WESTLAND, Mich. (WXYZ) — If you’ve ever misplaced your wedding ring, you know the frantic feeling of trying to find it and the heartache if you didn’t.
A woman from Westland lost her wedding ring along a Christmas parade route last month in Trenton. Now, she’s hoping our viewers will keep their eyes open.
“It was wonderful. It was beautiful and then to have my original diamond in it, was even more sentimental.”
Terri LeFaive has been married to her love, Mike, for more than 45 years. She was only 17-years-old when her soon-to-be husband took her to ring shopping.
“Picked out a very modest, single solitaire.”
She wore the original ring until August when she decided to get an upgrade.
“I’m older, I’d like something nicer. We can spend more money.”
She doesn’t have a picture of her new ring ,but she shared the model photo from the jeweler, one of the diamonds is from the original ring.
“White gold band, with points at the top and the bottom of the gold and then it had a large diamond in the middle and two diamonds next to that.”
Last month, she watched her grandchildren perform in Trenton’s Christmas Parade, attempting to capture memories with her camera phone.
“My hands were cold, so when I went to take a picture, I’d take my gloves and do that.”
When she got home, she saw the ring was not on her finger.
“Went out to the car, tore the car apart with a flashlight.”
The next day, she went back to the corner of Jefferson and St. Joseph, where she was cheering on her grandchildren. That’s when she realized, it will be difficult to find the ring.
“It could be stepped on and buried in the dirt somewhere right now,” she said. “There were a lot of leaves everywhere, all over the easement in the street at the curb.”
Then Terri made a police report.
“One of the police officers said, ‘did you look in the glove?’ And I’m like ‘yes I did.’ I said, ‘you wouldn’t believe everywhere that I looked.’”
Since Terri does not know exactly when she lost her ring, she mapped her stops on that day. She went to Lutheran High School in Westland, Garden City High School, Dollar Tree in Westland, Sam’s Club in Canton, then parade in Trenton and Terri stopped at the Christmas Tree Shop in Taylor before heading home.
The ring costs about $3,000, but it’s priceless for Terri since she wanted to pass it down to her grandchildren.
“And I just kept telling myself ‘it’s just a ring, it’s just a ring, it’s just a ring,’” she explained. “But your inside is just crying out.”
Terri is hoping someone out there will see this story and stumble upon it.
“I hope they find it in their heart and return it.”