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Lost Jewelry? Here’s What to Do

Written by Anna Currell
August 16, 2023

Losing a piece of jewelry can be really distressing, and unfortunately it happens to the best of us. Whether the piece carries sentimental value or is worth a lot of money, the loss can make you feel frustrated and anxious. While it’s easy to panic, it’s important to stay calm and take the right steps so you can increase your chances of recovering your lost jewelry. In this article, we’ll guide you through a complete list of steps to take when you find yourself in this unfortunate situation. Let’s begin:

#1: Retrace Your Steps

The first thing to do when you realize your jewelry is missing is to retrace your steps. Start by visualizing the last time you remember wearing or seeing the item. Check all the areas you've visited recently — specific rooms in your home, your workplace, your car, any other locations you may have visited recently. Pay attention to specific areas where you spent a lot of time or where the jewelry could have gotten stuck or fallen off.

#2: Check Unusual Places

Jewelry can be tiny — sometimes your lost pieces may end up in unexpected locations. Check pockets, purses, and the lining of clothing you were wearing where the item may have been tucked away or become entangled. Look under furniture, between cushions, or in the spaces between your car seats. Try your best to think creatively and consider any weird places where the jewelry might have accidentally ended up (you never know — I’ve found my phone in the fridge on more than one occasion).


bedding, couch cushions… they're great hiding spots for small pieces of jewelry

#3: Contact Lost and Found

If you couldn't find your jewelry after retracing your steps, get in touch with the lost and found departments of any venues you’ve visited recently. Call around or visit these spots personally — restaurants, hotels, stores, movie theaters, even public transportation terminals are likely locations, and it’s always worth checking when your precious pieces are on the line. Provide on-site employees with a detailed description of the lost item, or even a photo if you have one, and give them your contact information so they can reach you if it's turned into the lost and found.

#4: File a Police Report

If your jewelry is particularly special, like a family heirloom, or if it was expensive or highly valuable, it could be helpful to file a police report. This step is particularly important if you suspect theft or if you plan to file an insurance claim. Provide the police with all relevant details, including when and where you believe the item was lost and the estimated value of the jewelry (bring your appraisal documents if you have them). While it may feel like a reach, you never know when a good samaritan will turn in something they find

#5: Notify Insurance Provider

If you have jewelry insurance, promptly notify your insurance provider about the loss. They will guide you through the process, which usually involves filing a formal claim and providing supporting documentation. This may include the original purchase receipt, photographs of the piece, any appraisal documents or certificates, and a police report if you have one. Be prepared to answer any additional questions or provide further evidence as requested by the insurance agent — the more information you can provide, the easier it will be to complete your claim.

#6: Inform Jewelers and Pawn Shops

Contact local jewelers and pawn shops in your area to inform them about the lost jewelry. Describe the piece and identify any notable features (like stamps, engravings, unique stones, or even scratches) that could help identify the piece if someone tries to sell or pawn it. Jewelers and pawn shops often maintain records of items brought in for sale or quotes, which could assist in recovery efforts.


visit your local pawn shop to check for your missing pieces

#7: Utilize Social Media and Online Platforms

Especially today, social media and online platforms can be powerful tools for spreading the word about a lost item. Post details and pictures of your missing jewelry on your social media accounts, community forums, or local message boards. Encourage others to share the information to increase the chances of reaching a wider audience and reaching someone who may have found the item.

#8: Stay Vigilant

Even after taking all the necessary steps, it's important to stay vigilant and keep an eye out for your lost jewelry. Even if you don’t find it the first time you visit, it’s a good idea to regularly check online marketplaces, auction sites, and local pawn shops to see if your item surfaces down the road. It could pop up at any time!

#9: Create a Replica

If you’ve done everything listed above and still can’t find the original piece, don’t worry — you don’t have to spend forever searching for it. You have another option: create a replica of your lost jewelry with Quick Jewelry Repairs. Our bespoke jewelry experts can recreate your exact lost item, ensuring you have a stunning replica that will soon grow to hold the same sentimental value as the original piece. With our team’s precision and attention to detail on your side, you can preserve the memories and beauty of your treasured jewelry even if the original is long gone.

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