My kids were nagging me today to go in the woods to roast some marsh mellows. So we went for a walk up into the woods. While we were picking up sticks my husband uncovered a big diamond ring barried in the dirt. The band says 18 carrot and the diamond looks to be about 2 carrots big. OMG I am in shock!! We were in the middle of know where too...
That was my first thought, you can not keep it, it is not yours to keep. Darkside is right, Police would treat it as a Clue, has there been anyone missing, dumpsites are stereotype places for dumping people. I can not believe that you would wear it. It will not bring you good fortune, at least try and find out who owned it. With the risk of sounding thick, why does your Husband not just buy you, your own one. This post sickens me. It may be a link to someone that someone cares about. Possibly the only Link.
I do not think she wants wisdom, she wants the ring, honestly it is someone elses "rock", if she keeps it I think it will be unlucky, I mean they do little searches where an ice cream wrapper is a Vital clue, and she has this probably washed it taken off an DNA I am probably going to get in trouble, But How thick is she? Tell me you have not washed it
I have plenty of my own. I do not even particularly like jewellery. (I never wear them)before you ask how come I have them, I was given them, they are Heirloom stuff, in a Bank Deposit Box. Perhaps we should take round a Collection, Just so she hands it over.
Someone obviously didn't want it if they lost a ring like that. Chances are it was deliberately lost after a heartbroken moment...or carried off my crows and dropped. You know, weirder things have happened. After all the Greek Tragedian Aeschylus was killed by an eagle dropping a tortoise on his head...
Unfortunately, there are some slimeball jewelers out there. And, due to the current economic times, I'm sure some are getting more and more desperate. My father is a jeweler and used to be in business with his father. As far as I know, my father is honest (at least with his business), but I know that my grandfather wasn't always forthright with customers based on stuff my father told me a while back.
In other words, don't trust them! Don't sell it to the first jeweler, as girly says. Get a quote from a few, come back home, sleep on this, and then ask a double price from the one that gives the most, and see what he says. I am serious.
If this ring is for real, they will offer you all kinds of seemingly great deals, just to make you surrender it without thinking. Like only today they have a great client who will give you twice the regular price, etc. Don't buy into it, it's a standard trick. Make sure you have several quotes, and then bargain as hard as you can.
Since there is no evidence that this was an evidence, and she has no way of knowing it if it by chance was, I don't think any sane court will put her behind the bars. Are you proposing we haul everything that we find in the woods to police, including yesteryear leaves and dog poop? All of that could be an evidence. Where to draw the line?
people find things all the time with metal detecters. thats what there for and how could someone show me that its theres. If there was a way I would for sure give it to the right owner. If there was a name on it or something..
Well, theoretically you can place an announcement in a local paper, not telling any detail except for that it is a ring with a diamond, and require the callers to describe it in detail. You are risking a robbery though.
At the end it is your call, we only are listing options for you here, try to listen to your guts, to see which decision your inner self would like, and which not - then go for it.
Finders keepers, likely someone chucked it in the woods in the heat of the moment... break up, etc. I wouldn't go handing it over to the police. I mean heck, what would be the point of metal detectors, to find valuables, then to hand them over to the authorities? lol. I think not. Keep your treasure darlin!
Thats for sure! It looks antique/victorian by the pics. An interesting and fun thing to do would be to look up the history of the woods, you never know what stories this ring could unlock. Its rather interesting! I cannot wait to hear what they appraise it at.
I don't know what the law is in the states; but in the UK if you hand something into the police and it isn't claimed with in 3 months you get to keep it. The chances are it won't be claimed. That way you can stay morally incorrupt and rich.
Get it appraised. If it's worth a lot then consider reporting it to the police. My concern isn't so much that someone has lost it, but if there was any foul play involved. If it were on the side of the road or some public place, then it's probably lost. But out in the woods... <cue sound of owl hooting> then maybe, just maybe, it could be evidence.
Can you go to the local library to check records of local papers for missing people?
Don't talk about it publicly though.
I'd do a bit of research and have that valuation done. Who knows, if it is the worst case scenario you could write a book about it and make enough money to buy you a dozen rings.
Awesome advice, darkside. Also, you may get a reward if the police could ID the owner. (If they're still breathing...) Sentimental value is priceless. I would be super thankful if I lost my grandmother's ring and it was returned. I once lost a brand new smartphone on a evening out and someone returned it to me. I was SOOOO shocked lol, I expected it was gone forever. I gave them a generous sum for their efforts.
After you get it appraised and if it is genuine, I'm wondering if you could call the police anonymously to ask if someone had filed a report for a diamond ring. (I don't know what states return property to the finder if left unclaimed for a few months...I think items typically go to auction)
I found a washed up pipe on the shore when I was a kid. Carved out of Ivory. I never thought of surrendering it- I was 5. It was my pirate booty. lol. Arrr - my treasure.
At any rate, since you state that many folks are up in the woods, likely someone had a break up, and chucked it. Hey maybe she caught her lover up those trails with some other girl. Yah just never know.
I think though, if anything, it would be interesting to check old archives for any type of news.
I think I would not have posted a photo-- anyone who had a legitimte claim would have to describe it. Anyone who sees the picture might do a good job of describing it or even drawing a descriptive picture.
I'd get it appraised at a local jeweler & as stated before, do not let them take the ring out of your sight.
If I had found it in our woods, I would put out a lost & found note in the local paper & just say found ring & have let the callers explain the ring. I would not turn it over to the police just yet, why let one of them take it home???
OMG would everyone stop judging what I am going to do. Im not going to call the police at this moment till I see if its real tommaro. I have a friend who is a officer here in town. I am going to call him after I go and make sure its real. I dont wanna look like an idiot if its not. now chill people..
Oh whatever sell it and invest in Spelling lessons. I am just trying to get to your conscious . I believe I have done so.Gelousy is Jealousy. If you use the word no in this context it is no not Know, so nowhere. Just a couple of free helps.
Hi, You won't ant my opinion either, I think you are probably quite poor and excited, about the find but in saying this, I do think I agree with AsherKade, Londongirl and Shannondoah. I think also it will be a Karma thing. On a personal note I would not want to keep it. But anything like that gives me the creeps.
Oh no I didnt. This is the first forum I have ever been on. And this was the first time someone was acting that way towards me too. Usually everyones really nice. I mean people voice there opinions and all but they dont usually keep going on and on..
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