A jewellery designer today pleaded for the return of a £25,000 diamond engagement ring which was stolen by a self-styled celebrity gangster.
Jimmy Tippett, 46, agreed to buy the ring, with an emerald-cut jewel, from Tatiana Sieff and arranged to meet her mother in the Hatton Gardens gem district to clinch the deal.
He took her to a casino in Mayfair supposedly to pick up cash for the ring but then “unexpectedly ran off with it”, police said.
Tippett, who released a memoir in 2014 titled Born Gangster, is the son of bare-knuckle boxer Jimmy Tippett senior, nicknamed the Governor of Lewisham, who counted the Kray twins and “Mad” Frankie Fraser as friends.
He was jailed for 30 months at Blackfriars crown court last week after admitting the theft but has never revealed the ring’s whereabouts.
Ms Sieff, 24, a designer, diamond consultant and gemstone merchant, described the platinum-set gem as a “cursed stone” which had been ordered for an engagement that never went ahead. She said: “It was devas-tating when it was stolen ... I keep thinking I am going to see it in a shop window. I’m hopeful. It could be anywhere, and someone might not even know it’s stolen.””
The court heard her mother Jo Stoller met Tippett on March 14 last year and he claimed he needed to go to the Palm Beach Casino in Mayfair to collect money.
When Ms Stoller went to the lavatory, he disappeared with the ring. He was arrested in Brighton three months later but police who searched his home found no trace of the ring.
It has been put on a worldwide database for stolen diamonds, and anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.