Found Lost Wedding Ring After 64 Years - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Found Lost Wedding Ring After 64 Years

Published January 6, 2015

Nanna Árnadóttir
Photos by
Vísir.is

Óskar Jónsson of Dalvík was reunited with his wedding ring over the weekend, it had been missing for 64 years, reports Vísir.

The ring was found in the debris of an old mechanics garage following a fire. Brynjar Aðalsteinsson was assessing the damage when a young man on the clean up crew found the ring while sifting through the rubble. Brynjar searched for the owner of the wedding ring for a month before tracking Óskar and his wife, Elín Sigurðardóttir, down.

The couple, who celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in November last year, were elated to get the ring back.

“I was absolutely speechless when he brought the ring,” said Óskar who turns 90 this year. “It would never even have occurred to me [that it was a possibility]. The funny thing is that in the beginning of November I actually considered buying a new ring to pull out on our anniversary. But I wasn’t well enough to get around to it.”

It turns out that 64 years ago Óskar’s brother-in-law ran the garage where the ring was found, though Óskar had not thought to look there as he believed he had lost the ring while shovelling snow.

Consequently the ring looks brand new and is back on Óskar’s finger. “I never wore another ring after that,” said Óskar. “Until now that is, better late than never!”

Brynjar posted a picture of the ring on Facebook and even contacted Félag Íslenskra Gullsmiða (The Association of Icelandic Goldsmiths) to track down the owner. But it was not until this past weekend when upon inspecting the ring Brynjar’s wife mused whether the inscription. “Your Elín”, might not refer to the elderly couple Óskar and Elín.

“This is absolutely incredible,” said Brynjar. “I was so happy that it belonged to them. The ring has been weighing heavy on me every day. It’s like I’ve been the Frodo Baggins, the ring’s been on my mind constantly and I just had to find the owner. It was awesome.”

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