So you’ve picked the perfect ring, proposed (she said yes!) and are ready to live happily ever after – imagine the absolute nightmare of misplacing the ring. For some couples, this scary improbability becomes a reality. Here are some of their stories and what happened next…
Jeff and Vivienne Ninnes
In 1999, Kiwi couple Jeff and Vivienne custom-designed the perfect engagement ring together. The 18-carat gold ring was a beautiful, unique piece of jewellery set with a large diamond and sapphires.
Skip forward to 2008 when at a family beach trip, the ring slipped off Vivienne’s finger and was lost to the sand and surf. Despite several desperate attempts to search for the ring, the couple was unsuccessful and went home empty handed. Fortunately, the pair’s engagement ring insurance plan covered the cost of having a replica made, so Vivienne wasn’t missing her ring for long.
In a bizarre twist to the tale, and after another six years, 83-year-old Bernard Patterson happened across the ring while scouring the beach with a metal detector. Being the honest citizen that he is, Mr Patterson handed the ring to the police, who quickly tracked down the couple who were both surprised and delighted to have the original piece home safe and sound.
Sian Jansen-Bowen and Andrew Strachan
The story of Sian and Andrew begins with a romantic engagement while on holiday in Scotland, where Andrew plotted a gorgeous proposal with a platinum and diamond ring he had saved for and bought in Birmingham.
During the hectic run up to Christmas, Sian was heartbroken when she looked down at her finger one day and realised the ring was simply no longer there. Despite calling the taxi company that took her home and searching her workplace, she had no luck in finding the ring.
When January came about, the couple began putting up flyers all over town with a picture of the ring and a plea for help. Unfortunately, there has still been no sign of the ring, and even though it was insured, the item was not covered for the loss, according to the local news site, The Express & Star. The couple at least has one thing to look forward to however – a return trip to Scotland where they will finally get to say “I do”.
Miriam Castellanos and Edgar Macias
Cute Californian couple Miriam and Edgar had been dating for five years before they got engaged in September last year – but in January this year, Miriam endured the nightmare of losing her $15,000 engagement ring.
On the way to a family wedding, Miriam stopped at a petrol station to fill up on gas and oil. She later realised her ring was missing, and even though she hoped she had simply left it in her jewellery box at home, the ring was well and truly lost.
As luck would have it, another customer at the station spotted the ring on the ground, then handed it in to local police. The police inquired about the ring at a jeweller, who was able to track down the ring because of the serial number etched in minute detail onto the ring itself. The couple is naturally stoked to have the ring back, and have thanked all those who helped them return it home.
The moral of these stories? For starters, be sure to get your ring properly fitted so it’s less likely to slip off. Ensure you have insurance, and that the plan covers loss, theft and damage of the ring, and don’t forget to take some up-close pictures of the ring – just in case!