Where’d You Find That Diamond??


This past summer a diamond fell from the sky.  More specifically, a diamond ring, attached to two blue, deflated helium balloons landed in a Tuscaloosa, Alabama, family’s backyard.  But that’s not the first time a diamond  has surfaced in an utterly bizarre location.

Flushed Love

A local Detroit woman, Ashley Cook, was giving her porcelain bathroom bowl a good cleansing in May, 2012, when she noticed something more sparkly than usual in there.  She plucked out a golden wedding band, fully ensconced in diamonds.  After  (hopefully) washing it off, she spied that it had an engraving: “Christina and Jerry forever.”  And who says romance is dead?  The most likely explanation is that the ring came through the sewage pipes and found a new home in her toilet.  Awww.

Pants Party

Thrifty Minnesotan Deb Thompson knows a good deal when she sees one.  In June of 2012, she picked up a cute pair of capri pants for $3.99 at a Good Will.  Turns out they were a little more valuable than that; when she got home she found a diamond ring worth over 5,000 clams in one of the pockets.  Not only a super bargain hunter, but a very honest person, Deb contacted the store and alerted them of her discovery.  No word yet if anyone came forward to claim it or if Deb has just been buying calf length pants like crazy.

Someone’s Got Baggage

The “Unclaimed Baggage Center” in Scottsboro, Alabama is home to many an odd object, all of which have been left behind for one reason or another at the airport luggage pick-up track.  Maybe people leave things behind because they simply forget, maybe they are fleeing the authorities, or maybe they just can’t be bothered.  One such abandoned article is a 5.8-carat diamond ring, with a platinum mounting…safely packed away in an old sweat sock.  …You can never be too careful.

Don’t Forget Your Roots 

When Swedish resident Lena Paahlsson misplaced her diamond wedding band she was distraught.  Last seen in her kitchen, she just couldn’t figure out where it disappeared to.  That was in 1995.  Having finally accepted that it was gone forever, Lena moved on with her life and immersed herself in her gardening.  Six years later, she was happily digging up carrots in her backyard garden when she yanked up one very extraordinary root vegetable.  This carrot had some serious carats.  There was Lena’s ring, wrapped securely around the vegetable.  The theory goes something like this: the ring initially plunked down into the kitchen sink, with the vegetable peelings which would become compost – the compost was then fed to their livestock, specifically, their sheep.  Then, well you get the idea (…the sheep ate the compost, relieved themselves, and the ring became part of what would be used as fertilizer for the garden – the carrot then grew around the ring).  “It is quite incredible,” chimed Mr. Paahlsson.  That’s certainly a word for it.  Lena now proudly dons the dazzling ring once again…which presumably passed though a mammal’s digestive tract.

Oh fudge.

Linda Vancel was set on winning the annual ‘best fudge’ contest/bake sale in her town of Lafayette, Indiana, in 2007.  She was so focused on this task, that she didn’t even realize when her diamond engagement ring (which had been in her family for generations) slipped off her finger while making her famous fudge.  A dejected yet undeterred Linda still submitted the chewy treats.  A little girl bought one of Linda’s batches and brought it home.  Her hungry father, Charles Matson, snatched a chunk of the chocolaty dessert and was about to stuff his face, when the observant little Matson stopped him.  She spotted something glittering in there, and luckily prevented her pa from ingesting, you guessed it, Linda’s precious ring.  The Matsons returned the valuable keepsake to Linda, who proclaimed “It renews your faith in people.”  She seemed quite pleased, even though she didn’t win the contest and was probably secretly irate.

Arkan-saw a diamond

The largest diamond ever just “found” in American history belongs to W.O. Basham in 1924.   He was just minding his own business, strolling through a park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas, when he eyed a 40 carat dazzler in the dirt.  The park rests aloft a “volcanic pipe,” which is the subterranean, geological equivalent of the mouth of an inactive volcano.  The park has now officially become the Crater of Diamonds State Park, and is the only known diamond producing area open to the public.  Their “You find it. You keep it. No matter how valuable it is.” philosophy has attracted thousands of eager diamond seekers over the decades.  Basham’s lucky score became known as “The Uncle Sam Diamond,” and he indeed was allowed to keep the monstrous gem in the true spirit of capitalism.  Lesson: always keep your eyes peeled when walking on top of a volcano.

Much like Deb Thompson (the thrift store pants-diamond lady), the fudge Loving Matsons and the the Weeks family (the Alabama clan who received a diamond from the heavens and then scoured the internet looking for its origins), you should try to find a diamond’s rightful owner if you ever encounter one in a weird and unexpected place.  If you’ve exhausted all options and the ring legally becomes yours (there is a statute of limitations on ownership of all lost objects, that varies from state to state), then you should do something positive with it.  Selling it and realizing one of your own dreams, or even giving something back to the community with you newfound cash, are both great options.  At Diamond Lighthouse, we accept a very wide range of diamonds and will get you the absolute best price for them.  Find out more here.

Just don’t leave your diamond in a sock somewhere before you get to sell it.


 -Joe Leone


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