Accidentally Sold: A $23,000 Wedding Ring




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On 31 May 2013, Racquel Cloutier, who lives in Laguna Niguel, California, gave birth to her fifth child. Before she left to go to the hospital, she took off her $23,000 wedding ring and put it in a jewelry and watch box in a closet. She said, “Whenever you’re pregnant, your fingers start to swell so I thought it’d be a good idea to take it off.” Unfortunately, she did not tell her husband, Eric, and on June 1 he sold the jewelry and watch box at an annual neighborhood garage sale for $10. Ms. Cloutier said, “Honestly, this has so much sentimental value to me, you know — it’s my wedding ring. So I’m really upset about it.” She went to local media, including KABC (Los Angeles, California), to plead for the return of her ring. She believed that the buyer of the jewelry box probably did not know about the ring because she had placed it under a cushion for protection. Fortunately, the buyer gave the box to her daughter and son-in-law, and they found the ring inside and returned it to Ms. Cloutier, who said, “I don’t think I’ll be taking it off anytime soon.”

For Further Information: “Wedding ring accidentally sold at garage sale returned.”  KABC (Los Angeles, California). 14 June 2013

For Further Information: “Wedding ring accidentally sold at garage sale, reward offered for return.” KABC (Los Angeles, California). 10 June 2013

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