A Lost Ring in Delaware County Led Her on Her Own Family Journey

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The lost engagement ring found by Inquirer columnist maria Panaritis.
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The lost engagement ring found by Inquirer columnist maria Panaritis.

She found the ring near a Delaware County elementary school. It had an engagement-style setting but an indecipherable inscription, so she took it to a local jeweler for help, writes Maria Panaritis for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

It got her thinking about the two rings belonging to her mom and dad, sandwich shop owners, making just enough to pay the family bills.

Her mom’s ring had no setting. Panaritis acquired it after her mom died.  She also had her dad’s pinky ring.

She took those rings to the jeweler as well.

The lost ring was sterling and zircon. The inscription was the mark of the manufacturer.

As to her parent’s rings,  both were gold. A pearl had once rested in her mother’s.

Her father’s ring had a topaz and ruby stone—December/January and July.

Her father’s birthday, Dec. 25. Her mother’s July 26.

 “There you have it,” the jeweler said. “Your mom and dad, right here on this ring.”

The lost ring was never claimed, despite two Facebook page postings.

“In finding a stranger’s apparently forgettable ring, a precious story about another found me instead,” Panaritis wrote.

Read more at The Philadelphia Inquirer about a lost ring and a precious story.

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