Metal Detector Used: Other (800-0284-LSP)
I started to metal detect in the early 70's and left the hobby due to family and work needs. I came back to the hobby in late 1998 after retiring by purchasing a Top of the Line White's XLT in December. By March of the following year I began to have confidence in my abilities with the XLT. On March 13th I found my first Gold Ring with a small gem stone. I now knew I was back into the hobby for good.
In December of 2001 I replaced my XLT with the new White's DFX. After reading the manual several times and playing with adjustments I took the best parts of my XLT jewelry program and created a new DFX jewelry program. On December 24th I took the DFX out for its maiden hunt. Since it was Christmas Eve day and this was in the pm I went to a nearby park. Twenty Minutes after turning on the DFX and making a couple of adjustment to my program out pops a Gold ring with a .6 Ct Princess cut diamond Solitaire. Needless to say that ended the maiden hunt for DFX. This ring appraised at $1,500 plus dollars.
Time passes and in September of 2008 I purchased a White's TDI to try a PI once again. On the 2nd outing at a salt water beach the TDI gave out this very faint high frequency signal. After considerable digging in my sand scoop is a nice Gold Ring with what appeared to be a diamond solitaire and two rows of diamonds on each side. After a thorough examination the diamonds turned into CZs but the gold setting was extremely nice.
So the rumor is that a new White's detector is on the horizon and it will replace the White's DFX. In April, I purchased the new White's Spectra V3 to replace my DFX. This detector is certainly a couple of steps up from the DFX and the competition. So now it's time to watch the V3 videos and read the manual a few times over. After some trials and errors plus time out for a major home remodel project I final got the V3 in the field for some serious detecting. On August 27th I took the V3 with my special jewelry program to a fresh water beach that has been good to me in the pass. After a couple of hours of working the beach out pops this beauty. This is a GOLD ring with ten .05 diamonds adding up to a ½ Ct.
So by now you must have guessed that I am a Jewelry Hunter. All the finds highlighted here are first GOLD Ring finds with a White's Top of the line Detector. Between these finds there were many more great pieces but these were truly the first for each of my detectors.