He toiled day and night in icy streams around the mountains of Scotland.
John Greenwood was searching for gold with one aim in mind, to make engagement and wedding rings for his sweetheart from the thousands of tiny specks of precious metal he was collecting.
Morag's engagement ring, like the wedding bands, was hallmarked simply as 'Scottish gold' because gold from there is so rare.
In total John spent over 18 months painstakingly panning for tiny flecks of gold in the hills
Mr Greenwood and Morag Shearer tied the knot when the explosives technician slipped a beautifully crafted band on his fiancee’s finger, and she put a matching ring on his.
During three months from September 2011, equipped with just a trowel, shovel, rake and pan, he quietly went for gold, and emerged a winner.
John needed to collect far more gold than was used in the finished ring, to allow the jeweller to melt and cast it
Gold experts say John must have the Midas touch, after he collected 34 grammes in a few months
Over 18 months, he found almost 70g for wedding bands. Mr Logan told him: ‘A lot of people spend a lifetime panning in Scotland without finding enough for a ring.’