Teen returns wedding ring to owner eight years after it was lost on NSW beach

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Back in 2010, nine-year-old Jade Hutchison found a wedding ring on the beach at Bermagui, on the New South Wales coast, while on holidays with her mother.

The pair were unable to work out who the ring belonged to, but Jade held onto it, with the hope of one day finding its owner.

It took eight years – and the power of social media – but finally Jade managed to reunite the ring with its rightful finger.

"At the time I was only nine years old, so I didn't really think much of it," Jade told ABC News. "As I've gotten older I just thought it would be quite amazing to find the owner of the ring and return it."

After having a chat about the ring with a friend a few weeks ago, Jade decided to try again to find the ring's owner.

Although she lives in Sydney, Jade joined local Bermagui community Facebook groups and posted pictures of the ring to see if anyone recognised it. The results were almost immediate.

"It was crazy how in two hours I just stumbled across who owned the ring," she said.

South Coast woman Lynette Schaefer saw the post and realised it looked a lot like the one her husband Paul lost at the beach eight years ago.

"When I first saw [the post] I thought that somebody else had lost a ring, because it's been such a long time," Lynette said. "And then I saw the date and I went, 'Oh wow, that's my wedding anniversary!' and then my heart started racing and I was like, 'Oh my god, it could be my husband's!'"

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Jade said she was also excited to hear from Lynette.

"Straight away the photo that she posted looked pretty similar, I freaked out, I had my boyfriend next to me and I was like, 'Oh my gosh, I think I've found the owner!'" she said.

Lynette said the timing is wonderful, with the ring being returned to her husband Paul in time for their 25th wedding anniversary.

"It's going to be our silver anniversary this year so it's made it very, very special," she said.

"We were lucky that somebody like Jade found it," said Lynette. "Somebody that's obviously realised it was special and held onto it and made an effort to find the owner because things like that don't happen very often."

Lynette and Paul were already planning a trip to Sydney, so they set up a meeting with Jade to be reunited with the lost ring.

"We're so grateful," said Lynette.