Sometimes, what we try to look for in life comes in the most unexpected of ways. Like in the case of a couple from Florida, when their diamond engagement ring that was lost 21 years ago emerged from the toilet bowl.
Shaina Day's husband Nick popped her the question two decades ago, though the symbol of that sweet "yes" went missing just right before their wedding, the Daily Mail reported, citing local television station WFLA-TV from Tampa City.
"She came to me one day and said, 'I think I lost my ring,'" Nick is quoted as saying. "She said, 'It was on the counter. Now it’s gone, and I think I may have flushed it down the toilet on accident.'"
They searched every nook and cranny of their home, including their septic system.
"I climbed down into the septic tank so we could pump it, every bit of it, through a strainer to try to find it," Shaina is quoted as saying. "No luck."
With their efforts seemingly leading to nothing, they just bought a new ring. They, however, always wondered what happened to the original one.
But on that fateful day last December 2022, Nick's mother Renee requested a remodeling of their bathroom.
As the plumber detached their toilet from the ground, he found a shiny object that is unmistakably the long-lost ring. The diamond remained intact, though the band itself was broken.
Renee and her husband had the ring cleaned and wrapped it as a Christmas gift for Nick and Shaina, who said she had an "ugly cry" after unwrapping the present.
"I sat there and I was like, 'Oh my gosh, this is my ring. This is my ring,'" Shaina is quoted as saying. "I’m wiping my eyes and mascara is going everywhere."
According to WFLA-TV, Nick and Shaina are thinking about repurposing the diamond for another jewelry or simply passing it down as an heirloom with a rich backstory.
The couple learned a big lesson from the incident. "Check your toilets when you lose things," Nick said.