It wasn’t a small diamond that would be easily replaceable which was why I was concerned. It was also an asscher diamond cut, gah! So I really wanted to find it whiteout having to pay a few hundred dollars.
Friends called and aside from the obvious praying that I did several times, I was given some great ideas including having kiddos come over and paying them $50 if they found it.
I was sending a video chat to my friend when I saw the black hole on my ring, gasped and was like, I gotta go. The first thing I did was go through the packaging because my diamond might have stuck to it. I think the pressure from my lifting and the pressure to the corner of the diamond made it pop.
I have had my wedding ring for almost 8 years and I’ve never had it checked so that’s gotta change now. I would also now recommend taking off your jewelry when you wash the dishes or do anything rigorous like gardening or yard work (and/or wear gloves).
I went online and searched for tips and while I tried a flashlight and swept with a broom, none really worked. But, here is what I will recommend to find a diamond, in order:
Turn off all the lights (best at night) and use a flashlight
to see any shadows – hold it parallel to the floor to see any shadows. Another tip was using a black light for some kind of glare but I didn’t have one.
Use a standard broom
and use long sweeping motions in the are you are in to see if it comes in a pile.
Walk around barefoot
You might step on it.
Check your purse, and pockets – and gloves
These might be places where your ring got snagged and the diamond might have fallen out.
Use a robot vacuum!
This worked for me, the second time around. Always clean out the robot, let it go, and when you clean it out, dump it out on a white paper towel. Hurrah!! The robot vacuum I used was the Ecovacs Deebot (this one, cheaper). This one is around $100.
Because I had no idea what room I lost the diamond, I let the robot go almost everywhere in the house. I was so thrilled that it popped out.
My jeweler said it was a good thing that I found it, it wasn’t the easiest thing to get it matched with the other diamonds – not impossible of course but a very good thing it was found. I had never been more relieved in my life to find it.
So maybe you won’t be loosing a diamond anytime soon, but I’d recommend stopping by your jewelers so they can check the diamond, perhaps getting it insured, and remember these tips if it happens to you or a friend.
Diana Elizabeth, while using a flashlight in the dark as the first try to find the diamond only found a lot of dead bugs and a pink gecko she had to chase around to let out.