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« on: July 17, 2009, 08:38:51 pm »
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Since I have been seen metal detecting, a neighbor from down the road has asked me to try and find a diamond necklace that they have lost roughly 15 years ago, if not even older than that.  They said that they were doing the clothes at the clothesline and swatted at a wasp that was coming at them.  While swatting, their hand caught the necklace and broke the chain and off it went.  They tried to look for it, and couldn't find it.

And now, I am trying to look for it.  I have never found a necklace before, and I am using a standard coil.  I figured that using a small coil like 4.5" would have a lot better chance at finding this diamond necklace.  The chain is gold, but very small.  I do not know at what depth I should expect the necklace.  If anyone has a idea, please say so.  The ground is clay, not sand so it would take a while for it to disappear underground.  If anyone wants to give suggestions, or tips go ahead.

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« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2009, 11:20:40 pm »
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Hay MI,

We meet again,,,, lol

A small gold chain will not sink much.

After even 15 years, I would expect
the chain to be in the grass roots.
especially with tha clay.

But, I aint always right.

If the soil has been trampled when wet,
or worked for a garden or something, it
could been driven deeper in tha ground.

But for a small gold item, especially, I
would recomend tha smaller coil.

They are more sensative to small stuff.

That is my opinion,

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« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2009, 11:30:23 pm »
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Chains often appear as foil to a detector so use little if any discrimination to find it. As Tabdog says, it is probably in the root mass if anywhere. Search slowly and pay attention to every whisper. Tell them in order not to damage the necklace, you will have to dig a wide circle around each target and then do just that. They can always sprinkle new grass seed out later but it will be worth it when you find the necklace. If you cannot find it within the search parameters, search the normal walking path from the laundry exit to the clothesline. Sometimes a chain will stick to clothes for a bit before falling.

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« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2009, 11:43:16 pm »
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Good info there GD,

Thanks fer helpin.

I cant think of all that stuff.

HH,

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« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2009, 11:47:12 pm »
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Thanks for the info everyone.  I have went over the clothesline, which has been gone for a while now, with a standard detector.  To me, it might of gone over it already, but wasn't able to pick it up because of its size.  I have yet to use the small coil, but it will take a while searching the area, since it is over a large area.  That would make sense about the chain sticking to the clothes.  She had said they tried to look for it but couldn't find it.  It could have fell off at a different area than she thought when she came back towards the house. 

I suppose rejecting iron and such wouldn't effect this mission.

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« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2009, 12:35:32 am »
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Weeeeeeeeeeeel, I would not want to guarantee that rejecting iron would not hurt the search. Do that for the first search but if you miss it, try again in the all metal mode.

Think about this. Suppose it was lost all those years ago and someone dropped a nail in the back yard right over it. Your machine would detect the nail and reject the strongest signal. But if you dig the nail, check the soil and find the necklace, well you would be a hero. Think of those smooches and the ticker tape parade after you find it!

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« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2009, 12:45:54 am »
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 Grin That is a real treat!! Fortunately, the specific area is not really that trashy, luckily.  I plan to go over it with the 4.5" coil tomorrow, or rather today I should say.  If I can't seem to find it, then I will try all metal.  But, it should be close to the surface, like Tabdog and you have mentioned. 

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I absolutely cannot wait to hear about the result. Good luck!

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« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2009, 07:27:33 am »
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Hay MI,

I agree with GD.

Some machines may find it that way,
but there is a real good chance that
you will miss it.

I have recovered gold chains that just
bairly responded at all. I believe that
with any discrimination at all, those
would have been missed. Some times
people ask me how I find so many
chains.

And like GD said, any near by conductor
will easily mask a small gold item.

If I am in a good spot, tha disc is for ID
purposes only. Then I will probably dig
no mater what it is. That nasty maskin
makes me do it,,,,,,  Huh?

With my machines and most others, if
any disc or knotching is used, it will
inhibit the responses and increase
masking.

It is hard enough to find small gold with out
making it harder. Why use disc?

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« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2009, 11:18:01 am »
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Well, I would have to say that there is a piece of gold that the diamond is attached to.  I would think that the coil will be able to pick up that easier than the chain.  Remember, the chain is already broken. 

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