Friday, August 26, 2011

Dog Ate $10,000 Worth of Diamonds!

By on Friday, August 26, 2011 10 Comments

Mug Shot of Diamond Thief
Here is a cautionary tale or should I say, "tail" about leaving your jewelry making components lying around where pets, especially dogs, might accidentally eat them.

It does happen. The latest incident occurred in an Albany, Georgia store as reported in a local tv station's video . Honey Bun doesn't really guard the John Ross Jewelry store. The new pup is more like a greeter and shop mascot for owners, Chuck and Ann Roberts.

Chuck was working on some cut diamonds and earring backs when he had to wait on a customer. Distracted, he failed to move the chair away from his shop work table.  So when he later discovered 2 diamonds and an earring back missing, Honey Bun was chief suspect.

A trip to the vet's for an x-ray confirmed the pup's guilt. Diamonds are radiolucent which means they are "transparent" and do not show up on x-rays. X-rays pass right through them unlike glass, crystals and cubic zirconium which are slightly radiopaque. But the two blank spots in Honey Bun's x-ray was enough evidence. 

The diamonds and earring back passed right through Honey Bun's alimentary canal and were recovered a day later with no harm done.  He wasn't reprimanded either as Chuck pointed out, "I haven't scolded him to this day and I won't. Why not? It's my fault for leaving the chair there, that's why."

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  1. Ummm, I'm just wondering what happened to the gems after they were recovered?? ;>))

  2. Interesting...very interesting!!

  3. I'm glad that pups was okay through this ordeal but for awhile he was one very valuable puppy dog. :)

  4. I saw this on tv. How funny. Just goes to prove that dogs will eat almost anything. Such a cute little one.

  5. The diamonds were thoroughly cleaned and according to the shop owner returned to the supplier.

  6. Yes, dogs will eat just about anything. Cats won't but they do bat things off or knock down trays. I know as I am a cat owner!

  7. Hee! Gotta watch 'em every minute! (Jewelers, not dogs!)

  8. I'm glad the little thief was okay. They are just like kids - you'v gotta watch them closely! Thanks for sharing the story! :)

  9. I am just glad that HoneyBun is okay. They are just like kids and it is up to us to ensure their safety.