Christina McCree – Ring Finder for northern Alabama and southern/middle Tennessee…call or text ASAP, anytime 24/7…610-504-6135
This was my second of two ring searches on May 9th, 2022. This one was in Maysville, AL for a 14K white gold mother’s ring and the first one was in Lincoln, AL for a 14K yellow gold wedding band. It’s about a 2 hour and 15-minute drive between the two locations. I’m very happy to report that both rings were successfully found! Ring search #2…
I received a text message from Heidi on Sunday, May 8th, 2022. This happened to be Mother’s Day and Heidi said that she lost her mother’s ring that same day. Heidi explained that she was weeding the side of the driveway earlier in the day and noticed that the ring was missing shortly after. I thought that this was a typical mother’s ring where the ring contains the children’s birthstones, but this was not the case. This ring actually belonged to Heidi’s mother and was passed on to her. It was in their family for about 65 years! Unfortunately, Heidi’s mother passed away 2 years ago. Heidi’s sister had the smaller rows of diamonds added. Their mother had a hinge added to the ring when she developed rheumatoid arthritis. Heidi said that the hinge would sometimes pop open, and she believed that the white gold ring came off while she was pulling the weeds. She wasn’t wearing gloves. This ring is extremely sentimental to Heidi and her family. It was imperative that I find it.
The search was scheduled for the following day (Monday, May 9th, 2022) around 5pm when I got there after work. However, I ended up getting a call for another lost ring in the Coosa River in Lincoln, AL. I ended up going to that one immediately, because it was lost in a public area. I like to go to those types of search ASAP to avoid the potential of someone else finding the ring. If that happened the owner may never see the ring again. I went to that search in Lincoln. I thought it would be a quick one and I would make it to Maysville around the time we originally scheduled, but that Lincoln search ended up taking around 2 hours. I didn’t make it to Heidi’s house in Maysville until just after 8pm. I apologized profusely, but Heidi said that she understood due to where the ring in Lincoln was lost. Heidi said that I could come back the following day, but I had my high lumens headlamp and flashlight with me, so it would be no problem. I told her that I would do a quick scan and if I didn’t find it, I would come back the following evening for a more thorough search.
Heidi took me to the area where she had been pulling weeds from the side of her driveway on Sunday. I had told her not to throw anything away, so Heidi left all of the weeds in front of that spot. The search area wasn’t too big, so I thought that I had a good chance for a recovery that night. I turned on my Minelab Equinox 800 metal detector with the 10×5 Coiltek coil and started my search. The first signal I checked turned out to be wires from an electrical pole. I kept going and the next signal I had was a loud and solid tone in the lady’s gold range. I bent down to check it with my Garrett AT Pro pin pointer. I parted a couple of leaves and saw that shine of white gold beaming back at me! I looked back at Heidi and said, “GOT IT!” Heidi was shocked, because I had just started searching. She quickly came over and her eyes locked on her mother’s ring. She bent down, picked it up, and gave me the biggest hug! I could feel the stress melt away and tears of happiness. Best feeling in the world! I’m so blessed that I get to do this.
We determined that the hinge had popped open and caused the ring to come off. Heidi said that she was going to take it to the jeweler and get it fixed. We walked over to the front porch to take some pictures. Heidi’s husband, Bart, walked out and gave me a big fist bump. He said, “thank you for making my wife happy!” We chatted for a few minutes, and I got a few more hugs from Heidi. Heidi is the owner of Flint Ridge Farm, a full-service horse boarding and teaching facility. If you’re ever in the Maysville, Alabama area, please check them out!
While it was a long day between working half a day and going on 2 ring searches, the searches/returns are the thing that I love doing the most and were well worth the effort! I praise God for another successful recovery! I wonder what type of adventure the next call will bring…
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