Published: Jul 02, 2014 6:05 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 02, 2014 6:17 PM EDT

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - A piece of jewelry is bringing together two women from different generations and different parts of the country.

For Michigan native Amanda Stacey, the story began in the late 1990's as a fashion statement.

"I just always kind of had a draw to that era -- 60's and 70's, and my parents always used to joke that I was born in the wrong generation," Stacey said.  "I was like, 'I really want one of those POW bracelets from Vietnam.'"

Stacey, who was working as a nurse in Venice at the time, got two bracelets from a colleague. She sent one to her friend in Michigan and kept the other.

For Maureen Vien, a Rhode Island native, the journey began in the 1960's, when her brother, Jimmy, shipped off to Vietnam.  He never came home.

"No one's ever really known," Vien said. "The Army declared that he was most probably killed in captivity, but no one's ever -- no remains, and no definite sighting, or anything."

Stacey now lives near Port Charlotte.  She was cleaning her home on Sunday, when her husband found the bracelet in a jewelry box, and encouraged her to do a Google search for the name etched on the side: Staff Sgt. James M. Ray.

"I find this whole article, and as i'm reading, it says he has a sister living in Port Charlotte," Stacey said. "I about fell off the bed. I could not even believe it, like, what a small world!"

Stacey immediately searched for that sister, Vien, on Facebook.  She was able to make contact because the women, both nurses, share a mutual friend.

"I was definitely shocked," Vien said.

WINK News was there when the women met on Wednesday, so Stacey could give the bracelet to Vien.

"Hollywood couldn't even write this story," Stacey said.

"Well, things happen for a reason," Vien replied.

POW-MIA bracelets were made as part of a grassroots movement during the Vietnam War, to raise awareness for the soldiers.

Vien says she has collected seven bracelets bearing her brother's name form people all over the country.

"We just feel that Jimmy's got to be at peace," Vien said.  "With all these people caring about him -- I mean, it's just wonderful. It's just a great feeling."