Man spends 18 months searching for gold to make wedding rings!

Published Wednesday, Oct 1 2014, 18:20 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
While most blokes may spend weeks or even months debating which engagement ring to buy, we reckon even their best efforts will be put to shame by this man, who spent nearly two years searching for gold to create his bride-to-be's bands!

Determined John Greenwood hunted through the streams of the Scottish Highlands to find enough precious metal gold to make both an engagement and wedding ring for his love, Morag Shearer.

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His efforts started way back in September 2011, when the 48-year-old knew he wanted to pop the question to his partner, but decided he wanted the ring to be extra special.

So he spent three months in the freezing Highland rivers, armed with a trowel, shovel, rake and pan. He collected every tiny speck of gold he could find and by December, he finally had 34g.

John was quoted in the Daily Mail explaining: "I was driven by it. They talk about gold fever – I was panning for gold in my dreams. I was out there every weekend and in the evenings in freezing cold water."

Goldsmith Grant Logan, from Mull of Kintyre, was then able to form tiny pieces into a ring that was embedded with sparklers.

After proposing to a surprised Morag, 42, the following Christmas Day, Grant returned to the chilly waters to pan for more gold – this time, for the couple's wedding bands.

And after a further 18 months, he'd gathered almost 70g, which was created into two rings for a mere £500. They were also engraved with "Scottish Gold" which increased the jewellery's worth, as gold from Scotland is very rare.

The loved-up pair recently jetted off to Antigua where they exchanged vows, along with the special rings.

Speaking about her new husband, Morag, a physiotherapist, gushed: "I feel very proud of John and very lucky."

John added: "It was an amazing feeling to put the ring on her finger. I was really overwhelmed."

Talk about a labour of love!

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