'How do I tell my husband?': Edinburgh woman in desperate appeal after losing wedding ring on bus
A newlywed student has told how she lost her £1,800 diamond wedding ring after just three months of marriage...when she took it off to rub hand cream on her fingers on an Edinburgh bus.
Hasnaa Boulmanzil was on the Number 8 bus between Granton and King’s Buildings when she lost her diamond ring in a moment of forgetfulness.
She had taken off the dazzling sparkler and placed it briefly on her knee while she applied the cream, and simply forgot to put it back on.
And now the 28-year-old Napier University student is stressed out of her mind – because she still has to tell her husband of her mishap.
Hasnaa said: “I was on my way to see a tutor friend at the King’s Buildings for some help with my dissertation when I took off my ring to put on some hand cream.
“I put it on my knee and that is the last time I remember seeing it. I do forget things sometimes, especially when I am stressed, but never anything as important as this.
“I got off the bus and walked up to meet my friend and I realised within minutes what had happened. It must have fallen off my lap when I got up to get off.
“I was frantic. I ran back to the bus stop and stopped all the Number 8 services going both ways but it was hopeless, it is gone.”
She added: “I have called Lothian buses but they haven’t found anything, they have had no news.”
The customised 18-carat gold and diamond split ring was made specially for Hasnaa for her August wedding in her home town of Casablanca, Morocco.
To make matters worse Hasnaa still has to pluck up the courage to break the tricky news to her new husband Khaled, 31.
Hasnaa met Canadian engineer Khaled in the UK. He has since returned to Canada to resume his work as an engineer while Hasnaa finishes her MSc in marketing and sales management at Napier.
“I haven’t told him yet. I don’t know how to. I am sure he will be upset but he loves me so I am sure he will understand. We only got married a few months ago.”
Hasnaa added: “The ring was custom-made for our wedding. It cost $3,000 Canadian, and of course it is very special to me, so if anybody finds it I would thank them from the bottom of my heart to have it back.”
Hasnaa is appealing for anyone who was on the Number 8 service between 10.30am and 11.30am on Tuesday, November 26 who may have seen her or her missing wedding ring to jog their memories.
A Lothian buses spokesman said: “Lothian is aware of our customer’s misfortune at losing her wedding ring. We appreciate this must be a stressful time for her and will continue to check to see if we can find it.
“We hope that if anyone has picked up the ring, they hand it in to our Lost Property department so we can ensure its safe return to our customer.”