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Metal Detector Treasure Finds, Pictures and Stories
Metal Detecting Pays Off at US$36,000/Hr
On the last day of my recent Caribbean water-detecting trip, I had a couple of nice finds. I used my trusty Minelab Excalibur II with a 10" Coil the entire trip. The Caribbean water was so warm I could hunt all day without my wet suit. I was only hunting maybe 15 minutes into my final day when I hit my first find of that day. I found a chunky 14ct yellow and white gold “Rolex Ring” in the mild surf. It weighed in at 1/3 of an ounce and had 17 diamond accent stones in circle in the middle. It is called a Rolex Ring because it resembles a Rolex Watch. At size 12 it was also perfect for me to wear as a pinky ring.
Just before noon I had ventured down in front of a major resort and Casino. I was silently wading along when a frantic fellow came out and stopped me. “Hey Mister, would you be so kind to come up on shore and help us find my wife’s engagement ring for a reward?” My response, “Sure, I would love to help you out”. I always ask for a description just in case I find other items. It was a 1.5ct diamond with a white gold setting. It seems the owner had taken it off and placed it on her lap to apply lotion to her daughter. Forgetting the ring, she then stood up and then walked around until horrified she remembered what she had done. They had searched in vain for about an hour.
When I arrived at the scene the beach chairs were all removed to the side and there was a crowd of fifty or so spectators ringing the area. The forlorn wife stood dejectedly to the side. The deep sand was white and fluffy. My “Nose for Gold” must have been well tuned that day. In just three sweeps of my Excalibur II, I heard that beloved deep sweet gold tone. It did not take more than 15 seconds of hunting. I pointed at the blasting target and the husband excitedly dove to his knees to dig but I waved him off. One swipe with my 5” surf scoop and there it was sparkling back at me. I presented my scoop to the husband and said, “Is that it?” The spectators roared their approval and the wife beamed a wide smile as she put her cherished ring back where it belonged. I wish I had a video. Immediately she dug into her bag and presented me with three crisp US$50 bills. This was a WIN – WIN for all. If my math is correct US$150 for 15 seconds works out to US$36,000 per hour. Not bad work if you can get it! This was also the first time I found two diamond rings in one day.