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article imageNorwegian farmer finds lost engagement ring 35 years later

By Anne Sewell     May 29, 2014 in Odd News
In May 1979, farmer Jan Kristian Kristiansen and his fiancee Britt were both working in the fields when Kristiansen realized his simple gold engagement band, engraved "Your Britt," was no longer on his finger. It has finally been found, 35 years later.
Kristiansen told NRK, that "The fertilizer made my fingers slippery and suddenly I discovered that gold ring was gone." The couple searched extensively, but without success, and finally had to admit that the ring was gone.
"I remember Britt joked that this really was something for these archaeologists to find in about a hundred years or so," Kristiansen told Namdalavisa newspaper. Kristiansen replaced the lost ring and they were married later that year. They forgot about the lost ring completely.
Now, at a time when they are close to celebrating their jade wedding anniversary, the lost ring has finally turned up in the field in Vikna in Nord-Tr√łndelag.
When Kristiansen decided to let a couple of amateur archeologists explore his farm with a metal detector, he had no thought as to what they might find.
"I got a phone call where they asked me if I had lost a ring, and I confirmed that I had. I was surprised and very happy," Kristiansen said.
They found the lost ring, buried around 15 centimeters down in the soil and apparently, once washed, it was in perfect mint condition.
"Now I have two almost identical gold rings on the ring finger of my left hand. The one which has been in the soil is considerably less worn than the other. It is almost like new," he said.
A photo of the happy husband wearing both rings can be seen on the Namdalsavisa website.
Norwegian sources:
NRK
Namdalavisa
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