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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.
  • 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 has 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.

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. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Jackie says:

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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. 🙂

  11. Ally says:

    Very informative article. Thank you for sharing

  12. 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.

  13. 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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