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.