According to the Sheriff's Office, the woman picked out the diamond earring from the jewelry case and held it up to her ear, but when she handed it back to the sales associate, it wasn't the $1,500 earring, but a piece of costume jewelry.
The clerk, who has worked the jewelry county at Belk's for years, it didn't feel right when she got it back.
By the time she had confirmed it was a fake, the thief had left the store with two men.
While the clerk couldn't see the woman make the switch, Graff says it could be seen in video from overhead surveillance cameras.
Anyone with information about the woman in the photos is asked to contact the Clay County Sheriff's Office at or Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.