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Divers search lake for Atlanta Falcon star's $100k earring

Divers search lake for Atlanta Falcon star's $100k earring

An NFL star who lost a diamond earring worth more than $100,000 enlisted a team of divers to scour the murky bottom of a Georgia lake in hopes of recovering it.

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones was jet skiing in Lake Lanier, about 50 miles outside Atlanta when he hit a boat wake and fell.

When he emerged from the water, the diamond earring was gone.

Diver Richard Pickering swam about 65 feet down to the bottom of the lake, hoping to catch a glint of the jewel with his flashlight, but he came up empty-handed, calling the task 'absolutely impossible'.

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (Above) lost a diamond earring worth more than $100,000 while he was jet skiing in Lake Lanier, about 50 miles outside Atlanta
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (Above) lost a diamond earring worth more than $100,000 while he was jet skiing in Lake Lanier, about 50 miles outside Atlanta

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (Above) lost a diamond earring worth more than $100,000 while he was jet skiing in Lake Lanier, about 50 miles outside Atlanta

Jones' jeweler and friend paid a dive team $500 to search for the earring - a mission made all the more difficult given the lake's bottom is 'pitch dark'
Jones' jeweler and friend paid a dive team $500 to search for the earring - a mission made all the more difficult given the lake's bottom is 'pitch dark'

Jones' jeweler and friend paid a dive team $500 to search for the earring - a mission made all the more difficult given the lake's bottom is 'pitch dark'

The divers hoped to capture a flashlight's reflection off the diamond, but came up empty handed (pictured, a file photo of Lake Lanier)
The divers hoped to capture a flashlight's reflection off the diamond, but came up empty handed (pictured, a file photo of Lake Lanier)

The divers hoped to capture a flashlight's reflection off the diamond, but came up empty handed (pictured, a file photo of Lake Lanier)

Jones' jeweler and friend paid a dive team $500 to search for the earring - a mission made all the more difficult given the lake's bottom is 'pitch dark', diver Bobby Griffin said.

The divers hoped to capture a flashlight's reflection off the diamond amid old trees that have been submerged since the man-made lake's creation in the 1950s.

Pickering likened it to searching for the earring in the woods after throwing it out of a car going 70miles per hour in the middle of the night.

He told 11Alive: 'It's down in crevasses and nooks and crannies. It's impossible - absolutely impossible.'

But Jones wasn't too upset about the loss and said he was simply thankful to have been unharmed in the fall.

He told 11Alive: 'As long as I'm good, it's materialistic stuff. You can always get that kind of stuff back.'

Falcons training camp begins Thursday and goes through Aug. 4. The first preseason game is Aug. 26 against the Arizona Cardinals, the grand opening of Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. 

Jones (pictured) wasn't too upset about the loss and said he was simply thankful to have been unharmed in the fall
Jones (pictured) wasn't too upset about the loss and said he was simply thankful to have been unharmed in the fall

Jones (pictured) wasn't too upset about the loss and said he was simply thankful to have been unharmed in the fall

Falcons training camp begins Thursday and goes through Aug. 4
Falcons training camp begins Thursday and goes through Aug. 4
The first preseason game is Aug. 26 against the Arizona Cardinals
The first preseason game is Aug. 26 against the Arizona Cardinals

Falcons training camp begins Thursday and goes through Aug. 4. The first preseason game is Aug. 26 against the Arizona Cardinals. Pictured, Jones earlier this year

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