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Re: Lost my sapphire.....devastated :msncry:

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I've smacked myself on the wrist, Odile, for not paying attention.
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Old 30.08.2011, 21:56
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As crazy as this sounds, wait to check the grass until dark. Take a flashlight, (torch) and use it to search.
And as a bonus, you will totally freak out the neighbours
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Old 30.08.2011, 22:04
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And as a bonus, you will totally freak out the neighbours
Lol, I did fore warn them of my midnight antics

They were very understanding ...
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Thanks for suggestions everyone...

Vacuum checked!
Car checked!
Bin bag checked!
Sinks...will check.

Grass....yes the lawn not checked yet. Unfortunately, I was playing with the dog yesterday and it could be there. Its a large lawn, stupidly long grass as most are in Swiss so it could be anywhere. I guess I could erect and 'Honey I shrunk the Kids' style contraption to spen a lifetime finding it

May even go back to London and get a quote there. The ring is quite large, it was a dark blue Sapphire in fact hard to seem it was blue until put in the light. Oval gem, surrounded by 14 diamonds (luckily still have these). Haven't got a picture I'm afraid.
What about raking the lawn si that a good idea or not?
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What about raking the lawn si that a good idea or not?
I did consider hoovering the lawn..........
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I did consider hoovering the lawn..........
Don't worry, I am sure no-one will bat an eyelid. In fact, you will probably find the whole street at it the next day!
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Old 31.08.2011, 07:44
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Re: Lost my sapphire.....devastated :msncry:

You did check between the sofa cushions, right?
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Old 31.08.2011, 08:47
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My mother gave me a ring made of an earing from her gradnmother. The pattern is made of tiny saphires and 4 fell off. I tried to get it fixed, but oh woe me, saphires changed their "standard" cut in the last century. They used to be cut in cube shape, now they are usually done in oval shape.

I was warned that fixing my ring would cost quite more than usual because of having to get stones specially cut for me. Granted, my ring is probably older than the one of your grandmother (I expect the thing to be about 150 years old, I'm certain your grandmother is younger than that ), but thought giving you a heads up before you have a heart attack when the offer for the fixing is made...
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Old 31.08.2011, 08:55
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Re: Lost my sapphire.....devastated :msncry:

Don't give up the search yet. Last Friday I found the chip from my Garmin - after looking for it for about three weeks and more or less sieving the entire contents of the vacuum cleaner bag in case I had sucked it in by mistake. It must have slipped down between two pieces of furniture which are 'touching' and only when I shoved one along did it fall flat and was visible.

You are looking with a torch, aren't you? Contact lenses seekers know all the tricks of the trade. Good luck.
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Old 31.08.2011, 09:25
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Re: Lost my sapphire.....devastated :msncry:

If nothing else, you can always have a replacement made. For example, these people do lapidary work. Lots of people out there who could make a custom fit stone.

http://www.thenaturalsapphirecompany...dary_Services/
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Don't give up the search yet. Last Friday I found the chip from my Garmin - after looking for it for about three weeks and more or less sieving the entire contents of the vacuum cleaner bag in case I had sucked it in by mistake. It must have slipped down between two pieces of furniture which are 'touching' and only when I shoved one along did it fall flat and was visible.

You are looking with a torch, aren't you? Contact lenses seekers know all the tricks of the trade. Good luck.
Reminds me of my last ski trip with school in StLuc. The best powder and sunshine week ever. My friend, the sister of the Swiss team trainer at the time so also a good skier, and I at a fabulous week. She lost one contact lense in a spectacular fall in champagne powder- and in those days (1970) they were so expensive. We were about to give up the search, when I turned round and was blinded by a flash - and there it was, down a tiny 20cm deep tunnel. Incredible.

Hope you will find it - or that you will find a good replacement. The above company sounds good.

Here is the name of the company my Insurers in the UK used to re-make my lost ring. Again I cannot tell you how important to ensure you have a photographic record of any beloved piece. I was able to send the good close-up photos of front//side and rear view of the setting - and they came up with an excellent match. For me it just didn't feel like the 'old' ring, despite being very very close to original, so I gave it to one of our daughters who was delighted.
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Old 31.08.2011, 10:20
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Re: Lost my sapphire.....devastated :msncry:

I wear my engagement ring all the time. After reading this thread I think in future I will be more careful. If nothing else you have prevented the loss of another treasured gem, though seriously best of luck in finding yours. Off for a run now, minus ring!
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Old 31.08.2011, 10:33
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I wear my engagement ring all the time. After reading this thread I think in future I will be more careful. If nothing else you have prevented the loss of another treasured gem, though seriously best of luck in finding yours. Off for a run now, minus ring!
Good for you! I learned that lesson the hard way with my engagement ring and which, like you, I wore all the time until the stone got lost.
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I wear my engagement ring all the time. After reading this thread I think in future I will be more careful. If nothing else you have prevented the loss of another treasured gem, though seriously best of luck in finding yours. Off for a run now, minus ring!
Yes, like you I wore it all the time. Now I wear no rings.....feel bit silly as its my fault.

Never thought to photograph the ring but will do with my other expensive pieces.
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Re: Lost my sapphire.....devastated :msncry:

It could be worse.

Husband accidentally bins wife's £30,000 jewellery collection
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Old 31.08.2011, 11:27
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Is it possible to replace the stone? If so where in Zurich and how much will the damage cost??
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- Sure it is possible to buy any type of jewelry stone in Zurich. There is a street called Bahnhofstrasse and before we had a globalized world with brands like H&M being able to afford the best spots on a high street was this Bahnhofstrasse known all over Europe for it's jewellers and watch shops. I am sure Bucherer, Beyer or Gübelin are happy to offer you sapphires for your setting.

- It is logically impossible to tell you how much it costs without knowing how big the stone is and what quality you are looking for.

- This being Switzerland, I'd buy jewelry anywhere but here right now. A jeweller I know told me after I complained about diamond prices here that "the shops screw the customers far more with the color stones than with diamonds"...
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Is it possible to replace the stone? If so where in Zurich and how much will the damage cost??
This has been alluded to elsewhere on the thread, but a lost stone like this is almost certainly covered by your household insurance. If you don't have any formal documentation about the size/quality of the stone (eg, valuation for insurance purposes or photograph of the ring), you'll need to work with the adjuster to determine what the right payout ought to be.

Having said that, a jeweller should be able to look at the remaining setting and the quality of the other stones in the ring to make an estimate of the approximate size and quality of the stone, and they can quote on a replacement value as well.

In contrast to other places I've lived, the insurers in Switzerland seem to be tremendously helpful and will work with you to reach a settlement.

If you want to have a look at approximate wholesale values of what a replacement stone might cost, here's one place to start:

http://www.israel-diamonds.com/searc...s/default.aspx

(I have no connection to the site -- it just seemed to have a good range of products on offer for comparison)

As an aside, if you wear a ring regularly, particularly an old ring, it's worth getting it appraised and having the mountings checked every couple of years.
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Re: Lost my sapphire.....devastated :msncry:

Sorry to read about your loss of the sapphine. Here is a suggestion that I know was successful at least two times -- check all your pockets...!! My aunt found the stone from her diamond engagement ring in an apron pocket months after giving up hope, and a similar great discovery by my niece in a pair of jeans. Have a look anyhow, you could be lucky. Keeping my fingers crossed for you.
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OMG!
Mind you, my hubby never bins anything so our family jewels are safe. ( If we had any!)
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Mind you, my hubby never bins anything so our family jewels are safe. ( If we had any!)
I imagine your husband keeps a very close eye on the family jewels!
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