Recently engaged or married women are often advised to not take off their ring. Lena Påhlsson of Mora, Dalarna, Sweden, learned that lesson the hard way in 1995 when she lost the ring she helped design after taking it off to bake.
After months turned into years of not finding the ring, Sweden's The Local reports, Påhlsson gave up hope that it would turn up. Now, 16 years after it was lost, the ring has resurfaced in an unexpected way.
The Local has the story:
The ring, which Lena had designed herself, went missing after she had put it on the kitchen counter in midst of a holiday baking session back in 1995.
The couple engaged in a frantic search for the ring, even checked behind the appliances and beneath the floor boards when renovating the kitchen a few years later, but to no avail.
But as Lena was about to gather the last of the carrots from the family vegetable patch last October, she pulled out a carrot that had something attached to it.
As the carrot was so small, she was about to throw it away when she realized what it was that appeared to be “growing” around the finger-sized vegetable.
“Our daughter Anna was at home at the time and she heard an almighty scream from the garden,” Ola Påhlsson, [Lena's husband], told The Local, recalling the day of the miraculous find.
Anna thought Lena had hurt herself and went running to her mother.
She instead found Lena sitting on a chair looking rather shocked.
“It was Lena’s wedding ring that had been missing since 1995 after Lena's annual Christmas baking. It had surfaced, wrapped around a carrot. Quite amazing,” said Ola.
As to how the ring would have made it into the garden, the couple thinks it could have fallen into the compost bin they used and was then fed to one of their sheep. The ring then could have been spread in the garden as manure. It is reported that the white gold ring with seven diamonds was in "as good as new" condition.