Now, Sediqi's act of honesty has turned to gold.
The New York jeweler who forgot the bag of diamonds sent Sediqi a $10,000 check and a diamond bracelet. Sediqi said the man's thank-you note meant just as much to him.
"The guy, he said I changed his life," Sediqi said. "That's very important."
Eric Austein left the diamonds in Sediqi's cab Nov. 16 when he got out at Los Angeles International Airport. Sediqi tracked him down through a cell phone bill he found inside the bag.
Austein promised him a reward, but Sediqi said he didn't think much about it until it arrived a few days ago.
Sediqi, 40, said he considered using the money to pay off credit card debt but decided to save it to help pay for his children's schooling. He gave the bracelet to his wife, Nasima.