I received a call from a young lady asking if I would be willing to come help her find a pendant she had lost a few months ago while mowing the yard. She described it as sterling silver with diamonds, “about the size of a penny.” Being Oregon, there had been inches of rain since it had been lost, followed by a good length of hot, dry weather.
She had found my listing on Ring Finders and knew it was more than a 500 mile round trip, but hoped I would be willing to make the trip if she covered the fuel cost. I told her I would head down the next morning and got my gear loaded-up for an early start. I took the Equinox 700 and Pro-find 35 pinpointer, along with my AT Gold as a backup.
After my 4 hour drive down, I met Abigail, and she showed me the area of the yard she was certain the pendant had been lost. She told me she had used an older metal detector that was in her family to search the area, and I could see she had also dug out a section of the grass by hand. I pulled out the Nox 700 with a 11″ coil and began going over the area. I quickly discovered this area was littered with metal. Abigail watched as I pulled out a few nails and couple of screws.
After about 30 minutes, I realized I needed a new approach. I switched over to my 5″ coil and started agian. Right away, I handed Abigail a penny, followed quickly by a second one. Just a few feet away, I heard a good tone, but it was faint and the VDI showed it to be several inches deep. I had to check, so I hit it with the pinpointer and pulled-up a clump of dried grass and saw the faint edge of something shiny, A bit of scraping with my finger and out popped the missing pendant! (I’m guessing the erroneous depth reading was due to the size of the item and how it was laying)
I palmed it and swept the pinpointer around a few times. I stood up and asked Abigail if she could tell me again what the item looked like. She said she had a picture of it on her phone and started scrolling. I asked, “Does it look like this?” and dropped the pendant in her hand. I think all of us love to see that suprised, happy look.
Oh, and I did point out that it was smaller than a penny.