Natalie Millerchen is thinking about swapping her wedding ring with her newest piece of jewellery worth a cool $12,000.
Mrs Millerchen, of Oratia in West Auckland, was named the Diamond Darling on Diamond Day on Saturday - the last day of Auckland Cup Week at Ellerslie.
Wearing a spiral-patterned purple and white number, she was among 12 best-dressed women picked to take part in the popular Haunui Farm Diamond Stakes race.
Mrs Millerchen picked out the colt Warhorse and although he passed the post second - behind two-year-old filly Rollout The Carpet - he was made the winner following a post-race inquiry. Mrs Millerchen was yesterday still buzzing with excitement and had not taken the ring off.
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"I'm walking around the supermarket at the moment.
"I'm not having it out of my sight so I'm sporting it around New World," she laughed.
"It's huge - it's massive!
"I'm almost considering taking my wedding ring off and making this my wedding ring.
"It's worth a lot more money."
She and husband Patrick had organised a sitter for their two children for the day, having decided to go to the races with a few friends.
She had a dress specially made for the event but had not expected to be picked for the diamond race, so was surprised when she got a tap on the shoulder.