Nerida Webb of Ballina lost her wedding and engagement rings at Coles Ballina and is appealing to the local community to help find them.
Nerida Webb of Ballina lost her wedding and engagement rings at Coles Ballina and is appealing to the local community to help find them. Patrick Gorbunovs

Special ring lost in dash to reunion

IN A rush to get to a family reunion last weekend, Ballina woman Nerida Webb lost something special - a four- band ring comprising her engagement ring, split wedding band and eternity ring.

"We were on our way to the Gold Coast and we'd forgotten something, so we stopped at Coles (in Ballina)" she said.

"I'd taken my ring off earlier and sat it on my lap to put some hand lotion on.

"Obviously when I got out of the car to go into the supermarket, it's fallen off my lap and out of the car. I didn't notice until we got to the Gold Coast.

"I asked some friends to go back to the car park later to look for it, but it wasn't there. I had a lot of things on my mind at the time.

"But it's disappointing if someone has found the ring and hasn't handed it in."

Greg Webb proposed to Nerida on Christmas Day, 1980, at the front of the drive-in at Casino and they married two years later.

She said the white gold engagement ring was made up of four smaller diamonds. But about 18 months ago, in the lead-up to their 30th wedding anniversary, she "upgraded" it to a larger diamond, worth about $3000. The wedding band is split by the engagement ring and, with a diamond and sapphire eternity ring, they have been joined together.

"It's an unusual ring," Mrs Webb said. "The diamond itself is an unusual shape, so someone will recognise it if they see it.

"I am missing it. Sometimes I look down at my hand and it won't be on my finger, and I think, 'That's right, I don't have that any longer'.

"It's not about the money - this is sentimental. But I was thinking about it, and we were at a big family re- union having a great weekend, and losing my ring wasn't the worst thing that could happen."

Her husband, Greg, said he wouldn't be rushing out to buy a replacement wedding ring for his wife.

"She's got buckets full of rings," he said. "She normally has one on every finger. "But it would be great if, after all this, someone decides to hand it in. I know Nerida wants it back."



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