Sunday night I got a call from a great lady named Kirsten who told me she had lost her Emerald and Diamond 18k gold necklace some time in the past few days. She had mentioned that this pendant was incredibly special to her as it was a remembrance of her late husband and son. The stones were each set with them in mind. I knew I had to find it. She had narrowed down the places she thought she had lost it to her horse corral and riding arena where she gives lessons. We set up an appointment for today (Thursday) and when I arrived I decided to focus first on the riding arena.
The problem with detectors and gold chains is well known as the detector struggles with the chain because it sees every link individually so I knew I had my work cut out for me. The riding arena ground was a mix of sand, dirt, and a felt like product about 4 to 6 inches thick. I made a plan to grid it from the middle out, to the left first and then back to the right as necessary. Thankfully there wasn’t too much metal in the ground and after about an hour of gridding I got a smoking loud tone, got on my hands and knees with my pinpointer and got a BINGO! There it was.
Ironically just the moment before I found it I had accidentally butt dialed Kirsten as she was running an errand and of course she called me right back and rather than have to tell her I had made a mistake I was able to say « yes » I got her necklace.
Sunday afternoon I received a call from Marie who had lost a small gold and diamond heirloom pendant inside a house. She had been visiting friends in Calabasas, CA. when the pendant slipped off the chain while attempting to put on her necklace. The small pendant fell somewhere in the room which had a very thick carpet. Everybody in the family tried to find it with no success.
When Maria contacted me, I explained that it is difficult to use my normal metal detector inside a home. I have small hand held detectors that may work, depending on the location. Sometimes there are electrical noises like alarm systems or computer system equipment that interfere with metal detectors. Listening to her story, she may have also lost it outside the house, so we had to give it a try.
Maria didn’t want to bother her hosts anymore this day, asking me if I could come Monday. It was about noon Monday when I met her friend’s husband, Dave at the residence . He walked me into the room where the loss occurred. He had disassembled the bed removing the mattress and had moved the dresser to the other side of the room.
Two years ago I bought a UniProbe detecting unit just for situations like this. As a backup I chose to use my Garrett Pro-Pointer AT pinpointer.
Working on my hands and knees I covered about an 8’x 8′ area before I got a signal. There deep in the thick carpet was Maria’s very sentimental pendant. Dave was elated and couldn’t believe that it was found in a place that so many had looked. I was also impressed by how well my UniProbe pinpointer unit worked with such a small piece of gold. I did not get to meet Maria but I was the first person to tell her by phone that her priceless keepsake was found.