This wasn't just any gold ring. This ring has a story behind it, which is why it was at the top of my list of items to find....
Some time around 25 years ago, for whatever reason I decided to grab my moms ring and take it outside and play with it. My mom just remembers me running out the door with it, and when I came back in I didn't have it. I'm not sure how I was able to slip away from my mom with the ring in my hand, but I guess I was pretty fast and tricky back then. I don't even remember doing this, I was only about 4 or 5 years old at the time. When the topic of losing things comes up for whatever reason, my mom would always say how I lost her ring out in the yard somewhere and that she would probably never see it again. So, several years ago when I got into metal detecting, she had mentioned how neat it would be if I could go and find her old ring out in the yard. My parents don't live at that house anymore, but my uncle does and I asked him last month if I could detect it and I got permission.
For as long as I remember hearing the story, I also remember me with the ring, going around the house and heading to my grandfathers garden with it. It's one of those memories where you are not really sure if it is true, or if your brain is just making it up but you keep thinking it so much that you assume it is what happened.
So in june I went to the 1 acre property with my ACE 250 to try and find this ring. I went right for where the garden was (now grass) and just moved in a grid pattern digging everything above iron. I didn't find much, just some clad and a late wheat penny. I think I might have spent 2 hours total searching and left.
Last night I had it in my mind that I was going back today to do some more searching. I since have upgraded to an AT PRO and thought I might have better luck with that. My game plan was to hit the garden area again with the new machine to see if I missed anything. So I got out of my truck around 430, start swinging around the side of the house, get a good high tone. 78-80ish. Dig it and its a 1945 wheat. I go maybe 10 feet and get a mid-tone 50ish, dig it and its a gum wrapper. I get to where the garden was, it is to my left. To my right is an apple tree maybe 10 yards away. I didn't detect here last time so I thought i'll just go this way and see whats over her. Go under the apple tree and I get a 42 to 44 signal but its really super loud in the headphones. Its only 2 inches down so I get down dig a small plug flip it over and this is what I see....
I cleaned the dirt off and looked inside the band and saw 14K. No way! it can't be I thought. I ran back to my truck, grabbed my phone to take this picture. I checked the time...437. Still can't believe i found it in 5 minutes or so, and only my third plug. So I got it out of the dirt and called my mom for some details. the only thing I knew about the ring was that it had an amethyst stone on it, i hate to admit it but i really had no idea what color amethyst was.
I said hey mom just so I know what I'm looking for, what color is the stone on the ring. she said purple and also said it was either white gold or silver, but was pretty sure it was white gold and that it had small diamonds on either side of the big stone. I was trying to control my excitement while talking to her because i didn't want to tell her over the phone that i found her ring. She had no idea i went to look for it today, so I'm hoping to catch her off guard tomorrow when i drop by for a visit. I cannot wait to see the look on her face when i drop the ring in her hand.
Its going to be very very hard to top this one for me.
And i finally got the truth to my "memory" I've had over the last 25 years. The ring wasn't more than 20 feet from where the garden was.