If you can get to New Zealand's capital by Saturday, you may be in for the treasure hunt of a lifetime.

A New Zealand man who was spurned by the woman of his dreams is giving away the diamond engagement ring he bought her -- valued at $3,268, or NZ$5,000 -- in a treasure hunt in Wellington.

Anthony Gardiner, 29, a call-center worker, is quoted in a Reuters story as saying that he met a girl, bought a ring, but she "wasn't as keen."

Too bad. You'd think the store where he bought the engagement ring would give him a refund. When I bought my wife's engagement ring, the clerk told me that no woman would turn down such a ring, but if I was turned down, they'd take it back. Luckily, my proposal ended well.

He bought the ring in Hong Kong and couldn't return it -- a good reason to buy locally. He also didn't want to sell it.

Gardiner plans to post clues on the ring's location on Twitter at 8 a.m. local time Saturday, or 20.00 GMT on Friday. He will continue posting clues, but if it isn't found by the end of the day, "my clues will suddenly change into directions."

Maybe start by looking for four palm trees in the shape of a giant "W."

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