Hey folks! I got into recreational prospecting a few years back and love it. One day YouTube decided to show me some metal detecting videos and now I love the idea of jewelry hunting on the beach. Planning to buy a Vanquish or Simplex and get into the game on some NorCal beaches.
That leads me to a dumb question - when the ocean washes over a gold ring on the sand, given that it is so much denser than the surrounding sand why doesn't it sink so far that it's undetectable?
In the Sierras I need to get down to bedrock to find decent gold. Is there a small recovery window to get gold jewelry prior to it going so deep that it can't be recovered? Is the ocean constantly pulling off layers of sand at a rate that's somewhat similar to the rate the gold falls?
Trying to understand the basics so I can grasp where I would have the most luck on a beach in the wet areas.
Hi everyone 😎
Hope y’all are doing well,
This wasn't the best year personally and as such, I only got to hunt a couple weeks( one hour in early morning and sometime one hour in night)
Here’s pics and thank you for reading and looking at my post🙂
Well, many scientists are confused about the secret and source of geomagnetism. there're many planets much larger than the earth, but they have no magnetic field at all. So, what's the secret behind geomagnetism? about 300 years ago, the queen of England's physician; William Gilbert, said something out of mere geussing, he said "The Earth moves as if it had a magnet within!"
That was mere guessing, without any scientific proof. Hundreds of years before that, the chinese had invented the compass, it's a chinese invention. Then, the compass was use in Europe, where it had a great role in developing navigation. Yet, people remained confused about why the compass always points to the North. It was suggested the polar star might be pulling it in that direction, which is not logical, because if it were true, the compass needle'd be directed upwards, but actually, it's the apposite; it points downwards. Secondly, a compass doesn't point to the polar star att all. Compass dont point to the polar star and dont point to to the actual geographical North, either, rather, the point to something ele; the magnetic North pole. The difference between both is about 4 degrees.
The polar star has nothing to do with compasses.
So, what's the atory? It has took several years for technology to be progressed enough to allow the establishment of modern geomagnetism observatories where accurate studies are carried out.
Later on, Scientists started talking about the center of the earth, where there's a central core of liquid iron, circulating deep down, which is associated with Earth's cycle of movement. That is the liquid iron circulates as Earth evolves. That circulating liquid iron contains convection currents.
Those currents within that melted, liquid iron, whose temperature is very high, act like a coil which once electricity gors through it can magnetize iron rods in this case, the ferrous earth center gets magnetized, resulting in the Earth acting like a magnet with a magnetic fild, exactly like the magnetism experiments all learn and do at school.
Having only recently started water hunting, I only recently had some success. My my first experience was at the beach at Monterey Bay. It was a low tide at about 10:30 P.M. The waves were crashing on the shore and the noise was so bad that I gave up and started detecting the dry sand. There were several people on the beach and I was separated from my friend and not comfortable with my surroundings. I did manage a nice silver Indian Chief. The Head dress is inlaid with mother of pearl.
The next attempt was at a beach North of San Francisco, on the way there I looked at the National Weather Service for a forecast, said dangerous surf, don't go near the water. The tide was receding and my friend said we should be just fine. Shortly after we got there it started to rain and I was getting wet and cold. About forty five minutes into the hunt, I decided that I wasn't having any fun and started back to the vehicle. I broke the cardinal rule, I turned my back on the ocean. The tide was out about one hundred fifty yards. I was about thirty feet from the car in a paved parking lot when a rogue wave came in and knocked me down from behind. Now I was really wet and cold, this was December. I was using my CTX 3030 and I found that my WM 10 couldn't Swim. I tell myself I'm done with the ocean. I didn't try water detecting again until a few weeks ago. My friend Rob talked me into trying it again at Lake Tahoe. The water was full of people and with the Covid restrictions, I tried to maintain social distancing, that put me out in a depth that I was not comfortable with. The shoreline where people were getting in and out of the water was where the most targets seemed to be. My problem wit that was , the bottom had a steep slope and I was having a very hard time standing on it. Nothing to show for my efforts except some clad. Tahoe is such a beautiful place and the water wasn't cold, it just made for a wonderful day. Not being a person that gives up easily, we went back again. The next trip we went back to a different beach with a beautiful campground. Unfortunately the campground was closed due to the fire danger. That trip the water was still very pleasant. The wind was coming out of the South West and got a little stronger as the day went on. The entry point seemed to be where the targets were and that is where the waves were breaking. I did manage a silver Rosie and three Wheaties. As I mentioned the wind was blowing harder and the waves were getting larger to the point I was getting worried about getting knocked down. I changed my M. O. and borrowed Rob's waterproof headphones and tried it some more. Well I guess I got a little too comfortable, it happened again. The wave action knocked me down and started pulling me off shore. I managed to get back up with the help of Rob. By that time I was pretty beat up and decided to call it a day. I decided to try it one more time. We loaded our truck camper and headed back to Tahoe, the fire danger was not as bad and the campground was open. We managed to get a spot for two nights. It takes about 2 1/2 hours to get there, so there was only a few hours detecting the date of arrival. This trip I had a life preserver jacket and some chest waders. The lake was flat and the temperature was still very tolerable, just perfect for detecting. Lake Tahoe is an awesome place and one can only appreciate the beauty of the place by going there. I am absolutely disgusted at the way people trash the place. Well this trip was different, I got my first gold in the water! A 14k with "I Love You" inscribed in it. After we got home from a very nice trip, a very dear friend got a hold of me and asked if I would try to find her husband's wedding ring. He was one of my partners in a mining claim and he passed away from cancer about a year ago. She said that she had been working in her yard, cut a lot of shrubs, raked them up put them in a bag and hauled them to the dump. She had spent quite a bit of time looking for it and was almost certain that was forever gone. After the description she gave to me of the ring, it sounded just like the one that I had found at Tahoe. I told her that if I couldn't find it, I would gladly give her the Tahoe ring. It only took about ten minutes to find that ring, it had that "sweet fifteen low tone. That was a very emotional moment for both of us"
Hurricane Marie generated some good swells and moved sand at several southern California beaches. I got gold at 2 of the 4 beaches I hunted but not as many targets as I would have expected from the size of some of the cuts. I see that a couple of other forum members also did well from Marie which was an unexpected but welcome surprise.
After finding a few dollars in clad and a small, 1.8 gram 14K gold ring at the first beach I hunted, I tried a couple other beaches that didn't yield much before driving to beach #4. This beach had a nice deep cut but, again, not nearly as many targets as a cut that size could have produced. Perhaps someone had beaten me to the punch earlier but I didn't see any signs of digging.
Late in the hunt I scooped out a target and was shocked to see half of a bracelet in the mound of wet sand. It had the famous Cartier circles on the perimeter of the bracelet but I have found so many fakes with those same circles before. The bracelet also had a funny color to it so I tried not to get too excited about it even though it felt pretty weighty and was stamped "AU 750".
When I got home I realized that the bracelet was rose gold and it acid tested at 18K. On the internet I found out that Cartier jewelry is one of the most copied in the world but the bracelet seemed to pass all the checkpoints that determine its authenticity including its weight which was half of the typical 30 to 37 grams for a complete bracelet.
At first I thought that it would be nice to find the other half and have the bracelet repaired. I still would love to find the other piece but it probably won't need to be fixed. The 2 halves are actually screwed together with permanently mounted screws. That's probably why the person that lost it didn't remove it since it is a bit of a hassle to do so. Of course, the downside is that you better make sure that those screws are fastened properly and checked periodically.
Sorry for the lengthy post but pretty excited about this one. My hunting friend doesn't think it's likely that I'll find the other half but the way this year is going I wouldn't be totally shocked (well, maybe a little). GL&HH!
Last night I went to a beach that yielded a lot of targets. On my 6 hour hunt from 8 PM to 2 AM I got 51 quarters, 40 dimes and nickels, 54 pennies (one wheat), 2 silver rings and one 10k gold ring. There should have been more rings! The trash was another 50 pieces or so. When you figure it is 4-5 scoops per target (1000 total) then it adds up to a stiff back in the morning.
I found the gold ring 2/3rds of the way through the session about the time the fog started rolling in which made for an enjoyable sight as it covered up the normal lights but there was still a mostly full moon above. I was using the 15 inch coil and when I started I was down a couple of notches from full power. I thought there would not be much on the beach but I was wrong and kept pushing along finding some high cuts. Near the end of the session the detector was nearly out of power and I could hear a lessening in my headphones.
Something I've wanted to say about the 3.0 update is that it really makes the quarters crackle. I don't think I remember them like that before and I wish they would be a little more 'solid' but perhaps it is because of the sandwich metals.