Police are searching for a £1 million emerald that a millionairess jeweller lost in a Hong Kong bathroom last September. Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele, 49, took the ring off to wash her hands in the Four Seasons Hotel's Harbour View ballroom, according to the Daily Mail
. After forgetting the ring she rushed back to find it gone.Police are treating the matter as theft and a £40,000 reward for the return of the emerald is on offer.
The missing emerald, which was made by the family business Chopard, is described as "a 16.83 carat emerald sitting between two diamonds of 1.15 and 1.29 carats, with another 674 small diamonds around the band." There is a possibility that the jewels could have been sold off separately through Hong Kong pawn shops.
Mrs. Gruosi-Scheufele is a German woman who runs the family owned jewellery and watch business, Chopard of Switzerland, with her brother, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele. She was visiting Hong Kong at the time of her loss to open a new store there. Chopard was established in Vienna in 1986 and purchased by Gruosi-Scheufele's father in 1963.
The New York Times
reported she said of business during the recession "There is still a lot of money out there, and a lot of people are looking to buy something they can hold in their hands," noting that items in the bracket over $100,000 were holding up well.
Although the lost emerald was valuable the Guardian
reported Mrs.Gruoise-Scheufele once said her "biggest luxury is staying in." She likes to spend time in her Tuscan-inspired mansion with her husband, her collection of vintage cars, and a dog that sports a 60-carat diamond around his neck.