The hardware and DIY shop Leroy Merlin in Marseille La Valentine found the gold ring - with a distinctive “twist” design around its edge and engraved with the names Pascal and Nadia and the date 1996 - and posted an update on its Facebook account asking if the owner wanted to come and collect it with proof of ownership, according to reports.
The post was called “Ring seeks finger”, and asked people to share the post as much as possible.
Ten days later, the owner was found, having incredibly first lost the ring over 18 years ago.
À quelques jours de Noël, notre équipe de Marseille La Valentine est au coeur d'une belle histoire! Un client a en effet, grâce à la mobilisation créée sur Facebook, pu retrouver son alliance égarée il y a 18 ans dans le magasin! https://t.co/B3raqin6K1 #bellehistoire pic.twitter.com/BysfstzoD4— Leroy Merlin (@leroymerlinfr) December 16, 2017
Known only as “Pascal and Nadia” - and who are both still married to other - the couple in question said they recognised the ring immediately once they saw the photo online, but had no idea how it had come to stay hidden in the shop for so long.
The couple were able to come to the shop and prove their identity by showing their marriage certificate to staff.
The shop’s Twitter account then posted a further photo of the ring, congratulating “their customers” and its staff for being “at the heart of a beautiful story, just a few days before Christmas”.
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