I was doing some metal detecting for fun in a local lake swimming area last week when I found a big gold ring. The ring said Oxygen Service on it and there were initials and a date inscribed inside the band. I was pretty sure that I’d be able to find the owner, but I had no idea that this ring had such a tumultuous past.
I Googled ‘Oxygen Service’ to see what it meant and found that it was a local company that services the welding business. That’s when I knew that the ring must have been someone’s service ring for working for the company. So I called up the company, explained the situation and asked if there was anyone there with the same initials that engraved on the ring. The person immediately knew who it was and put me right through to him. That’s when I learned about how the owner lost the ring.
Steve’s home was burglarized some time in 2006 and several items were taken, including Steve’s gold company service ring. Steve had long given up on ever getting the ring back because after the burglars were apprehended, they said that they sold the ring and there was no trace as to who had bought it. But somehow, after 8 years, I found the ring in a roped off swimming area a few miles from Steve’s home. We will never know how the ring ended up in 4 feet of water, but Steve and I were thrilled to see it back where it belongs. On Steve’s finger!