Couple pleading for help to find lost wedding ringsPosted: Updated:
GILBERT, Ariz -- An East Valley couple is pleading for help to find their lost wedding rings.
Dionne and Isa Winston have taken to social media to get the word out about the lost engagement ring and wedding band.
Dionne Winston says the last place she remembered having them on was at the Santan Village Shopping Center in Gilbert Tuesday.
"I went shopping, and I was walking back to my car and I heard something go 'tink, tink, tink,' and I was like, 'Hmm.' I looked back and I didn't see anything, and I got in the car to drive away," Dionne Winston said.
She says when she got in her car, she remembered she had wanted to get her rings cleaned and maybe get a clip because they had become a little loose; that's also when she realized her rings were gone.
"I panicked. I freaked out," she said. "I called my husband, told him I can't find my rings, and he's like, 'Just retrace your steps, go back and find it. See wherever you went.' "
So that is what she did. Dionne Winston searched the Santan Village parking lot and went back into the stores she had been into to see if perhaps they were there.
Eventually she went home and came back to the mall with reinforcements: her husband Isa.
"We looked everywhere. I was crawling around on the ground trying to find it. Couldn't find it anywhere," Isa Winston said.
They did have some insurance on the rings, but it only covered the diamonds, not the entire thing.
To the Winstons, the roughly $6,200 wedding set was more than just platinum and diamonds.
"I've wanted this ring forever," Dionne Winston said. "I even had it on a vision board."
But the couple, who have been married for five years, could not afford it right away.
So after years of hard work, Isa Winston was able to give his wife the set for Christmas last year, placing the rings in the hands of their Christmas tree topper, an angel.
"He was like, 'Wait a minute, what's that in the angel's hands?' And I looked up, and the angel was holding the rings. And it was just terrific, like the best experience, the best Christmas ever," Dionne Winston said.
"To me, it's dedication and hard work and respect for my wife," Isa Winston said.
This year, it's a reunion Dionne and Isa Winston are hoping for most this Christmas.
"It would be like the best Christmas present ever, again, times two, second Christmas in a row. I'm hoping," she said.
The couple did leave their information with Santan Village security, and they're asking that if anyone did happen to find the rings to do the right thing and turn them in to mall security.
Both remain hopeful they will get the rings back, but Dionne Winston told 3TV, "If I never get the ring back, I'll always have that moment."
In the meantime, she is wearing the ring her husband gave her when they were first married.