Falmouth pensioner's lifetime's collection of jewellery stolen
A PENSIONER was left "devastated" and "heartbroken" after her lifetime's collection of treasured jewellery was stolen from her home.
The 100 items, which included diamond, emerald and sapphire rings, were taken from Marilyn Brown in Woodlane, Falmouth, during a break-in.
The estimated value of the 50 pairs of earrings and seven rings, plus bangles, bracelets and broaches is more than £4,000, but Miss Brown said they were priceless to her.
"You could give me £10,000 or £20,000 and it wouldn't cover it because they all have meaning and special memories," said the retired nurse.
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"It is so sentimental, all the things you cannot replace.
"I am trying to come to terms with it but it is hard. I'm just heartbroken."
At the heart of her collection was an ivory necklace, given to her by a friend of her mother almost 50 years ago.
"It was bought over from India by a sea captain.
"She gave it to me because she didn't have a daughter and I wore it for her for all these years. How precious it was."
Mother of two Miss Brown wore the necklace during a modelling photoshoot in Canada 33 years ago. She also took it to Africa on her travels.
Among the jewellery stolen in the burglary was a diamond cluster ring worth £800 and an emerald and diamond ring, which she wore in memory of her mother, valued at £600.
Other prized rings include a sapphire gold ring given to her by her sister, and a sapphire diamond ring which she wore in memory of her friend who died of cancer.
A necklace, earrings and bangle all matching the sapphire diamond ring were also stolen in the robbery, along with gold and silver crosses and chains, an antique silver casket jewellery box with blue velvet lining, cultured pearl earrings, pink crystal earrings, a broach and a gold bangle.
"He just helped himself to it all," said Miss Brown, a grandmother of two. "It is really disgusting because you cannot replace things like that.
"You can imagine I was just devastated at the loss. And, of course, having your home broken into."
Burglars smashed a window at Miss Brown's house between 5pm and 7pm on October 18 and used a crowbar to break the frame.
"I never expected to be broken into," said the 63-year-old. "I have lived here for 25 years and it is as safe as can be. It was just such a shock."
If anyone has any information about the burglary or the jewellery, call 101 and ask for Detective Constable David Palmer at Falmouth police station CID.