Mary Grams was heartbroken when, after pulling up a large weed in her garden in 2004, her diamond engagement ring slipped off her finger.

The engagement ring that was placed on her finger by her husband, Norman, in 1951 was gone, slipping off of her finger as she was gardening in Alberta, Canada, CBC News reports.

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Grams recalled:

“We looked high and low on our hands and knees. We couldn’t find it.”

According to Global News, Grams continued her search for the ring, coming up empty-handed each time she dug around for it near the spot she thought she lost it. She said:

“Usually, when I lose something — I don’t want to brag, but I’m usually pretty lucky at finding things — but not this time. No luck this time, boy.”

But Grams kept the loss under wraps, never telling Norman that the ring was missing:

“I didn’t tell him, even, because I thought for sure he’d give me heck or something.”

Instead, she replaced the lost ring with a new, smaller one.

Shortly after the couple’s 60th wedding anniversary five years ago, Norman died, never knowing about the missing ring. If he did know, he never brought it up.

Recently, Grams’s daughter-in-law, Colleen Daley, spotted a shiny carrot in the ground. Around the carrot was a ring.

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Daley recalled:

“I asked my husband if he recognized the ring. And he said yeah. His mother had lost her engagement ring years ago in the garden and never found it again. And it turned up on this carrot.”

Grams’s son, Brian, said the ring came close to ending up in the trash when his wife made the unusual discovery:

“She thought it was deformed, and of course they were going to throw it out.”

Daley was surprised that the strange shaped carrot could form so well around the ring:

“If you look at it, it grew perfectly around the [ring]. It was pretty weird looking. I’ve never seen anything like that. It was quite interesting.”

Grams thought it was a joke when she was told the ring was discovered, 13 years after it was lost. It wasn’t until her granddaughter brought her the carrot with the ring wrapped around it that she truly believed it.

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Grams described laying her eyes on the ring she was separated from for 13 years:

“A sort of happy feeling went through [me] and I said, ‘It can’t be possible — yet here it is!’”

Now, she plans to keep a closer eye on her precious ring:

“Anything I do outside, I’m going to take it off and it’s going to stay.”

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