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  • Sell it and split it five ways?

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  • Take if for myself?

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  • Let the darn kid have it!

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  1. #1

    Apr 2003
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    Funny story! ...and problem!

    Well, time to update my "best find". There is an amusing story to go along with this as well...

    Today I was over at my brother's house and I was hunting with my two nieces (16 and 13) their friend (16) and my nephew(19). We were all taking turns digging, detecting, marking targets, etc. and having ALOT of fun.
    My 13 year old niece happens to be using the detector and finds a target. I mark it with a stick; meanwhile the rest of us are still digging the last two or three items we marked. They were just junk. Eventually we get to the newest target and my 16 year old niece digs, nothing. I pinpoint it again. We dig some more a few inches uphill from it. The item escapes our notice and I detect it in the plug, the friend of my nieces' pulls apart the plug and finds an amythist (spelling?) ring- 3 large amethists and 4 very small diamonds, set in what I assume is silver. It appeared fairly old.
    This is where is gets amusing. My 13 year old niece immediately claims it as her own "I found it!" and runs inside the house with it to wash it. The older girls are annoyed, as all of us played an equal part in finding it- blah blah blah, and and my 13 year old niece is almost crying about how she is the youngest, and never gets anything...etc. etc...and ends up pouting and going inside for the rest of the evening...with the ring.
    Personally I don't care who gets it-- BUT --I am going to get it appraised...
    I would guess it is worth between 50 and 100$.

    Guess I learned my lesson about THing with a group

    To be continued....

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    Sarcastic Smartass

    May 2003
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    Ring

    I'd split it 4 ways actually, to me it'd be a good lesson in sharing for them, and you're sure to find other things as time goes by.

    Remind the youngest girl that if one of the others had found it she would want them to share it with her.
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    Sarcastic Smartass

    May 2003
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    Ring

    damn, how did that double-post
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    ca
    Apr 2003
    Princeton,BC,Canada
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    Funny story! ...and problem!

    Lasivian,Spastic finger?
    MDnoob; I would make the girls negociate it out between themselves while you mediate. It might make for a good "life lesson" for them. And like I said in your other post,sounds like gold fever.lol Fred
    Quondo Omni Flunkus Moritati

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    May 2003
    Sunny Southern CA Coast
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    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting

    Funny story! ...and problem!

    Take a lesson from Solomon-- threaten to smash the ring to give them each a stone and a piece of the metal. Let them think it over, how they want to split it. Photograph it, give them each a photo and $20 (or whatever a reasonable share of the value is), and keep the ring. Maybe take them to a jewelry store with the money and they can each buy their own ring. In a few years when they are older you can show them the original find again, and they will remember. I don't have any kids, but I think if you can apply some serious psychology, they will all benefit.

    It can also be an interesting lesson in 'perceived value'. Finding something like that always seems to make it seem worth more than a jeweler will pay for it. Small stones are worth very little, actually. What a jewelry customer is paying for is the labor and craftsmanship that went in to the ring, not the metal or stones.
    "...and then I will finally be able to take over the world!"
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    Mar 2003
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    Funny story! ...and problem!

    LR - I like that!

  7. #7

    Apr 2003
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    Funny story! ...and problem!

    Thanks for the replies- I probably would have ended up splitting it...

    But it turns out that my sister in law (the girls' mother) lost that ring a few years ago while planting some flowers, which would explaing the depth.
    She says it is worth maybe 50$.

    Oddly enough, while detecting today with my nephew and niece (13) I found another ring- this one made from a 1964 half dollar! Unfortunately, the person who made it did a bad job :/

    Seems like those kids bring me good luck...

  8. #8

    Apr 2003
    Inland Empire, CA
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    Funny story! ...and problem!

    Give the ring back to the sister-in-law (the original owner) and let her decide what to do with it. - Robert -
    Is that a jewel encrusted bottle cap?

  9. #9

    Apr 2003
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    Funny story! ...and problem!

    Yeah, that is what ended up happening- She got it back by default! End of problem.

  10. #10
    ca
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    Funny story! ...and problem!

    Funny how these things so often work Themselves out! Fred
    Quondo Omni Flunkus Moritati

 

 

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