« Back to Finds Posted October 1st, 2011 by Carl

Item Found: Unusual

Location: Oregon

Metal Detector Used: Other (800-0284)


October 1st, 2011

White's Electronics,

One of my best and most satisfying finds was when I found a $10,000 diamond ring—without using my own metal detector!

My wife and I were visiting my wife’s cousin in Brownsville, California, north of Sacramento. I didn’t take my metal detector along, as we were just going to visit and help do some roofing. We were in an area where you couldn’t see any other houses. I was up on the roof and I kept hearing this faint, odd sound and I thought, “What the heck is that?”

I looked down to the ground and asked my wife’s cousin what the sound was and she said, “Oh, the man next door lost his diamond ring and he bought a metal detector to try to find it, so that must be what you hear.” Well, I jumped down off that roof and ran over there to see if I could help. I saw that he had exactly the same metal detector that I owned—an XLT, except his was brand new. I said, “I know how to use that—I have one just like it.” He said, “Well, the people I bought it from showed me, but if you know how to use it, have at it! I’m trying to find my $10,000 diamond ring.”

I asked him what he had been doing in the yard and he said he was gathering wood and branches and collecting them into burn piles. So I grabbed his metal detector and started working around the area and found bullets, shell casings, and bottle caps, but no ring. He had about an acre of land, so I asked him to be more specific in where he had been working. He showed me an area about 50 feet in diameter. So I worked in that area for the next 15 minutes or so and then I finally went over to a burn pile that he hadn’t lit yet. As I went around that pile I got a huge signal. And when I kicked the brush away with my foot I saw a great, big diamond ring! I said, “Come here, look at this!” He looked down and then said to me, “I’m so happy I could kiss you!” I said, “No thanks!” And then he called his wife outside and showed her and they were both really excited.

Then he said, “What do I owe you?” I said, “Nothing.” Then we started talking and he asked me what I used to do. I mentioned that I had been in the Navy and had been stationed in Astoria, Oregon. He said, “Astoria! I go there every year to go fishing. Hey, I’ve got a reward for you.” Then he gave me half a case of canned salmon that he had caught on the Columbia River. And although the salmon was really good, a happy, emotional find like this one was much better!

Carl from Oregon

« Back to Finds

More Stories

May 1st, 2015
My very first White's detector was given to me by my father in the 70's. I have been through many detectors since then but always seem to find my way…
May 1st, 2015
I've been looking for the elusive 1916D key date mercury dime for some time now. I got close a couple of times, with two 1916 Barber dimes and a 1917d…
May 1st, 2015
Have been hunting a now closed military base for a few years and the finds keep coming. I was hunting in a barracks area with my DFX and found this…
May 1st, 2015
I Finally got out for the first time after a long New England winter. I decided to try an old farm field I've hunted many times before. This field has…
1 matching finds