I would like to mention, almost every woman who came into my store
to replace stolen jewelry, when asked if they had a jewelry box
replied yes and that was all that was taken.
Many years ago when I lived in a rough-and-tumble Detroit
neighborhood, I was burglarized, and my jewelry box was raided.
The funny part was, I was poor as a church mouse and didn't own much
worth stealing, but I had an expensive-looking watch in the jewelry
box which was stolen. It was a "bar watch."
I had bought it because I had read John Molloy's book and wanted to
appear like a white-collar guy for the purpose of job interviews,
but bar watches had a seamier purpose amongst con men.
A "bar watch" was an incredibly cheap and low-quality watch,
designed to resemble an expensive Seiko, Omega, etc. Their brand
names were ESEIKOR, Ornega, etc, and they were deliberately made so
that you could open them up, and by using some acetone to remove the
E and R on the ESEIKOR, or using some black ink or paint to connect
the R and N on the Ornega, you then had a fake SEIKO or Omega. The
next step for a con man was to ID a well-dressed, half-tipsy gent in
a bar, tell him a sob story about how you're desparate for money
'cause your mom has cancer and can't afford the pain meds, and sell
him the "thousand dollar Omega watch" for a hundred bucks or so. Of
course, the watch is junk and you only paid $15 or so for it...
I always wished I could have been a fly on the wall when the burglar
tried to fence his "Seiko" at the local pawn shop....I really hope
he got his butt kicked...
Dos Manos Jewelry