Reward renewed for lost HK$12m sparkler
Police have renewed their reward offer of up to HK$500,000 for information about a jewel-encrusted ring - worth HK$12.23 million - that went missing at the Four Seasons Hotel in Central months ago.
The reward was due to expire today but was extended for a further six months since police have yet to recover the ring, owned by Caroline Scheufele, co-president of jewellery house Chopard.
'Renewing the reward shows we are short on leads,' a senior police officer said. Crime squad officers in Central are treating the case as theft.
Scheufele had left the ring inside a toilet near the Harbour View Ballroom on the fourth floor of the hotel while attending a party on September 8. She had removed the ring to wash her hands, police said.
Scheufele realised her mistake seven minutes after she left the toilet, but the ring had disappeared when she went back to look for it.
'No one talks about the incident,' one Chopard employee said, adding that they wanted to let the matter die down.
A spokeswoman for Chopard Hong Kong refused to comment on the case yesterday.
The ring has a 16.83 carat emerald that sits between two large diamonds - one of them 1.15 carats and the other 1.28 carats - and has 674 smaller diamonds. Scheufele wore the ring to the city for the launch of a shop at IFC Mall.
After it was reported missing, police officers conducted inquiries among staff and guests, and searched the hotel, but failed to find the ring. Anyone with information is urged to contact Central police at 3660 1174.
The reward offer is the second-biggest ever posted on the Hong Kong police website. The largest reward offered is HK$800,000 for information leading to the arrest of four Wo Shing Wo triad members wanted over the death in August 2009 of Lee Tai-lung, head of the Tsim Sha Tsui faction of the Sun Yee On triad.
Lee, 41, was rammed by a car outside the Kowloon Shangri-La hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui, then hacked to death. Three other men not covered by the reward offer were jailed for life last year for his murder.
The price, in US dollars, of the world's most expensive ring, as of last year - a blue-diamond ring by Chopard