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The woman accidentally leaves gold, diamonds and pearls in the donation bag for clothes



Canadian Press

Published Friday, January 4, 2019 11:45 EST

Last Updated on Friday, 4 January 2019 12:53 EST

HALIFAX – A woman in Halifax, who accidentally donated her gold, diamond and pearl collection over the course of her life, hopes it will not be possible for her jewelry to be returned.

Jane Lowe realized too late that her husband had shot a Ziploc bag of valuable gifts and family belongings in a suit bag ready for donation when the couple was out of town.

The treasures included a string of pearls from her father, a tennis gold bracelet, diamond and amethyst earrings, and gold necklaces from a family member who died.

Lowe contacted Diabetes Canada, who took the Value Village clothes and locations, where the bag might have reached.

The people he talked to were housed and eager to help but now is a game of waiting for a possible miraculous return of the collection.

"I hope I've been able to return him, but I have no real reason to be hopeful. I think he's lucky, is not he?" Lowe said on Friday at her home in Halifax.

Value Village staff told Lowe that the valuable ones, like the ones he described, are usually brought to a supervisor to be detailed and locked in a safe, but so far no one has reported that he has found the jewels.

Although value is certainly important for some of the lost treasures, Lowe does not believe that most articles could be sold at a pawn shop for the initial price – the biggest blow was the loss of irreplaceable hymns.

Some items, including an emerald and diamond pendant, were particularly valuable, but Lowe said the sentimental value of grandmother's imitation pearls could not be attributed, for example, to a price.

"Sometimes, if it's real or not, it does not matter, it's for you what it means," she said.

The mistake was an honest communication.

Lowe had already cut off his bags and did not think to look at them and did not know where to hide the bag, which makes it a precaution when leaving home for a long time.

"We have fun now, of course, but I did not think to ask," she said.

Loss of so many objects loaded into memory was scary. Lowe hopes to give her the jewels of her children and grandparents one day, but she tries to stay positive and appreciate other blessings of life.

"We are healthy and have a good life, so you have to think about these things."

– by Holly McKenzie-Sutter in St. John & apos; s, N.L.


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