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Ring-A-Ding-Ding (Ring #2)


Last November I wrote a post about my mother losing her diamond engagement ring in the sand at Oak Bluffs.  You can click here and read ‘Ring-A-Ding-Ding.’

In flipping throug my memory bank I discovered that my mother had yet another ring experience years later in the 1960’s concerning MV, Oak Bluffs in particular.

This is my mother on her graduation day from Oak Bluffs High School in 1926.  Before the MV Regional High School was built in the early 1960’s, each town had its own high school.  And, each school had its own ring.  I remember the ring clearly, it was gold with a flat black front with the emblem for OB high school on it… along the sides was the year, 1926.  My mother loved that ring and was devastated when, one day she couldn’t find it.

If you’ve read the post about the first ring you’ll know that my dad was determined to find that ring.. he was the only hope.  He turned our apartment upside down… inside out… searched behind every cushion and pillow… moved furniture… moved it again.  He took apart the drain in the kitchen and bathroom sinks.  Went through every drawer, every closet, every pocket, every nook and cranny.  But alas, his powers of ring finding failed him, and the beloved ring was decreed officially…. gone.

My mother was beyond upset. Her mother had gotten the ring for her though times were tough, and now, a tangible connection to Martha’s Vineyard and to her mother was gone.

But wait…. there is a happy ending…

… behold… an Oak Bluffs High School ring with 1926 on it !  How could that be? My mother contacted MV Regional High School and found out the name of the company who provided the school rings.  She wrote the company a letter and got back a response saying that yes, they had rings but NOT the style of the lost one.  However, they could make up a  ring  in the current style and put the OB emblem and 1926 on it.  She ordered it.  It’s a beautiful ring and she wore it occasionally… but of course it never replaced the original one.

I wonder what becomes of lost jewelry? Especially the sentimental ones that become enhanced to epic proportions in your memory.


Author: mvobsession

I'm married, I have two daughters and two grandchildren and they all love MV. Enjoy my MV blog and contact me if I can answer any questions. This blog started out as strictly about Martha's Vineyard but over the years I've branched out to include other obsessions and interests. I enjoy photography and like sharing my photos here as well. Hope you enjoy :)

2 thoughts on “Ring-A-Ding-Ding (Ring #2)

  1. This is an interesting story that I can relate to. I lost my wedding ring (actually my diamond) many years ago when I was pregnant with our first child. We looked everywhere and never found it. ~ I eventually got a new one but it just wasn’t the same (even though I still love it).

    I’m not sure what happens to all those sentimental pieces of lost jewelry. Someone finds them, I guess.


  2. Joanie: I, too, lost my Tisbury High School ring, but not the usual type of “lost.” That scoundrel of a first husband I HAD pawned it and I never got it back. This bothered me a lot for a long time. I had done tons of babysitting to earn it. So, I remembered the name of the ring company, L.G. Balfour of Attleboro, MA, and I tried to contact them to get a new ring. There was some successor ring company that told me the same thing – I could get a new one, but it would not be the same. I accepted that and got a new one which I just consider my second class ring. Strangely enough, while I am not a jewelry person, I very often wear my second class ring with great satisfaction.

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