The valuable ring was found by Joseph Cook, 37, while combing Hammock Beach in St Augustine, Florida using his metal detector. So far this year, he has returned $60,000 worth of items and has around 30 rings on a necklace he hopes to one day return to their owners.
The video shows Joseph digging the ring out of the sand and exclaiming in shock: “No way, man, whoah, look at that bad boy, holy crap, yo that’s real, I swear to god this is the biggest diamond I ever found on the beach”.
He immediately posted the videos to his social media channels and called local jewellery stores looking for people who may have lost rings.
Joseph, who is a content creator, explained: “When I went to the jewellers, they told me it was worth $40,000.
“I just said, ‘oh god that’s been sitting in my scooter for almost a week’, I couldn’t believe it.
“When I first found it I thought it would just be a nickel, but then I dug it up and it was just this big old diamond and platinum ring.”
Two weeks later, Joseph began receiving calls from a number he didn’t recognise.
He initially ignored them, but then realised it could be the owners of the ring.
Joseph ended up facetiming with a couple from Jacksonville, who had lost a similar ring.
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He said: “They were pretty happy, the wife was on a facetime call and she just said, oh my god I can’t believe it, and then she just started crying.”
Joseph met the ring’s owners near Hammock beach, three weeks after finding the ring and returned the piece.
“It felt really good, I’ve returned $60,000 of stuff this year, but nothing even close to this before.
“I really wasn’t disappointed that I had to return it, I’ve got a necklace with about 25 to 30 on it just so I can return them to their owners.
“Karma’s always good, every time I return an item, I find something better, so I’m happy I could give it back.”
The video was filmed on October 10.