Diver reunites woman with engagement ring she tossed in Argentina lake after breakup with female lover
- Marcos Ponce, an avid diver, located an old engagement ring that was dumped into a lake by its owner in Río Turbio, Argentina
- The 48-year-old lawyer was on vacation in March and stopped to go diving in the Lake of the Desert and was having problems taking photos due to a shiny object
- Ponce said he swam to the column of a dock on the lake and recovered it, but noticed it was a ring when he returned to shore
- He kept the ring for over a month and posted it to social media in hopes of locating its owner
- It took three hours for a woman to respond and confirm the inscriptions located on the inner part of the ring
- The woman said she held on to the ring for a year after breaking up with her ex-girlfriend and tossed it into the lake in January
An Argentine diver found a buried treasure – an engagement ring – at the bottom of a lake in the Patagonia region that brought back bittersweet memories when he returned the gold band to its rightful owner.
Marcos Ponce, 48, was coming home from a vacation last month with his family and friends in Ushuaia, a resort town on the southernmost tip of South America, when they decided to stop to snorkel in the Santa Cruz province’s the Lake of the Desert.
The lawyer told digital news outlet Infobae that he was joined by his best friend Hugo Bottaro and spent nearly 50 minutes underwater, but as they were ready to return to shore, he decided to continue ahead and snap some additional photos.
As he focused his camera, Ponce was bothered by a shiny object lying next to the wooden column of a dock that prevented him from getting a quality picture.
He swam towards the dock and grabbed the object without knowing what it really was. When he surfaced, he discovered that it was an 18-karat gold ring.
Marcos Ponce, a lawyer who also happens to be an avid diver, discover a gold ring at the bottom of the Lake of the Desert in Argentina in March
The 18-karat gold ring contained the inscription for Damico, the last name of the girlfriend of the woman who reached out to claim the ring as hers
The ring included the date of March 21, 2015, which is when the two women got engaged
Marcos Ponce said he was trying to take photos of the dock’s columns when camera’s lens picked up a shiny object. He swam towards the object and picked it up because it was affecting the photos he wanted to take and then recognized it was a ring when he reached the shore
Aside from being a lawyer, Marcos Ponce has been diving for 20 years
He figured it was a wedding or engagement ring and that someone had accidentally dropped it in the lake.
Ponce, who has been going on diving excursions for 20 years, kept the ring at home and on Sunday thought it was perfect time to find its rightful owner.
He took to his social media networks and posted photos of the ring on Facebook and Instagram.
The post was shared thousands of times and had hundreds of comments in the first two hours. An hour later, a woman from the Santa Cruz town of Río Turbio direct messaged Ponce to claim the ring.
The owner of the ring – whose name has been withheld by Ponce to maintain her privacy – was able to confirm the engraved date – March 21, 2015 – in the inside part of the ring along with her former girlfriend’s last name, D’Amico. It represented the date she and her ex-partner had gotten engaged.
The woman told Ponce that she had moved to Buenos Aires after accepting her partner’s proposal and then kept the 18-karat gold ring after they mutually agreed to go different ways over a year ago.
Marcos Ponce shared a photo of the ring on his social media networks on Sunday in hopes of returning the ring to its owner. He was contacted by a woman three hours after the post went up on Facebook and was able to confirm the last name and date what was inscribed on it
She eventually returned to Río Turbio and while visiting the lake in January decided it was finally time to get rid of the ring and tossed it in the Lake of the Desert.
‘She admitted that she always thought about getting rid of the ring, but that she wanted to do it in a special way and that’s how this summer she traveled to the Lake of the Desert and threw it into its waters,’ Ponce said.
Ponce also got a message from the woman’s ex-girlfriend, who was able to confirm the same details. However, he decided he will be mailing it out to D’Amico instead this week.
‘If fate brings this ring back to me, she’ll come back somehow,’ D’Amico told Ponce.
Marcos Ponce kept the 18-karat gold ring for over a month before deciding it was time to track down its owner
Marco Ponce stopped by the Lake of the Desert in March to go snorkeling and while taking photos he ended up locating a ring that been dumped by a woman after her engagement with her girlfriend came to an end about a year ago