NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Talk about finding a diamond in the rough.
When New York City teaching assistant Hager Elsayed discovered that her three-carat diamond engagement ring was gone, she tore apart her apartment looking for it — to no avail.
Who wouldn’t think it was gone for good?
“Beautiful ring. It’s probably around, I don’t know, around $4,800,” said subway station agent Anthony Tiralosi, who works at the Fort Hamilton Parkway Station. “Probably about 20 years ago, I was in the jewelry business. So, as soon as I saw the ring, I said, ‘Whoever lost this ring is sick.'”
Two months after losing the ring, Elsayed, who got engaged in May, showed up at the Fort Hamilton N train station and recognized the subway agent as the same guy who was working the day she lost the ring.
That’s when something clicked.
“She’s describing the ring. I said, ‘diamond engagement?’ I remember the ring. Very expensive ring,’ and she said, ‘You have my ring?'” Tiralosi told WCBS 880 reporter Alex Silverman. “She told me she cried every day.”
He didn’t have the ring, but he had sent it to lost and found when an elderly woman had turned it in.
“He told me an older Asian woman picked it up gave it to him. She spoke no English,” Elsayed told CBS 2’s Cindy Hsu. “She’s an angel. God bless her, wherever she is and I just want to thank her for doing such a beautiful thing.”
A week later, it was back on Elsayed’s finger.
Tiralosi said he told his kids about the ring. He wanted them to know the importance of returning something that doesn’t belong to them.
Elsayed’s students also said it’s a lesson learned.
“If I would’ve found something like that, I’m going to return it because that’s amazing,” Jerry Leone said.
“That teaches me that everyone should give someone’s belongings back, and they should never take them. They should always give them back,” Jasley Agudelo added.
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