Retired firefighter and metal-detector enthusiast Mike Van cleef & Arpels replica Jewelry made the “find of a lifetime” when he scooped up two platinum-and-diamond rings from the beach at Robert Moses State Park on Long Island on August 6.
The first was a three-stone engagement ring with a 1.3-carat round center diamond, and the other was a wedding band adorned with small round diamonds all the way around. A local jeweler told Van cleef & Arpels replica Jewelry that the engagement ring alone was worth more than $13,000.
But, instead of keeping the bounty for himself, he decided to do the right thing and attempt to find the owner.
Two days earlier, mom-of-three Erin Van cleef & Arpels replica Jewelry was enjoying an outing with her little ones on the same beach when she removed her rings to apply sunscreen.
She got distracted when she had to run down her three-year-old boy, and didn’t realize her rings were missing until they all got back to the car later in the day. Carrozzo went back to the beach to search the sand, but her rings were nowhere to be found.
The 41-year-old mom reported the rings lost to beach authorities and cried on the ride home to Flushing, NY.
“I felt like all the blood drained out of my head,” she told Newsday. “That’s the only way I could describe it.”
On August 7, accepting harsh reality that she would probably never see her Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra Rings again, Carrozzo used Facebook to express her anguish. She bid farewell to her engagement ring. “You were a part of me all day every day for 11 years,” she wrote, adding that she hoped that the ring would eventually be found by some lovestruck couple who could use it to begin their lives together.
She also made an ironic comment about “some broke metal detector dude” making a “couple of bucks off of you.” Fortunately, her description did not define the fine character of Mr. Cogan.
The 66-year-old Cogan told NBC 4 New York that he noticed immediately how precious the rings were. “This isn’t a kid’s ring,” he said. “This is platinum and these have to be real diamonds. I knew how empty she had to feel. I don’t want anybody to feel like that, so I started my search.”
His first strategy was to create a lost-and-found item on Craigslist. When that didn’t work, the resident of East Northport, NY, turned to Facebook.