Here's one that will blow you away

JD Jones

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Not going into much detail, but back in the eighties, I was in St. Croix on vacation and visited a jewelry shop that sold hand-made gold pendants - everyone being a unique piece.

When I bought it, I took a picture of it in case it was ever stolen. (I kept that picture for years, and eventually uploaded it to google pictures.)

A few years later, it was snatched from my neck in Santo Domingo while driving in my Jeep with the top off.

Fast forward 30 years.

I have been doing Google image searches of that picture, and the other day to my shock and surprise it popped up for sale on EBAY in an antiques shop in New Jersey.

I talked to the owner of the shop who told me she got it in an estate sale of a Dominican gentleman.

I told her my story, bought it from her, and it's on its way back home.

What is the probability of that?

I always thought it was probably melted down for the gold.

I wonder how many pieces of gold jewelry make it to the U.S. (or any other country, for that matter).
 

jd426

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WOW, that is amazing .. The Dominican guy from Jersey who passed probably bought it in the DR .. having no clue it was stolen .. and brought it back to Jersey.
I did not know google Image search was that good . to Look for an image from a Print and search it digitally.
They look for % ages of Colors I think , the better the colors the easier to find..
 

chico bill

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Not going into much detail, but back in the eighties, I was in St. Croix on vacation and visited a jewelry shop that sold hand-made gold pendants - everyone being a unique piece.

When I bought it, I took a picture of it in case it was ever stolen. (I kept that picture for years, and eventually uploaded it to google pictures.)

A few years later, it was snatched from my neck in Santo Domingo while driving in my Jeep with the top off.

Fast forward 30 years.

I have been doing Google image searches of that picture, and the other day to my shock and surprise it popped up for sale on EBAY in an antiques shop in New Jersey.

I talked to the owner of the shop who told me she got it in an estate sale of a Dominican gentleman.

I told her my story, bought it from her, and it's on its way back home.

What is the probability of that?

I always thought it was probably melted down for the gold.

I wonder how many pieces of gold jewelry make it to the U.S. (or any other country, for that matter).
Was it broken to get off ? Or pulled off over your head?
And that's a warning to all people flashing gold chains in DR.
A Dominican man would take a free 10K gold chain over a free night in a paid villa with J. Lo.
 
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JD Jones

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Was it broken to get off ? Or pulled off over your head?
And that's a warning to all people flashing gold chains in DR.
A Dominican man would take a free 10K gold chain over a free night in a paid villa with J. Lo.
He came from behind and slapped my chest and snatched it chain and all. He was going for the chain, he didn't even see the pendant.

I actually drove across the median in the jeep and chased him but he ran into a housing area.
 

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He came from behind and slapped my chest and snatched it chain and all. He was going for the chain, he didn't even see the pendant.

I actually drove across the median in the jeep and chased him but he ran into a housing area.

About that same time, Mr AE’s older brother was driving with the window down, and lost a chain and pendant the same way. He was a big guy like you too. You’d think they’d go after a different type.

Since then, we leave everything gold home when we leave for our DR house. Especially now, certainly can’t chase after them anymore 😂

So glad you got it back, quite a story!
 

chico bill

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He came from behind and slapped my chest and snatched it chain and all. He was going for the chain, he didn't even see the pendant.

I actually drove across the median in the jeep and chased him but he ran into a housing area.
Are you sure it was one of a kind. Did you check for your DNA?
 

JD Jones

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Are you sure it was one of a kind. Did you check for your DNA?
LOL

Very possible there's another, but I took an existing pendant from the designer and had it modified.

It was a little eccentric, but I had my reasons.

When I would do google image searches, the original pendant design would occasionally pop up but nothing that matched mine. I had to look twice when I saw it because I couldn't believe it at first.

Honestly, it was a stupid decision. I don't even know if I'll wear it again.

Almost like the tablet. My 10 tablet is working perfectly well, I just thought it would be nice to see bigger images from my cameras without zooming them in.

I can't take money with me, I might as well enjoy it now.
 

chico bill

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LOL

Very possible there's another, but I took an existing pendant from the designer and had it modified.

It was a little eccentric, but I had my reasons.

When I would do google image searches, the original pendant design would occasionally pop up but nothing that matched mine. I had to look twice when I saw it because I couldn't believe it at first.

Honestly, it was a stupid decision. I don't even know if I'll wear it again.

Almost like the tablet. My 10 tablet is working perfectly well, I just thought it would be nice to see bigger images from my cameras without zooming them in.

I can't take money with me, I might as well enjoy it now.
Enjoy it but use it to help someone if you can.
 

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Cool... Glad you are able to have it in your possession again. Many years ago my mom and stepdad were driving in downtown Kingston (Jamaica) when this happened to her as well. My mom, being herself, jumped out of the car and chased the thief. My stepdad had to chase her down and stop her because she was running into a really bad area. But that's my mom... No fear when defending herself. The chain had a little one-of-a-kind elephant pendant on it that she absolutely loved.
 
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I forgot to mention before that even though this was an expensive piece of Gold jewelry, DOMEX only got me for 96 pesos, even though it was accompanied by an invoice with the correct price.

Icing on the cake.
 
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Was it broken to get off ? Or pulled off over your head?
And that's a warning to all people flashing gold chains in DR.
A Dominican man would take a free 10K gold chain over a free night in a paid villa with J. Lo.
Just don’t look at his neck (and wrist.) He’s actually a well known bachata singer from Janico (and has been living in Santiago for many years) and that interview was done yesterday.