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Metal detector finds diamond ring

Emma Jones
Mrs Jones said she had given up hope of seeing the ring again

A woman from Gloucestershire has been reunited with the engagement ring she lost five months ago thanks to the help of a metal detector enthusiast.

Nursery nurse Emma Jones, 29, was waving goodbye to the children when the diamond ring flew off her finger.

She said: "Rob bought the ring as a surprise and and we hadn't got it resized yet."

Mrs Jones was put in touch with Mike Blaser who came to Tetbury and found the ring buried in a clump of grass.

Mr Blaser said: "Emma showed me where the ring had been lost and I switched the detector on. The first couple of items we found were milk bottle tops. She looked a bit despondent but I carried on.

"Five minutes later I had another signal. I called her back and showed her the clump of mud with her ring embedded in it. To say she was overjoyed was an understatement - she screamed out with joy and then gave me a big hug," he said.

Rob was very good about it but I was absolutely gutted. He'd proposed to me out the blue and had bought the ring himself
Emma Jones

Mrs Jones said she had given up all hope of finding the ring again.

"Myself and some parents had spent ages looking for it in the grass and I had to go home and confess to my husband I'd lost the ring.

"Rob was very good about it but I was absolutely gutted. He'd proposed to me out the blue and had bought the ring himself," she added.

Over the next few weeks Mrs Jones and her friends spent hours searching the area and even tried with one of the children's metal detectors.

Eventually she was put in touch with Mr Blaser who came to the school to offer his services.

"It's the first time I've been asked to search for a ring," he said.

"Metal detecting has had a bit of bad press recently but the majority of serious hobbyists are very responsible individuals who wish to find and preserve the nation's history, not destroy it.

"Metal detector clubs are usually able to assist when someone has lost an item such as this, and like me, they're almost always in it simply to lend a hand and see the look of joy on the face of the person when their item is returned," he added.



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