Vintage and antique jewelry pieces are often some of the most prized collectors items. Usually found in stores, auctions, and private collections, antique jewelry can now also be found right in the ground where it was previously lost; as long as you have a metal detector that is!
Where to Find Antique Jewelry?
Think about how many times you’ve lost a ring, earring, or other piece of jewelry. That’s no different than other men and women throughout history. Of course, as with your lost pieces of jewelry, some are recovered, and others even make their way back to you. But, still others are lost forever. Buried in the ground, lost between the floorboards, or otherwise out of sight, these treasures that were previously thought to be gone forever can now be unearthed with the help of a metal detector.
Antique bottles and other fun collectibles?
Finding old jewelry can be exciting but how can you expand your horizons? If you have an interest in finding historic or old bottle you might ask where do I get started? To begin with, think hard and decide if you will be going by the seat of your pants as a bottle collector who collects a variety of all bottles from many time periods – or if you will specialize in a specific type of bottle collecting? You will find that some bottle collectors focus on specific types of bottles like unique perfume or fragrance bottles, pen and ink bottles, or alcohol bottles. Picking a specific category is a good way to get a start. You can easily find others with similar interests and discuss your area of bottle collecting.
Which model to start with?
The right metal detector for finding jewelry is one with a built in pinpointer, manual ground balance controls, and a medium search coil. From here you’ll want to consider the target identification system (visual, audio, or both), along with features like weight, size, and, of course, price. Within this framework, you should be able to find a good model of metal detector that will help you locate antique jewelry successfully. Once you’ve got your machine, you’ll also want to be sure to have a digging tool, metal detector shovel, and a protective pouch for all the treasures you find. Also, be sure to take along a backpack with first aid supplies, water, food, and other items like this you might need while you’re out. A GPS can also come in handy when metal detecting, depending on where you go.
Where to start your search?
As you decide where to begin your search, consider places that were and are popular. Parks, beaches, and other outdoor areas are often ideal for finding jewelry simply because a lot of people go there, and also because they’re places where people are active. Old home sites can also yield interesting find, as well as maybe even your own backyard. Wherever you decide to start metal detecting for antique jewelry, be sure to always get permission from the land owner before you begin. Be sure to read the fun story entitled “1950’s Cocktail Ring” by Jerry Strickland to learn of a neat find with a metal detector.
Now that you know what to do, you’re sure to unearth some unique pieces of antique jewelry, among other treasures. These pieces would have stayed hidden for who knows how much longer; maybe even forever. Instead though, you can now enjoy them, and share their beauty with others.
Daniel Bernzweig manages MetalDetector.com in Southborough, MA. He has written on the subject of treasure hunting and metal detecting since the mid 1980’s. He enjoys traveling with his metal detector and helping to educate others in the correct use of metal detectors in their explorations.