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  1. #1
    May 2011
    2507 times

    My best find so far...14k and a mess of diamonds!

    Hey all.
    I've been a member for awhile.
    I read a lot and enjoy your posts, finds and tips...don't post much myself but something just happened to me last Friday that I have to share.

    Some background...
    I hunt with a Vaquero, a Compadre and an F2.
    I have been doing this 3 years as of next month, love to dig anything and everything, but jewelry is my game.
    I have concentrated on all jewelry, but like most, I especially love to find gold.

    Last August on 2 successive hunts at a park site right next to a basketball court I had a mind blowing experience.
    I dug not one, or two but three gold rings.
    All were trash signals, (foil, tab, tab) and digging trash has been something I have been recommending to most others for awhile.
    One of those rings was 14k and had a decent size diamond in the middle and I liked it so much I had it resized and I wear it today, a smaller heart ring my wife loves and I get to see it when I look at her hand.

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    The absolute greatest experience I have had in this great hobby...till now.

    Last Friday I was at another park and I was thrilled to be digging anything because the last hunt I had was in two large and open parks where the wind and colder temps had caused the dirt to freeze several inches deep and it was no fun trying to dig in soil like that at all.
    I thought I was done for the winter and I was depressed, but it got back into the 50's that day and I tried one more park that was a little more sheltered from the wind and I hoped the soil was better...and it was.
    I hunted around that site for awhile and eventually got around to the area in this park with a structure that eventually became my favorite place to hunt....another basketball court.

    The other site where I found those three rings I had hunted it before but with bigger coils and I found those rings by switching to the sniper coil on my F2 and digging all signals including trash.
    This site was the same.
    I hunted around this court once before, but now I had my sniper instead of a larger coil.
    10 minutes after hunting around a sideline, and after I dug a few tab and trash signals, I came across a nice tone that was a 32 on my F2.
    This is a nickel, number, but actually not a usual and real nickel number which is usually a 33.
    This 32 was, however, the same as several sta-tabs that I had already dug at this park.
    I'm digging it anyway...so glad I did.
    2" down in the side of the small plug was the band of a silver looking ring.
    I pulled it out of the plug and when I turned it to the front I saw 4 diamonds staring at me just sparkling away in the sunlight.
    I knocked the dirt out of middle and by using some magnifying power to help my old eyes I saw exactly what I hoped to see...14k.
    I was shocked!
    This was my very first white gold ring ever, and what a beauty!
    I had the diamonds tested over the weekend and they are real, but even then before testing I knew.
    Nothing shines like these rocks did in the sun except the real thing.
    Get this.
    I took it home and cleaned it up and had another surprise waiting for me.
    I looked closer at those diamonds after a little cleaning and I almost fell off my chair when I saw separating those four beautiful diamonds were...more diamonds!
    Five lovely baguettes all lined up nice and pretty.

    I thought nothing could top those two hunts last August when I found those 3 gold rings...I was wrong.

    The greatest find of my short career and even though it is gold ring # 14 for me, it is by far the very best one.
    I would consider it the find of a lifetime, and I hope some other great and maybe nicer things are in store for me, but even if that never comes to pass, this will do.

    Now to get it appraised and hopefully sold.
    I have the itch to buy a new detector, I think I might have the best way to pay for it right in front of me.

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  2. #2
    Jun 2011
    White's XLT
    3803 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    that's really nice. congrats!

  3. #3
    Nov 2007
    Deland Florida
    Ace250 Pro-Kellyco
    23 times
    Well written, excellent pictures. You enjoy the hobby as much as the fruit it bears. Keep swinging and sharing your stories. Already looking forward to your next adventure.
    Pulltab Parson likes this.
    michael harrington

  4. #4
    Mar 2012
    N. Middle Tennessee
    Fisher 1266x & 1280 Aquanaut, White's XLT
    222 times
    Metal Detecting
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    Beautiful rings - I hope you find many more!

  5. #5

    Jan 2013
    81 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Great story man!!! I found my first Gold this past weekend along with 2 Silver rings and a silver necklace. So I now know your thrill too. Thanks for sharing.

  6. #6
    Sep 2010
    ACE 250,
    284 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Thats a beaut. I'd keep it if I could. The detector you have now obviously works, why change it?
    The body wants to go back in time, the heart lives for today and the mind thinks about the future.

  7. #7
    May 2011
    2507 times
    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.T View Post
    Thats a beaut. I'd keep it if I could. The detector you have now obviously works, why change it?

    All my detectors work, and work well.
    I use all of them, love to switch around and I will never part with any of them.
    Here are the other gold targets I have found with all three.

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    I have a whole lot of silver too, and a slew of other great things.
    Sometimes, however, a guy just has a hankering for something with a couple more whistles and maybe a few more bells.
    I am aiming for an F75 SE.
    Chug And Red likes this.

  8. #8
    Dec 2007
    Western, N.C.
    Bandido UMax II, Fisher F5, Tiger Shark, Ace 250
    845 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (1)
    Great read, big congrats on a sweet piece of bling!!! Right there with ya, bling is my thing 2

  9. #9
    Jan 2013
    San Diego
    Minelab Sovereign GT Tesoro Bandit White's 6000D
    11 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    "It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment."
    Ansel Adams

  10. #10
    Apr 2012
    Irving Texas and the beach
    Garrett AT Pro Garrett pro pointer Minelab Etrac & excal ll
    412 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    nice finds

  11. #11
    Charter Member
    Jan 2006
    SE Louisiana
    Garrett AT Pro & Ace 250
    2058 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    A stunning find!! CONGRATS!!

  12. #12
    Fix is offline

    Oct 2012
    Southern California
    Minelab Sovereign XS-2a Pro with a 15 inch DD WOT coil. Deeptech Vista Gold. AT Max. Equinox 800.
    609 times
    Metal Detecting
    Honorable Mentions (2)
    That's a sweet ring! I'd wear that sucker. Good job!
    I'm definitely going back to a certain basketball court I know about after reading this.

  13. #13
    Mar 2009
    Springfield Mo.
    Whites m6
    40 times
    I don't blame you a bit digger 27! If it's just going to be stored a way somewhere or never used, might as well sell it. I mean it's not like say a civil war relic found for the historic value or displaying or something. Excellent find!! Let us know the appraisal if you don't mind.

  14. #14
    Jul 2012
    Garrett ACE 350, Bounty Hunter, Garrett Pin Pointer
    226 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Beautiful rings, congrats.

  15. #15
    Jan 2013
    Bounty Hunter Land Ranger Pro Bounty Hunter Pioneer 505 Pioneer EX (Saved from a Trash Can) 4 inch coil 8 inch coil 10 inch coil 11 inch DD coil Bounty Hunter Pin Pointer
    303 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Nice Finds!!!


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