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Her Wedding Ring Was Lost Forever Until Someone Picked a Carrot

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This isn’t exactly the kind of karat you expect to dig up on the family farm. See what we did there? Well, you will in a minute. Mary Grams was doing some work at her family’s farm in Alberta, Canada in 2004 when she lost her diamond engagement ring. She thought it might have slipped off while she was weeding the garden.

The Lost Karat

At that point, she’d been wearing the ring for longer than half a century, ever since her then-fiance, Norman, had given it to her in 1951. A frantic search for the ring ensued.

“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 told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. “I cried so many times.”

After days of searching proved fruitless, she decided not to tell Norman, now her husband. “I didn’t tell him, even, because I thought for sure he’d give me heck or something,” she said. “Then I finally went to the jeweler and bought a similar ring. I only told my son, I didn’t tell nobody else.”

She said that her husband, who died shortly after the couple’s 60th wedding anniversary five years ago, never even noticed the swap.

A Carrot Found

Fast-forward 13 years to 2017. Mary now lives in a different town, but her son and daughter in law still live on the family farm. Her daughter in law, Colleen Daley, went out one afternoon to pick carrots from the garden for dinner. She said at first that she hadn’t noticed the ring around the malformed carrot when she picked it, only seeing it when she washed it.

“I knew it had to belong to either grandma or my mother-in-law, 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.”

It Still Fits

Mary says that at first, she didn’t know if they were kidding or not. When her granddaughter took the ring to Mary’s home in Camrose, Alberta, though, she knew it was hers. Mary sliced carefully into the carrot, gently easing the ring off and washing it. She giggled as the ring easily slipped on onto her finger. “I thought I would have to go to the jeweler today, but it still fits,” she said.

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