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3 miraculous stories of wedding rings lost -- and found

Published Thursday, Mar. 25th, 2021

Wedding rings really *are* forever -- with some help of a few everyday heroes.

When couples exchange wedding bands during a ring exchange, they’re meant to stay put, symbolizing an unending bond of devotion and love. 


Sometimes, however, the universe has its own plans. Rings that are taken off for cleaning, or slipped off during sports or outdoor adventures, can be lost in an instant!



Thankfully, a few of these misplaced bands are eventually reunited with their owners, even months or years after they go missing -- with the help of a few everyday heroes.



Check out these stories from the past month! 




An underwater treasure hunter stumbled across a lost ring during a diving trip -- only to stumble across its previous owner the very next week.


When Kendal Roemer approached experienced diver Joe Barnett to see if he’d be willing to search for the ring she’d lost the year before, during a swimming trip to Windansea Beach, outside La Jolla, she was in for a surprise. Joe had already found the ring the week before! He handed it over to the stunned young woman, making for an instant happy ending, and a once-in-a-lifetime story. 


Read the original story at CBS8 San Diego





An Albuquerque car wash manager came to the rescue, returning a ring that was accidentally vacuumed up and tossed away during a quick car cleaning. 


Leanne Van Amburg’s ring disappeared after her husband Scott vacuumed the couple’s car, not knowing the ring had been set down inside for safe keeping. After hearing the story, the manager of the car wash, Richard Martinez, saved the day. After looking through multiple bags of debris and dust, the ring was found and returned to the relieved couple.


Read the original story at KRQE Albuquerque News





And a local news outlet picked up the story of a ring found on Hatteras Island, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, leading to its return to the grateful owner nearly two years after being lost! 


The ring was found on the beach in 2019, and although the couple who discovered it reached out to social media and area businesses in an effort to return it, nothing came of their attempts until the story was picked up by a local news outlet. That’s when Allen Page, living almost 200 miles away in Rocky Mount, NC, heard the story. The ring he’d lost years ago on vacation with his wife had been found! 


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Curious how wedding rings became such a common part of the modern wedding ceremony? 


You might be surprised to learn that the exchange of rings as a show of love and commitment dates back thousands of years! But the exchange of diamond engagement rings is a fairly new tradition, beginning sometime around the 1400s, and only gaining popularity as recently as the 1940s.


To learn more about our modern customs, read Modern Wedding Ceremony Rituals and Traditions


Jessica Levey
Jessica Levey

Lead Staff Writer & Illustrator

Jessica loves exploring the history and magic of ritual, the connections between people and places, and sharing true stories about love and commitment. She's an advocate for marriage equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and individuality, and is an ordained Minister with AMM. When she’s not writing or illustrating for AMM, she enjoys city hikes, fantasy novels, comics, and traveling.

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