For any devoted spouse, losing an engagement ring can be one of the worst feelings in the world. Not only are you upset that you’ve lost something worth significant monetary value, but you can’t help but to feel like you’ve betrayed your loving partner.
For Mary Grams, 84, of Alberta, Canada, losing her engagement ring while gardening at the Grams family farm in 2004 was one of the worst mistakes of her life. Grams searched for hours for the lost ring to no avail. In an attempt to save her husband’s feelings, Grams quietly purchased a smaller version of the ring she’d lost, which she proceeded to wear. Miraculously, Mr. Grams never spotted the difference between the lost ring and its less impressive replacement.
Grams told the CBC that she assumed the ring was gone forever, until one day her daughter-in-law was pulling weeds on the family’s property and spotted the oddest looking carrot. Pulling it out of the ground, the young woman was shocked to see her mother-in-law’s ring around the carrot, which had grown right through the piece of jewelry to give the appearance of a large finger sporting a ring.
Grams was utterly delighted to be reunited with her old ring, which she immediately put back in its rightful place on her finger. In a somewhat bittersweet twist, Mr. Grams was never ultimately made aware that the ring his wife had worn for 14 years had been an imposter, as he passed away five years prior to this event. Regardless, Grams and her family are over the moon that the ring has finally been found, especially in one of the most unlikely places.
Believe it or not, this isn’t the only example of a lost engagement ring showing up wrapped around a carrot. A similar occurrence happened in Sweden in 2011, reports the BBC, where a woman was reunited with the ring she’d lost in her vegetable garden 16 years prior.
While little miracles like these do occur, it’s best to take caution with jewelry when working in a garden or on a farm. Remove any special rings before gardening and keep them safely indoors to prevent something like this from happening to you.