Officially setting the bar too high for all men in the world, one man spent 18 entire months panning for enough gold to make a wedding ring for his fiancée.
48 year old John Greenwood hiked up and down mountains in Scotland hunting and panning for gold.
“I started in September (2011) and by December I had 34 grammes, which is a huge amount. Some days I’d be camping next to the river and I’d start as soon as the sun was up and carry on for 14 or 15 hours a day,” he told the Scotsman (a local newspaper).
He ended up collecting 3.5 ounces in total (which is considered an incredible amount for a beginner). Gold experts were astounded; that much usually would take a lifetime to find!
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“It was a labor of love,” Greenwood explained. “I was panning for gold in my dreams.”
He went on to explain that it had a purity of 22+ carats, “and a significantly greater value than the gold market value thanks to its rarity.”
On their wedding day, Greenwood and his bride exchanged wedding rings made from the gold that he had found.
“I feel very proud of John, and very lucky,” his now-wife Morag said. “The ring is very unique and very special.”
What do you think about this man's "labor of love"? Do you think he is crazy, or is it extremely romantic? Let us know what you think in the comments!
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