Lost Family Heirloom Stud Earring…FOUND in Front Yard with Metal Detector Sheffield, Alabama!
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I received an email on Christmas afternoon (Friday, December 25, 2020) from Taylor. He explained that his wife, Mary, noticed that one of her stud earrings was missing on Christmas Eve. This was a very sentimental set of family heirloom earrings—Mary’s grandfather bought them for her grandmother, they were passed on to her mother, and now on to Mary. Around 50 years in the family!
Mary had received a pair of AirPods on Christmas Eve, so she was using those and playing with their daughter. During this, the earring backing must’ve gotten caught on something and came off. Mary was very upset that the earring was missing and later told me that she had trouble enjoying Christmas knowing that the earring was lost.
They ended up finding the earring backing in their daughter’s room. They tore apart the house looking for the stud earring and jacket that the earring was setting in. Coming up empty handed, Mary remembered that she had been picking up a few sticks in the front yard and had taken them to the curb. It was now dark outside on Christmas Eve, so Mary grabbed a flashlight and retraced her steps out in the yard. Walking the same path, she found the earring jacket about 20 feet from the curb! They thought that the stud earring should be close by, because naturally the stud would fall off with the jacket. They decided to search more the next day on Christmas when it was light outside. Taylor borrowed a metal detector and was gently using a leaf blower in hopes of finding the earring. Taylor was having some trouble figuring out how to set-up the detector, so he Googled the proper settings. In doing so, The Ring Finders website popped up! As we’ve heard many times before, they had no idea that a metal detecting service even existed, but thought that it was there best bet to find the earring.
My husband, Lindell, and I went out the next day, Saturday afternoon (December 26, 2020) in search of the earring. Lindell was using a 5×8” coil on the Garrett AT Pro and I was using an 11” coil on the Minelab Equinox 800. We also had our Garret Pin Pointers set to maximum sensitivity. We put Mary’s second earring in a Ziploc bag and checked the signals on our detectors. Depending on the orientation of the earring, the signals were choppy, but we were able to get a reading on both detectors. We set-up a grid and got to work. Lindell started by the curb and I started by the most likely spot by where the earring jacket was found.
We went slow and methodical, checking every signal, so that we did not miss the earring. Stud earrings are one of the hardest items to find due to the small amount of metal. After about 30 minutes and checking many surface signals, I check another with my pin pointer that had registered around a choppy 4-6 on the Equinox. Brushing a few leaves away, I catch a glimpse of Mary’s diamond earring staring back at me!!! What a beautiful sight! The earring had landed with the post in the ground, but didn’t appear to be stepped on. It was about 8-10 feet from where the jacket was found.
I went and got Taylor, Mary, and Mary’s father, Kermit, from the house. I gave them a big smile and told them that we got it! Such joy and relief! They were so happy and thankful that the earring was found! It’s really such a blessing being able to help find these lost items for people! We chit chatted for a few minutes sharing stories about past recoveries and where lost items actually turn up. It was a great day and now this earring will remain in the family and continue its story! Mary plans to buy a more secure backing to prevent any future mishaps. I’ve included a photo of what the earring looks like with the jacket.
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