Wedding bands are often admired for their beauty. However, Stuart Howell’s wedding band is more than just a nice piece of jewelry— it’s a part of his family.
As Fox 5 reports, while attending a University of Georgia football game, Howell noticed he lost the ring that had been in his family for generations.
Howell said his heart dropped when he thought he had lost the ring that had been in his family for more than 100 years:
“We couldn’t find it, so I thought it was gone forever.”
Before he was married in April, Howell’s mother gave him the ring with an inscription of his dad’s initials and his parent’s wedding date.
“I’m actually the fifth generation in my family to own the ring, to have it passed down to me. It was my great-great-grandmother on my mom’s side’s ring, but it was made from gold from Dahlonega.”
One of Howell’s main concerns was telling his mother.
Thankfully that was no longer an issue when his mother had seen a viral post about someone finding a ring at the Sanford Stadium where Howell lost it.
UPDATE: The owner just contacted me and verified the additional inscription! It Is a family heirloom and he is newly…
Michelle Jackson wrote on Facebook:
This gold wedding band was found in Section 127/128 at the Georgia game last night, 11/10/2018. Would love to return to its owner. Additional inscription makes me think it has been handed down to its most recent owner.
Jackson said she found the ring on the stadium steps and instantly knew it was very special to someone:
“I had to pick it up. I couldn’t just leave it there. I didn’t know what to do with it. I was scared to turn it in because when I saw the dates inside of it, I knew that it was important. It was significantly sentimental to someone.”
In an effort to help find the owner, Jackson included a photograph of the ring and a piece of paper with one of the ring’s inscriptions written down on it. She said the owner would be able to give details on the newer inscription.
In only a few days the post has garnered more than 28,000 shares and several comments from people willing to help reunite the ring with its rightful owner.
Howell contacted Jackson and gave her the second inscription date, which was his and his wife’s wedding date. He said seeing so many people willing to help really touched his heart:
“It got its way around and I could see the list of people who had shared it and it’s all these people that I went to high school with and college, not knowing it was my ring, but it’s just a small world. So, I’m just very, very thankful to her and to everybody for sharing it.”
Jackson and Howell have since made arrangements for Howell to get the ring. Jackson said this goes to show that social media isn’t so bad after all:
“I hope that that’s what some people will take away from this story – that can be a good thing and people still do the right thing.”
To prevent further mishaps like this one, Howell plans to have the ring resized. He said the comradery between UGA fans is unwavering:
“Never question the heart of the Dawg fans [be]cause it’s a big family. I can’t say thank you enough.”
Over 100 years of love proved to stand the test of time this past weekend.