Elderly Woman Accidentally Swallows $5,000 Diamond

Well, this doesn’t happen every day:

The idea behind the Tampa Women’s Club charity event was simple. For $20, you could buy a flute of champagne and a chance to win a one-carat, $5,000 diamond.

Organizers of the Saturday event placed $10 cubic zirconia stones in the bottom of 399 of the 400 champagne glasses. The prized diamond, donated by Continental Wholesale Diamonds, was placed in the last.

The problem? Eighty-year-old Miriam Tucker accidentally swallowed it.

Tucker told local news media that she didn’t want to put her finger in the champagne, so she drank a bit. While laughing with women at the table, she realized she swallowed it.


Already scheduled for a colonoscopy on Monday, she had a doctor recover the jewel.

Well, it all worked out in the end.

Doug Mataconis
About Doug Mataconis
Doug holds a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010. Before joining OTB, he wrote at Below The BeltwayThe Liberty Papers, and United Liberty Follow Doug on Twitter | Facebook


  1. tps says:

    James Bond “Diamonds are Forever”:
    Felix:”I give up. I know the diamonds are in the body, but where?”
    Bond: “Alimentary, Dr. Leiter.”

  2. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Well, it all worked out in the end.

    OUCH!!!! Bad pun Doug. Really bad. I love it.