They say that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, but in this case, it is a gift that needs to find its way home.
Lauren Smith is a bargain hunting expert. She digs deep to find hidden treasures, whether it be at a yard sale or among the bins and racks at Goodwill.
But Smith’s recent discovery has her searching for the owner of a lost diamond engagement ring, according to KSAZ.
Approximately a month ago, Smith found a jewelry box at the Reading, Pennsylvania, Goodwill Outlet.
When she saw the box, something told her to look a little closer.
Being the treasure hunter that she was, she lifted the velvet lining of the jewelry box.
And sure enough, her hunch was right and before her very eyes was a diamond engagement ring nearly a century old.
“It came up really easily and there was this engagement thing under there and I was just like, ah,” Smith told KSAZ.
The engagement ring was engraved with a date in 1921, which tugged at the heartstrings of Smith.
Surely, she could have kept the ring as she’d technically bought it. But Smith, being the kind soul that she was, new she had to set out to find the true owner.
“I just want to give this family back something they thought they may have lost forever,” Smith told KSAZ.
“I think if you have the opportunity to do something like that you should at least give it a shot,” she added.
Smith is now on the hunt to find the owners of the ring no matter what it takes.
“I helped my parents clean out my grandparent’s house and after a while you just get so overwhelmed and you just want to get rid of things and sometimes you don’t look as closely as maybe you would under other circumstances,” she told KSAZ.
This may be a challenge for Smith, who has no idea who the ring belongs to, but she is certainly up to the task.
“Donations come to us and sometimes they’re donated in error,” Cheryl Kulp from Goodwill told KSAZ.
While Goodwill looks for misplaced items at the time of donation, this was an item that was tucked away secretly.
Kulp told KSAZ that she is thrilled that the ring went to someone that discovered it and was willing to find the rightful owner.
“That’s just the generosity of the community in which we reside,” Kulp said.
Smith is keeping the exact engraved message on the ring a secret, as she plans to use it to identify the true owners.
We hope this beautiful ring gets back in the hands of the family it deserves to be with.
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