Diamond Engagement Ring Comes Up on a Carrot 13 Years After Loss

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Having a sinking feeling it was gone for good, Mary Grams looked high and low when she lost her diamond engagement ring in the garden in 2004. Thirteen years later, her daughter-in-law, Colleen Daley, plucked it from the ground on a carrot from the family farm! In an interview with CBC News, Grams said, “I recognized it right away.”

Now 84, Grams said she believes she lost the ring when she was pulling a large weed from the garden in the fall of that year. After searching on hands and knees, she explained, “We couldn’t find it. I thought for sure either they rototilled it or something happened to it.” The ring was given to her by her late husband Norman in 1951 when he proposed to her. After she had lost it, she quickly replaced it, telling CBC News, “I didn’t tell him, even, because I thought for sure he’d give me heck or something.”

Diamond Engagement Ring Comes Up on a Carrot 13 Years After Loss

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Grams since moved away, but the farm near Armena, AB, Canada, on which the ring was found, has been in their family for more than a century, and they continue to maintain a garden there. Her daughter-in-law was pulling carrots that day when she happened to pull the lucky one from the ground. “I knew it had to belong to either grandma or my mother-in-law,” Daley explained, “because no other women have lived on that farm. 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.”

Diamond Engagement Ring Comes Up on a Carrot 13 Years After Loss
Photo: Facebook/Nidal Farms

Daley further noted, “If you look at it, it grew perfectly around the [ring]. It was pretty weird looking. I’ve never seen anything like that. It was quite interesting.” Grams lost her husband five years ago, one month following their 60th wedding anniversary. She said she was looking forward to putting on her original ring, explaining, “I’m going to wear it because it still fits.” Can’t say we’ve found too many diamond engagement rings in our gardens here in the Texas Hill Country. Maybe if we switched to what they call “cash crops” we might get lucky and harvest a buck or two.

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