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Item Found: Jewelry

Location: Northwest

Metal Detector Used: Other (NONE)


November 1st, 2013

My friend Matt who got me interested in metal detecting convinced me to buy a White's machine when he found his first gold ring using his DFX. I had my DFX for less than a week and was really just getting to know it using the stock Beach Jewelry program and the stock 9.5" coil. It was a Friday night and I had talked Matt into going to a beach that I was sure had some potential. The sea fog rolled in and darkness descended. We turned our headlamps on and I started working an area that I later nicknamed Treasure Cove. A strong, solid signal rang in at just below a zinc penny. I checked the depth at around 3", scooped the sand, and felt something heavier than a coin rattling in the bottom. I looked down and was completely stunned. I quickly stuffed it in my pocket thinking "Nah, that's gotta be brass." I kept hunting and eventually called Matt over. He could see that I wasn't quite right and he asked me what I'd found. I showed him the ring and said, "I think it's just a fake." He cleaned off some of the sand and said, "No, that's a gold ring with a diamond in it!" It was midnight by the time Matt found his gold test kit and stopped by my place. It turned out to be 18K and nearly 10 g with a vintage Masonic design. I didn't sleep well that night and tried to find the owner the next day but I never was able to find him. I was pretty sure after I found my first ring that Matt had convinced me to buy the right metal detector!

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