When a special-looking ring was turned into the Story County Police Department in Iowa, the detective in charge was determined to find its owner.
Sharon Soder, owner of the ring, told InsideEdition.com she thinks she lost the ring on Superbowl Sunday. She enlisted the help of her daughter, and the two women searched every corner of the house and car before Soder realized she had probably lost it in a snowbank.
Her husband assured her the ring was replaceable, but Soder couldn't let go of its sentimental value. Each encrusted gem was representative of her family and her marriage, including a diamond from her mom's wedding ring and an amethyst representing her daughter's birth.
Police estimated that the ring was worth $7,000.
After three weeks of searching, Soder finally gave up and was to report it missing to her insurance company when out of the blue, she received a call from the police department.
"I thought, 'Oh my gosh, my daughter has been in an accident, my house was broken into, someone is hurt,''' Soder told InsideEdition.com. "The last thing I thought was that he found my ring, because I didn't think it was going to be found."
Det. Aaron Kester wasn't sure he was going to be able to find the ring's owner.
Capt. Barry Thomas said Kester spent three weeks visiting local jewelers, asking if they recognized the ring.
"Whoever made it would easily recognize it," Kester told KCCI-TV.
Finally, he found someone who helped design the ring seven years ago.
The ring was handed over to police by Angela Allen, who found it in a parking lot.
Soder called Allen to say thank you. She also plans to take Allen and her family to dinner.