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Engagement ring stuck in toilet for 36 years

  • Pink sapphire engagement ring fell into toilet 36 years ago
  • Couple tried to recover it several times, but eventually gave up
  • Decades later they were able to recover it
Engagement ring stuck in toilet for 36 years

After surviving 36 years stuck in a toilet (and heaven only knows how many flushes), an engagement ring given up for lost is now back on the hand of its rightful owner.

The Montana's Great Falls Tribune reports that some three decades ago, Donna Claver took off her pink sapphire engagement ring and set it on the lid of the toilet tank. She watched in horror as it slid off the porcelain, kerplunked into the bowl, and wedged itself into a tight little hole at the bottom of the toilet.

She and her husband Terry tried everything to get it out. They drained the toilet and took it off the floor and still couldn’t pull out the ring. They knew the only way to get it out was to break apart the toilet, but they couldn’t afford to do that.

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Fast forward from 1975 -- they sold the house and forgot about the ring. Over the years, several people bought and then sold the house. But just before Thanksgiving this year, Terry just happened to be repairing a roof at a home across the street when he saw new owners removing a broken toilet. He asked if he could take it and drove it to his workshop. He pulled out a sledgehammer and gave the porcelain throne a good, hard WHACK! The base cracked off. The ring was still there!

He cleaned it off and was shocked to see that the ring looked as good as new.

As the Tribune reports, Terry didn’t tell Donna right away. Instead, he called her into the room as if he had important news and proposed to her again -- with the same ring.  Donna said, “We cried and we laughed. We giggled and danced. It was great.”

She says the ring has made news all over the state and people around town are always asking to see it. Of course, now they don’t have to peek into a hole in the toilet to get a glimpse of it.

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