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Woman Finds Lost Ring On Carrot (Photos)

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A Canadian woman found her long-lost diamond ring in an unusual place.

Mary Grams, 84, of Alberta, lost the ring in 2004 while weeding her family's farm, according to BBC. She was too embarrassed to tell anyone but her son about the loss, and quietly bought another ring as a replacement.

More than a decade later, Grams' daughter-in-law, Colleen Daley, found the ring on a strangely shaped carrot that had grown in the garden.

Daley showed the ring to her husband, who immediately realized it must the ring his mother had lost.

"I recognized it right away," said Grams, according to CBC News. "They found it yesterday when my daughter was digging carrots for supper."

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Grams said she had lost the ring, which she had had since 1951, while pulling out a large weed from the garden.

"We looked high and low on our hands and knees," she recalled. "We couldn't find it. I thought for sure they rototiller it or something happened to it."

She never told her husband, Norman, who died five years ago.

"I didn't tell him, even, because I thought for sure he's give me heck or something," she said. "Then I finally went to the jeweler and bought a cheap ring."

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In retrospect, she wishes she had told Norman, who was a joker and would have seen the humor in the situation.

"I knew it had to belong to either grandma or my mother-in-law, because no other women have lived in that farm," said Daley, who added the carrot looks a bit like a finger wearing the ring.

"If you look at it, it grew perfectly around the [ring]," she said. "I've never seen anything quite like that. It was quite interesting."

Grams said she's looking forward to wearing her ring again.

"I'm going to wear it because it still fits," she said.

"I thought I would have to go to the jeweler today," she said after she cut the ring off of the carrot, the Guardian reports. "But it still fits."

"If I am going outside or anything, I am going to put it in a safe space," she added. "That is what I should have done."

In 2012, a Swedish woman found her long-lost ring on a carrot after losing it in 1995, The Telegraph reports.

"I had given up hope," said Lena Paahlsson.

She had lost the white gold ring after taking it off to bake with her daughters, but found it wrapped around a carrot in her garden almost two decades later.

The family believed the ring may have fallen into the sink and ended up with potato peels added to the compost, eventually making its way to the carrot where it was found.

Paahlsson said she planned to have the ring, which no longer fits, enlarged.

"Now that I have found the ring again ... I want to be able to use it," she said.

Sources: CBC, BBC, The Guardian, The Telegraph / Featured Image: Paukrus/Flickr / Embedded Photos: Iva Harberg/AP  via NPR, Iva Harberg via CBC

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