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18 August 2017

Woman loses engagement ring on farm, finds it 13 years later, wrapped around carrot

It was September of 2004, when Mary Grams, of Alberta, Canada, lost her diamond-encrusted engagement ring, while working on her family farm. She spent days looking for it, but to no avail.

Last week, nearly 13 years later, her daughter in law plucked a weird-looking carrot from the garden, with a diamond ring tightly wrapped around it.

“I went to the garden for something and I saw this long weed. For some reason, I picked it up and it must have caught on something and pulled [the ring] off,” 84-year-old Mary Grams recalls about the day she lost her engagement ring, in 2004.

She had worn it on her finger since 1951, a year before she married her husband, Norman. “We looked high and low on our hands and knees. We couldn’t find it. I thought for sure either they rototilled it or something happened to it.”

Mary never told her husband that she lost the ring. Instead, she went and bought herself a similar-looking ring, in hopes that he wouldn’t notice it was missing. “I didn’t tell him, even, because I thought for sure he’d give me heck or something,” the woman told CBC Canada.

At one point, Mary and her family moved to Camrose, but they still maintain a garden at the old farm, near Armena, which has been in her family for 105 years. About a week ago, as her daughter in law was plucking carrots from the garden, she noticed a really misshapen one that looked like a big fat finger wearing a very tight ring. It turned out that the vegetable was actually wearing a ring.

I knew it had to belong to either grandma or my mother-in-law, because no other women have lived on that farm,” Colleen Daley told reporters. “I asked my husband if he recognized the ring. And he said yeah. His mother had lost her engagement ring years ago in the garden and never found it again. And it turned up on this carrot.”

“If you look at it, it grew perfectly around the [ring]. It was pretty weird looking,” Daley added. “I’ve never seen anything like that. It was quite interesting.”

Mary Grams was obviously ecstatic to get her old piece of jewelry back, and she intends to put it back on her finger, where it belongs. “I’m going to wear it because it still fits,” she said.

Believe it or not, this is not the first time this has happened. Back in 2011, a Swedish woman also made news headlines after finding a ring she had lost 16 years prior wrapped around a carrot in her garden. So if you ever lose round jewelry in your garden, a good way to find it is to plant carrots.

 

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