Usually, locating a lost wedding or engagement ring just requires retracing your steps — and reaching down every sink drain in your house. But one Canadian woman's diamond ring needed 13 years' worth of water, sunshine, and photosynthesis to finally reappear.
According to CBC News, 84-year-old Mary Grams lost her engagement ring while pulling weeds in the garden at her family's farm near Armena, Alberta, in September 2004. She eventually gave up looking for the lost diamond band and bought herself a replacement, but this week, she got to slide her original ring back on when her daughter-in-law pulled a carrot from the garden and found the ring wrapped around the vegetable's center. "I recognized it right away," Grams said, adding that her husband, Norman, who died shortly after their 60th wedding anniversary five years ago, gave her the ring in 1951. She admitted to CBC that she didn't tell Norman when she lost the ring. "I thought for sure he'd give me heck or something," she said. "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."
Colleen Daley, Grams's daughter-in-law, said she knew the
carat- carrot-heavy ring had to belong to either her grandmother or to Grams, because they've been the only women to live on the farm since the family purchased it 105 years ago. "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," Daley told CBC. "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." Despite the veggie-jewelry combo's fascinating appearance, Grams decided to cut the carrot in half and put the ring back on. "I'm going to wear it because it still fits," she said.
CBC News's tweet about the miraculous discovery has already racked up more than 2,500 retweets and 5,000 likes and inspired countless carrot/carat puns. "Definitely a one 'carrot' diamond," one user wrote, while another wondered, "How many carats is that carrot?"