Mesa, Arizona, woman Brooklin Yazzie thought she was protecting her rings by putting them in a candy jar while carving pumpkins with her daughters before Halloween — but when trick-or-treaters came by, she absentmindedly dumped the contents of the jar, ring and all, into the candy bag.
"When I first realized what had happened, I just lost my speech, I froze," she told local news station ABC 15.
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As Yazzie explained, trick-or-treaters had reason to believe that non-candy items were okay to take from the bag. "I actually had plastic rings in there too, so it wouldn't have felt much different," she said.
Her wedding band holds obvious sentimental value, but little monetary value, which leads her to believe that whoever found it might be disappointed that it's not worth more. She and her husband couldn't afford a pricy ring when they got married 10 years ago, she explained, and, "if you were to try and pawn it or sell it you could probably get $50 for it. It's not an expensive ring."
Having said that, she's desperate to get it back and has been posting "Wedding Ring in your child's candy!!" signs all over town. "It's my wedding ring, you know? I mean you could replace it but it's not the same," she said.
Yazzie isn't the only ringless searcher. Robert Rand of Boston also lost his ring while handing out candy.
"My wedding ring slipped off into someone's bag," Rand told Boston's WCVB-TV.
His ring is made of gold, has nine diamonds, and features the inscription "1-4-3" and "10/11/93," he said.
Like Yazzie, he is more than just a little upset about the loss. "I am just without words about how said I am," he said.