Funnily enough, this is the second time a lost ring has been found on a carrot

When Mary Grams of Alberta, Canada, lost her engagement ring over a decade ago, she never thought she’d find it. But to her surprise, her missing carat was found on none other than a carrot. The 84-year-old recalls losing the beloved piece of jewelry back in 2004 when she was working on her family’s farm. She told CBC News that it must have fallen off while she was pulling a weed from the ground.

“We looked high and low on our hands and knees,” Grams said. “We couldn’t find it. I thought for sure either they rototilled it or something had happened to it.”


Grams, who at that time was 71 years old, had worn the ring since her husband, Norman, proposed in 1951, a year before their wedding. When she lost it, she didn’t have the heart to tell him.

“I didn’t tell him, even, because I thought for sure he’d give me heck or something,” Grams said, before explaining that she’d gone out and replaced the ring herself. Now, 13 years later, the replacement ring is being retired.


The fact that the ring was found defies all odds, but makes a little more sense knowing the soil it was lost and found in is ground the family has been tilling for years. The Grams Family Farm in Alberta has a garden maintained by family members, which is where Grams’s daughter-in-law stumbled upon the long lost ring. Not knowing where the ring came from or to whom it belonged, she asked her husband what he knew about it. He was able to track it down as belonging to his mother.


Grams’s husband died just a month after the couple’s 60th wedding anniversary, and while it’s been five years since his death Grams is not letting her engagement ring go again.

“I’m going to wear it because it still fits,” she said, which is lucky considering the outcome of a similar tale.


Back in late 2011, a Swedish woman made the same shocking discovery in her garden, where she found the wedding ring she had lost 16 years prior. Again, her white gold band was sitting atop a carrot.

Lena Paahlsson told a local newspaper about the event that led to her lost ring, and the way she and her husband, Ola, believe they got it back.

“The carrot was sprouting in the middle of the ring. It is quite incredible,” Paahlsson’s husband said. But unlike Grams, the connection to the garden was not so direct. Instead, the couple recalled losing the ring down a sink drain, where they believe it might have landed into vegetable peelings that turned into compost used in a nearby farm.

“Now that I have found the ring again I want to be able to use it,” Paahlsson said of the ring that no longer fit. Hopefully, by she’s now gotten it resized and placed back on her finger.

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