Ring valued at £31,000 has never been claimed by its original owner.
Police in Great Yarmouth are set to auction off a 3.5ct diamond ring valued at £31,000 if it is not claimed in time by its rightful owners.
The 18ct gold and diamond ring was confiscated from an offender, who claimed to have come across the piece of jewellery on Gorleston High Street during September 2009.
Police have searched in vain for the owner of the ring since then and because of the time elapsed it will now go up for auction to drum up funds for local charities through the Norfolk Community Foundation.
There is a last-minute appeal to find the original owner before the ring is put under the gavel.
The ring, which has a small finger size, has been valued by a jeweller in London and the diamond is said to be of good quality with very few flaws.
Great Yarmouth police district commander superintendent Nick Davison said: “The ring is to be sold shortly under police regulations and the net proceeds will be distributed to local charities via the Norfolk Community Foundation. We would obviously prefer to reunite the ring with its true owner but if this is not possible then giving the proceeds to charity is a positive step for local communities.”