By Ashley Davis
An x-ray displaying the manner in which jewelry was hidden in a double-bottom enamel mug. (Photo credit:
Oświęcim, Poland--Staff at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum found a gold ring and a necklace with a gold chain wrapped in canvas and hidden in an enamel mug with a double bottom, jewels that went undiscovered for more than 70 years.

The Collections of the Memorial contain items taken by the Germans from Auschwitz-Birkenau deportees; it houses more than 12,000 pieces of enamel kitchenware alone.  

“The hiding of valuable items--repeatedly mentioned in the accounts of survivors, and which was the reason for ripping and careful search of clothes and suitcases in the warehouse for looted items--proves, on the one hand, the awareness of the victims as to the robbery nature of the deportation, but on the other hand it shows that the Jewish families constantly had a ray of hope that these items will be required for their existence,” said museum director Piotr M. A. Cywiński.

Tests conducted indicate the ring and necklace contain gold from jewelry produced in Poland between 1921 and 1931. The items will be kept in the Collections of the Museum in a manner that will illustrate the way they were hidden by their owner.

Get the Daily News >
National Jeweler

Fine Jewelry Industry News

Since 1906, National Jeweler has been the must-read news source for smart jewelry professionals--jewelry retailers, designers, buyers, manufacturers, and suppliers. From market analysis to emerging jewelry trends, we cover the important industry topics vital to the everyday success of jewelry professionals worldwide. National Jeweler delivers the most urgent jewelry news necessary for running your day-to-day jewelry business here, and via our daily e-newsletter, website and other specialty publications, such as "The State of the Majors." National Jeweler is published by Jewelers of America, the leading nonprofit jewelry association in the United States.