MORRISTOWN (WATE) - A Morristown woman says she was only doing what was right when she found and returned a $40,000 diamond to the owner.
The woman says she did what everyone else would do when she found the three and a half carat diamond. She returned it to the owner without hesitation.
Barbara Warnshuis was working at Christopher and Banks inside College Square Mall in Morristown when she discovered a customer lost the diamond from her ring. Warnshuis immediately started searching the store.
“I crawled around on the floor and looked that day and that evening before we closed I looked around,” said Warnshuis.
She says the customer was distraught. The prongs somehow loosened and the diamond fell out sometime during the day.
“I felt so bad. It had been a gift from her husband and I know it had a lot of sentimental value,” said Warnshuis.
The customer told the Christopher and Banks employees the diamond was over three-and-a-half carats in size and worth $40,000. The diamond ring was a retirement gift from her husband.
“I was like ‘oh my goodness something worth that much money’ and I thought basically it was like looking for a needle in a haystack,” said Warnshuis.
The next day before Warnshuis left work she was turning the lights off something caught her eye. She thought something had fallen off a piece of clothing.
“A rhinestone, sequin or something I thought this couldn't be it,” said Warnshuis.
She put it in her pocket and went home. The next day she checked with a jeweler. It was confirmed it was a diamond.
“I immediately came back and called our customer. She just immediately broke out in tears. She was just so excited and relieved. It was a happy ending,” said Warnshuis.
When asked why she returned the ring Warnshuis says without hesitation it was the only option.
“You don't take anything that doesn't belong to you. You just do what's right what you would want someone to do for you,” said Warnshuis.
According to the Christopher and Banks employee after the customer got the diamond back she went directly to a jeweler to have the diamond reset with more secure prongs.
The owner of the ring gave the Christopher and Banks employee a reward. The employee tells 6 News she felt guilty taking the reward but the owner insisted.