Dave Millman, Author at The Ring Finders

Lost Silver Turquoise Ring Found in San Jose

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796

lost turquoise ring found in san joseChuck was barbequing in his San Jose back yard when he got some chicken grease on his fingers. So he wiped off his hands on his apron, and the next thing he knew, his custom silver and turquoise ring was gone.

Chuck and his family searched the plant beds without any luck. But the ring had to be there-he hadn’t shaken his hands hard enough for the ring to go far.

I dropped by Chuck’s house Wednesday afternoon. My 17-year-old dog Benji was with me to help with the search, and Chuck welcomed us both. Chuck showed me the BBQ and the plant beds where he’d been cooking, and I got to work.

The area was small, so it wasn’t long before I found the ring. It’s a beautiful custom ring that Chuck was happy to have back. Silver and gold have a habit of burying themselves deep in plants and grass, where they can be very hard to see. Look at the left-hand photo below to see how well hidden it was.

We both turned around to look for Benji…and found him swimming across the pool with his front paws on a pool float. Less than five minutes and the dog is in the pool. No harm done: back in 2010 it was raining when we recovered a ring our very first client for TheRingFinders. He gave us a towel, which I’ve kept in my car ever since. So Benji got dry fast and slept on the ride home, as usual.

 

Lost Ring at Santa Cruz Beach Volleyball Court…Found!

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796

Lost tungsten wedding ring found on Santa Cruz beachBogdan and his wife Karina were spending the day in Santa Cruz with more than 15 members of their church group from Sacramento. Early this afternoon they set up a volleyball net and started a great game. Near the end of the game, Bogdan swung his hands hard near the net, and saw his wedding ring fly off his finger.

They instantly stopped the game and everybody began searching for the ring. They even built a sieve from a soccer goal net and scooped sand into it for an hour and a half. But no luck-they could not find the ring. So they searched the internet and found TheRingFinders.

I got the call a little after 5pm, and made it down to Seabright Beach in Santa Cruz by about 6:30. The whole group was still there, and they all watched as I started my grid search. Because Bogdan had been playing at the net and thought his ring flew forward, the first search area was the other half of the court. After about half an hour I was confident the ring was not there.

Next came the side of the court Bogdan was playing on. After two passes I got a clear tone, which turned out to be his ring. Everybody went home happy tonight. Bogdan and Karina, thank you for the generous reward!

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Lost Platinum Engagement Ring Found at Santa Cruz Marina

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796

Tami's lost platinum engagement ring, found on santa cruz geachTami and Matt enjoyed the sun and sand at Santa Cruz beach on Wednesday. At one point, Tami removed her rings and put them in the cup holder on her folding chair. When it was time to go, she folded up the chair, packed up and walked to the car.

It wasn’t until Thursday that Tami noticed her rings were missing. She checked the chair and found her wedding band in the cup holder. But the engagement ring was nowhere to be found. Tami and Matt retraced their steps with no luck, so on Thursday afternoon she called TheRingFinders.

I got to the beach at 8:30pm as the last of the sunlight disappeared. Tami showed me where they had been sitting, between the catamarans and the lifeguard station. I marked the zone, started to sweep, and found Tami’s beautiful custom ring on the third pass.

Tami and Matt and the lost engagement ring found in Santa Cruz

Tami, Matt, thank you for the generous reward!

Lost Wedding Ring Found on Santa Cruz Beach

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796

lost wedding ring found in santa cruzAngela and Todor and their extended family enjoyed a day at the beach in Aptos. Todor played rugby by the waterline, always being mindful of his wedding ring. While it was snug on his finger, he paid close attention so that he wouldn’t lose it.

Then as they were packing to leave, Todor noticed his ring was missing. The whole family searched but they could not find it. At about 5:15pm they called TheRingFinders.

I made it to the beach by 6:45. Then Murphy’s law struck hard: My metal detector failed, and the batteries for the backup metal detector were still in the charger back at home.

Crawling along using a handheld pinpointer, I searched the small area of dry sand where Angela and Todor had spread their blanket, finding only a bottle cap and three coins. This was a clue: when a public beach is clean without lots of junk like pull tabs, foil and coins, it means that other metal detectorists regularly search the area. If that happened before we recovered Todor’s ring, he might never see it again. So they decided to wait while I drove back to get the batteries and holder for detector #2.

I made it back to the beach by 8:45, shortly after sunset. Searching after dark is fun: No crowds, lower temperatures. I quickly searched the blanket zone in the dry sand again, finding an earring and some junk. Then we moved to where Todor had been playing rugby.

Todor showed me the area, and I marked it with tent stakes. The tide had dropped, so we didn’t have to contend with any water. The first 30 minutes were a bit nerve wracking because I found no targets at all. This sometimes means that the wave action has moved all targets to the bottom of the sea.

Then I hit a strong signal smack in the middle of the search zone. Todor’s ring was about four inches down in the wet sand. He’d been very observant, and marked the rugby zone perfectly.

Todor, Angela, thank you for the generous reward! I’m happy you got your ring back.

If you’ve lost your ring or jewelry anywhere in Silicon Valley between San Francisco, San Jose and Santa Cruz, give me a call!

Two Rings in One Scoop

from Santa Cruz (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

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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. The red box shows where she thought the rings might be. 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 Santa Cruz (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 Santa Cruz (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!

 

Click here to read more stories about rings recovered all over the San Francisco Bay area. If you’ve lost your ring or jewelry anywhere in Silicon Valley between San Francisco, San Jose and Santa Cruze, give me a call!

Lost Wedding Ring Found in San Jose

from Santa Cruz (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 Santa Cruz (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 Santa Cruz (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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