Sleb Safari: What to do when your $2m engagement ring goes missing

Paris Hilton and her prized engagement ring. Picture from @ParisHilton on Twitter

OUR thoughts are with Paris Hilton today as she gets over the shock of almost losing her $2 million engagement ring.

It all went down in the VIP section of a Miami club where Paris was partying like it was 1999.

Above & Beyond were DJing, Paris was shaking her money maker and then she threw her hands in the air like she just didn’t care. Freeze frame. And now in slo mo watch as her 20 carat teardrop diamond ring goes somersaulting through the air and vanishes into a heaving mass of sweaty people.

It’s a sizable diamond but there were 7,000 people at the club so, you know, the odds were stacked against her retrieving it.

Paris’s fiancé, Chris Zylka, headed up the search, aided and abetted by club security. Chris probably spent most of the time on the phone to his insurance company checking whether his policy covered him for vigorous dance related loss.

After much searching, shaking out of hair extensions and clutches and looking on fingers, in pockets and under seats the ring turned up in a Champagne bucket. That’s right, the ice was on ice. How very Paris Hilton.

Paris hopped on Twitter to explain that due to her “amazing karma” everything worked out splendidly. Oh, and did she mention that her rock is 20 carats?

“The ring was just so heavy and big that while I was dancing it literally flew off my finger into an ice bucket a couple of tables over,” she tweeted.

“Thank God by some miracle my fiancé found it before someone else did and most likely would not have returned it. I am so lucky!”

That you are Paris, that you are. Your fiancé probably feels even luckier.

Would you like to hear another story about a missing engagement ring? This one belongs to Love Island star Olivia Buckland and is a fraction less luxe.

“We went to a strip club and got really drunk and I passed out at the hotel. When I woke up [the ring] wasn’t on my hand. I freaked out, but eventually found it down the side of the bed.”

There’s no way to sugar coat that story now is there? Still, we all know what the cold hand of panic feels like when it take grips so VIP club or strip club, $2 million ring or £200 ring, it’s nice that both women's stories ended with happy ever after.

Competition Time

UNITED Wine Merchants is sponsoring Belfast Film Festival with Birra Moretti and to celebrate is giving away a cracking prize for Sleb Safari readers.

Up for grabs is a £50 voucher for Little Wing, a four pack of Birra Moretti and two tickets to the closing night of Belfast Film Festival which is a screening of Black 47 at 6.45pm on April 21 at Movie House Dublin Road.

To be in with a chance to win answer the following question correctly:

Who directed the film Black 47?

Email your answer to and mark it ‘United Wine Merchant/Sleb Safari competition’. The closing date is noon on Wednesday April 18. Usual Irish News rules apply. You must be over 18 to enter this competition.

Meghan Markle in training to be a princess 

 Meghan Markle greets well wishers on a recent visit to Belfast. Picture by Brian Lawless, PA

IT’S time for our weekly check-in with bride-to-be Meghan Markle. We find her today in an underground bunker, undergoing princess training.

Etiquette expert Liz Brewer is on hand to explain.

“A great part of what Meghan is being taught is how to wave, how and whom to address, how to curtsy, what to carry in her handbag etc,” Liz told Hello!

“She would also learn... where to sit, when to stand, when to leave, when to speak and to never give a personal opinion.”

Let’s dissect that. Being taught what to carry in her handbag. Surely that’s one of everything you own?

And learning “where to sit, when to stand, when to leave, when to speak and to never give a personal opinion” sounds exactly like the kind of thing that everyone should be taught to make family get togethers go that bit more smoothly.

How much is this Princess School?

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