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    Jul 2014
    Pennsylvania
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    Think I hit BIG

    I found this ring buried deep in the rocks and muck at a local lake. Was out as deep as I could get away from the normal high traffic areas. Could barely dig it and took about 15 minutes to get out. It came out with some tarnish but may have been there for years. A little Dawn and it cleaned up pretty well. Stamped 18k. Weighs 17.87 grams. Hope itís real. Also does anyone know the symbol. No idea what it stands for. Appreciate your thoughts!Click image for larger version. 

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  2. #2
    us
    Mar 2012
    Wallingford, Connecticut 1667
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    Wow!. That's a hunk of serious ring!!!! Nice find.
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  3. #3
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    Jun 2011
    Oklahoma
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    dang. if that's actually 18k, that ring is currently a little over 800 bucks melt value

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    Reg

    May 2020
    San Jose, CA
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    Great find! That's a lot of ring there!
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    us
    Jul 2014
    Pennsylvania
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mudflap View Post
    Wow!. That's a hunk of serious ring!!!! Nice find.
    Thanks! Now to see if itís real.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jewelerguy View Post
    dang. if that's actually 18k, that ring is currently a little over 800 bucks melt value
    Yep thinking 819 and 655 in the clear. If real.
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  7. #7
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    Jul 2014
    Pennsylvania
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    Thanks CalReg!
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    Gulf Coast Digger

    Jun 2018
    Covington, La
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    Very nice find! I have yet to find a huge ring like that. Congrats!
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    Keep your coil to the soil!

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    Coin licker

    Jun 2013
    New Jersey
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    Nice honker, There are inexpensive acid test on amazon, any jeweler would test it for you no charge. All the gold I found in my freshwater lakes, unless they were 10k came out of the water looking like bright shiny gold. The higher the caret the brighter the piece. Question, did you bite your nails in the last few pix? lol
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  10. #10
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    Mar 2009
    United States
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    I work at a pawn shop and we see several of these types of rings a week... all are fake.

    The story (of course some people deny it) is someone comes up to them, usually with a nice vehicle, even with family in the car. They lost their wallet, or somehow lost their money and will trade their jewelry for any money. Usually it's like $25 to $50, and the hopefully spender gets a ring stamped 18k. We've also seen fake chains, etc. Every single ring of this design that has come thru has been fake.

    Of course, get a local jewelry to check it out just to be sure. I hope it's the real deal, but please go in with expectations of a fake ring, and I hope you're pleasantly surprised.

  11. #11
    us
    Jul 2014
    Pennsylvania
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    Quote Originally Posted by treblehunter View Post
    Nice honker, There are inexpensive acid test on amazon, any jeweler would test it for you no charge. All the gold I found in my freshwater lakes, unless they were 10k came out of the water looking like bright shiny gold. The higher the caret the brighter the piece. Question, did you bite your nails in the last few pix? lol
    Yes I’m going to have to get an acid test kit. I agree my gold also has come out looking bright. Was hoping if in a long time... that was too funny about the nails. Had to look back at the pictures. Forgot my wife was holding the ring in the first ones and I was holding for the last 2.

  12. #12
    us
    Jul 2014
    Pennsylvania
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    Quote Originally Posted by testing123 View Post
    I work at a pawn shop and we see several of these types of rings a week... all are fake.

    The story (of course some people deny it) is someone comes up to them, usually with a nice vehicle, even with family in the car. They lost their wallet, or somehow lost their money and will trade their jewelry for any money. Usually it's like $25 to $50, and the hopefully spender gets a ring stamped 18k. We've also seen fake chains, etc. Every single ring of this design that has come thru has been fake.

    Of course, get a local jewelry to check it out just to be sure. I hope it's the real deal, but please go in with expectations of a fake ring, and I hope you're pleasantly surprised.

    Well that would make sense with the tarnish A person’s father I know had that happen and bought a fake stamped ring that looked believability for $20. I will not expect much but will also remain hopeful. Thanks for the information!

  13. #13
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    Randy

    Aug 2017
    SW Missouri/Oklahoma
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    I found a 21.83 gram 14 kt solid gold ring last year, and took it directly to a jeweler and she ran a digital tester on it and said it was real. Still in doubt I asked if she’d scratch it and acid test it and she did. All of this for free. Of course she wanted to give Me $200 bucks on the spot. I’m telling you this because they have the digital testers and acid on hand. Just don’t let them sucker you out of it Very Nice !!! Congrats!!!
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  14. #14
    us
    Jul 2014
    Pennsylvania
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    Thanks Digger RJ. Congratulations on your ring. I will take it up to a place that buys gold for testing who has been pretty good to me. They have always given me about 80% of current gold price. They test it right in front of you. Might not get there until the weekend. I will definitely update the post. Probably with a bunch of tears lol.
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  15. #15
    ca
    Feb 2009
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    Nice honking ring, hope the test comes out well.
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