This summer I went water hunting at one of favorite small beaches, in the hope of finding high end jewelry lost by people using the beach from a private beach club.
It is quite a hike to the private beach, but it is often worth the extra long walk when you find something good.
After walking to the destination, I got straight into the water to cool down and see if I had left enough time between visits to the site.
Unlike busy public beaches, small private beaches take longer to restock with lost coins and jewelry.
A small thin 18 gold diamond band was a good sign, a second diamond band followed before things started to quiet down.
After gridding the water opposite the private beach club with very few signals, I made my way back to the area I recovered the two thin diamond bands.
Circling and wiggling my search coil between raised sand ripples on the ocean floor, I picked up a faint signal which I assumed was the missing piece of a three diamond band set.
The heavy platinum band rolling around in the bottom of my scoop was a pleasant surprise, and a perfect example of why big pieces of gold or platinum are easier to find when you have your metal detector tuned correctly to find small gold.
This has happened to me too many times for it to be a coincidence, I say again small gold leads to large gold.
Large gold and platinum bands, are often recovered from deeper layers of sand than small pieces of gold jewelry.
Although small and large gold may sound the same on your metal detector, if you cannot hear small gold, you will certainly not hear large gold, or platinum in this example.
I dare say 80% of people reading todays blog have never taken small pieces of gold jewelry to the beach to see if you can actually detect them, take a broken gold band to the beach for a real eye opener.
Place the small pieces of gold jewelry in plastic baggies, just in case you do have difficulty recovering them.
Testing your metal detectors response to small gold will tell you how you are going to do with large gold.
Tweak your metal detector sensitivity control, try difference sweep speeds, see how a different size search coil works, anything that helps you detect small gold.
Where you find high small gold jewelry, large gold jewelry is often hiding in the same area at a deeper level.
Do not be surprised to find both small and large gold sounding the same, if you know how to recover the harder to detect small gold.