84-year-old Alberta woman finds lost diamond in garden – wrapped around a carrot

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For an 84-year-old Alberta woman, this summer’s garden bounty was especially plentiful.

Thirteen years ago, Mary Grams was weeding her garden on the family farm in Alberta when her diamond engagement ring slipped off her finger and into the dirt.

Once she realized it was missing, she scoured the garden for hours trying to find the lost ring.

“I got on my hands and knees and looked all over and I could not find it,” Grams told the Canadian Press. “I looked for days and days.”

Grams figured she’d never find the ring and eventually bought a new one to replace it. She never told her husband what happened to the original, who died five years ago. She did, however, mention it to her son, who now lives on the family farm in Armena, Alta.

Then earlier this week, Grams got a call from her son, Brian, and daughter-in-law, Colleen. They had found the ring right where she lost it – but wrapped around a carrot.

Colleen had been picking carrots when she discovered the odd-looking root with an hour-glass shape. She was going to toss it to her dog Billy, but instead threw it in the pail. When she looked at it later, she saw the diamond ring.

Colleen mentioned her find to Brian and he immediately knew – that was his mom’s long engagement ring.

“All of a sudden there was this sparkling thing around it and about two inches down the right had cut into the carrot,” Brian said to the Canadian Press.

When Grams was reunited with her long-lost treasure, she was overjoyed. “You have a kind of happy feeling. I don’t know how to describe it, but you don’t expect that after so many years.”