Sometimes people call this sentimental value. But that phrase hardly captures the real weight of it.
A piece of jewelry is a silent witness to our lives, a touchstone that helps us remember. Perhaps that’s why people go to such lengths to find the owners of missing pieces.
For instance, West Point maintains a listing of all its lost and found rings. More often, though, ordinary folks find ways of tracking down appreciative owners.
Consider Suzanne Davis Rogers, who discovered a shining bit of metal in the sand while vacationing in Siesta Key, Florida, in 2018. According to WTVJ, that metallic object turned out to be a Marine Corps ring.
Knowing she had limited time, Rogers posted on Facebook, writing, “Friends will you please share this post?! … I’m hoping to find the owner before we leave this week!”
The picture was shared on over a 1,000 Facebook timelines. Twenty-two-year-old Jaime Andrade, who was working as a surveyor, soon found himself back in possession of his ring.
A group of strangers found a similar military ring in Dravosburg, Pennsylvania. On its Facebook page, Clancy’s Pub posted a picture of the battered piece of jewelry.
“FOUND IN PARKING LOT!” the caption read. “Let’s find the owner of this special ring.
“Must verify inscription. Please pass this along.”
The post has garnered nearly 150,000 shares and over 690 comments as of Friday morning.
The bar took commenters’ advice and contacted the Coast Guard itself.
Other people shared sad commentary on the post, including one mother who said, “My son was killed while on duty with the Coast Guard, and he had a ring that was not sent with his belongings. I don’t know if this could be his.”
As of Friday morning, Clancy’s has not been able to find the owner yet.
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