Hardly rough, but a diamond?
March 13, 2011 10:01 PM Subscribe
My husband found what appears to be a diamond, fallen out of a jewelry setting, in our box at the opera. If no one claims it, what to do?
The putative diamond is square cut, about 5mm on a side. Dinnertable level materials testing has demonstrated that the gem can cut glass and is shiny. It has a layer of goldish paint on the off-face side.
Questions as follows:
•Is this possibly a real diamond?
Assuming it is, I have called the Lyric's lost and found line to report it found. Left my name and number. I would think that if it's real then someone will be turning heaven and earth over to find it. We'll see.
• Is there anything else I should be doing to return the thing to its rightful owner? I'm kind of wary of just sending it back to the opera house. Should I just get over that and mail it to them?
He found it at intermission, and I'd forgotten about it by the time we left. Thus we didn't just leave it at the lost and found.
• What to do if, after 30 days or whatever, nothing has happened? Should we get it appraised and sell it? Can you sell diamonds that essentially fell off a truck? Do you need papers or certificates?
Any advice about the above questions, or shrieks of "that's cubic zirconium you ignoramus!" are most welcome. But please be gentle, I know basically zilch about diamonds, except that I know that I find them vaguely distasteful. So my jeweled ethicists, what do you think?