Hey folks. Tom Ashworth and I went to the park in Llano where they just finished up with the LEAF (rock stacking) festival. This is a huge annual event that draws tourists and participants literally from all over the world. With the crowds, we were anticipating at least a couple of bucks in dropped coins each. Unfortunately, the coin drops were not as predicted. Most of what we were recovering were items that had been in the ground for a good while. For myself I recovered 1 quarter, 1 nickel, 1 penny, a really old buckle (from the river bed), a can lid, some barbed wire, and a couple of bolts. Tom did quite a bit better. He recovered 3 quarters, a nickel, 2 clad pennies, a 1920 Wheat penny, a 1946 Wheat penny, an intact 9mm cartridge, a 1946 10 centavos Mexican coin, a key, a lot of river trash, and a GOLD with DIAMOND ring. We were both excited about the ring. Tom recovered it in the riverbed next to a rock stack exhibit buried deep in the sand. It was stamped 14K and H.G.E. followed by a symbol. Based on how it looked as compared to the ring I inherited from my father I was guessing that the ring would appraise for $4k or better. WELLLLLLLL. Tom asked me to prepare this post for both of our finds. As per my custom I tried to research the markings to see if I could determine the manufacturer or perhaps a date range. What I found really threw me, and more especially Tom, for a major loop. The H.G.E. stands for "Heavy Gold Electroplate" meaning that the ring's base is an alloy that was then covered with a double layer of 14 carat gold by electroplating. Don't know if Tom has a diamond tester (if he does not I will bring mine to Saturday's meeting) but given the size of the stone and that the ring is gold plate, the chances of the diamond being a real diamond are rather iffy. Probably more likely to be CZ. Bummer. However, it is still a really neat ring and, as we all know, a ring is a ring. AND Tom also recovered two great wheaties and an old Mexican coin. Despite the heart-plunge, we both had a good time on this hunt.