Gainsborough: Is £12k ‘finders keepers’ diamond that fell in Lea lost forever?

This diamond is somewhere in Lea
This diamond is somewhere in Lea

Almost two months on, the location of a diamond worth £12,000 which landed near Gainsborough after it was launched into space remains a mystery.

A box containing the 1.14 carat diamond fell in the village of Lea on Thursday 7th August after being launched by specialist jeweller 77 Diamonds as part of a PR stunt - and people were told that if they found it, they could keep it.

Hopeful treasure hunters flocked to the village in the hope of bagging the £12k jewel, but two months on interest in the diamond is waning.

Speculation arose in Lea that the £12k diamond launch was part of a hoax, but this has been dismissed as false by 77 Diamonds who say they are ‘confident that the diamond won’t have travelled outside of a five mile radius of Lea’.

Tobias Kormind, co-founder of the company, confirmed that the diamond had still not been found, though the77 Diamonds were contacted by a ‘diamond hunter’ in August who claimed to have spotted the box.

However, after working with the landowner, they established that the sighting was not a balloon but of a large orange bag.

Mr Kormind added: “The diamond is still out there and up for grabs. It’s finders keepers - that still stands.”

There were two GPS trackers fitted with SIM cards inside the box containing the diamond, allowing phone companies to pinpoint the latitude and longitude of the diamond should it go missing.

But the box has landed in a rural area of Gainsborough that has little to no phone reception, meaning the diamond is now completely off the radar.

Possible explanations for the disappearance of the diamond range from having landed in a river and floating downstream to being eaten by livestock or falling on private land which is off limits to treasure hunters.

It could also have been found by a passerby who decided to ignore the information inside the box and not report the find as requested.

The diamond is in a shoe box sized red box and attached to an orange parachute.

It was mounted on a steel rod frame attached to a helium balloon and rose above the earth until the atmospheric pressure at the edge of space caused the balloon to pop.

It was in the air for over 150 minutes, and travelled around 60 miles before landing.

It has been estimated that the parachute landed approximately where Gainsborough Road meets Willingham Road in Lea.

If you’ve joined the hunt and are out looking for the Gainsborough diamond, or even find it - we want to hear from you.

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