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Mystery of the long lost necklace: a pearler of a story!

Posted on October 21 2021

Mystery of the long lost necklace: a pearler of a story!


Duffs Jewellers recently reunited a long lost pearl necklace with its owner’s family.

The quest to find the mystery owner began after the team conducted a clean up during recent lockdowns, uncovering a treasure trove of jewellery left for repairs and never collected.

Among the thousands of items was a distinctive pearl necklace dropped off in 1976 by someone with the last name Sweeney, from St Leonards.

After an article appeared in the Geelong Advertiser seeking to reunite the necklace with its owner, family members Dianne, Dawn, Katie and John made contact with proprietor Ross Duff.

“Dianne explained that her mother, May Sweeney, lived in St Leonards, however had passed away 19 years ago,” said Ross.

“I also received a message from a genealogist who took an interest in our quest and provided us with an extract from the electoral role in St Leonards, confirming that Mabel Violet was the only Sweeney living in St Leonards at the time.”

Ross recently reunited the necklace with May’s son John in Clifton Springs, who has since passed it on to the rightful owner.

John explained that the pearls were documented in his mother’s will, and were intended to be passed on to her granddaughter Katie, but they could not be found at the time.

“I’m thrilled that the mystery has been solved, thank you to everyone who has helped us return the pearls to the family,” Ross said.