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New York: Fireman returns diamond ring found on beach…..

A New York beachcomber has found a missing wedding ring and found its original owner after searching for her on social media.

Erin Carrazzo lost both her wedding ring and her engagement ring on holiday on New York’s Fire Island, and posted later on Facebook that she hoped a “metal detector dude” would find it. Her wish came true when retired fireman Mike Cogan uncovered the rings when running his detector over Robert Moses Beach.

“It was very heavy and inscribed.” Cogan says of the wedding ring, local news station NBC 4 New York reports, adding that he turned to Facebook to try to find the owner. “This isn’t a kid’s ring,” he says. “This is platinum and these have to be real diamonds. I knew how empty she had to feel. I don’t want anybody to feel like that.”

The photos on Facebook were shared over 19,500 times, and eventually reached people who knew Carrazzo in the New York City neighbourhood of Flushing. Ten days later they spoke on the phone and then met in person. “Getting in touch with her was as good as finding the diamonds,” says Cogan, who slipped the ring back on Carrazzo’s finger on the beach. Meanwhile, Carrazzo can’t believe her luck. “I’m amazed how much good there is in the world,” she says.


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Backyard hobby turns up wedding ring missing for more than 40 years…

LONGSWAMP TWP., Pa. – A Berks County woman has been reunited with one of her most prized possessions after it went missing more than 40 years ago. Pearl Meck’s emotional mystery was recently solved by her granddaughter’s husband, Mike Caruso. Caruso was in need of a new hobby. He wanted to do something off the couch and outside to pass the time. He took up metal detecting, and has uncovered buried treasure ever since.

“Some silver rings, some change from the late 1700s and early 1800s,” said Caruso, just to name a few. He has collected a box full of coins, buttons and knobs over the past year-and-a-half, but it was Saturday when he struck gold near the septic system in Meck’s backyard in Longswamp Township. “I pulled out what looked like a ring and I cleaned it off and stuck it on my finger and put my gloves back on and pulled out another bottle cap,” said Caruso. When he looked at the ring, he saw an engraving, “FRM to PPK 11/8/52.” “I couldn’t believe it. I just couldn’t believe it,” said Meck, who was speechless when she saw it. Meck and her husband, Franklin, were married on that day 61 years ago. It turns out Pearl lost her gold wedding ring in the shower more than four decades ago. “My ring slipped off my finger and went down the drain and there was not much I could do about it,” said Meck.

She never thought she would see it again. Her husband bought her a new one, but it wasn’t the same. Now, thanks to Caruso’s hobby, he unearthed Meck’s treasure that was missing for years. “I didn’t know if I should cry. I was just in shock,” said Meck. The ring is so much more than a piece of jewelry. It’s a piece of her life back.


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Welcome to Gold Digger Metal Detectors

Whether you are a coin hunter, beach comber, or are searching for historical artifacts – there is an endless supply of lost treasure to be found…

Located in Raritan New Jersey and proudly selling/shipping to anywhere in the United States, Gold Digger Metal Detector Sales is your source for electronic metal detectors and treasure hunting supplies!

Gold Digger Metal Detectors was founded over a decade ago with the intention of creating a place where hobbyists could turn for proper instruction, hobby information and detecting advice. We are always striving for new ways to remain involved and on the cutting edge of metal detecting so that we can better serve our loyal customers.

Unlike other stores that hang metal detectors on their wall to supplement their income, The Gold Digger Metal Detectors is a store front that sells ONLY metal detectors, treasure hunting supplies and accessories.
We are truly a metal detector store!

Our show room, the largest in Central New Jersey, is dedicated to the treasure hunting hobby. It’s stocked with all the necessary equipment for treasure hunting — for every level of enthusiast, from the beginner up to the serious treasure hunter.

We choose only the highest quality products to ensure that they will hold up to the toughest field conditions. You will find over 45 different style sand scoops for wet and/or dry sand. We also carry over 10 different style digging tools that are virtually unbreakable. All are made in the USA by skilled craftsmen.

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Sunday Night Radio Show…20 Oct 13

Tonight .. Sunday, October 20th 2013 … 8:00 PM Eastern time.. The Detecting Lifestyle Radio Show…
Tonight …. Metal Detecting-why we do it ….
Join us tonight folks as we discuss why we love to go metal detecting.
Would love to hear from everyone out there when they started metal detecting and why.
Discussion is totally open forum folks, on all forms of metal detecting. Call in and join with us and our friends and others live tonight!!
Call in number is 1-609-961-1842
Also listen for our live prize giveaway tonight!!
Hope to have u all join us live tonight..
Click the link below to hear the show through our player when we go live tonight..
Also join in on our newly added Chat Room during the show … Get involved folks, we love to have your participation!!
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The Detecting Lifestyle Live Radio Broadcast…

Tomorrow night .. Sept. 24th, 2013…..8:30 PM EASTERN TIME…
The Detecting Lifestyle Radio Show …..”BACK TO THE BEACH”
This show will focus on metal detecting on the beach. Discussion will center around detecting the beach in the coming fall/winter months…
Strategies, things to look for , gear, equipment protection , all topics for the upcoming winter months on the beach…
Join myself, Mr. Brian Mayer, and Mr. Ronnie DeGhetto, as we discuss various aspects of detecting the beaches in the coming months…
Join us live with ideas, stories, or any input…
Live call in # is 1-609-961-1842
Hope to have you all join us tomorrow night..
Join us live tomorrow night…….Listen to the show live through the player on the link below…
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EUROPE — Detectorists find WWII Treasure buried in forest…

I must confess I envy those guys with enough time to wander the woods and the beaches with their metal detectors. Even if they’re not actually treasure-hunting, these fellows often find amazing pieces with historic value which end up in museums or make awesome memorabilia of times past.

However, finding a WWII motorcycle buried in the woods is no everyday treat. Unfortunately there’s no info as of where was this machine found, but we’re looking at a bike which may be as old as 80 years old.

According to web resources, I’d say this is either a Red October (Krasnyi Oktyabr) L-300 machine, or the original DKW Luxus 300 the Russians got their “inspiration” from. If any of you has enough expertise to pinpoint the origin of the bike, please share your mighty knowledge with us!

As far as history has things, DKW had licensed the production of the Luxus 300 to the Russians, and they started building their own version in a plant in Leningrad (Sankt Petersburg), funnily adding that the L stood for the city’s name.

The L-300 got the Krasnyi Oktyabr brand name but at the same time taking a plunge in performance, because of the very lousy gas Russia was using. What started up as an elegant German two-wheeler, ended up with a 25% weaker engine (around 6 HP). Production moved to an Izh plant, as the Tremass and Promet plants could not make these bikes in sufficient numbers.

Now, seeing this machine properly id’d and restored would indeed be terrific!

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2,000-Year-Old Treasure Discovered In Black Sea Fortress……

Residents of a town under siege by the Roman army about 2,000 years ago buried two hoards of treasure in the town’s citadel — treasure recently excavated by archaeologists.
More than 200 coins, mainly bronze, were found along with “various items of gold, silver and bronze jewelry and glass vessels” inside an ancient fortress within the Artezian settlement in the Crimea (in Ukraine), the researchers wrote in the most recent edition of the journal Ancient Civilizations from Scythia to Siberia.
“The fortress had been besieged. Wealthy people from the settlement and the neighborhood had tried to hide there from the Romans. They had buried their hoards inside the citadel,” Nikolaï Vinokurov, a professor at Moscow State Pedagogical University, explained. [See Photos of the Buried Treasure]
Artezian, which covered an area of at least 3.2 acres (1.3 hectares) and also had a necropolis (a cemetery), was part of the Bosporus Kingdom. At the time, the kingdom’s fate was torn between two brothers —Mithridates VIII, who sought independence from Rome, and his younger brother, Cotys I, who was in favor of keeping the kingdom a client state of the growing empire. Rome sent an army to support Cotys, establishing him in the Bosporan capital and torching settlements controlled by Mithridates, including Artezian.
People huddled in the fortress for protection as the Romans attacked, but Vinokurov said they knew they were doomed. “We can say that these hoards were funeral sacrifices. It was obvious for the people that they were going to die shortly,” he wrote in an email to LiveScience. The siege and fall of the fortress occurred in AD 45.
Curiously, each hoard included exactly 55 coins minted by Mithridates VIII. “This is possibly just a simple coincidence, or perhaps these were equal sums received by the owners of these caskets from the supporters of Mithridates,” the team wrote in its paper.
A Greek lifestyle
Vinokurov’s team, including a number of volunteers, has been exploring Artezian since 1989 and has found that the people of the settlement followed a culture that was distinctly Greek. The population’s ethnicity was mixed, Vinokurov wrote, “but their culture was pure Greek. They spoke Greek language, had Greek school; the architecture and fortification were Greek as well. They were Hellenes by culture but not that pure by blood.”
Greeks are known to have created colonies on the Black Sea centuries earlier, intermarrying with the Crimeans. The customs and art forms they introduced appear to have persisted through the ages despite being practiced nearly 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) from Greece itself.
This Greek influence can be seen in the treasures the people of Artezian buried. Among them is a silver brooch engraved with an image of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, and gold rings with gems engraved with images of Nemesis and Tyche, both Greek deities.
When archaeologists excavated other portions of the torched site they found more evidence of a Greek lifestyle.
“In the burnt level of the early citadel, many fragmentary small terra cotta figures were found depicting Demeter, Cora, Cybele, Aphrodite with a dolphin, Psyche and Eros, a maiden with gifts, Hermes, Attis, foot soldiers and warriors on horseback, semi-naked youths,” the researchers wrote in their paper, adding fragments of a miniature oinochoai (a form of Greek pottery) and small jugs for libations also were found.
All this was torched by the Romans and later rebuilt by Cotys I, who had been successfully enthroned by Rome. However the treasures of the earlier inhabitants remained undiscovered beneath the surface, a testament to a desperate stand against the growing power of Rome.


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Titanic jewels to go on display….

Most of the jewelry recovered from the wreckage of the Titanic will go on public display for the first time with a three-city tour. The collection includes diamond and sapphire rings, brooches, necklaces, cuff links and a gold pocket watch.

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Seeking Lost Treasure After 94 Years…..

Rudolf Kavchik showing some old coins that he dug up while treasure-hunting with his Australian-made metal detector. By law, three-fourths of his findings belong to the Russian government.
It’s been nearly 100 years since a jewel case containing family and imperial jewelry crashed through the ice to the bottom of Lake Baikal. The last hands it touched before disappearing into the watery depths were those of a Russian woman who was fleeing the country to save her life.

The year was 1917. The Bolsheviks had seized power, and White Russians were forced to move out of their homes or face execution.

Vadim and Zinaida Smit had no hope of staying in the country. Vadim was railway minister for the east-west Siberian route and a personal friend of Tsar Nicholas II, and Zinaida was the godchild of the queen mother.

With little time to think, they packed up whatever they could and fled St. Petersburg to China, from which they would catch a boat to Europe. They traveled by any means and walked when no transportation was available. They trudged through the Siberian snow and ice, losing their belongings in their haste to get to safety.

Just when they were crossing the frozen Lake Baikal, they heard the crack.

The ice had shattered beneath them, and the case that Zinaida was carrying slipped from her grip and plummeted to the bottom of the lake. It contained jewels that her husband and the imperial family had given to her. The Smits couldn’t afford to stop to search for it. They continued on, paying bribes at border checkpoints until they finally arrived at their destination in Belgrade, Yugoslavia.

The story of the jewel case was passed down through generations of the Smit family until it reached Helen Cleary, Vadim and Zinaida Smit’s great-granddaughter. Cleary, who lives in Melbourne, Australia, was in her 40s when she first heard the story from her mother.

Cleary’s grandmother and father, direct descendants of the Smits, have already died, but her 81-year-old mother still hopes to find out what happened to the sunken treasure.

“It would be amazing for it to be found,” Cleary said by telephone. “It’s astonishing that it all happened.”

The family has waited 94 years to solve the mystery of the lost treasure chest. Now some people in Russia could be getting close to the answer.

Giving Treasure Hunters a Hand

Rudolf Kavchik found his first antique coins 15 years ago when he was scouring the beach with a metal detector owned for his work at a biology institute. But once he dug up the coins, Kavchik got hooked on treasure hunting.

Kavchik is now one of the most experienced treasure hunters in the Irkutsk region and a countrywide distributor of Australian metal detectors. Kavchik said there are up to 300 other treasure hunters in the region who are on the lookout for lost valuables. And their searching brings results.

A group of treasure hunters, including Kavchik, conducted a series of dives into Lake Baikal at the beginning of September. The dives produced a handful of old coins and a heavy case, which Kavchik believes was used for carrying weapons. Last year, another group found a female prosthetic hand made out of silver in the lake. The hand was discovered at a 50-meter depth, and treasure hunters are still scratching their heads over how it got there, Kavchik said.

Such large finds are rare, though. It is more common to find coins and other small trinkets.

“People didn’t use to have pockets,” Kavchik said. “They dropped coins, and [the coins] always have value.”

Kavchik said 90 percent of the 300,000 treasure hunters across Russia go searching for valuables as a hobby. Professional hunters also exist but, even as a hobby, treasure hunting can be profitable. A silver ruble dating to the times of Peter the Great or Catherine the Great will fetch upward of $3,000 on the market. A rare test coin recently found near Yekaterinburg was valued at a price equal to that of an apartment in the city.

Irkutsk enthusiasts plan to open the world’s first and only museum of treasure hunting in their city in January to showcase their finds and change the negative perceptions some people have of their pastime.

“Many people have a bad outlook on the hobby,” Kavchik said. “They have little interest in it. That is unfortunate.”

But people are hearing the call, and many of them are heading out on the hunt.

Russia’s Treasure Maps

It doesn’t take a master sleuth to go online and find information to get started as a treasure hunter. There are numerous forums with advice for beginners. Some even provide treasure maps of various Russian regions. The odds of finding treasure are very good, according to the treasure hunters.

“There are more chances of finding treasure than winning a lottery,” Kavchik said. “People lived everywhere, which means they always lost something, hid something.”

The Moscow region is particularly abundant with treasure. Moscow-based hunter Roman Katko has found coins, crosses, icons and jewelry in the region.

“There is always a possibility of finding treasure,” he said.

Treasure hunting has become more popular in Russia recently, Katko said. Each year he sees more people with metal detectors around old village sites when he goes on his own weekend explorations. Sometimes he even stumbles on places that have already been searched. But even in these places he can always find something, Katko said.

The key is to know where to look.

Katko uses archived maps to find where old villages were located. Kavchik studies the history and legends of the region where he is going. One out of 10 legends turns out to be true, he said.

The locals of one village told Kavchik the story of a rich man who had buried treasure beneath an oak tree in his garden. Kavchik and his fellow treasure hunters went to the spot with their metal detectors and quickly retrieved an old chest filled with paper money and coins. Kavchik said he was amazed that everybody in the village knew the legend, yet nobody bothered to see for themselves whether it was true.

“What stops the Russians from taking out a shovel and digging up treasure?” he said.

Lost History

But not everybody wants Russians to take out their shovels and go on treasure hunts. Archeologists warn that treasure hunters devalue artifacts when they take them out of their cultural context. The archeologists are then not able to piece together the story of the object.

“There is somebody’s life behind every treasure,” said Alexei Alexeyev, senior associate at the archeology department at the Pushkin Historical-Literary Museum in Bolshiye Vyazyomy, outside Moscow. “For us it is a historical reference.”

Another risk is that artifacts will be lost if they end up in the hands of people who don’t realize their full value, Alexeyev said. Experienced treasure hunters agree that this lack of knowledge is a problem.

An elderly woman once approached Kavchik to show him a gold coin that she had found. The coin was cut in half because she molded a part of it into a tooth. Kavchik determined that the coin was from the times of Catherine the Great and would have brought the woman $20,000 if it had been undamaged.

“For this amount of money she could have put in three layers of teeth,” Kavchik said.

Archeologists are so overwhelmed in number by treasure hunters that it makes monitoring such cases difficult. There are 20 archeologists working on digs in the Moscow region, Alexeyev said. In comparison, the region has an estimated 20,000 treasure hunters.

By law, people who find treasure are required to give three-quarters of it to the government. In reality, the rules are rarely enforced. Kavchik said the government doesn’t have the structures to take in treasure, so treasure hunters simply don’t declare their findings.

“We are losing our history,” Alexeyev said. “In five to 10 years if this continues we will lose all artifacts in the Moscow region, and future archeologists will be left with a desert of looted archeological sites.”

So far no one has announced that they have found a chest with jewels in Lake Baikal. Kavchik said the Smits’ treasure would be hard to find since the lake is very deep. Divers can go down 50 to 60 meters, and 100 meters if they have special equipment, but the chest could be even further down.

In Australia, Helen Cleary wears the wedding ring she inherited from her grandmother. The ring bears the inscription “1917” — the year of her grandmother’s wedding and the year when the jewels fell into the lake. Clearly said she is not giving up hope that her family’s heirloom will be found.

“It sort of like a fairy tale. It just doesn’t happen to normal people,” she said. “To be a part of it, it’s just amazing.”

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