Precious Heirloom Restored After Camp Fire

A century-old family heirloom passed down through generations, has been recovered from the Camp Fire.

Posted: Jan 22, 2019 12:52 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - A century-old family heirloom passed down through generations, has been recovered from the Camp Fire.

For Heather Thornewood, the value of the platinum and diamond ring lies in its sentimental worth. Thornewood's great-great-grandfather made the ring out of a tie-stud and gave it to her great-great-grandmother.

Since then, it was passed down to Thornewood. But when the Camp Fire destroyed her Paradise home, she went back to the rubble for what she thought would be a fruitless search for her one-of-a-kind ring.

"We spent three hours looking for it," Thornewood said. "Sifting through mud and ash, and using buckets of water to be able to push the mud thru our sifters." 

The soot-covered treasure was then sent to the jewelers and after three hours of work, its original sparkle and shine was restored. 

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