It was a cruel twist to a special night of celebration.
After going out for her one-year wedding anniversary the night before, Jennifer Sheean woke up to find her $22,000 engagement and wedding rings missing.
The Corrimal mum later found out that she lost the rings in a taxi on the way home after post-dinner drinks and dancing at the Harp on Saturday night.
In the taxi, she loosened the ring from her finger after being bitten by a mosquito.
Although she clenched her fists, she later found they fell off when she paid the driver.
‘‘I woke up sweating, really anxious,’’ she said.
She said the rings were insured but it was the sentimental value that upset her.
However, while Mrs Sheean and her husband George Sheean stressed and searched for the rings, the taxi owner was trying to find the couple.
‘‘The owner of the cab came to our house on Tuesday and said he’d been driving up and down our street for two days looking for us,’’ Mrs Sheean said.
‘‘My husband thanked him and was emotional. He offered him money but was refused.
‘‘He also showed him our wedding photos.’’
Mrs Sheean, who was at work, said she cried with joy.
‘‘There are still some good, honest people around.
‘‘I want to thank the cab owner personally and buy him some lottery tickets or something.’’
She said they also had lots of other people looking for the rings. Wollongong Radio Cabs have been trying to find out the name of the cab owner.