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Lost Engagement Ring

On my last day of school (yesterday) I found an engagement ring on the ground.  Not even ten minutes later I found a lost laptop.  I found the laptop on the shuttle and turned it in to the driver.  I found the engagement ring in the dirt and held on to it.  I don't trust my school's lost and found and I put fliers up all over school and I hope the owner of the ring contacts me.  I even made an email account just for this.

I can't imagine how upset I would be to lose an engagement ring.  It could very well be that owner just dumped it.  It's nothing expensive, it's silver with fake diamonds (I thought they were real until a coworker stuck the ring under a high power microscope), but I still don't trust turning it into lost and found.  I keep checking the email address to see if the girl wants her ring back. It is such a well-worn ring, it's sad that it was lost.

Have any of you lost any sentimental items? How would you feel if you lost your e-ring?  Where would you look to try to find it?

ETA: It must be great luck to find an engagement ring though!

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    edited December 2011


    Have any of you lost any sentimental items?
    I lost my keys my freshman year in college.... sentimental? No. Lost my dorm keys, dorm mailbox key, home keys, car keys, bike lock key, and parent's keys. Everything!! It was hell.

     How would you feel if you lost your e-ring?  
    If I had one... Horrified, embarrassed, sad beyond words. But... I like to think I would never take it off unless it was going in a specific ring holder on a specific shelf in a specific room (or something like that).

    Where would you look to try to find it?
    Everywhere not obvious, and everywhere obvious. Obviously.
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    bethsmilesbethsmiles member
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    edited December 2011
    It might not really be an engagement ring, it could just look like one. I know several girls who have rings they wear on their right hands that are inexpensive that look like engagement rings.

    Have any of you lost any sentimental items?
    Umm....no

     How would you feel if you lost your e-ring?  
    If I had one, I would probably be horrified. That is a big fear of my actually. I don't usually wear jewlery so I'm afraid I wouldn't notice if it feel off :(

    Where would you look to try to find it?
    Everywhere.


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    Elle1036Elle1036 member
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    edited December 2011
    I lost my "senior ring" from high school just a few months after I got it, and I'm still sad about it.  I use quotation marks because it wasn't a traditional senior ring.  Rather, it was one that my mom and I saw while we were out shopping one day and she bought it for me so that I could participate in the school ring ceremony and all that jazz.  It was an emerald cut sapphire set in sterling silver with tiny side diamonds.  Only cost about $100, but man, I loved that ring.  That's probably the saddest I've ever been at losing anything.  Every time I go into a jewelry store, I look for one like it.

    Honestly, though, I don't think I would be too torn up over losing my engagement ring if it happened.  I would panic for a while, then cry once I gave it up for lost, but I would be over it within a day.  It's weird, considering how I spent several months obsessing over designing the perfect ring, then another several months obsessing about getting it finally on my finger, but I don't feel a very strong emotional attachment to it.  I love it and all, but not in the way I thought I would.  I can't explain it well, I guess.
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    luvdncn90luvdncn90 member
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    Four our 6 month anniversary M bought me this gorgeous charm bracelet and every six months he would buy me a new charm to put on it. It had a reoccuring heart theme and each charm was a different heart. I absolutely loved it. I took it off one day during school and put it in my pocket and when I went to get it was gone. We looked everywhere and I still haven't found it. I was heartbroken and cried for days.

    I would be heartbroken if I lost my engagement ring or my anniversary ring M got me. I
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    edited December 2011
    Beth, it may be an engagement ring.  There are a lot of people here that have inexpensive engagement/wedding rings.  It could be the culture, it could be that there are a ton of poor people here.

    Luvd, I would be so sad if I lost a bracelet like that too! That was such a sweet idea of his, but it is always something that you can remember as something incredibly meaningful that SO did for you!

    Elle, it is interesting that you are not as attached to your engagement ring as you were to you senior ring.  Maybe it has to do with the fact that you and your mom stumbled across it so perfectly? 
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    bethsmilesbethsmiles member
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    edited December 2011
    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/special-topic-wedding-boards_not-engaged-yet_lost-engagement-ring?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Special%20Topic%20Wedding%20BoardsForum:136Discussion:e2ea49c3-f032-4b86-a046-333266e21bf1Post:ff34f5c0-7e9d-4bca-a5e9-cf2048723eec">Re: Lost Engagement Ring</a>:
    [QUOTE]Beth, it may be an engagement ring.  There are a lot of people here that have inexpensive engagement/wedding rings.  It could be the culture, it could be that there are a ton of poor people here.
    Posted by amsybot[/QUOTE]

    I wasn't saying it couldn't be a engagement ring, I was just saying that it's possible that it isn't. There isn't anything inherently "engagement" about an engagement ring (any ring could be an engagement ring). So it's possible that it might not be one. So if no one e-mails you about it that could be why.

    I realize that a lot of people have inexpensive engagement rings, mine probably will be because I don't want an expensive one.


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    edited December 2011
    I have a 100 year old heirloom ring that has been passed down on my mothers side of the family for generations, all of my aunts and cousins wore it from their 18th birthday until it was time to pass it to the next girl, and it came over on the boat from Ireland.  I get to keep it and pass it to my daughters or nieces because I'm the youngest :) and I wear it 100% of the time every day without fail, it fits perfecty so I don't really worry about it falling off, but I still catch myself checking to see if it's there now and again.  I would be devistated if I lost it as I'm the 5th generation to wear it so I don't want to be the one to lose it! 

    Beth- if I ever get an e-ring I know mine would be inexpensive too, I'm allergic to most composite metals so it will have to be real gold or silver.  But I fully intend on having fake stones, or perhaps inexpensive real gems instead of diamonds, to me it's not the ring that's important it's the sentiment behind it. 
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    Beads921Beads921 member
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    Our first Christmas, BF got me a pair of little diamond studs. They probably only cost about $100, but there's fairly great sentimental value behind them obviously. Over the 3 years that I've had them, I've lost one three different times, but always found it again. Most recently was a few months ago, and I found it in my jewelry box (I have no recollection of taking it out) after missing it for about a month. I breaks my little heart when I lose one, because I know even if they were replaced, the meaning just wouldn't be the same. 
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    edited December 2011
    I lost my e-ring a few weeks ago, actually. I lost it for all of 48 hours. I turned over a glass and I found it in my laundry basket. I have no idea how it got there, other than I might have put it in a pocket, forgot about it, and then tossed the pants in the basket. FI was super pissed. Now, if I'm not wearing it, the ring goes in its ring box. 

    This is why I can't have nice things. 

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    Elle1036Elle1036 member
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    edited December 2011
    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/special-topic-wedding-boards_not-engaged-yet_lost-engagement-ring?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Special%20Topic%20Wedding%20BoardsForum:136Discussion:e2ea49c3-f032-4b86-a046-333266e21bf1Post:ff34f5c0-7e9d-4bca-a5e9-cf2048723eec">Re: Lost Engagement Ring</a>:
    [QUOTE]Elle, it is interesting that you are not as attached to your engagement ring as you were to you senior ring.  Maybe it has to do with the fact that you and your mom stumbled across it so perfectly? 
    Posted by amsybot[/QUOTE]

    Yeah, I'm not really sure why.  I do remember buying that ring as being a really nice mother/daughter bonding moment in the midst of a pretty rocky relationship, so that may have had soemthing to do with it.

    Interestingly, I also have another piece of jewelry from FI that I cherish more than my ring and would be much sadder to lose, even though it was about 1/20th of the cost and is not custom, so it could be easily replaced.  I think it's special to me because (1) it was a complete surprise; I didn't know it was coming (2) it was a necklace I had been wanting for a loooong time, and (3) it was the first piece of jewelry he ever bought me.
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    MLekathLEENMLekathLEEN member
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    edited December 2011
    I would be heartbroken if I lost my engagement ring. I would say it's the most sentimental item I own. The center stone was my great aunts. She had given the ring to my grandmother and once I was born, she took it from my grandma and gave it to me. She was bedridden and lived with my grandma so I was always over there while my parents worked. She still jokes that it was originally HER ring. FI worked with my cousin to pick the perfect setting and my cousin worked his arse off to try and get my ring in FI's pocket for our anniversary (the day he planned on proposing). My cousin passed away last month so it has made my ring even more special than it already was.
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