The Story of the Remodeled Kitchen and the Found Ring

Found jewelry gets at the heart of what makes this industry so special

There are a few times when jewelry stories show up in the mainstream press: thefts tend to make the news, interesting engagements, and notable lost-and-found jewels.

One of the latter was featured in the Beaver County Times recently, and it’s one of my favorite lost-and-found jewelry stories.

Mary Beth Eastman writes that when she bought her house in Beaver, Penn., the seller, Sue Bechdel, asked her to look out for her mother’s ring. The ring had fallen between the wall and backsplash in the kitchen in 1965.

“I’m sure [my mother] thought about it all the time,” Bechdel told Eastman. “I thought about it all the time.”

So much so that that 50 years later, at the closing, she asked Eastman to look out for it should she ever renovate the kitchen.

It was eight years before Eastman and her husband got around to renovating the kitchen, and sure enough, when they did, they found the ring. She contacted Bechdel through Facebook to tell her the good news, and now Bechdel wears her mother’s ring every day.

I love these stories because they are emotional and really emphasize how jewelry, for so many people, is more than simply an object or an accessory; it’s symbolic of our most cherished relationships.