When I was about 11, my mother accidentally dropped one of her pearl stud earrings down the bathroom sink drain. I remember she was quite upset about it.

She sent my brother, sister and I outside to where the drain outlet emptied into a large open drain. We had a fun time poking around with sticks but didn't find anything as the heavy gold mounted earring was actually still in the drain U-bend.

If you drop your jewelry down the toilet, you may not be so lucky as Allison Berry found out earlier this month. Her 7 carat $70,000 wedding diamond ring fell off her hand as she was flushing the toilet in the bathroom of the Black Bear Diner in Phoenix, Arizona. The force of the water carried the ring away. City workers tried to flush it out but failed.

Mr Rooter, a plumbing franchise, came to the rescue. Using a small video camera, the ring was spotted 3 feet down and 5 feet along from the toilet. They then jackhammered for 1.5 hours, removed the pipe and finally recovered the ring 8 hrs after Allison Berry lost it. The picture  taken by Mike Roberts from Mr Rooter shows the plumber holding the ring. Roberts said "They always say diamonds are a girl's best friend. In this case, a plumber is a girl's best friend."

She and her husband were so grateful, they tipped Roberts and his technician $400 each. The diner employee got $200 also for staying late. The cost of the special plumbing job and presumably the repair? $5,200. The bill from the city? $1,000. The look of joy on her teary face when the ring was found - priceless.

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