Brent & Sylvie Madison, Author at The Ring Finders

Lost Engagement Ring Lost and Found in Water near Mauna Kea Hotel, Hawaii

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“”Team” has a French Ring to It!”

I was in the water, in the middle of a ring search, when my wife called me on my waterproof mobile phone.
Call this number when you’re finished your search! A couple had lost their engagement ring on a small beach near the Mauna Kea hotel.
I raced to the area and ran along the trail to access the beach. The sun was starting to go down and people were hiking out of the area. “Oh, good you’re coming – that lady is besides herself!” called one guy. Another group said, “She’ll be relieved you’re here!” said a group as I walked down to the sand with metal detector and scoop in hand. There seems to have been quite some drama and many people from the beach had been looking with them in the water for their lost gold and diamond engagement ring.
The couple greeted me and we got right in the water and marked out the area they’d been in. The tide was rising so I went as deep as I could stand in the water. Back and forth, I finally hit a target and was sure it was the ring – the couple came racing over and we were all disappointed to see it was a coin. As we were looking at the coin a group of young, French tourists came and in broken English, asked if they could help look. The water was so murky from the surf and low light that any help was welcome!
I kept on my search line and worked around the French “team” as they formed a line and went from deep to shallow with their masks on keeping in a wide line.
Just as we’d exhausted the search area – one of the young men swam up and handed a diamond ring to the fiance. The couple, myself and the French team all burst into shouts of victory – in English and French!
As the French man had broken the line and swam out beyond where we could stand, he’d seen a small flash and swam down to get it – sure enough, the ring had washed out with the tide but was still sitting on top of the hard-packed sand!
We walked back in and got a Team photograph – all giving the Hawaiian “shaka” as our international team symbol of victory. We learned a little French, they learned a little English – and there was a whole lot of International gratitude to all parties involved!

Diamond Ring Found and Returned in the Sand at Kukio Beach, Big Island, Hawaii

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Memory is a funny thing, especially under stress. So I often end up finding rings outside where they are “sure” to be!
So was it with Jayce and Jacqueline’s ring!

Jacqueline called me and I could hear in her voice she was feeling almost sick to her stomach.

It was her – and her extended family’s – first day in Hawaii and they’d gone to a tiny beach in the exclusive Kokio area to enjoy the ocean.

She’d noticed her wedding and engagement rings were loose, so carefully took them off – and also took Jayce’s wedding band – and placed them all in a pocket in her bag under the tree her large family was sheltering under.

She was thinking about the rings for a long time while enjoying the water and sunbathing – and sure enough, when she checked they were safe-and-sound, saw that her diamond ring was missing! How could it have fallen out?!

Her husband Jayce and other relatives of the family looked for hours through the sand under the little tree where they had lost the ring. Carefully they made a pile of stones and debris outside the area Jacqueline had been in, as they carefully sifted the sand with their fingers.


When they called me, they’d all but given up hope. I got there just an hour before sunset so got right to work. I decided to search where they were sure she’d lost it. Carefully, I made a careful search, being sure not to leave an inch uncovered. Every time I dug, Jacqueline’s father came over to inspect, disappointed over and over at the pennies and other junk I uncovered. Jacqueline couldn’t watch the repeated false alarms.

As I often do, I expanded my search area beyond where the ring is “sure to be”. I carefully searched the pile of rubble they’d made and listened carefully in case it was under it. “It’s not going to be there,” a few of them said as I got even further from the tree.

Then…I heard gold in the headphones and looked at her father. Jacqueline’s sister saw the look too and I dug with my sand scoop, ran over to see. On my third scoop, a diamond wedding ring…! Her father reached in and pulled it out. Suddenly they were all clapping and laughing – “It wasn’t there all along!” They almost cried in unison!


In the end, what had made the carefully placed ring disappear? A tiny hole in her bag had let the ring slip out.

The family left and I took a few photos of the quiet beach – and the little rock pile and said our little slogan – “We Save Marriages!” Glad to have looked for the ring where it wasn’t!


Big Diamond Ring Lost, Found and Returned at the Fairmont Orchid, Big Island, Hawaii

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I could tell by Jessica’s voice that she was upset when she called – just the simple act of putting on sunscreen and her $10,000 wedding band had gone flying. She and her friends had searched for hours…
Trying to pick it up was useless – the sand on most beaches is a sure ring trap.
By the time I got to the Fairmont Orchid hotel, she and her friends were hopeful I could find it, helped in part by the beach bar!
I searched and produced coins, hair clips and various bits of junk but no diamond-rimmed, white gold ring. I finally moved her husband and friend sitting on the side of the search area on a double-cabana bed. Move the chairs too guys…!
As I searched in the new space – suddenly bang! I heard a gold – but not gold – sound in my headphones. Digging out what was definitely her big diamond ring, I saw the reason for the strange signal. Somehow an old penny had found itself inside the band, giving me a signal of junk-and-gold at the same time! Happy news for all – Jessica now had tears of joy…

Lost Ring Recovered at Popular Snorkeling Reef on Hawaii’s Big Island

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“One Step, Two Step…Gone…”

Scott and Sue are visiting from the mainland and called to say Scott had lost his ring at Two Step, the popular snorkelling and diving spot in Captain Cook. It gets its name from literally two steps going off the lava flow into a bay with a beautiful reef and almost daily, dolphins swimming as they rest from the night’s hunt.
Two-Step is also full of coral and large rocks – and is actually quite a large place – so a lost ring could have fallen in one of a million holes never to be seen again.

Detectors aren’t great at finding rings over coral – first of all, the coil can bang into and damage corals so one has to be very careful when detecting around them, greatly slowing a search. Secondly, it’s hard for a metal detector to find objects over about 16 inches deep and most of the natural holes and spaces in coral goes deeper than that.
Scott and Sue arrived early in the morning and told me that the ring was lost two days earlier. Thankfully, he’d gone down the first step, down the second step and then dove in the water. As he turned to swim back to help his wife, the ring went flying. He and his friends had then spent the next three hours looking for it to no avail.
I geared up with a scuba tank and slipped into the water. The fresh water seeping out of the rocks made it hard to actually see – almost like looking through a clear kaleidoscope at times. Big rocks and piles of broken shell are immediately around the entrance area and I looked in about 8 feet of water – peering into crevasses and crannies, detecting the tiny pukas (holes) made by sea urchins, and the big rocks that had piled up from the recent, large surf. Glimmering from under one rock pile was a large, gold men’s ring hiding among the stones.

Scott helped me out and they couldn’t believe I’d found it having had searched so long in the same place. Scott had the ring for 38 years and said he was going to buy a silicone ring and put this one in a safety deposit box!
Glad to have helped out!

If you’re on the Big Island of Hawaii and have lost something valuable – call us immediatelyat (808) 430 5660!


Platinum ring lost, found and returned from roadside! Big Island, Hawaii.

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“Paved Platinum”
It was a long drive out to Kawaihae for me this morning from Kona – but it a much longer time for Ethan who had lost his ring after running out of gas a week ago.
Having returned to his car with gas, he managed to spill it all over his hands and shook them. When he did, his platinum ring flew off his finger to who-knows-where! It was instantly lost.
He’d gone back to the area numerous times and scoured the area with his hands in the dirt and grass, used a rake to hopefully bring it up and even gone at night with a flashlight in case he could see a glint off his platinum ring. No luck.
When he called me, he was doubtful I’d find it – even doubtful it had been lost there. “I’m 90% sure this is the spot I lost it…” he’d said.
I looked across the road and imagined it rolling to the other side. Trucks and traffic flew by.
Ethan had to go back to work at a local restaurant so I got out my Minelab Excalibur II and started immediately looking. Lots of trash at roadside – even in remote areas – nails, bottle caps, pull tabs, aluminum cans and …. then a platinum ring! It was so well ‘hidden’ under the dirt that even when it was in my hand and I was waving it over the detector coil, I couldn’t see it. I emptied the handful of dirt in my hand on a spot without grass or trash and poked through the sand and stones. There it was – lost no more!
I drove over to Ethan’s work and walked in with his ring in hand! A good day’s work – and a small stretch of roadside cleaned of trash!
(A friendly patron also filmed the return for me. Click the link below – it will download the 13 mb file, then Enjoy!)

Detector rental finds missing machine piece for local water bottling company! Big Island Hawaii.

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“Thinking Outside the Box”

We got a funny call for help the other day.
A water bottling company lost a nozzle used to fill their water bottles in one of their cases of water. It fell off the machine after a daily cleaning.
Not only was the stainless steel nozzle in one of the cases, it had certainly fallen INSIDE one of the water bottles which were now packaged and ready for delivery.
1680 CASES of water were being loaded onto the truck for international delivery when an engineer realized the piece had gone for a ride inside one of the bottles…
“Would our detector be able to the find a quarter-sized piece of stainless steel inside a water bottle?” was the first question we got on our call at 5pm.
An engineer did the 2 hour drive over the volcanos from Hilo to us here in Kona with a sample box of water containing a replicated ‘lost nozzle’ hidden in one of the bottles.
We switched on the detector and ran the detector’s coil over the box – a small blip – running over the side was a louder blip – then passing it under the box made a definitive BEEP! Made sense as the piece would have been sitting on the bottom of the bottle…
The engineer’s team as waiting for him – it would be a late night – so he raced back over the mountain and the employees started taking boxes off the 24 palettes – a total of 1680 cases of water, each holding 12 large water bottles. Phew! A clever employee rigged the detector’s coil so boxes of unopened water could be put atop the now upside-down coil.
After 10 palettes (700 cases) of passing boxes of water bottles on and off the detector – a definitive BEEP! Ripping the case open, sure enough, the missing piece of the machine was FOUND!
Great detective work – a real case of thinking outside the box to solve a problem – and glad we could have been of help with our humble metal detector!

Here’s a photo of some employees celebrating with the Garrett Sea Hunter after finding the missing piece with our metal detecting rental service!!!

Double Ring Recovery Day on Hawaii’s Big Island.

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Super Fast Double Ring Recoveries!
Super happy to have been able to help out Elena from California – and then an hour later – Dave from Montana to recover their rings!
Elena saw her ring fall off in the water. As it does, the sand swallowed her large gold ring seconds after it slipped off her finger in the water. Thankfully she’d had the sense to make a mental note of where she was – and since wave/water conditions are good right now, I was able to pull it out of the sand and water and return it to her in less than 30 minutes!

Elena from Los Angeles has her lost ring found and returned by Brent with Big Island Metal Detectors. Fairmont Hotel Beach, Hawaii

Elena from Los Angeles has her lost ring found and returned by Brent with Big Island Metal Detectors. Fairmont Hotel Beach, Hawaii


Separately but not far away, Dave had been walking down a beach path with a buddy when he noticed his wedding ring tightening around a swelling finger. He pulled the ring off his finger and as he did so, it slipped and fell into the coral rocks and sand. Dave’s buddy said he’d seen it fly off onto the right side of the trail. Human memory is a funny thing so we often look in a broader search pattern than where people swear something is! I looked on the left, opposite side of the trail, and within a few minutes heard the familiar sound of gold in my detector’s headphones!

Dave from Montana had his lost ring found and returned by Brent with Big Island Metal Detectors. Hilton Hotel and Marriott Hotel, Waikaloa Beach, Hawaii

Dave from Montana had his lost ring found and returned by Brent with Big Island Metal Detectors. Hilton Hotel and Marriott Hotel, Waikaloa Beach, Hawaii


The ring was hiding just under the dust and sand – and would never have been visible without a metal detector at work!
Glad to have found your rings – and happy to have returned them!

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Giant Gold Class Ring Found & Returned from Water at King Kamehameha Beach, Hawaii.

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I got a call about a lost class ring from a visiting teacher to Kona.

James – from Texas – had wanted to rent a detector from us, a service which we do provide.

As an instructor, his biggest challenge was that his classroom was a floating one – teaching on the big ship currently out in Kailua Bay – and he was stuck on the boat giving lectures then watch-shift. He could see the beach but not physically get to it!
Could we look for it on his behalf? Of course! That’s what we’re good at!

James described how he’d lost his ring – he been rough-housing with some of the students and was tackled in the water while at King Kamehameha Beach – he’d seen the ring fly off and sink to the bottom. Stamping his foot on it to mark the spot, he was confident that he’d could reach down through the water to pick it out of the sand, but then he was instantly tackled again – all hope of finding it was gone.

I went out with my detector and got in the water after a large number of paddlers finished beaching their large canoes. I watched as the sand churned under their feet and hoped the ring wasn’t getting deeper and deeper in the sand…!

I hadn’t gotten a good description of James’ ring, so wasn’t sure what type of tone I’d get as my Minelab Excalibur detector gives a variety of sounds based on the metal content (i.e. gold, platinum, tungsten, etc…) of a ring.

I picked up a few coins, some trash and then – bang! – my headphones gave off the sound of a massive gold object! I almost jumped as the sound was so loud it scared me! 

I scooped up the sand with my long-handled scoop – nothing – but there was definitely something down there! Another scoop and a bright yellow golden object flashed in the basket as the sand drained away! 

There it was in all its glory – a beautiful and massive golden class ring that was no longer lost! With the Texas A&M coat of arms on top, it must have weighed a quarter of an ounce!


We had to wait a day for James to come to shore – but he was thrilled to have his class ring returned. We laughed together about sheer size of this ring – and the fact that my ears were still ringing from when I found it! 

I’ll be sure to turn down the volume next time I look for another ring from Texas!

Recovered small key saves church big funds, Big Island, Hawaii

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We got a desperate call from a woman whose church group had helped organize a concert here on the Big Island – and one of the church’s parishioners had lent his car to the concert’s head performer.
The performer had a few hours to kill before his first concert so went to one of our local beaches. As he went back to get ready for his first performance, he suddenly realized his key – and the only key to the car – had been lost in the sand.
He looked for the lost key and finally had to ask to be picked up or miss the concert!
Some of the church members went to the beach the next morning to search for the key with rakes, carefully combing the sand in the area the musician had been.
After three hours they looked online and we got the call – and went immediately to the beach to join them in the hunt.
The site where the key was lost was quite small and had been scoured with rake marks. I searched the area for about 15 minutes with my Excalibur II metal detector, finding wire, fishing weights – and then hit a big target in the sand.
The car key materialized in my scoop as the sand strained out of it.
A key is such a small thing, but finding it saved the congregation from having to hire a tow truck to come to this remote spot and re-key the ignition.
We were happy to help – and remembered that sometimes the most valuable things are often what seem of least value – until they’re not!