Distraught woman offers reward for heirloom ring

2016-02-04 10:45
Have you seen this ring? Oak Park resident Lynda Horne is offering R5?000 to anyone who finds and returns it to her.

Have you seen this ring? Oak Park resident Lynda Horne is offering R5?000 to anyone who finds and returns it to her. (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg - A Pietermaritzburg woman is devastated after losing her wedding ring, a family heirloom, at Parklane Spar on Tuesday.

She is offering a R5 000 reward to whomever returns it to her.

Lynda Horne, of Oak Park, said she was at the gym on Tuesday morning when she took off the ring and placed it in her bag.

“After gym I went down to Parklane Spar to order bread. While I was at the bread counter I took my phone out of the same pouch I had my rings in.

“It must have fallen out at that time,” she said.

Horne said she realised it was missing while still at Parklane Spar.

“I know that no one has stolen it because I had my bag with me the whole time. I must have dropped it,” she said.

The ring is of yellow gold with a diamond in the centre and a sapphire on either side of the diamond. Horne said the ring holds special sentimental value as it was passed down three generations by her husband’s grandmother.

“When I realised I had lost the ring, I burst into tears. I called my husband, who is overseas at the moment, and because I was crying so hysterically he thought someone had died,” she said.

Horne said the staff and management at Parklane were “on their hands and knees”, looking under the fridges and shelves for the ring, until late last night. “They [Parklane Spar management] even printed pictures of my ring and posted it everywhere, and sent it to their tenants. My friends also went to Parklane to look for the ring,” she said.

Horne said she was “devastated” after losing the ring “in such a careless way” after it had survived an armed robbery in Durban about eight years ago. The robbers made their victims lie on the floor and were going around taking the women’s jewellery, but Horne managed to quickly slip off her ring and hide it. She is now offering R5 000 to anyone who returns her ring. “Even if someone at a pawn shop notices it, they must please let me know. It holds such immense sentimental value for me,” she said.

Anyone who finds the ring or has any information about it should contact Horne at 084 514 3767.

• kailene.pillay@witness.co.za

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