Raquel Aiken said she was finishing up a tennis game in Denver a few weeks ago when she appeared to drop her ring on the floor while pulling her keys out of her purse. She said she only realized what had happened much later.
20 September (News) — A Colorado woman who lost the diamond engagement ring her fiancé gave her shortly before his death was reunited with the precious item weeks later by a man who found it in the mud.
Aiken told KDVR-TV about her missing ring, and Dude Olguin, an employee at Denver’s Brewery Bar II, caught the story after hearing some customers talk about it.
Olguin said he wonders if the woman in the story is the owner of the ring he recently found.
“I was just getting ready to go to my third job the next day. I was just walking to my car and I happened to look down,” Olguin told KDVR-TV.
“My first reaction, you know, temptation — maybe pawn it or see a jeweler who can tell me more about it,” he said. “But really, my faith was telling me to just hold on to it and just wait and listen.”
Olguin asked Aiken to meet him at the restaurant.
“He went to his car, he came back and there was the ring,” Aiken said. “I was in tears right away, I couldn’t believe it. I mean, it’s easy, it’s a miracle.”
Aiken hailed the reunion on Facebook as a “good ending to the story.”
She said the ring’s return was particularly meaningful because her fiancé, Tim, was particularly fond of Brewery Bar II before his death.
“It definitely reconnected me with my fiancé,” Aiken said. “The fact of where it was found and how it was found and a staff member working here at a place he loves. The whole connection is really, really amazing and a true blessing.”
Olguin refused a reward for returning the ring.
“I told her the payment for me is our friendship like that’s all I really needed for her to know she has a ring and we’ll be friends for life,” Olguin said.