion about my poor attitude. I have straightened up since then but when she came out to help me stain some siding shingles, as she put a rubber glove on her left hand it caught her ring and snapped. I felt like something flew past me but did not realize for a few moments that it could be her diamond. We spent the next week with a blacklight and extension cord searching for hours every night. I swept and sifted dirt for another week. Sadly it never turned up. I believe she lost it in our washer just before coming out to help so I took our washer apart that first night. No sign of it. It could be anywhere on about an acre of our property or in our septic tank. Sometimes you just have to stop searching or it can rule your life. Thank you for your tips.

    • Hi Thomas, I’m so sorry to hear about that, but thank you for sharing. I think you’re absolutely right. At a certain point you just need to move on. Feel free to contact us if you would like our help in finding a new diamond.

  10. Jack says:

    I just lost a half carat ruby in my yard with dirt and grass….any suggestions on how to find it. It’s just the stone no gold connected to it or nothing.. please help 🙁

    • Hi Jack, thanks for reaching out, and I’m so sorry to hear about your ruby. Most of the tips listed in the article should apply to rubies as well as diamonds albeit with vary degrees to effectiveness. A flashlight as night is generally the best bet when looking for loose gems outside. I’m sorry for the delayed response, and I hope your ruby has turned up at this point.

  11. Em says:

    My daughter and I were among 10 or so random customers looking for a diamond that had fallen out of a ring at the entrance to a big box craft store. The owner of the ring was an older lady and was in tears. It had caught on the door handle when it fell. The worst part was it had fallen in an area just covered in craft store glitter and could have been on the entrance mat or just outside on the sidewalk — so many “false positive” glitering objects (also, lots of ice melt salt on the sidewalk mixed with the glitter!). After looking for about half an hour my young daughter with her eagle eyes spotted it about 10 feet away from the doors on the sidewalk far from where anyone else had looked. Such a happy ending for this poor woman!

  12. gina says:

    My mum looked down at her ring and realised her diamond from her engagement ring is gone. She is absolutely heartbroken as it is a diamond that has been passed down in our family and she doesn’t remember the last time she saw it. If anyone has any tips as to where it could have come out that would be great.

    • Hi Gina, I’m so sorry to hear that, and I apologize for the long delay in responding. Hopefully the diamond has turned up at this point. All of our best advice for searching is in the article, and I hope it was usefully to you.

  13. Anna says:

    Today I lost a diamond from my grandmothers engagement ring. I know it’s just a thing, but my mom gave it to my husband, and my husband gave it to me. I have tried all the tricks and am at a loss. It was in the bathroom, but I have searched every square inch. It is gone. 😩

    • Hi Anna, I’m so sorry to hear that. If you were in the bathroom, it’s a long shot, but it may be worth a second look at the drains. Remember from the article that diamonds are grease magnets so it may be caught in one of the drains. We wish you the absolute best finding the diamond, and remember that if you do want it replaced, we can always help with that too.

  14. Candra wright says:

    Hi, I recently lost my engagement ring and I been feeling so down and crying all day. I thought It fell behind my dresser because I heard it bonce off a few items and then settle on the floor. When I checked behind it, it wasn’t there. Now I’m afraid the sound that I heard was the ring falling out the window. Even though it didn’t sound like it. I live on the 4th floor, and I looked everywhere outside in the grass and leaves, nothing! Idk what else to do, my fiance is upset with me about this.

    • Hi Candra, I’m so sorry to hear that. 🙁 Ok, I would carefully comb every corner of the dresser and every Item in it first. Then head outside with your flashlight at night and look around in at least a 20 foot area, where it could have landed. We wish you the best.

    • Tamara says:

      Check behind your dresser and empty out your dresser and remove the drawers, also checking under dresser and without knowing what your room looks like, I doubt you have no screen on your windows to keep insects and birds from flying in. Check along the window frame and around screen bases. I think unless you threw your ring out of an open window the likelihood is pretty slim. Check along edges of area rugs and don’t vacuum unless you have a hose attachment that you can slip a nylon stocking over then vacuum sometimes that can catch a lost item without sucking it thru to the dust cup. Also, you can purchase a strong LED flashlight and at night scan the floor with the room completely dark when rings bounce they are surprisingly bouncable they end up traveling far from their dropped origin. Don’t give up. Also, tell everyone not to vacuum your room.

  15. lydia says:

    Hello, today I lost purity ring. It’s a ring I got from my mom when I was younger and means quite a lot to me. But the problems is I don’t even know where I lost it. Last time I remember having them on was this morning when I was doing my hair. I was applying some hair treatment and didn’t want my ring to get slippery so I took it off, but I don’t know if I put it back or not. Usually I was running late. And when I got to school I realized that I didn’t have it. I looked in my bag, purse, House, room, pockets etc but I couldn’t find it. Are there any tips?

    • Hi Lydia, I’m so sorry to hear about that. It can be pretty traumatic to lose something that special. I would use the flashlight trick to look around in the dark to see if it got kicked around on the floor. Retrace your steps as much as possible. If it still hasn’t turned up, you could consider taking apart the bottom of the sink (there is a trap built in that hopefully caught your ring if it got bumped into the sink). Sorry again, and we wish you the best with your search.

    • Katrina says:

      The exact same thing happened to me

  16. Sienna says:

    Hi!! I was taking my diamond earrings off today, and I dropped it, and it just so happened to be my smallest earring because it is one of my multiple ear lobe piercings. I dropped it in carpet, and I’ve been searching with a flashlight in the dark for about an hour now 🙄. I’ve read multiple articles, and the main trick that seems to come up is getting an old pair of tights, put it on a vacuum hose, and apparently the earring will get stuck to the tights. I did find this useful, but I’m afraid the vacuum will not only suck in the needle, but the whole thing! Do you think this will happen, or am I safe to try it? Thanks!! ❤️

    • Hello, I’m sorry to hear about your earring. I would search for a while before I resorted to that old vacuum trick. But, if it does comes to that, put on a new bag (or empty your canister if the vacuum is bagless) just in case the earring makes it through the tights. That will make it much easier to find it when you’re done.

  17. Elaine says:

    I recently went to Orlando to go to Disney; Seaworld, discovery cove; and gator land; my only souvenir was a pair of December (probably zircon) birthstone Mickey earrings which were pretty expensive. I took them off the other night and sent them stupidly on my laptop and went to work in the morning apparently at least 1 of my earrings got to ride the laptop until set it on the bottom of the stairs. I have no idea where the other one is, would you think this technique would work with this kind of earring?

  18. hi says:

    thanks so much for this article!!!!! it helped my mom find her diamond earrings. she never takes them off and was worried sick!! again, thank you SO MUCH!

  19. Stephanie says:

    My diamond earrings were stolen along with other very precious items. Do you have any suggestions other than filing a police report?

    • Hi Stephanie, I’m so sorry to hear about the theft. Make sure you give the police the clearest possible pictures of the items as you can.

      I would also start a claim with your home owner’s or renter’s insurance. The police report will be helpful in this process. The best case is that the items get recovered and returned to you. The next best is that the items had individual appraisals and that the insurance company has them covered for you on your policy. But, even if the items don’t have individual riders, still call your insurance company as you may have some general jewelry coverage.

      Then you can work with a jewelry designer like us and we can re-create the pieces that were lost as close as humanly possible. I’m sorry again to hear about your loss. Feel free to contact us with any questions.

  20. Dougy says:

    My wife lost the diamond from her engagement ring in a park near our house.
    I followed the advice on here and after three solid nights of searching using a UV light running from an inverter from the car along with over 50 meters of extension cables I managed to find the diamond

  21. Lynne says:

    Hello,

    My deceased mother’s half carat, 14 carat gold band was lost on the yard of an apartment building about a month ago. Despite looking thoroughly multiple times I have not found the ring. The Superintendent has a round mower which seems to be lifted 2” but some of the neighbors think the mower mulches. If it did mulch it was doing a bad job of sucking up the grass because there are clumps if freshly cut grass on the lawn. It has been mowed about 4 times. I attempted raking as much as I could but because I have no idea where it fell I had to abandon my raking as it was too much for me.

    What are the odds the ring would have been mulched or sucked up into the lawnmower and/or got sucked up into the cut grass bag. I am concerned he may have ran over it and pressed it into the ground.

    I have spent nights crying over my mother’s ring. I had never lost a piece of jewelry prior to this and I am having a hard time letting it go if I have to.

    I still would do whatever it took to find the ring if it is still there before the frost comes.

    Would the ring even be findable at this point.

    I need to have an idea so I can let it go, but I will have 2 very angry sisters if I have to explain the situation with the ring.

    I wish I had come across your site much earlier as I could have tried what you suggested.

    There has been people walking on the grass which does not help.

    Should I stop looking at this point and let it Rest In Peace like my mother is doing (though now I wish she had taken it to her grave. I have spent many hours crying out of loss and frustration and could go on crying about this unless I find out it would be impossible to find it now.

    Should I give up at this point?

    Lynne

    • Hi Lynne, I’m so sorry to hear about your mother’s ring. I would try one more time walking around the lawn at night with your flashlight looking at anything that sparkles. Then if you can’t find it, I would let it go back to the earth from where it came from. In the end, the ring is just a thing. It’s the memory that it represents that’s truly valuable, and that, you can never lose.

    • JOSEPH KEEL says:

      Did you try a metal detector?

    • Tamara says:

      Call Ringfinders. They have metal detectors with high sensitivity and they find rings even buried by people stepping on them and pushing them into the ground. You can find them by searching online there are ring finders in every area, they don’t cost much and they have the special equipment to locate lost rings earrings etc.

  22. Tracey Loke-Hassell says:

    Hi, my sister has just lost her emerald out of her engagement ring and she thinks it may be in gravel – do emeralds shine like diamonds or do they have any other quality which we can use to try and find it?……..Thank you.

    • Hi Tracey, I’m sorry to hear about your sister’s emerald. Most of the same tricks listed in the article should apply although you might have more luck looking in the daytime because the green color may stand out more and emeralds don’t sparkle as brilliantly as diamonds (so the flashlight technique may be less effective). We wish you the best of luck with the search, and remember that if you can’t find it, we’re here to help replace it for you.

  23. Jackie says:

    Thank you so much! I found my diamond inside my purse 😂.

  24. DIANE B YONCE says:

    I lost my 1 kt diamond outside in between my above ground pool and our deck. The ground is covered with pine straw. What is a good way to search?

    • Hi Diane, oh my Pine Straw! That’s going to be a tough one. Ok, I would go out at night with a tight beam medium brightness flashlight and very carefully search the entire area looking for anything that sparkles. Also, try shining the light first from the north side then from the south side in case it’s hidden completely from one direction. Good luck, I hope you find it.

  25. Jeanne exum says:

    I lost my diamond and was freaking out looking everywhere for it. I read your advice and looked in my purse and thank god it was there. Thank you so much I would never have thought to look there and thought it was gone forever.

  26. Anubha says:

    My mom lost diamond earring at home. We are not able to find it. Please help us.

    • Hi Anubha, thanks for reaching out to us, and I’m so sorry to hear about your mom’s lost earring. If you followed all of the advice in the article, and you still can’t find it, you can look into replacing it.

      We have a lot of experience in making a new earring to match an existing one. If you are interested in that, feel free to contact us, and we can give you pricing and turnaround time info. The cost is often a lot less than you think.

  27. alex says:

    My mom lost her diamond earring and we think it is in the grass when she was mowing the lawn… How to you suggest to look though it in the grass?

    • Hi Alex, I’m so sorry to hear about that. Ok, I would take a flashlight out at night and look at anything that sparkles, you may need to retrace the path of the mower since the diamond may only catch the light when you’re directly above it. Also, if you can’t find the earring, we would be happy to help you create a new one for you to match the one you still have. Feel free to contact us if you would like more info on that.

    • Jerry says:

      I would also check the lawn mower, if it’s a rider, could be in the foot rest area.

  28. Vicky says:

    I was trying to lift a heavy paver on the patio. It lifted and slipped, hurting my ring finger. I realized I should not have my ring on. I took it off and put it on the patio table in a safe spot. Later when I went to get in the shower I noticed my 1 ct diamond was gone. I’m devastated. I’m going to buy a fluorescent light in the morning. I have tons of sand and mud to sift through. I’ll keep you posted.

    • Hi Vicky, I’m so sorry to hear about your diamond. The good news at least is that you have a general idea of where it should be. Just keep in mind that diamonds can bounce in unexpected directions. Be sure to give yourself a wide enough search radius. We’ll look forward to hearing about your diamond’s safe recovery soon. 🙂

  29. Ally says:

    Very informative article. Thank you for sharing

  30. Hooray says:

    Amazing, my wife lost two minuscule diamonds from a ring, maybe a 0.01 carat each (decorative outside the main stone). Turning all the lights out and shining a powerful light at the floor did it.

  31. Cynthia says:

    Hi, your article reminded me of the time I looked down and was horrified to see that the diamond was missing from my engagement ring. I looked everywhere and thought I would never find it, but for some reason remembered putting my hand in my jeans pocket earlier that day. Checked the pocket and it was there!

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