Deb Thompson finds diamond ring in pants from Goodwill

Jordan Chittley
Daily Buzz

The Minnesota woman is working with the store to find the rightful owner

A lot of people have apparently left expensive diamond rings in jeans they have donated to Goodwill in Minnesota.

Deb Thompson went to the second-hand thrift store to pick up a pair of jean capris her daughter had suggested because they have a lot of bling on them. The jeans she found were $3.99 and they came with a ton of bling. She found a diamond ring in the right pocket. The ring was real and worth about $6,500.

"I took the ring out of my pocket and sat on the floor with my daughter and her fiancé," she told ABC. "I put my arm out in the centre, and opened it in my palm and we all just went, 'Wow. Oh my God.'"

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All Thompson could think about was how somebody may be missing the ring. "The husband or fiancé must be out there saying, 'You're not getting another one!'"

So she contacted Goodwill and began working with them to find the rightful owner of the lost treasure. Goodwill posted the story to its Facebook page and have so far received more than 30 inquiries from people claiming to be the owner of the ring.

"We have to get some of our due diligence done," said Lisa Ritter, the marketing director of Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota, to the Daily News.

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The KSTP-TV article that was posted on Goodwill's Facebook page has hundreds of comments. While some people applaud Thompson for being so kind, many share their stories about losing a ring.

In an unrelated story from April, a Georgia groom accidentally donated his girlfriend's engagement ring to Goodwill when he gave away an old winter coat he'd been hiding the ring in. Luckily, the jeweler agreed to replace it for free.

Too bad Thompson didn't get to that coat first. She doesn't even expect a reward for her capris find. She just wants to find the ring's owner.

"I need to find the owner," she told KSTP-TV. "I'd love to hear the story of how it got in there."

(Reuters photo not of ring Thompson found)