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Jeweler to the Stars

Janitor Cleaned Up

With My $250K Diamond

7/15/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Jeweler to the stars Lorraine Schwartz lost her $250,000 ring on the Golden Globes red carpet ... and the janitor who cleaned that carpet is now the target of a criminal investigation.

Schwartz -- who designed engagement rings for Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, Blake Lively and many others -- was wearing a 10.62 carat yellow diamond during the Globe festivities.  Schwartz told cops someone might have surreptitiously slipped it off her finger.

Schwartz was wrong.  The ring just slipped off her finger and according to legal docs an opportunistic carpet cleaner -- Henry Bernal -- scooped it up and brought it home to his girlfriend.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Bernal and GF Christina Gonzalez took the ring to Kevin Jewelers for an appraisal, and when the jeweler said the store wanted to buy it Bernal got greedy and took it to GIA (Gemological Institute of America) to get it certified.

GIA knew something was up because the ring already had a certification number, so they contacted cops.  

Police interviewed Bernal, who said he never went to cops and told them about his find because he didn't trust them.

The FBI, LAPD and Bev Hills PD are all investigating.

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75 COMMENTS

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1.

Kobe_No_Means_No    

WTF, how can a ring possibly slip off of that fat finger of hers? I call BS. Truth.

67 days ago
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Kobe_No_Means_No    

Diabetes and heart disease are leading causes of death here in the U.S. Forget the gold chains and diamond rings, it's time for some Weight Watchers! Truth.

67 days ago
3.

DiM    

Finders Keepers. Get another one with your hundreds of thousands $$$.

67 days ago
4.

notalawyer    

At the typical 1000% markup it is a $250 ring...

67 days ago
5.

Chris    

If he made no effort to find the rightful owner (which clearly, he didn't), then he's a thief.

67 days ago
6.

kewljewl    

Waaa mutha fuc*a waaa!!!

67 days ago
7.

slavnar    

I have little sympathy for someone who wears a piece of jewelery that is worth more than 99% of americans make in two years.

67 days ago
8.

Jordan    

All the Janitor had to do was Turn the Ring in, and I would bet that Lorraine Schwartz would have given him a Nice little Reward, Now his Reward is Jail.

67 days ago
9.

jennac    

Dumb old hag

67 days ago
10.

PT    

See what materialism got you?

67 days ago
11.

jjgg5    

Money can't buy good taste.

67 days ago
12.

Lacey    

What he did was shady, but he is no thief. He didn't steal it off her finger, he found it on the ground.

67 days ago
13.

tucker    

How does a ring "fall off" - one too many pre-event ****tails? Finders keepers.

67 days ago
14.

Hanna Snowdon-Sykes    

I don't get how a ring that belongs to you would slip off. You should get the ring the exact size that your finger is. Especially her she can afford it obviously.

67 days ago
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porkchop    

Although morally questionable to find something so valuable and keep it, it is also questionable to charge someone for that. What is the crime?

67 days ago
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