Anyone who has ever lost an important piece of jewelry knows how heartbreaking it is to realize your beloved necklace, ring, or bracelet is gone forever.
As someone who is chronically bad about removing jewelry and forgetting where I’ve left it, I personally know that feeling all too well.
However, one New Jersey couple defied all the odds when they were reunited with a lost ring — nearly a decade after they misplaced it halfway across the world!
According to Insider, Justin and Margaret Mussel were married in 2006, after Justin proposed with a 1.1 karat princess-cut diamond crowning a white gold band. Two years later, the couple vacationed in San Marco dei Cavoti, a town in Italy where Margaret’s family has a home.
“Earlier that day, we had visited Pompeii and it was extremely hot,” Justin told USA Today. “My wife’s ring was loose, but she didn’t realize it was gone until later. She took a nap [after they returned to the house], and woke up and realized she didn’t have it on.”
An extensive search turned up nothing, so the Mussels resigned themselves to never seeing the ring again. Margaret felt awful, and Justin eventually replaced the ring a few years later.
Skipping ahead nine years, the married couple, now parents to two young boys, returned with their family to the same town in Italy — but they never expected what they would find there.
In a remarkable twist of fate and luck, Justin glanced down while the family was sitting in the front yard of their house in Italy and saw something glinting. Sure enough, it was that same ring, lost 9 years earlier. Justin pried it out with a screwdriver.
It turns out that the ring had fallen directly into the crack, just waiting to be unearthed. Even more amazingly, the ring was still in good condition for having been wedged in a sidewalk all that time.
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