$40,000 Diamond Engagement Ring Found in Parking Lot and Returned to Owner; New Online Diamond Ring Lost and Found Created

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A Virginia man stumbled upon a $40,000 diamond engagement ring and the good Samaritan consulted with a Washington DC jeweler to track down the owner and return it. The detective work led to the creation of a new online Lost and Found site that is exclusively for diamond rings. "An engagement ring is something intensely special to its owner and we want to help reunite memories," said Jonathan Mervis, the creator of the site.

3 carat diamond ring

A diamond engagement ring is something very special to a woman and we want to help reunite memories.

Keith Stetzer of Fairfax, Virginia, stumbled upon a 3.02 carat platinum diamond ring in a parking lot at the Tysons Corner shopping mall. The good samaritan noticed the name "Mervis" imprinted in the band and took the ring to Mervis Diamond Importers, a the Washington DC Jeweler in order to find the rightful owner. The jeweler appraised the engagement ring at over $40,000.

Keith commented, "I'm just trying to return something somebody lost." He added, "It's not mine. I didn't earn it." Jon Mervis combed 20 years of records and contacted all customers who had purchased a diamond engagement ring with similar color and clarity characteristics. As the story hit the local press, phone calls from claimants started coming in.

Mervis examined the measurements of the found diamond and compared them to the claimants' diamond certificates. Only one certificate passed the test. The clinching piece of evidence was that the matching certificate indicated the diamond was one of a limited edition diamonds produced in year 2000 by the Washington DC jeweler. If the found diamond was indeed the same stone, it should bear the laser inscription, "Mervis 2000." The diamond was scrutinized under magnification and this exact marking was found. Alas, a match was made.

The Washington DC Jeweler has since been approached by a dozen other individuals who have each lost or found a diamond ring of his own. To help connect the two sides, Jon Mervis created an online Diamond Ring Lost and Found site.

He says, "There are many good people out there and if we can help other couples find their diamond rings, let's do it." He adds, "A diamond engagement ring is something very special to a woman and we want to help reunite memories."

The new Lost and Found site can be found at Diamond Engagement Ring Lost and Found.

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