A woman from Southampton has been left devastated after losing a diamond worth £24,000 in a supermarket car park.
Carol Gibbons, 62, of Burridge, lost the diamond attached to her necklace when shopping in Tesco car park in Bursledon on Wednesday, August 23.
Mrs Gibbons suspects the diamond fell from its chain near where her car was parked in Tesco car park – with CCTV footage from inside the store showing no sign of the stone when Mrs Gibbons entered the shop.
Having contacted the police – who confirm they haven’t had the item handed in – Mrs Gibbons feels left with no other choice but to appeal for the item publicly and raise awareness of its disappearance.
She is offering a £500 reward for its safe return and said 'it means more to me than I can put into words'.
She told the Echo: “It would mean everything to me to find it.
“It was my grandmother’s engagement ring that was then passed onto my mum, and then when she passed away six years ago it was handed down to me.
“It’s something I’d like to be able to give to my children one day.”
The diamond in question is a flawless white four-claw single-stone solitaire. It fell from an 18in gold chain.
Mrs Gibbons said: “I don’t know how it came off, it was on when I left home and at some point, between getting out of the car at Tesco and entering the store, it’s fallen from its chain.
“Whether it just fell off or if I knocked it with my seatbelt or handbag, I really don’t know – I would just like it back.”
She added: “People might not realise the true value of it, but then again, they might know exactly that.
“I haven’t found it anywhere and I’m certain I would have lost it near my car in the car park.
“My feeling is that somebody would have picked it up.
“It’s my grandmother’s – it means more to me than I can put into words.
“I’m offering a £500 reward for anyone that may find it and return it safely.”