A woman in northern New South Wales has explained how Australia Post found her missing gold ring after it slipped out of an envelope during delivery.
Jenny Frecklington-Jones took to Twitter on Monday to share the incredible journey of a 9-karat gold ring she’s owned for over 20 years.
The ring with engraved crescent moons and stars was given to 14-year-old Frecklington-Jones by a boy she was dating at the time.
When she ended the relationship, she returned the ring to the boy and did not see it for two decades.
“Fast forward 20 years, I met her sister who wore the ring and she gave it back to me,” Frecklington-Jones wrote.
Believing the ring had lucky properties, over the years she began lending it to friends who had a phobia of flying.
“‘It will always come back to me safely,’ I would say, and it kept coming back,” she said.
On one occasion she had dated a writer in Brisbane for a few weeks before he moved to Perth.
When the day of departure arrived, he revealed that he was afraid to fly.
She handed him the ring and said, “Here, take this, send it back to me in the fullness of time.”
“It has been all over the world to keep travelers safe. And it always comes back to me. Keep it as long as you need it, ”she assured him before slipping the ring on his little finger and saying goodbye.
The man let her know a few months later that he had returned the ring to her in the mail.
“One night I checked the mailbox and there was an empty paper envelope addressed to me with ragged half-moon cut marks all the way down the bottom and then a perfect round hole where the ring had escaped,” she recalls.
“I couldn’t think why [he] hadn’t used a padded bag but… men, huh?
She decided to contact Australia Post using an online contact form to explain what it looked like, where it was traveling from and where.
“I got a rather cursory note that someone at Aus Post would look into it,” she said.
Frecklington-Jones said she had “absolutely no hope” anyone at Australia Post cared or that the ring would be found.
Although a few days later she received an email telling her that her beloved ring had been found deep in a sorting machine in Adelaide.
‘I have packed the ring properly and it is on its way back to you,’ the Australia Post staffer wrote.
Within two days, the ring arrived in her mailbox.
“There are some absolutely amazing people working for Australia Post,” she said.
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