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After 23 Years, a Class Ring Turns Up

Stephanie Mowery thought she lost her Arundel High School class ring forever. But it turned up this week at a local jewelry buyer, and she'll wear it at her 25th class reunion this weekend.

Stephanie Mowery only felt bad for about a second when she realized she'd be heading to her Arundel High School 25th year reunion without her class ring. 

After all, the ring had been missing since 1989.

"You think it's over, it's done, I'm never going to see it again," she said.

Then Mowery got a call this week from a detective with the Anne Arundel County Police Department. Her ring with an emerald-green stone and a Wildcat logo on the side turned up with a jewerly buyer in Severn. Inside was the inscribed name "Stephanie Chastain."

Mowery—who uses Chastain as a middle name now—went to Anne Arundel Jewlery Buyers and bought the ring back for $110.

"For being gone 23 years it's in pretty good shape," she said. 

Where the ring has been for the last two-plus decades may remain a mystery. But Mowery said she had given the ring to her high school boyfriend ("It was the thing to do back then") who later told her that he had lost it.

She and that boyfriend had a child together, but she has has not spoken to him in years. Mowery said she'd like to speak to him about the ring, but isn't even sure where to find him. 

The most important thing is that she has her ring back, just in time for the 25th class reunion on Saturday. She plans to have it hanging from her neck. 

Noel Adams, the owner of Anne Arundel Jewelry Buyers, said class rings are almost always checked by the police to see if they've been stolen, particularly if the name on the ring does not match that of the seller. It's not uncommon for class rings to eventually return to the owner, but he said this case is unique.

"This does happen from time to time," Adams said. "I've seen it happen, but this is the first time I've seen it where so much time had gone by."

Brian C. September 27, 2012 at 01:14 PM
I thought about this too. The positive press the store would have gotten would have been great and they could have turned that in to more than $110. The store could have sold it back to her for what he paid for it which I am pretty sure wasnt $110. If this were done the store turns out looking like a good guy and loses no money.
Brian C. September 27, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Ultimately I am glad she got her ring back.
Tim Lemke September 27, 2012 at 01:41 PM
State laws vary, but I think the store can be seen as a victim as well in these cases.
Tim Lemke September 27, 2012 at 01:54 PM
We have no idea if he sold it, or whether he indeed did lose it many years ago. It was actually sold to the shop by a woman that Stephanie did not know.
Tracy September 28, 2012 at 12:32 AM
This is a great story! Stepanie, I am so glad you found your ring after all these years and perfect timing! I think it makes going to your class reunion just a little more special :)

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