Dave Millman, Author at The Ring Finders

Two Rings in One Scoop

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796

Two lost rings found in Chrissy field in the Presidio, San FranciscoRiana called me two weeks ago. She and Chris had visited San Francisco over the weekend. They had enjoyed a wonderful vacation, including a visit to the beach at Chrissy Field in the Presidio.

While Chris took photos, Riana put her hand in the sand. She didn’t notice that when she pulled out her hand, her rings were missing. It was only later that she noticed the rings were gone.

They searched for hours without success. It was only after returning home to Las Vegas that Riana discovered TheRingFinders. Though she was upset when she called, she and Chris were able to give clear descriptions of where they had been on the beach. Chirs sent more than a dozen photos, plus screenshots from Google Earth showing where she thought they had been.

Chris and Riana agreed to meet back at Chrissy Field on Sunday at 7:00am. First, they positioned themselves by memory, and I marked out a square search zone with Riana in the middle. While I searched that zone with my metal detector, Chris stood where she had taken the photos and compared them to what was on her camera screen. When I found nothing in the first search zone, she suggested I move closer to the water. After searching this second zone for just a few minutes, I got a good tone. I stuck my scoop into the sand, and came up with two gold rings.

Riana and Chris, thank you for coming back to San Francisco for the hunt. I couldn’t have found the rings without you. It was my pleasure to return them to you.

 

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Map showing where the lost rings were found

Lost rings found in the presidio

Look closely at the photo on the left: the lines in the sand show search zone 2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the left is the first map Krysta sent me. That’s a large search area-it’s a good thing they came back to narrow it down! Using their memories and carefully comparing photos, we were able to narrow down the search to Zone 1 and Zone 2 shown in the small green boxes. That’s a lot smaller area!

On the right is one of the photos they took the first day. If you look really closely, you can see Riana’s rings are already missing from her left hand.

Lost Wedding Ring at Bus Stop in Sunnyvale-Found!

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796

In-Hee was waiting at the bus stop in Sunnyvale, in the Palo Alto-Mountain View-San Jose area. At one point, he reached down to brush the dust off his pants. A few brisk movements and he saw his white gold wedding ring fly off his finger into the thick clumps of fescue grass that lined the street. He searched for a couple of hours but could not find his ring. Then he searched online for metal detector rentals and found TheRingFinders. I made it up to the bus stop just a few hours after he lost the ring.

Take a look at the photos below: The grass clumps were THICK! I was unable to use my large metal detector, instead having to search around and through each clump with my handheld pinpointer. This meant a lot of crawling around on my hands and knees. Fortunately, unlike some public areas, the ground had very little trash: in the first half hour all we found were two pieces of aluminum foil, a penny, and a dozen large staples holding down the irrigation hoses. All of these signals were on the ground surrounding the clumps of grass.

Then, almost to the end of the area where In-Hee thought he might have been, I got the very first signal from inside a clump. It was a faint signal, hard to repeat, but when it did repeat, it was his ring, buried deep inside the clump. As you can see from the photos, it was impossible to find visually!

  

In-Hee was happy to get his ring back. This is how we like to wrap up ring searches!

Click here to read more stories about lost rings found in the San Francisco Bay Area (Peninsula, San Jose, Silicon Valley, East Bay). Over 60 recoveries and counting!

 

 

 

 

A repeat customer loses his ring again…and recovers it again!

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796

Lost ring found in Campbell CaliforniaRecently I got a call. “Do you hunt for lost rings with your daughter? You round my ring for me a few years ago…I lost it again.”

Way back in 2010, Vince lost his wedding ring in a park. My daughter and I found it for him. It was one of our first recoveries for TheRingFinders, so we remember it well. Click here to read that story.

This time, Vince was playing a ball game with his three sons on the trampoline in their back yard. While he was bouncing up and down, he reached down for the ball and gave it a hard throw. To his dismay, he watched his ring fly off his finger. They searched for hours, but couldn’t find it.

I made two trips over to Vince’s house. We searched his yard, under the trampoline, and his neighbor’s yard (across the fence to the left of the photo below. But no ring. There was only one possibility left: The ring had flown backwards, over the fence behind his head, into a different neighbor’s yard. That neighbor wasn’t home, but Vince said he would contact him as soon as possible.

The next day, Vince sent me an email with a photo of his ring. It had been sitting on top of the grass in that neighbor’s yard. This time Vince is going to get the ring resized!

 

 

Lost Wedding Ring Found in San Jose

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796

Lost wedding ring found in San JoseHere in the San Francisco Bay area, we all go through a routine in November: clean your gutters and prepare for rain, because the next few months are likely to get wet. Eddie cleaned his gutters on Friday, scooping out leaves and debris from each section, then moving the ladder and doing it again. He was almost done when he noticed that his wedding ring was missing. This happens a lot: your hand gets cold and wet, and the ring slips right off your hand.

Eddie searched  for a couple of hours but couldn’t find the ring. He knew he was wearing it when he started the job, so he bought a metal detector and tried using that. Unfortunately, with the stress of losing your wedding ring, it can be pretty hard to learn how to use a metal detector! So he called TheRingFinders.

I made it over to Eddie’s house on Sunday morning. He showed me everywhere he had worked on the gutters, and was very confident that the ring had been on his finger when he started. So I started searching. The only thing that slowed me down was the hedges and plants: they were pretty thick along one side of the house. We even thought we got a signal from the top of a thick hedge where Eddie had thrown a pile of leaves, but that turned out to be a dead end.

Eddie and his wife Margaret gave up hope after a couple of hours, but I kept hunting. There was one section of planter bed that we had skipped because it required searching on my hands and knees with a small, handheld metal detector called a pinpointer. It only took a couple of minutes in that bed before the pinpointer started beeping like mad. There, against the concrete and covered by mulch, was the ring.

Everybody went away happy that morning!

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Gorilla Hair Grabs Platinum Wedding Ring

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796

Earlier this week, Dave was creating a new landscape in front of his San Jose home. He cleared the yard, dug holes, planted bushes and spread Gorilla Hair mulch to cover the whole front yard. Then he installed landscape lighting and a drip irrigation system. When he was all done the yard looked great! Unfortunately he realized as he was cleaning up that his platinum wedding ring was missing. Having been married only a few months, Dave and his wife were understandably upset.

Dave’s wife Mizuho contacted me Tuesday, then Dave and I spoke on Wednesday. Based on all the details he had, and how confident he was that the ring had come off while he was working, I told him that there was a very high likliehood I could find his ring.

I made it out to their home this morning. Dave felt strongly that he lost the ring somewhere in the main section of the front yard, but there was a possibility it could have come off in several other places. We decided to start the search in the front yard where he had spent the most time. Unlike some properties, the yard was fairly clean of metallic objects. In the first couple of minutes I found only one nail and one mystery target too deep to be the lost ring.

Then after only about four or five minutes of searching, a nice strong tone rang out of my metal detector. The ring was there, completely hidden under the Gorilla Hair. Dave grabbed Mizuho, there was much rejoicing and even some discussion about how to keep his new wedding ring on Dave’s hand. My best advice? Never wear precious jewelry while working, at the beach or on vacation!

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Lost Tungsten Carbide Wedding Ring Found in San Mateo

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796

lost wedding ring found in san mateoMelanie and her husband were enjoying the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend when they decided to go outside and toss around a football. They had fun for a while, until her husband’s beautiful tungsten carbide wedding ring disappeared into the grass. They searched for hours last night and this morning with no luck.

Then Melanie found TheRingFinders. I was able to get up there this morning, less than 24 hours after the ring disappeared. Melanie showed me the place in the ivy where her husband had stumbled catching one of her passes, and the place by the pool where he had caught another with a spectacular, Super Bowl-worthy jump catch. She hoped that the ring had fallen off in one of these locations.

I searched the ivy and surrounding grass with no luck. Ivy is always a problem, because metal detectors have a practical range limit of 8-12 inches, and ivy can sometimes be thicker than that. The thicker the ivy, the harder it is to press it down with the metal detector coil. So I spent almost half an hour searching the small ivy patch with my metal detector until I was satisfied that the lost ring was not there.

Next came the patch of grass near the pool. Underneath the robust Bermuda grass was a tangled thicket of roots and runners. Rings will drop through all of this to rest on the dirt, making Bermuda grass the ideal hiding place. I spent another half hour searching here until the metal detector sang out with a sweet, shallow tone. The ring was very well hidden under the grass and runners.

Thank you Melanie for the reward. I’m glad I was able to help your husband get his ring back!

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Lost Ring Found on Silicon Valley Volleyball Court

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796

Lost ring found on silicon valley volleyball courtBahubali was practicing with his team for a volleyball game this afternoon. But before the game even started, his handmade wedding ring flew off when he hit the ball. He knew it flew into the sand, but he could not see any trace of it. Being a loyal team player, he played the game, helping his team win the tournament. But he could not find the ring anywhere.

Bahubali searched the internet for metal detectors and metal detector rentals, and found TheRingFinders. I was able to make it out today before sunset. He showed me where he was standing, and how he hit the ball.

Fortunately, the sand was very clean, with no bottle caps or coins like you find on the beach. Within just a few minutes I got my first tone on the detector. It was Bahubali’s handmade ring from southern India.

When I noticed that it was a deeper orange color than most gold rings, he explained that the ring was made of 24K gold. If you’ve never seen pure gold before, you will be surprised at the color. It is also very soft, as Bahubali demonstrated that it was easier to bend his ring than copper wire of similar diameter. It’s a great looking ring!

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Click here to read more stories of lost rings found in Silicon Valley, San Jose, Palo Alto and Menlo Park.

What to do if you lose your ring or jewelry

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796

Here are some tips to help recover your ring, earring, necklace, watch or other jewelry:

The first thing to do is STOP. Look around, notice where you are, and what landmarks are right near by. If you are at the beach, are you near a lifeguard station, cabana, boardwalk or trash can? At a park, are you near a light pole, bench, tree or volleyball court? Unfortunately, too many people can only say, “I lost my ring on Ocean Beach” which is hundreds of acres in size, and far too large to search.

In a large area like a beach or park, it is crucial to look around immediately to identify landmarks. Third fence post from the end? Lined up with the small tree straight ahead, and just above the large rock over to the right?

If you’re on the beach, put a stick into the sand where you think you lost your item, but also gather up 20 shells or rocks and sprinkle them in a pattern a few feet in every direction. This pattern is much more likely to survive the night if we can’t get to your location that day.

If you are not sure where you lost your item, retrace your steps. When do you last remember wearing your jewelry? What is the last thing you remember doing? For example, it is quite common to lose a ring after applying lotion or washing your hands. Earrings and necklaces can slip off during sports, while changing clothes, or while arranging picnics and blankets.

Next, make a specific list of the places you have been since last seeing your ring.

Now you are ready to search. Be gentle! Tell everyone to walk around slowly, and search with their eyes. Avoid using rakes or other tools, as far more items are dragged into cracks, drains, holes, etc. by inexperienced searching than are recovered that way. You cannot recover what you do not see!

Do you have a smart phone? Open up the map, drop a pin on your location, and send the pin to TheRingFinders. This will save the GPS coordinates of your location so we can go right to that same spot later. This is VERY important on large beaches.

At the beaches in San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Soquel, Aptos, Capitola, Monterey and Carmel, we commonly recover items as deep as 6 or 8 inches, even when they were lost that day. The ring will usually start about half an inch under the sand, but get pushed deeper as it gets stepped on by searchers. While our equipment can find items up to about 10-12 inches, but recoveries that deep are much harder than those on the surface. If you know where the item is lost, and cannot see it, call us quickly!

At parks in Santa Clara, San Mateo San Francisco and Marin counties, lost items usually remain on the surface, hidden in the grass or ground covering. Our advice is the same: Walk the area slowly and gently, using your eyes to do the work. Many items can be recovered through careful visual searches. Avoid rakes or other tools: we have seen small items tossed ten feet through the air when they catch on a a rake tine, then the rake hits a bump. Sproing!

If you do not find your item quickly, contact The RingFinders! We have successfully recovered jewelry of every description all up and down the San Francisco Peninsula. People have contacted Ring Finders from San Jose, Santa Clara, Los Gatos, Cupertino, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Los Altos, Redwood City, San Mateo, San Francisco, Sausalito, Santa Rosa and Mill Valley. We work at parks, schools, private property (with permission) and businesses. We’ve also done beach recoveries in San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Soquel, Aptos, Capitola, Monterey and Carmel.

If you have lost a ring or other jewelry in the San Jose-San Francisco area, contact me. We work on a reward-only basis. My daughter and I frequently hunt together, increasing your chances of recovery. Click here to read more stories about finding lost rings.

Good luck!

P.S. Here are just a few of the 60+ rings that I’ve found for people who contacted me through TheRingFinders. As of July 2016, members of TheRingFinders have recovered more than 3000 rings and jewelry items all around the world!

Ring found buried deep in the mud Lost antique heirloom rings found in Sausalito Gold & Black Diamond Wedding Ring
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Wedding ring found at Stinson Beach Two lost rings found in deep grass Lost heirloom ring recovered on Alameda beach
Ring featuring Lakshmi Hindu goddess of wealth cowelltree Two lost heirloom wedding rings found in Los Gatos
Lost platinum ring found with metal detector in Redwood City Lost wedding ring los gatos Sarah's wedding set.
We found Kelly's silver diamond ring in the deep grass The wedding ring we found in Los Gatos with metal detectors photo (1)sm

Lost Platinum Wedding & Engagement Rings Found on Pacifica Beach

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796

Beautiful platinum wedding and engagement rings found at Pacifica beachNick contacted me on Saturday evening. His wife Sherry had spent the day on Pacifica beach, and had lost her wedding and engagement rings while shaking sand off her hat. She search thoroughly, but could not find the rings. Then she did the smartest possible thing: She looked around to mark good landmarks for the exact spot, AND also got GPS coordinates by marking her location on her iPhone map.

Nick searched the web for metal detector rentals, and found TheRingFinders. We spoke on Saturday night and agreed to meet Sunday morning on the beach.

When we met at 10am this morning, Pacifica was foggy and cold as usual (this is the end of June after all!) Sherry showed us the spot based on her landmarks (in this case, the fence posts along the sidewalk at the top of the beach). This matched the GPS coordinates and the other, less permanent items like the remains of a hole that kids had dug in the sand. So I started detecting.

The wedding band popped out of the sand after about five minutes. The engagement ring barely registered, but just a whisper near the hole for the wedding band was enough to find it a minute later.

Nick, Sherry, thank you for trusting me to find your rings!

The GPS location helped find the lost ringSherry was happy to get her platinum wedding set back

Lost Wedding Found in Oakland on Father’s Day

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796

Lost palladium wedding ring found in OaklandPhil was gardening in his back yard in Oakland when he felt his ring get pulled off his finger by the chain link fence. Even though the area was small, he couldn’t find the ring anywhere, and he was worried that it might have gotten pulled through the fence to the neighbor’s yard. So he called TheRingFinders.

I arrived on Father’s Day morning. It was clear why Phil couldn’t find the ring: Lots of plants, tight spaces, and lots of loose dirt. I started hunting on my hands and knees with my pinpointer, because there was no room to swing a big detector.

The first metallic target was a large staple that held down an irrigation hose. The second target was buried deep in the dirt and leaves. It took a minute to dig it out, but it turned out to be Phil’s ring. Some recoveries just go fast–this one did because Phil knew the area where he lost the ring.

Everyone went away happy this morning!

 

Phil with his lost ring, found in his Oakland back yardThe lost ring buried in the dirt and leaves