Precious engagement ring returned
By ZOE SINCLAIRzoe@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
KATHRYN Daley feared her engagement ring, a family heirloom, was lost forever after a regretted night out.
She panicked the next morning when she realised the ring was gone.
It was in early October Kathryn told The Observer about her loss, and when a woman came forward this week with a ring matching the description, she rushed to see if it was hers. She recognised it instantly.
And there were tears in her eyes as she put it on and vowed never to take it off again.
Only the night before, Kathryn, her fiance and family had discussed whether the ring would be found and had agreed the chances were slim.
The thoughtful resident who found the ring, and wanted to remain anonymous, stumbled upon it on her morning walk the day after Kathryn's eventful night out.
'I was walking with my son and I saw a reflection,' she said.
'I put it in my pocket and forgot about it ? I was chasing my son and there were cars around.'
When the finder's friend pointed out the lost advertisement, she was glad to return the ring to Kathryn.
'I'm married and I know what it's like to have something that sentimental,' the finder said.
When Kathryn heard a ring had been handed in, she tried not to get her hopes up.
'I never ever thought I'd see it again,' Kathryn said. She has heartfelt thanks for the returnee.
'It means a lot,' Kathryn said.
'It's very very sentimental. The diamonds are from my grandmother's engagement ring.'
Kathryn said after the anguish of losing the ring she would take every precaution to never lose it again.
'I'll glue it to my finger if I have to,' Kathryn said.