Peyton’s 925 Sterling Silver Wedding Band with Colorful Stones
I was vacationing in Ocean City, Maryland when I received an email from a young man named James who was desperate to find his wife’s missing wedding ring. He found my metal detecting service on the THE RING FINDERS website. James and his wife Peyton were hanging out by the community pool located near their apartment complex. Peyton thought to do the right thing and hand her wedding band to James to bring it back to the apartment so that there would not be a chance that it would go missing at the pool. Little did she know that the ring would disappear between the time that she gave it to her husband and the time that he got back to the apartment.
James was completely undone by the loss of his wife’s ring. Not just because she entrusted him with it, but because he had lost his own wedding band two months after they got married in December of 2018. He explained to me that before he lost his wife’s wedding band, it was the only remaining ring that was exchanged at their ceremony when they got married since he still could not find his own ring that went missing earlier in the year. He was hopeful that his ring would one day turn up because he thought it may still be somewhere in the apartment. However, it had been nearly eight months since they got married and he did not have the matching wedding band anymore and his wife’s ring was all that was left to remind them of the covenant that was made with rings last year.
The lovely keepsake that went missing was made of sterling silver along with three colorful stones set within the band. They chose the red, blue and green colors because they are both into video gaming and the stones represent the crystals that they hunted for in a particular game. It’s so wonderful to hear stories of how people pick out their rings or even how they design them out of a common interest between the two of them prior to getting married. This was a great example of that kind of commonality with this couple.
After I heard that James had lost his own wedding band and now he lost his wife’s wedding ring after giving it to him to keep it safe from being lost at the pool, I felt like I needed to stand in the gap, and like a faithful soldier, help out my fellow man who needed another warrior in the trenches to help rescue him out of his dire situation.
Since I was so far away from the couple’s Columbia, Maryland residence at the time that I was vacationing at the beach, I called another Ring Finder member in our directory in Baltimore, Maryland, but he was unable to help for a couple of days. So James desperately requested my help to see if I could search and recover the sterling silver wedding band of Peyton’s before someone else might stumble upon seeing it and “pocket it”. I agreed to help them and arranged to meet up with James and Peyton early the next morning.
I quietly left the hotel room sometime around 5:30 in the morning to start driving through the night to Columbia, Maryland over to where James and Peyton lived. It was a beautiful morning and it was so quiet with nobody on the road in that first hour behind the wheel. I don’t have a problem driving long distances because I just love God’s surroundings and there’s always something to think about or listen to on my phone or on the radio while I’m driving to my next search site. Besides, I was on a mission to rescue James from a really tough situation and to return something so precious to his wife who was really upset about not having her ring back.
I believe I arrived at their apartment community sometime around 8:30 a.m.. I met James and Peyton outside in the parking lot and after a few minutes of having a brief “meet-and-greet”, the three of us took a walk from the parking lot area over to where the pool was located. I wanted to start at the beginning where Peyton handed off the ring to James just prior to its disappearance.
Once we covered the pool area, we walked from the pool entrance, down a walkway to a longer sidewalk, which took us in the direction of where their apartment building was located. While we strolled along, James and his wife shared how he was holding not only the ring but some other things, as well, including a popsicle stick and wrapper. He believed that it was possible that he got distracted with holding the wrapper and the other items and the ring fell out of his hand while walking back to their place. I was concerned that perhaps if he disposed of the wrapper, the ring may have ended up in a trash receptacle, but I learned that he held onto the wrapper as he walked back to the apartment. This told me that the ring most likely was lost on the sidewalk or in the grass.
When we got back to the parking lot where I had first greeted the two of them, Peyton gave a hug goodbye to her husband and wished me the best in my search. At this point, I had a pretty good idea of the whole story and now it was time to start the metal detecting process. James had taken me over to where one enters his apartment building on the ground floor. He was concerned that perhaps the ring may have fallen out of his hands and landed somewhere to the left or to the right of the concrete slab just in front of his apartment complex. I metal detected around that area and there was no ring to be found over in that section. We then went over to a small grassy knoll that was very close to where I parked my vehicle. Upon asking him some additional questions regarding the most probable places where he may have lost the ring, I started metal detecting in those areas near and around the grassy knoll decline. The first spot was a patch of grass around a tree. I could not find anything there but some soda can pull tabs and a couple of coins. I knew exactly the target signal that I was looking for on my detector because James was very clear that what we were looking for was a sterling silver ring. We moved a little higher up onto the grassy knoll area and it took no more than a minute or so before the first signal hit my detector and it was exactly in the range of a sterling silver ring. I thought to myself, “It can’t be this easy”. I began to pinpoint below the grass line and as I looked carefully in between the hairs of grass, there it was, Peyton’s beloved sterling silver wedding band that had disappeared the day before! The whole search probably took less than 5 minutes from the time I turned my machine on until I discovered the missing ring! I was so thrilled for this couple in being able to recover the ring! I not only returned the wedding ring, but I also rescued James from the doghouse because he just could not end up losing both wedding bands in less than a year of their marriage! James was so excited and completely relieved that I was able to help return this ring into the hands that had once placed it on Peyton’s finger last December! He would now once again be able to place this ring on Payton’s hand with a huge smile and a very large sigh of relief! We high-fived, he gave me a big hug and we shared in our happiness together before he called his bride on the phone and told her the fantastic news! Peyton was beyond happy with the end result of my search efforts and the young lady expressed her sincere gratitude for what I was able to do to help find her precious wedding band!
This ring recovery truly wrapped itself up to my satisfaction, knowing that I had traveled three hours inland on my vacation to help a couple find something that meant so much to them and that I successfully discovered the missing ring and was able to return it to its happy owner! The whole experience brought me such a thrill in assisting the very sweet newlywed couple find Peyton’s wedding band and help to continue a story that started last December when the knot was tied between James and Peyton – man and wife – truly two game winners!
“Brian took time off of his vacation to help me find my wife’s wedding ring that I had dropped on the way back from the pool to make sure we didn’t lose it. He called me back within minutes of emailing him with my situation and said that he could come out the next morning and help me. He did exactly that and found my ring in under 10 minutes. We had 4 people looking for it in the same places but couldn’t find it without Brian’s metal detector and his expertise. It means so much to both of us that Brian was able to retrieve our original wedding ring. The experience was fun, easy, and efficient. Thank you, Brian! You’re the best! It’s hard to believe that there is such a nice, honest, kind and self-less person in the world that was able to help me with this problem”.
– James and Peyton
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