Perhaps as the result of a brief spell of warm weather, Candice Klaboe removed the three rings from her fingers before she went to bed on Sunday, July 9.
The rings were there the following morning when Klaboe and her partner, Mike, left for work.
When they returned, they found their Brookswood home ransacked. Two laptops, an iPod and other electronics were gone. A toiletry case, containing mostly allergy medicines and painkillers, was missing, too.
But the biggest loss was the rings, and now Klaboe is appealing to the thieves — or the person now wearing the bands — to do the right thing and return them.
The jewelry has little monetary worth, but is of huge sentimental value to Klaboe, especially a silver and turquoise ring.
Klaboe was three years old when her father bought the ring in Mexico for her mother, Vicki Donauer. Although their relationship ended, Donauer wore the ring on her middle finger for 30 years.
“Even though they didn’t last, she wore it every day,” Klaboe said. “It was always on her finger. I think she never got over the split.”
With the ring gone, so too is a link Klaboe has to her mother, who died five years ago at the age of 58.
“This is a precious link to her,” she said of the ring. “I hope someone has the heart to return it.”
The ring is quite thin and features a native Indian design. It is about one inch long and half an inch wide, and has turquoise inlay on sterling silver.
It may be worth only $40 or $50, she says, “but to me it’s everything.”
The other rings were a simple silver band engraved with ‘Sisters’ on the outside, and ‘past, present and future’ on the inside, and another with a square garnet, a gift from Mike on their first anniversary.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Klaboe at 604 831-2690 or Mike at 604 866-0134.