Posted November 04, 2018 09:37:50 A rare antique hearing earring has been found in a bush in New South Wales, sparking a hunt for the owner and possibly the man who found it.

The earring is thought to be the most valuable earring ever found.

It’s believed to be about 25 years old and was found by a local bushwalker last week in the Australian outback.

The man who dug it up said he was surprised when he found it there and thought it had been thrown away, but when he got back to the spot it was gone.

The bushwalker, who was not named, said he and his family had travelled to the area a couple of years ago and the earring was just sitting there in the bushes.

He said it had a silver-coloured ring on it and was probably a vintage hearing aid.

He had heard rumours that someone had made an earring out of the earrings he found and they were worth a lot more than they are.

The ranger, who did not want to be named, was also unsure if the ear ring belonged to the same person who found the ear, but thought it might be worth more.

The New South Welsh State Government said it was offering a $500 reward for information leading to the identification of the owner of the gold-colored earring.

The ring is believed to have been made by someone who was involved in the production of the hearing aids used by the British army during World War II.

The Government said an anonymous tip was sent to Crime Stoppers and Crime Stabilisation Unit officers in Queensland on Friday.

The tipster said the ear was found in the bush on Thursday night.

A team from the NSW Department of Primary Industries and Industry will be looking for the ear and will be travelling to the location where it was found.