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Woman finds long-lost diamond ring on carrot in garden

A diamond ring was pulled up with a carrot Image copyright Submitted photo

A Canadian woman got an extra carrot with her diamond ring when it was found in her vegetable patch 13 years after she lost it.

Mary Grams, 84, was devastated when she lost the ring while weeding on the family farm in Alberta in 2004.

But she had kept the ring's loss a secret from all but her son for more than a decade.

On Monday, her daughter-in-law discovered the secret - and the ring - when she pulled up a lumpy carrot.

The carrot had grown straight through the ring, enabling it to be plucked out after many years hiding in the soil.

She had decided not to tell her husband when she lost it, out of embarrassment, but she told her son.

She went out and bought a slightly cheaper replacement ring, and carried on as if nothing had happened.

"Maybe I did the wrong thing, but you get so worked up," she said.

No one was the wiser, until this week when her daughter-in-law Colleen Daley decided she wanted some carrots for supper.

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Image caption Mary Grams with her diamond ring-carrot

Ms Daley, who now lives on the farm where Mrs Grams used to live, went to harvest vegetables in the garden. Lo and behold, she spotted the ring while washing a rather lumpy carrot.

Her son instantly knew who the ring must belong to, and called his mother.

Looking back, Mrs Grams said she wishes she had told her husband, who died five years ago.

He was a joker, she said, and probably would have found this whole situation pretty funny.

Now that she has it back, she said she will be more careful.

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

This is not the first time someone has found a diamond ring on a carrot. In 2011, a Swedish woman found her wedding ring 16 years after she lost it.

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