Robert Peston's late wife's engagement and wedding rings were stolen in a burglary on Wednesday evening.
The BBC Business editor shared the news on Twitter, telling his 207,584 followers he hoped his late wife Sian Busby's rings "might turn up."
"Burgled last night. My beloved late wife's 1920's engagement & wedding rings taken. Naive to think they might turn up, but…," he wrote.
Tweeters replied consoling Peston, who lives in north London, telling him the news was "awful", "rotten" and "terrible."
Novellist Sian Busby died in September after a long struggle with lung cancer.
The 52-year-old journalist met his wife while they were teenagers, when they had a brief relationship, only to get back together years later.
They later rekindled their relationship in the mid-1990s after her first marriage - from which she has a son, Simon - ended.
She told an interviewer in 2009 how they were brought back together when Peston's sister was seriously injured in a road accident and suffered memory loss.
"I started going to see her with photographs to talk about our school days and help her piece her memory back together.
"Robert was often there at the same time, but I was feeling so low that I didn't think he - so handsome, so successful - could possibly be interested in me."
They have two sons.