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What Would You Do In This Situation? Update, Ring Is Home.


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I figured I would come here to get y'all's opinion on what I should do about a ring that I found. 5 weeks ago I found a large Texas A&M University class ring. I spent three days searching the internet trying to find the owner. I came across a department at A&M for lost and found class rings. I sent an email with all the pertinent information first. After 3 days I went back to the website and found a phone number. I called the phone number and talked to a lady there and gave her all the information again and she said she would do what she could to find the owner. A week later I received an email asking for some more information. It's now been 3 weeks since I had the last contact with A&M. What is a reasonable amount of time to wait before I declare the ring unclaimed? My wife says that in her opinion they weren't able to contact the owner. It's a huge 10 karat class ring. I appreciate any and all opinions, thanks.

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I'm not a coin/treasure person but from what I see you've gone WAY and beyond what most would do and for that you're top notch in my book. You can't go much more diligent than reaching out to the lost ring dept who's very responsibility is to get them home. If they're not giving you closure but you need a bit more, put an ad on the applicable Craigslist site for the area you found it (ensuring to have them identify it of course) or feel the previous owner may live (if you feel the need to continue due diligence). At this point I'd consider it yours... congratulations.!!!!!!

PS: The owner probably filled out a form and had a replacement sent to him the next day, don't lose any sleep over it's loss. If he got it back now it would probably be melted down or tossed on Ebay as a duplicate anyways.

Then when it's all said and done I'd draft a complaint letter to that dept head about the utter rubbish job they've done to help you or help the owner of the ring... why have them if that's the respect they give those rings or their owners.

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I had a similar situation, but with a HS class ring from back in the 60's.  I put things on pause and tried again a few years later with identical results.  Eventually it went to the refinery with other gold rings.  

 

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I returned a class ring before. You can look up the classmates of that year and school and find out whos it was by the initials inside.

Class rings are 10k, scrap value less than $600 but worth way more to the person that lost it if they are still alive.

Good way of building karma :)

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On 8/10/2022 at 9:19 AM, Dan(NM) said:
The ring is now on its way back back to the owner, case closed. I damn sure am going to use a little bit more discretion next time I find a massive ring like that. Lesson learned.

Well done... that dept needs a huge flush, not only for failing to help you like they should have with proper full due diligence but more importantly for releasing his personal phone number to you without his express permission, a HUGE violation of his privacy. Granted it worked out for you getting it back but as a former LEO, now holding several certifications in this field, including a certification in Data Privacy, that's how people end up getting killed by stalkers. Social engineering is a HUGE problem and they just failed BIG TIME!!!!!

Great job making someones day.

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You went over, beyond, further than anyone would have ever expected and as a result you have garnered huge respect and it's well deserved and appreciated. 

Well done.

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2 minutes ago, Skate said:

You went over, beyond, further than anyone would have ever expected and as a result you have garnered huge respect and it's well deserved and appreciated. 

Well done.

Thank you very much Skate!!!

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35 minutes ago, Skate said:

You went over, beyond, further than anyone would have ever expected and as a result you have garnered huge respect and it's well deserved and appreciated. 

Well done.

ABSOLUTELY!!!!! If I lose anything I hope he finds it.. LOL

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