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Item Found: Jewelry

Location: Connecticut

Metal Detector Used: Beach Series (800-0302)

April 1st, 2011

Dear White's Electronics,

I was at one of my favorite Connecticut beaches in October doing some water hunting with my White's PI. I'd only been 'treasure' hunting for about 7 months. So I hadn't really had any 'big' finds yet. The water was extremely clear that day which is very rare for Long Island Sound. The conditions for hunting were perfect. I was making my way down the beach in a mix of gravel and shells when I came across the cut in the muddy hard pan. My first find of the day was a small 14k gold woman's band sitting on top of the hard pan just shining in the water.

A little farther down the beach I was detecting a one foot wide cut, about 100 feet long, in 3 feet of water when I heard the sound of gold from my White's PI. The ring was in the cut about 12 inches down lodged between rocks and the hard pan. It was 10 k gold class ring from Peoples Academy, class of 1953 and had initials inscribed in it. The ring was encased with a lot of hard sediment. You could tell it had been in the water for a long time.

I held on to the ring for a couple of weeks before contacting the school. I was able to locate them in Morrisville Vt. I gave them the information to help identify the owner. Around 10 days later I received a call from the second cousin of the ring owner. She informed me the ring had belonged to her cousin who passed away at 43. I mailed the ring to her in Vermont. She was going to try to locate the woman's daughter.

About 2 weeks later I received an email from the ring owner's daughter. Surprisingly she lives approximately 10 miles away from me. She explained to me that her mother lived and went to school in Vermont and moved to Connecticut in her early twenties. She detailed how her mother met her father, married and had three children. Her mom passed away in 1979 at the age of 43. So the ring would have been lost some time between 1955 and 1979. She said her mom LOVED the beach. What she found intriguing is that when she turned 16 her dad taught her to drive at Hammonassett. And all that time there was a piece of her mom...sitting under that beach each time she visited.

To quote from her letter 'Mr. Grey...I cannot thank you enough for finding this ring and doing the research to connect it to its family. Each family has a story...but this family definitely has a special story. My mom was a gem. She could make people laugh, feel welcomed and feel loved. And you finding this ring...has rekindled a few relationships and for that I am truly truly grateful to you. You found a good find Mr. Grey.'

I was excited that my first 'big' find was one that had a happy ending to it. I had no expectations when I got my White's metal detectors. I was just looking for a hobby...something to keep me busy. I never imagined I would be able to impact another person like this did.

Thank you very much.

Gene (CT)

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