Lost Engagement Ring Found 43 Years Later

The gold signet ring had been lost by its owner on St. Andrews beach in Scotland

A gold engagement ring lost on a beach in Scotland 43 years ago has been reunited with its owner’s daughter, reports the Express.

The ring, a man’s signet ring, had an inscription inside—“Russell and Kathleen 6/8/51.” George Taylor found the ring on a beach using a metal detector. He initially set up a Facebook page to find the owner, but when that did not work, he enlisted his friend Liz Neish to help in the search. She searched public marriage records to track down Russell Gordon and Kathleen Moore, who had gotten married in 1952. The couple have died, but Taylor was able to return the ring to their daughter, Alex Jones.

“Mum had given it to my father when they got engaged, but we were on the sands at St. Andrews when it slipped off his finger,” Jones said. “It is in such good condition and after so many years—it is just amazing that it has come back to us. We are really, really thrilled to have it back, and it is just so kind of George to go to all the trouble to find us.”

The ring was found on a beach near Carnoustie, Scotland, 11 miles away and across the river from where it was originally lost in St. Andrews.