Woman who returned diamond ring to receive diamond ring as award
Published: December 24, 2005 | 3102nd good news item since 2003
The woman who found and returned the missing ring in a See’s Candies bag is scheduled this afternoon to receive a $2,500 diamond band as a reward.
San Jose resident Thea Sawyer says she plans to have the ring sold and use the proceeds to benefit the Mercury News’ Wish Book, the paper’s annual project that invites readers to help their neighbors. Details have yet to be worked out.
Sawyer said she was buying some Christmas gifts at See’s last Friday, the same day See’s clerk Wanda Estrada noticed the ring had slipped off her finger. Estrada was sure it somehow dropped into a bag of candy she filled during the holiday rush at the See’s store.
But it had actually fallen into the paper bag Estrada had given Sawyer to carry a gift basket out of the Prospect Road store in Saratoga. When Sawyer took the basket out of the bag on Wednesday, she spotted the ring underneath.
“I just by accident looked in the bag,” Sawyer said. “It was a lucky break.”
The story of the search for the ring had garnered national attention. Helzberg Diamonds, offered a $2,500 ring for anyone who came forward with Estrada’s missing band. Helzberg is set to present the ring to Sawyer this afternoon at its store in the Westfield Valley Fair shopping center.