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Long-lost diamond engagement ring found wrapped around a carrot in a garden

An 84-year-old woman's engagement ring that had been missing for nearly 13 years was found in a garden with a carrot inside it.
/ Source: TODAY

A woman's engagement ring that had been missing for nearly 13 years ended up becoming a 1-carrot diamond.

Mary Grams, 84, lost the ring while pulling weeds in the garden of the family's farm near Armena in Alberta, Canada, in September 2004, she told CBC News.

An 84-year-old Canadian widow got her missing engagement ring back after her daughter-in-law found it in a garden, wrapped around a carrot. CBC News

When the ring was found this week by her daughter-in-law, Colleen Daley, it was wrapped around a carrot. The vegetable had apparently grown inside the ring, plumping to grotesque proportions around the ring's band.

"If you look at it, it grew perfectly around the (ring),'' Daley told CBC News. "It was pretty weird looking. I've never seen anything like that. It was quite interesting."

Grams had worn the ring since 1951 before losing it, and she secretly replaced it so that her husband, Norman, who died five years ago, wouldn't notice it was gone.

Grams now plans to wear the original ring to honor her 60-year marriage — and the unusual discovery.

"I'm going to wear it because it still fits,'' Grams told CBC News.

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