Diamonds are forever – even if you accidentally throw them in the trash.
Carla Squitieri did just that earlier this month.
The Missouri woman took off her rings to do dishes at her Clarkson Valley home and, before she put them back on, the doorbell rang.
She ran off to answer and forgot about her 12.5-carat wedding anniversary present and 7-carat infinity band.
The rings sat untouched on the paper towel she was drying her hands with – until that night, when her husband Bernie cleaned up the kitchen and tossed out the stray paper towel.
Carla didn’t realize her valuables weren’t on her hand until the next day, around noon.
“I was like a lunatic, ripping the house up,” she told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Though they were insured, the rings were worth close to $500,000 and Carla hoped to pass them down to her daughter.
After a frantic search, the couple realized what had happened.
“We both ran out to the trash, only to realize (the garbage truck) had come and gone,” Bernie said.