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Monday 27 February 2017

Stylist in plea for return of jewellery left on roof of car

Barry Duggan

Celia Holman-Lee
Celia Holman-Lee
The watch and large ring with emerald centre that were lost

It was supposed to be a romantic night out with her husband. But the evening ended in tears for fashion stylist Celia Holman-Lee, who lost jewellery worth thousands of euro.

The model agency owner yesterday offered a reward as she pleaded for the safe return of the valuable cache -- which included three custom-designed diamond rings, a gold bracelet and a Cartier watch

She was distraught last night as she described how the jewellery -- which was all in a leopard-skin clutch bag -- was of huge sentimental value.

The glamorous grandmother, who had been dining at the plush Cornstore restaurant in Limerick with her husband Ger on Saturday night, was getting into their car when she closed a door on her hand at around 12.30am.

"We were parked opposite the Cornstore and it was such a stupid thing to do. My fingers and hand started to swell and I took off my rings and watch. I put them all into my bag and left it on the roof of the car as we drove off," Mrs Holman-Lee said.

Realising minutes later what had happened, she and Ger returned to Thomas Street in the city centre but could find no trace of the small Diane Von Furstenberg clutch.

"It is such a silly, stupid thing to do and I am so embarrassed about it and annoyed with myself over it.

"All my rings were inside in the bag, but they are of great sentimental value to me. It's not their worth at all -- it is what the rings meant to me.

"I had two of the rings, a blue sapphire diamond ring and an emerald with a diamond ring, for 30 years. They were made especially for me, and I also had the watch for 30 years," she said.

Mrs Holman-Lee has reported the incident to Henry Street garda station in Limerick and is pleading for the return of her jewellery.

Irish Independent

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