Southport Beach find: Jewelry has familiar ring for N.Y. woman
FAIRFIELD — Officer Tony Krushinski works in the patrol division at the town’s police department, but he used some detective skills recently by tracking down the owner of a class ring lost more than 30 years ago.
It was several weeks ago, when Krushinski was walking Southport beach with his metal detector, a hobby picked up about five years ago. Buried under the sand, he discovered a gold ring with a crest and a name engraved inside it.
Krushinski began his search online, looking at the crests used by colleges like Fairfield, Sacred Heart and Fordham universities. None matched the ring, which did not have a school name on it.
He turned to a metal-detecting website, posting a photo of the 14 karat gold ring, looking for help from fellow enthusiasts.
“Somebody said, ‘Try Kent School,’ and sure enough, it matched,” Krushinski said. He called the school and gave them the name engraved on the inside of the ring — Andrea Mott — and the year, 1981. The school sent Krushinski’s contact information to Andrea Mott, who is now Andrea Sievert and living in Woodbury, N.Y.
“It is such an unbelievable story,” said Sievert. She said she never expected to see the class ring, which she lost soon after getting it, again. “I was visiting my boyfriend, who lived in Westport.” She remembered going to a beach, but wasn’t sure if it was in Westport or Fairfield. “I was visiting him from Long Island.”
Southport Beach sits on the Fairfield-Westport town line.
Sievert said she cannot believe Krushinski went to such lengths to find the ring’s owner, which Krushinski said was in surprisingly good condition for having been lost on the beach for three decades.
Krushinski put the ring in the mail last weekend, and on Tuesday, Sievert said she was eagerly awaiting its arrival.
The class ring is probably the best of his finds, Krushinski said. “I’ve also found a Tiffany ring and a woman’s watch, but mostly loose change,” he said.
“It’s a hobby I do,” Krushinski said, but said the Saturday he found Sievert’s ring was only the second time he had been to the beach this summer. He said metal detecting was something he had known about, and he decided about five years ago to take it up. Krushinski said he went to Hobbytown on the Post Road and bought his metal detector.
The detector gives off different tones, depending on the different metals it hits on, he said.
“The higher the tone, the better the find,” he said.