For most women, their diamond engagement ring is one of their most prized possessions. Now, one missing ring has been found, and returned it to its rightful owner.
This story begins on February 11, 1995.
"It was just, it was a great night," says Christi Hansen who lost the diamond. "We had a 14 month engagement. I loved the ring"
The ring had the perfect amount of bling to it.
"It's a marquis diamond on top with channel-set baguettes all around all four sides of it," says Christi.
Christi wore that ring every day for 10 years, until all of a sudden; her half-carat marquis diamond disappeared.
"I looked down and noticed that my diamond was gone out of the top of it," explains Christi.
Christi frantically retraced her steps. Her co-workers at Brake Supply formed a giant search party.
"We basically tore my whole desk apart,” says Christi. “On our hands and knees going through the floor, I even went through all the bathrooms."
That's not even the worst of it.
"I loaded my whole car up with full trash bags and then got home and laid a tarp out in my garage and literally with rubber gloves went through every piece of trash, thinking I was going to find it in there," says Christi.
When the diamond didn't turn up, Christi's husband eventually bought her a new ring. Four and a half years passed, and then Wayne Sutton showed up for work.
Wayne is a technician with Alpha Laser. It just so happens that last Thursday a printer, Christi's old printer, was the first one he checked.
"I thought it was a piece of dust or something, piece of paper, but I was blowing it around and trying to get it out and it wouldn't move,” says Wayne Sutton who found the diamond. “I just grabbed it and I was looking at it and was like this looks like a diamond."
There it was Christi's diamond covered in toner.
"I immediately told somebody I found a diamond I think, I need to find out who this belongs to,” says Wayne. “They did a little searching and I heard some screaming. I think I found the owner."
"I don't know what to think, what to feel, I couldn't believe it, what he was showing me," explains Christi.
So a happy ending to this story a bride, now married 16 years, reunited with the stone that started it all.
"It's going down in my memory bank as the number one best time at work ever," explains Wayne.
"He is my hero, he is my hero,” says Christi.
Christi is going to keep her new ring on her finger, make the found diamond into a necklace, and put a new stone in the old setting so she has three pieces from her original wedding set to give her three sons in the future.