HOBOKEN — When Lauren, a Hoboken mom in her final weeks of pregnancy, went to the Jersey City Target on Monday morning, she wasn't planning to pick up an engagement ring.

In fact, she had a lot to do that day, and was toting around her two children under five. But when she stopped in the store parking lot and got out, she saw something unusual on the ground: a ring.

"I pulled into the parking lot under where the light rail runs above those parking spots," she explained on Wednesday night. "I thought it had to be fake, but when I picked it up, it looked real. It was lying in an empty parking lot spot with no one around, in plain sight, which was odd."

体育投注网址She started trying to find the owner, despite her busy schedule. She checked with Target and posted on various "Lost and Found" groups on social media. Her husband posted on Craigslist. She said she knew the ring must mean a lot to someone.

"Aside from knowing I would be devastated if I lost mine, someone already replied to us on Craigslist who lost their ring," she said, noting that the person was in New York City. "Even though it wasn't a match, they were so incredibly grateful that someone would post a lost ring and it gave them hope. This made me try to think of any other ways to figure out whose it might be."

According to the in Atlantic, 11 percent of engagement ring owners have lost them in the last five years. The story profiles a group called Ring Finders, who use their metal detectors to help people find lost rings.

But another way is to appear in a news story or a lost-and-found Classified on Patch, which is free to post in your own community (to post any kind of Classified, follow these instructions). Incidentally, neighbor posts (to discuss matters of local interest or even praise a local restaurant) and event listings are also free locally.

Patch has helped reconnect people with lost engagement rings before. And on Jan. 7, a Toms River couple appeared in a Patch story体育投注网址 looking for their lost ring (could it be the same?)

体育投注网址For her part, Lauren would like anyone who genuinely thinks the ring may be theirs to describe it in the comments below. Please include an email or other contact information so she can reach out.

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