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Woman swallows $5,000 diamond

Published On: Apr 25 2013 02:52:19 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 26 2013 03:24:37 AM CDT
Woman swallows diamond

A $5,000 diamond meant for a ring or necklace ended up in the stomach of an 80-year-old Florida woman instead.

The Tampa Women's Club poured 400 flutes of champagne at a charity event last weekend. Each glass held a cubic zirconia, but one contained a $5,000 diamond donated by a local jeweler, Tampa TV station WFTS reported.

One of the attendees, a woman named Miriam who declined to give her last name, was laughing with friends when she took a swallow.

As others finished their drinks, organized realized the real diamond was nowhere to be found.

Andrew Meyer, a partner at Continental Wholesale Diamond, told WFTS they were going from table to table when Miriam approached them and said she thought she had swallowed something.

An X-ray produced nothing, since diamonds can't be seen on X-rays, but doctors found the gem during Miriam's routine colonoscopy the next day.

She's decided to keep the diamond in the family.