RING A BELL?: Derek Higgins with the ring he found on Yamba?s Main Beach. Photo: SIMON HUGHES.
RING A BELL?: Derek Higgins with the ring he found on Yamba?s Main Beach. Photo: SIMON HUGHES.

An engaging find



MYSTERY surrounds the ownership of an engagement ring found under the sand at Yamba's Main Beach last week.

Derek Higgins, of Grafton, was using his metal detector in the centre of the beach last Thursday when the ring turned up under 10 centimetres of sand.

Mr Higgins, who often scours the sand at Yamba, said it may not have been lost at the very spot he found it.

''There had been storms leading up to the discovery and it could have been shifted from another part of Main Beach,'' he said.

Was it discarded after a tiff between a bride-to-be and her fiance?

Or was it taken off, put down and lost when a towel was shaken?

Whatever happened, the ring is at the Grafton police station waiting for the owner to claim it.

For obvious security reasons, the ring can't be described, or its value revealed. The setting has been disguised in the photograph for the same reason.

Grafton police say anyone attempting to claim the ring will need to provide a full description, including any markings on the band, and produce some evidence of its purchase ? possibly a receipt.

?IAN THOMSON.



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