Man finds 94-year-old woman’s wedding ring nearly 50 years after she lost it

A Tennessee man armed with his trusty metal detector helped recover a wedding ring that had been lost since the 1970s. 

Wesley White heard about 94-year-old Florence Bush’s missing ring while visiting his mother in a nursing home.

“I overheard a conversation … and Ms. Bush had said she had lost her wedding band,” White told WTVF. “Well, when I heard that, I thought, ‘Hmmm.'”

Bush had lost her ring while gardening near her home in Leoma nearly 50 years ago. She and her family didn’t have much hope in recovering it and certainly did not expect White to find it either. 

“It’s been out there 43 years. I don’t know if you’ll be able to find it or not but go for it,” said her son, Frank, WTVF reported.

But White was determined and, after spending 90 minutes scouring the area where the ring had been lost, he struck gold. 

“They come knocking on the door saying, ‘We found it! We found it!'” Frank said. “There wasn’t a scratch on the ring either. It was perfect.”

His mother could not believe it.

“I didn’t think I’d ever see it no more,” Bush said.

“She was tickled to death, but to see the joy on her face, I think meant more to me,” added White.

19 PHOTOSRoyal engagement ringsSee GalleryRoyal engagement ringsGrace Kelly and Prince RainierPrince Rainier III of Monaco announced their engagement in January 1956. The royal proposed to the actress with a stunning Cartier eternity band. Grace Kelly and Prince RainierThe 10.5-carat diamond, surrounded by two baguettes was the second ring given by Prince Rainier. The first ring was a simple eternity band embellished with diamonds and rubies.  Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Prince Daniel

Daniel Westling and Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden announced their engagement on February 24, 2009 in Stockholm, Sweden. 

The simple and single solitaire was a break from the traditional gold bands many brides sport in Sweden. However, on her wedding day, Victoria was presented with an additional diamond wedding band. 

Prince Philip proposed in 1947 with a simple 3-carat solitaire surrounded by 5 diamonds on each side. 

The ring featured diamonds taken from the tiara of Philip’s mother, Princess Andrew of Greece. It was reportedly far too large for Elizabeth, who had it resized quickly to announce her engagement. 

Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer announced their engagement in London on Feb. 24, 1981. He proposed with a 12-carat blue sapphire ring that was surrounded by 14 solitaire diamonds, made by famed jewelers Garrad. 

It cost $36,000 to make at the time. 

In 2010, Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with the same ring.

The blue sapphire and diamond ring is reportedly worth $500,000 today. 

Crown Prince Felipe of Spain proposed to Letizia Ortiz on November 6, 2003. 

The non-traditional eternity band featured 16 diamond baguettes and a white gold trim. It was designed by Suarez jewelers.

After the wedding, Letizia swapped the ring for a simpler band. 

Swedish Prince Carl Philip announced his engagement to Sofia in 2014 after four years of dating. He proposed with an ‘unusual’ ring that estimated over £10,073. 

The center stone is surrounded by a halo and features two split diamond eternity bands. 

Netherland’s Queen Maxima and King Willem-Alexander got engaged in 2001 after two years of dating. The ring features an unusual color and shape. 

The oval-shaped orange diamond is surrounded by two additional teardrop diamonds. The color is symbolic of the color of the Netherlands. 

Experts valued the stone anywhere from £15,000 and £150,000, says The Daily Mail. 

Prince Andrew, youngest son of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, proposed to Sarah Ferguson in 1986 with a ring by the same designer as Princess Diana’s ring. The two had reportedly known each other since they were young children but divorced in 1996. 

The Duke proposed with an unusual ring — an oval Burmese ruby flanked by ten diamonds arranged in a floral shape. The ring sits on a thin yellow and white band.

Ferguson’s ring reportedly set the trend for ruby engagement rings throughout Britain. 

Prince Albert of Monaco proposed to Princess Charlene in 2010 with a stunning cut valued at over £50,000.

The 3-carat pear-shaped ring was designed by jewelers Maison Repossi and is embellished on both sides with white diamonds. 

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