Courtney Vidrine and her husband Eric were walking along Jacksonville Beach in Florida last year when WJXT says Courtney's engagement ring suddenly slipped off her finger and into the surf.
"We, uh, desperately thrashed at the water to try and find it. And we knew as soon as it hit the water that it was pretty much gone," Eric said.
Unfortunately, that hunch was right. They never found it.
The Vidrines thought the ring was lost forever ... until David Sielaff hit the beach with his metal detector.
Sielaff found a number of metal objects in the sand along the beach before coming across a diamond ring.
Sielaff noticed the ring had a Tiffany & Co. serial number etched into the band, so he took the ring to one of the company's stores, and employees ran the serial number.
HLN says the store then called the Vidrines and give them the good news: Courtney's lost engagement ring had been found!
The store managed to track the couple down.
"I thought it'd be found, but not this soon. And certainly not by someone as honest as you are," Eric told the man. "We can't thank you enough, honestly. We were so shocked," Courtney said.
As thanks for being so honest and not pawning the ring, the Vidrines gave Sielaff a bottle of champagne.