🥇 BANNER Best Metal Detecting Find EVER!

DocBeav

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Jul 8, 2012
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Minelab Equinox 800, Minelab CTX 3030 (17", 11", 6" coils), Minelab Excalibur 800, Minelab Excalibur 1000 (w/OBN's Remote Pinpoint mod and CTX headphone connector)
Primary Interest:
All Treasure Hunting
I'm constantly asked (as I'm sure many of you here are too..), "What's the BEST thing you've ever found"? Well....I can now pretty much answer that question very easily! Here it is! 14K Yellow Gold, Halo/Basket setting with approx .75 to 1.0 carats of diamonds around and a WHOPPER of a center stone. Somewhere either side of 2 carats. Likely in the J-K color range but still giant! Found on the beach about mid slope. I was thinking I found one that was lost this past summer that Gigmaster, I and others had searched for as a return but was never found. It too had an oval diamond but in a different setting but I think the stone in this one is a bit bigger! I had already made up my mind that the gold was real and the stones fake, no way this was real right? When I got home and put it on the diamond tester I couldn't believe it! I tested it multiple times and still wasn't completely sure till I took it to my Jeweler and he confirmed it! I'm still kinda in shock a week later! Can't stop looking at it! lol

I have found many rings with big stones in the last 10 years of detecting but the biggest REAL diamond was a 1 carat stone. Biggest real diamond until now that is....I took it for an appraisal and should get the results back possibly tomorrow.

Pretty happy with this one as you can imagine! Also as a bonus on the same hunt, I found a PRISTINE 1880 Morgan Silver Dollar! Couldn't believe it! It is in WAY too good of a shape to have come out of the ocean and it's not something we often come across beach hunting in our area so I'm guessing it was dropped out of someone's pocket. Maybe a good luck token or something?

Good luck all, I hope you all get some good stuff too! Merry Christmas!
 

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Congrats on the big find! Did the jeweler give an idea of age on the ring?
Yeas actually he was very knowledgeable! He knew by the makers mark in the ring that it came from a foundry in the US that makes large quantities of jewelry and ring blanks and all form many retailers and smaller companies. He believes it's newer, likely made in the 1990s or sooner.
 

pulltabfelix

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Yep that is a whopper. Now maybe others will understand that about the only place you earn some big $$$ is on the beach or desert looking for two different types of gold. One in the natural state and the other with hunks of ice on them.
 
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Yep that is a whopper. Now maybe others will understand that about the only place you earn some big $$$ is on the beach or desert looking for two different types of gold. One in the natural state and the other with hunks of ice on them.
Absolutely! Like this giant bracelet I found this summer! One oz of 21-22K gold!
 

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pepperj

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Cha-ching on the big bling!
Now that's one great looking piece of ice.
Query: Married-if so did she like the new addition to the finger?
 

PastorBillV

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I'm constantly asked (as I'm sure many of you here are too..), "What's the BEST thing you've ever found"? Well....I can now pretty much answer that question very easily! Here it is! 14K Yellow Gold, Halo/Basket setting with approx .75 to 1.0 carats of diamonds around and a WHOPPER of a center stone. Somewhere either side of 2 carats. Likely in the J-K color range but still giant! Found on the beach about mid slope. I was thinking I found one that was lost this past summer that Gigmaster, I and others had searched for as a return but was never found. It too had an oval diamond but in a different setting but I think the stone in this one is a bit bigger! I had already made up my mind that the gold was real and the stones fake, no way this was real right? When I got home and put it on the diamond tester I couldn't believe it! I tested it multiple times and still wasn't completely sure till I took it to my Jeweler and he confirmed it! I'm still kinda in shock a week later! Can't stop looking at it! lol

I have found many rings with big stones in the last 10 years of detecting but the biggest REAL diamond was a 1 carat stone. Biggest real diamond until now that is....I took it for an appraisal and should get the results back possibly tomorrow.

Pretty happy with this one as you can imagine! Also as a bonus on the same hunt, I found a PRISTINE 1880 Morgan Silver Dollar! Couldn't believe it! It is in WAY too good of a shape to have come out of the ocean and it's not something we often come across beach hunting in our area so I'm guessing it was dropped out of someone's pocket. Maybe a good luck token or something?

Good luck all, I hope you all get some good stuff too! Merry Christmas!
Wow! You scored! Awesome finds!
 
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Cha-ching on the big bling!
Now that's one great looking piece of ice.
Query: Married-if so did she like the new addition to the finger?
Actually she claimed the last one that I found! LOL it was MUCH smaller at 0.75 carats but a good stone with a GIA number on it. She already told me she had no "designs" on this one. lol
 

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pulltabfelix

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Primary Interest:
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Absolutely! Like this giant bracelet I found this summer! One oz of 21-22K gold!
Love that dark gold nature of 22K. Brought some back from South Korea when gold was $35 per oz. But sold it for some stupid reason I cannot remember. I probably had 20-30 Oz. It was even cheaper than $35 per oz in South Korea back then.
 

mikeinOC1

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Jul 3, 2006
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Nice Christmas gift from the sea gods. An awesome piece of bling for sure. Very envious but very happy for you. we are all curious what it will appraise it. Nice also to always see a sliver dollar especially one in that shape from the ocean.
 

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I'm constantly asked (as I'm sure many of you here are too..), "What's the BEST thing you've ever found"? Well....I can now pretty much answer that question very easily! Here it is! 14K Yellow Gold, Halo/Basket setting with approx .75 to 1.0 carats of diamonds around and a WHOPPER of a center stone. Somewhere either side of 2 carats. Likely in the J-K color range but still giant! Found on the beach about mid slope. I was thinking I found one that was lost this past summer that Gigmaster, I and others had searched for as a return but was never found. It too had an oval diamond but in a different setting but I think the stone in this one is a bit bigger! I had already made up my mind that the gold was real and the stones fake, no way this was real right? When I got home and put it on the diamond tester I couldn't believe it! I tested it multiple times and still wasn't completely sure till I took it to my Jeweler and he confirmed it! I'm still kinda in shock a week later! Can't stop looking at it! lol

I have found many rings with big stones in the last 10 years of detecting but the biggest REAL diamond was a 1 carat stone. Biggest real diamond until now that is....I took it for an appraisal and should get the results back possibly tomorrow.

Pretty happy with this one as you can imagine! Also as a bonus on the same hunt, I found a PRISTINE 1880 Morgan Silver Dollar! Couldn't believe it! It is in WAY too good of a shape to have come out of the ocean and it's not something we often come across beach hunting in our area so I'm guessing it was dropped out of someone's pocket. Maybe a good luck token or something?

Good luck all, I hope you all get some good stuff too! Merry Christmas!
Unbelievable ring! Find a lifetime well done congrats!
 

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