Police seek owners of unique stolen jewellery

| 08/06/2011

(CNS): The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service has released pictures of two pieces of jewellery that are suspected by officers of being stolen property. Police said the distinctive jewellery was seized by West Bay police officers. The pieces depict the image of Medusa on a ring (pictured left) and a medallion (right) and both are believed to be very rare pieces, which may have been designed and created by jeweller, Dennis Smith.

Police said Smith used to be based locally at a waterfront store called Diamond Mind. Anyone who can provide any information about the jewellery, or who they may belong to, should contact West Bay police station on 949-3999. (Right: back of medallion. Left: ring side view)

 

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  1. Fashionista says:

    I suppose they might be handy items for pirates week.

  2. MER says:

    I have never heard of anyone posting pictures of stolen items in an attempt to find the owners!!! Now everyone on this island and around the world know the details of the objects and can proclaim to be the rightful owners!!! I mean seriously, this is so dumb that it's hilarious!!! Another cookie point for our brilliant RCIP!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Whoever was robbed in that area should be too happy to report to the RCIP and collect what is his/hers. Just a thought.

  4. Dennis Smith says:

    The pendant illustrated above was made by “Smiths of Cayman”. It was stolen 3 months ago during a $100k burglary in the Tropical Gardens area of George Town. Smiths of Cayman did not make the ring.

    For the record: “The Diamond Mine” was Cayman’s first retail diamond showroom. It opened in the Huntlaw building on Fort Street in 1976, its associated offshore diamond and hard asset brokerage firm was established the following year to supply private clients of Cayman’s financial industry with loose investment diamonds, exceptional coloured gemstones and important museum quality antiquities.

    Of historical note: The Diamond Mine is fondly remembered by Caymanians because many of them worked for Caribbean Gems and Jewellery, Cayman’s first jewellery maker and The Jewellery Factory, its original Black Coral jewellery store. When the Diamond Mine opened its doors the group was the 4th largest employer in Cayman. A lot of talented Caymanians worked hard to make these creative jewellery enterprises a success.

    By 1981 the firm began leveraging its antiquity investment experience into a unique jewellery design concept for an original collection of rare and collectible jewels. The Diamond Mine showroom was re-branded as “Smiths of Cayman” to better reflect the family firm’s growing reputation as the designer and maker of exclusive jewels.

    The pendant above features a scarce 3rd century BC pseudo-Rhodian stater. It was an early design made while the rarity concept was still evolving, subsequent designs, inspired by high degrees of rarity and collectible significance, became bolder, more sophisticated and eventually published in society magazines worldwide.

    Many of the early designs were subsequently copied and in some cases counterfeited. Generally speaking the Smiths of Cayman makers-mark (Mirror Imaged S’s as seen on the back of this pendant) is the best way to determine originality.

    Thanks to the RCIPS for recovering this scarce example of Cayman’s jewellery making history and thanks to CNS for helping to spread the word.

  5. Anonymous says:

    If you have nothing worthy to contribute, pleasekeep your trap shut.

  6. Anonymous says:

    That is my great great great great grandmother!

     

    how bout letting a jewler read the jewlers marks.

  7. Anonymous says:

    No it's mine!

    Gosh, I hope whoever they belong to has proof of purchase.  Or maybe the Police will get rid of them on a first come first serve basis.

    Whatever happened to descrbe the pece of your mssing jewelry and we'll see if it matches that description?

  8. cow itch says:

    CNS, that's my ring!!!   

    It was given to me by my great great great great grandmother!

     

    • Anonymous says:

      cow itch you must have meant to say that this ring was passed down to you from your great great great great grandmother,because my gosh if your great great great great grandmother gave this ring to you in person then lord have mercy……………i just do not want to elaborate on the physical state that four times great grand ma would be in.