Woman's stolen engagement ring replaced

21:03, Oct 30 2012
Selina Nunn
SECOND SPARKLER: Selina Nunn's new ring.

A woman whose engagement ring was stolen from her letterbox has been given her happily ever after.

In August, Selina Nunn and her partner Tiki Chong Nee purchased their "perfect" ring from Trade Me and had it shipped from Auckland to their Christchurch home.

However, Nunn never got to see her ring because the package was taken from her letterbox after the courier dropped it off without getting a signature.

Selina Nunn, Tiki Chong Nee
HAPPY COUPLE: Selina Nunn and Tiki Chong Nee celebrate their engagement.

Fastway Couriers refunded Nunn the full value of the ring but she was still left "gutted" by the loss of the one-of-a-kind sparkler. It was 10-carat white gold, with an emerald cut aquamarine and two tiers of clustered diamonds.

After the story ran in The Press, Nunn received several offers to recreate her ring.

"It was overwhelming," Nunn said.


Tiki Chong Nee, Ian Williams
UNIQUE DESIGN: Tiki Chong Nee and Christchurch jeweller Ian Williams with the engagement ring Williams created.

"It really restores your faith in humanity a bit."

The couple took Christchurch jeweller Ian Williams from Via Sollertia up on his offer at what Nunn called a "dream price".

They worked with him to create a new ring, but Nunn decided to go with a slightly different design from the ring that was stolen.

"I don't think I would like the same ring knowing that some naughty thief has the same one - it wouldn't be original then."

On Friday, Nunn was watching Shortland Street with her 10-year-old son when Chong Nee entered the room and got down on one knee.

"I cried and said 'yes!' and we all had big cuddles. It was so lovely - the best interruption to Shorty St I have ever had!"

For Nunn it was the happily ever after she had been looking for.

"I love our ring and what a story it has to tell."

The Press