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Couple's engagement ring found at the beach one year later

Engagement Ring Lost At The Beach Returned A Year Later

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.

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galedoll May 20 2014 at 7:58 AM

I think they deserved more than a bottle of Champagne for finding a Tiffany ring!

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Debbie May 20 2014 at 7:15 AM

That is awsome...great having honest people in the world. May God watch over him and the couple that lost the ring.

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porterscottages May 20 2014 at 8:00 AM

wow--there are honest people left in america--i'm impressed.

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drmike15 porterscottages May 20 2014 at 3:15 PM

He has no future in politics lol.

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Hello Bush Girl May 20 2014 at 12:56 PM

That is amazing. Half of the joy of this is just doing the right thing. This man will have the best Karma for doing what he did, the bottle of champagne not withstanding!

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Buckingham's May 20 2014 at 11:18 AM

It's refreshing to read that there are STILL some good people in the world, in light of so many depressing headlines.

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milliebsp May 20 2014 at 3:27 PM

Why do so many people have such a sense of entitlement??

Why is the focus so often on the reward rather than on the act of kindness??

You should do the RIGHT thing because it's the RIGHT thing to do! NOT because you expect a reward!!

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Jeff Shank May 20 2014 at 10:24 AM

I lost some prescription sun glasses that way. Lesson: when you get around a large body of water, secure your valuables.

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Scott May 20 2014 at 4:27 PM

These comments are beyond troubling. Sad how many of you would only return something for a reward. You're sick in the head...

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Mike May 20 2014 at 9:43 AM

If I were her I would be insulted that someone did not think it was worth keeping.

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Sandy Mike May 20 2014 at 2:47 PM

Worth keeping? You are backwards and your character sux! Someone knew it was worth finding the actual owner - that's "worth" a lot more than the selfish attitude you put across!

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terwalk2 Mike May 20 2014 at 5:43 PM

hwey r u stupid? you brainiac

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brrs137 May 20 2014 at 6:43 AM

There are those that are like this wonderful person and there are those that that will mug ans steal for a pair of sneakers.

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waydgo23 brrs137 May 20 2014 at 9:47 AM

A BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE. How cheap can you get? Is it any wonder that the normal finder would not return the ring? Not too much appreciation their.

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