Nellie called for help on a lost earring that her husband had given her for Mother’s Day. She had been busy all day and wasn’t sure exactly when and where it was lost, but, the beach seemed to be the most likely. My wife and I finished our dinner and headed over to Coronado to meet Nellie and conduct a search in the dry sand. When we arrived, it was after sunset, but, enough light to find ground zero on the beach. Nellie had the other earring with her, so, it was helpful in seeing what it would read on my new Equinox 800. A solid 8 signal….great. I started a spiral search from the supposed middle of the search area. After making a circle over 50 feet in diameter with still no earring (or much of any signals for that matter), I started a straight line grid over to the stairs and back thinking she might have lost it on her trip to her car. It was getting a bit chilly, so, I sent my wife back to the truck to get my windbreaker, and Nellie headed up the stairs to visually check there and the parking lot. I continued another pass, and got that sweet “8” sound in my headphones. Ran my pin pointer over the sand and pulled out what we were searching for, even though it was a bit out of the perceived search area. I walked back toward the parking lot where my wife and Nellie were talking. My wife had my windbreaker under her arm and while I was putting it on, I asked Nellie if this earring looked familiar? Hugs all around and a happy Nellie. The sodium lights didn’t help the photo of the earrings, but, they are beautiful! Thank you for the reward Nellie.
I have been metal detecting for a number of years. Early on, my mother lost her earring in the backyard of my childhood home. She immediately called me and asked if I could help find it. It was a yellow gold hoop earring. She had been in the garden, pruning her shrubs and pulling weeds in her flower beds. I searched and searched, even returning multiple times – but never found that earring. She sent the other earring she still had to my sister to try to find another pair as a replacement for a Christmas gift. Fast forward 3-4 years … and while at my son’s soccer game, she lost one of the new earrings. Could I redeem myself this second time and find the lost earring and return it to my mother? After about 5 mins of searching, we found it. My mom was very happy and rewarded us with a nice batch of chocolate covered peanut butter balls – a family favorite.
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I received a call from Matt explaining that his daughter had dropped one of her mothers earrings while walking off the beach at the beach entrance way. She had a general idea where she had dropped it and I met them the next day after I finished a search just blocks away at a marina. They had the other earring so I decided to use my Whites v3i detector with a a small (4×6) coil since it would provide the best chances of findinding the fingernail size earring which on the V3i came up as a +3 on the screen. We grided an area I began searching,listening very carefully for the small item. After about 25 minutes and some small foil pieces later I found the earring just below the surface of the sand. The little girl was so relieved to be able to give her mom back her earring she felt so bad about losing. Another successful search and return. That made 2 for 2 that day! Everyone was smiling again and enjoying their vacation!
I accepted an earring search today. I know that finding a small diamond earring can be almost impossible, as metal detectors can have trouble sensing them. But I was eager to have a search, and I thought I would like to give it a try. The area it was lost in was small, just a few feet square and grass. It belongs to a lovely young child, and I knew the smile if I found it would be worth a million bucks. So off I went. Just a short drive and I was there. I met with the family and looked at the site. Next I was lucky and she had the matching earring. I tested it in my normal search program on my XLT and it was completely silent as it passed under the coil. I made several adjustment and finally was able to get the faintest signal. The search began and after only 15 or 20 minutes I had a similar faint signal among several loud and deeper signals. I went carefully through the patch of grass and caught the faint glint of metal. It turned out to be the back of the earring. Very tiny and a lucky find. Since she was standing still when it came off, I moved over about 6 inches and had another faint signal. Searched through the grass and there it was. I did this search for the smile, and I was well paid as you can see in the picture. Happy all around. Great hunt and I will take a lucky find every time. If you have lost something special, give me a call and lets find it!
Million Dollar Smile!