You have to decide what kind of target you want to find and where and how you will seek it. To locate rings in your area will require you to use your head instead of your loop and while you may hear of someone else across the country that finds rings at certain kinds of sites your area sites will almost certainly be different. For instance we hear about all of the rings that are found while wading at the beach where swimmers loose them. That may generally be true but carefully evaluate your area because the area where I live the surf at the beach comes in with crashing waves and strong undertow which makes it difficult to manage walking in the surf not to mention trying to find a small ring. The beach has very high activity during the summer but for one reason or another I have never found a ring at the beach! “UPDATE as of 07/01/96 I found a ring at the beach”
People lose rings because they fall off in the water when their hand shrinks or because their hand is wet from other reasons. For instance summer activities at the parks and ball fields cause excess sweating and anytime that you have a heavy ring on your finger that may be a little loose and you try to throw something you might throw your ring also. I went hunting this morning at the ball park and the old native grass field where adults sometimes play. I considered the fact that summertime temps here run 95 to 100 degrees every summer that the most likely place for a ring was a fielder’s position more likely center field and that the ball would be hit to the very back of the field where the player would try as hard as he could to throw the ball back into the infield. This was the picture that I had in my mind when I went to the park.
I set up my detector notches to reject iron and bottle caps but including nickle through silver coins (to include silver rings). I walked a pattern in strips in the backfield starting from first base and walking outside of third base. When I reached this I turned and walked so as to overlap the other sweep a little. I had been detecting for little over an hour and had dug up a lot of pulltabs and pieces of soda cans and I had over a dollar in change when I got a signal of half-dollar. I dug it and it looked to me like a bottle cap in the mud ball that came out with it and I almost threw it away except I saw that it was a massive silver mans ring! Guess where? center field about 100 yards from home base in the deeper grass. Just exactly where I expected to find a ring.
My wife and I have found several pieces of jewelry this month so far. We found two 14 caret gold blue topaz rings, two silver rings including this one, a childs ring, and a 14 caret gold pendant. Included in this was a earring with a simulated diamond.
I decide what I will hunt when I get to the site and I believe that I would get tired of digging trash all of the time if I just dug everything everywhere I went. Some sites I realize will produce more coins so I discriminate everything else and just take the coins. Maybe I will come back later if the site has promise and dig for more targets. I believe strongly the best sites for coins are good sites for jewelry too. Coins are a sign of activity. I will not look for jewelry among piles of metal trash and by that I mean heavy trashed sites even though they might have some jewelry it is frustrating if you don’t find something every now and then. I do not intend to put my detector in the closet to stay because I am having too much fun with it and if it should turn into work then it is not fun anymore.
Many detectorists have lots of luck finding rings at fresh water lakes. I think that the waves are likely to be less of a problem and you don’t have to worry about being sucked out to sea by the undertow. Watch these in the summer when the rainfall rates decline and the lake goes down several feet. This exposes beach that can be detected and allows you to get to the deeper areas also. The thing is that you don’t have to have a water detector if you don’t have to put up with all of the big waves. If the water is calm you won’t get the detector wet if you are careful. If you hunt a salt beach with large waves then watch the weather forecast for the wave height and wind. Pick the time when the wind is low and the waves are minimal also. Detect along the low tide mark out as deep as you can safely walk without taking chances. It might be a good idea to pick up a CO2 inflatable life jacket at the scuba diving store in case an accident happens. Wear protective clothing or a neoprene suit for protection from the Portuguese man of war or stinging jelly fish. Also watch for stingrays and bring a first aid kit with you. Bring meat tenderizer or ammonia for jelly fish stings and go to the emergency room for stingray barbs as soon as possible.
Go for the gold and you will find it. Rings are fun to find but I would not like to give up coinshooting. I try to do a little of hunting for both every week. Maybe one of these days I will find one with a large diamond. Another place to look for rings is in the grass or sand near the little kiddie swings where mom’s and dad’s push the kid on the swing. The action of pushing can cause the ring to come off their hand and fall into the grass. My friends have found some very nice diamond rings and I know that they are out there but small marriage rings with diamonds may show up on your meter as bottle caps and they will not be found easy because they are so small. Look for wedding rings around water faucets, old flower beds or gardens and don’t forget potted plants.