Woman keeps £6k engagement ring hubby found – despite knowing real owner

A woman has been slated online after calling "finders, keepers" on a $8,000 (£5,700) engagement ring her husband found in their garden.

This is despite the fact the couple could trace who it belongs to.

The lady shared photos of the ring and comments on Facebook, which have seen also been shared in a private Facebook group.

She admitted that she even had the ring resized to fit her and has no plans to track down the previous owner – even though that there's only been two previous owners of the house she lives in.

In her original post, she wrote: "We've lived in our house since 2006.

"About three or so years ago I decided to do a rose garden in our front yard."

She continued: "My husband noticed an 'earring' sticking up in the mud while he was mowing around the wood beams of the flower bed.

"He picked it up and brought it to me thinking that me or my daughter had lost it.

"Only it wasn't an earring, it was a diamond ring that was missing the centre stone.

"I told my husband that it should have a stone in the middle.

"So he went out looking where he found the ring and found the missing large diamond in the first clump of mud that he picked up."

She added: "We had the ring repaired and sized to fit me.

"It worked out great because I had lost the diamond from my original engagement ring years ago and had never replaced it.

"I had it appraised, estimated $8,000, my original engagement ring was $199 (£143). "

The ring features a yellow-gold band and has three marquise cut diamonds in the centre with many saying it could cost as much as $10k (£7,400).

Many were startled that she hadn't tried to contact the previous home owners to see if they had lost the ring when they lived there, as it is probably something very "meaningful" to them.

One person wrote: "You haven't mentioned trying to trace the previous owner and return it to them in your story.

"I couldn't keep something of that value unless I'd done everything possible to trace the original owner or their descendants."

However, the original poster responded: "We have lived here for over ten years when we found the ring.

"We live on 85 acres, there was only two previous owners… after ten years I wouldn't just give the ring to someone that said it was theirs.

"I would sell it for it's actual value though if they said they wanted it back."

However, the original poster responded: "We have lived here for over ten years when we found the ring.

"We live on 85 acres, there was only two previous owners… after ten years I wouldn't just give the ring to someone that said it was theirs.

"I would sell it for it's actual value though if they said they wanted it back."

Many weren't happy with her explanation though, with some even calling her a "thief".

"I was rooting for you until you said you'd only sell it back for it's value to the original owner if found. Pretty sh***y, now gonna lie," fumed one.

"Wtf is wring with you, " another slammed.

Despite the backlash, others argued the woman has a right to keep the ring as it was found on her property.

Other also said too much time has passed and reckon it's a matter of "finders keepers".

"People are ridiculous. A thief? Really?

"After that long, and no previous owners of the property asking about it or saying they lost it, why the hell try to return it?" one said.

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While another said the original owner "probably claimed insurance" so it's not that important if they didn't get the ring back.

One person even told the poster it was her "lucky day" finding pricey diamond ring, as others told her "great find" and "that's awesome."

Meanwhile one woman was left gobsmacked by the value of her own engagement ring recently.

The Antiques Roadshow guest was left staggered after finding out her ring was worth £12,000 to £15,000.

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