West Yorkshire jewellery appeal

West Yorkshire Police are appealing for help to trace the owners of £300,000 of jewellery.

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Police in West Yorkshire are appealing for help to trace the owners of up to £300,000 of rare and unique jewellery after they were recovered by Police in April 2011.

We are appealing for help from the public to solve the mystery of their ownership
Detective Inspector Lloyd Batley

Numerous unique and handmade items including a ring with a snake design and yellow stone were recovered from the property and have been subject to examination by jewellers and forensic experts.

So far, it is believed the items, which also include diamond rings, ear rings and a number of antique pieces.

They include a highly unusual aquamarine and diamond ring in the form of two rings, which is unlikely to have been purchased in this country and a blue stone and diamond set necklace.

The blue stones are all natural sapphires and are possibly made in Thailand.

Other items of interest also include a lady's brilliant cut diamond ring which is if significant value and rarity, and was most probably made before the Second World War.

Widespread enquiries with experts have suggested the jewellery was not local to the area and could have potentially come from elsewhere in the region or wider country.

Detective Inspector Lloyd Batley from the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: "Enquiries to identify the owner of these really quite unique jewellery pieces have been ongoing for some time now and we are appealing for help from the public to solve the mystery of their ownership.

"Experts have told us a number of these items are handmade and unique and due to the circumstances in which they were found, we have good reason to believe their owner or owners are still out there somewhere in West Yorkshire or the wider UK.

"Clearly these items are going to be of real personal and physical value to either one or many people and we are keen to reunite them with their rightful owners.

"The examiners have stated that the pieces are very rare and would have documentation which would support any genuine purchase."

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