A study by drainage specialist Lanes Group has found that a staggering £1.6 billion worth of jewellery could have disappeared down Britain’s drains, with 14% of Brits who have personally lost a piece of jewellery to the sewers.
The nationwide drainage contractors commissioned the study after they helped Thames Water rescue the wedding ring of filmmaker Pascal Gunter when he accidentally lost the ring down a drain while out filming.
Despite Mr Gunter’s misfortune, the study found that women are a lot more likely than men to lose a piece of jewellery to a drainage system. With around one in five (19%) of female respondents who had lost jewellery claiming to have lost an item in this way, compared to only 8% of men surveyed.
Out of those unfortunate enough to lose a piece of jewellery, an impressive quarter of respondents managed to get their last piece back.
Aside from in drainage systems, one of the most likely places to mislay jewellery was while on holiday, with 20% of respondents either having personally lost an item on holiday, or knowing someone who had.
In terms of the pieces lost, it seems