The call came in from a young lady who was in town visiting and had been down at the boardwalk beach. She had taken off her necklace, forgot about it then had inadvertently flung it into the sand when she shook off her towel . . an all too familiar story. When I first spoke with Rachel she had a wonderful attitude, she had basically already given the necklace/pendant up as lost to the universe and had concluded that it “was meant to be”. I on the other hand was not content to accept that. I was going to do my best to force the universe to return the necklace back to where it belonged. On a brisk, foggy morning after meeting up at the location I began my search in what we deemed the likely area of the item. Several minutes into the search Rachel called me over to another spot about 15-20 feet away. She had found a small item of theirs from the day before (a towel tag) that was stuck in the sand, indicating the spot where she had been with her friend. Relocating, I resumed the hunt and received a very faint signal after a short time. This was a signal that I would never dig on a pleasure hunt but this was a search and you check every signal. Also, she had shown me a photo of the piece so I knew the signal would probably not stand out very well. The machine was saying “foil” which was exactly what I was expecting, looking down I could actually faintly see some of the fine gold links of the chain barely breaking the surface of the sand. I pointed this out to Rachel who reached down and pulled the necklace/pendant from the sand and out of the universe’s fickle grip. The huge smile on her face made my day and is the best reward you could ever hope for. This was the most beautiful and interesting piece I’ve recovered yet. It was a gold and silver wire wrapped, hand-carved tourmaline flower pendant on a fine gold chain. The best thing about making recoveries is the rewarding feeling you get from helping people and their immense gratitude. Hand in hand with that comes the great experience of meeting some awesome people along the way.