I got a call this Sunday afternoon from Bonnie who asked if they could rent a metal detector to find a wedding ring lost in the sand at Surfers point in Ventura. When I explained that she would be better off having me come out to try and locate the ring she agreed and I was out the door on my way to Surfers Point. Surfers point is a popular place to surf and windsurf across from the Ventura County Fairgrounds. When I arrived there seemed to be 30 windsurfers in the water taking advantage of the wind at the point. After I met up with everyone it became quite clear that the wind also played a part in the ring getting lost.
The ring had been placed in the cup holder beneath a cell phone in a fold up chair. Unfortunately the chair was positioned just so it could take advantage of a gust of wind and as luck would have it, the wind came up and picked up the chair, the phone and the wedding ring and threw them across the beach. I outlined an area to begin my search and began gridding the area. First target was a tiny piece of junk and then about 30 seconds later I got a solid 9-10 on my Minelab Equinox, sunk in my scoop and pulled the ring out. A quick confirmation from everyone confirmed we had it and the ring and it’s story was safe. Another happy ending for Ventura County Metal Detecting Services and the family. This is the best job anyone can have!
I got a frantic phone call last night from a young lady who had lost her wedding ring in the sand at Pierpont Ventura beach. It was getting dark so I threw my headlamp into the truck along with my detector and scoop and raced out to the beach. When I got there I met Sarah who proceeded to tell me the story of her lost ring. Ventura county has been in the middle of a heat wave so Sarah decided to bring her 4 kids and 2 dogs from her house inland to the beach for a respite from the heat. She had evidently placed her ring in a secure bag along with her phone and placed it into her cart. Sometime during the day she had taken the phone out to take some photos of the kids and as bad luck would have it, her ring came out to. Unfortunately she didn’t see it go out or where it landed but knew it was gone.
By the time I got searching the fog had rolled in, it was dark and my headlamp was all that would illuminate the sand. I walked a series of grid patterns up and down the dry sand but couldn’t locate the ring. I told Sarah and her husband I’d be back in the morning when it was light to find it.
When I got there the sun was just coming up and I proceeded to re-walk my existing grid lines and expanded my search even further. Sarah had thought she lost it in the dry sand so I focused all my attention there and continued to increase my gridding. After two hours of hunting in the dry sand I decided to try the wet sand on the off chance she had lost it there. The high tide was big last night so I figured she may have been in the dry during the day but now it was in the wet. After about 3 minutes of working the wet I got a strong target sound, put my scoop in the sand and out came Sarah’s ring!
I called Sarah and she excitedly met me at the beach and told me some more back story about the ring. Sarah shared that she was a Las Vegas shooting survivor and how when the bullets were flying out she was hiding in the fetal position and all she could do was look at her ring, think of her husband and 4 children and pray that God would get her through this. When people ask why I do this (find rings) it’s because it’s not just a ring but it’s someone’s story. The ring isn’t valuable because it’s worth money it’s valuable because it tells a story.The story didn’t end there though as I shared with my wife the good news and sent her a picture of Sarah with the ring. My wife and I are both school teachers by trade and she mentioned that Sarah looked familiar and that she had a Sarah years ago and she wondered if they were one in the same. My wife has an amazing memory as I can’t remember students I had last year and here she is saying she had Sarah in the 2nd grade 30 years ago. I texted Sarah asking her where she went to elementary school and sure enough, my wife was Sarah’s 2nd grade teacher. You just never know how your story will turn out.
I got a text this morning from Jason who explained he had lost wedding his ring near the north side of the Ventura Pier on Saturday asking if I could help him find it. Seeing as how school is out for the summer I told him I’d meet him in 30 minutes at the swings and we’d get started. Once we met he explained that he had taken off his ring to put sunscreen on his young son, and had left the ring on his son’s shirt. Well as fate would have it he got dive bombed by a bunch of angry seagulls looking for food and the seagulls grabbed his son’s shirt and flew off with the ring on it. Panic set in, and of course his son got fussy so he had to end his search. We figured out a likely area and I marked off a 20’x20′ box in the sand with my scoop and proceeded to detect. Less than a minute in I got a nice clear signal on my equinox and out popped his rose gold wedding ring. It was an awesome find because the smile it put on his face was priceless.
I got a call this morning from a colleague that works at the high school in our school district (I’m at the middle school) and he was in need of me finding his ring. Joe is a giant of a man but a real teddy bear at heart and has positively affected 1,000’s of kids in the community of Fillmore in all the time he has worked at FUSD. He and his wife had gone to the beach last night and while he was shaking the sand of his feet to leave he didn’t realize that his wedding ring also shook off. It was late when they were almost home when he realized his ring was missing. Joe and his wife are Christians and they prayed about what to do and they started to look online for how to find a lost ring at the beach and he saw my website and Ringfinders link and didn’t realize that I was a Ringfinder and he called me. After he briefed me on the beach he was at (Ventura harbor Beach) I had a really good idea where he was at and after school was out I headed out to the harbor to find his ring.
Joe had given me very specific instructions as to where he thought they were (232 steps from end of cement walkway) the only problem being was there are three cement walkways at this particular location. I chose the one I thought would be most likely and made my way down the beach.
When I got to the location I sized it up as if I had been there and set out to grid out the area to find the ring. My only fear was he had lost it somewhere along the 232 steps to the location which would make this return more difficult. My first signal was junk and then I got a great sounding hit on my Excalibur II and there was gold in my scoop. There was no doubt this was Joe’s ring as there are very few humans around here with a finger the size of his. The ring is so big you could use it as a fishing weight. I face-timed him to show him the ring and the rest is history. The ring was back!!
I checked in with the Lost and Found on Craigslist this afternoon and saw a post for a lost Titanium wedding band at Mondo’s beach in Ventura which is just south of Faria beach colony. Evidently Jared was out surfing on Saturday afternoon while his wife and 4 year old daughter relaxed on the beach. Jared’s wife got up for something and out went the ring into the sand. As normally happens she panicked started reaching into the sand and then kids who were next to her on the beach joined in and suddenly there were a bunch of hands in the sand moving the ring around.
I got directions from Jared as to where he was at Mondo’s and I had a good idea of where to look as I have surfed this particular break many times and I know the beach well. Jared was able to meet me there and I happened to be within 10 feet or so of where he and his family had been and he marked out an area and within a minute or so I got a 36 on my new XP Deus and i dug in and we had a wedding ring in the scoop! It was an awesome way to end a great day as the sun was beginning to set as Jared and I were both pumped we got the ring back. Another happy ending for Jared and Ventura County Metal Detecting Services, proud member of the best jewelry recovery team in the business, The Ringfinders. If you’ve lost your ring don’t hesitate to call me at 805-290-5009 so I can find your ring.
After church I got a phone call from a nice young lady who was having a terrible weekend. While camping at Carpinteria State Beach for the Avocado festival she had somehow lost the ring her mom had given her. Ironically her mom had given her this ring to help combat some of the bad luck she had been having lately. To add insult to injury the people camping next to her had backed into her Honda Civic on their way out crushing her left rear quarter panel! So we had our work cut out for ourselves when we got there. Since it’s a beach camping spot there were nails, bottle caps and about .70 cents in the sand. We had been hunting for it for about 20 minutes when I got a mid tone 57 on my new XP Deus in amongst the iceplant and sand so I dug it up and BINGO! WE GOT GOLD IN THE SCOOP!
Here’s the aftermath
Amrit and all her family were pumped and we were too as it’s always exciting when you can help someone. In the event you have lost a ring call Ventura County Metal detecting Services at 805-290-5009 as soon as you can because time is not on your side when it comes to finding your precious jewelry.
We were out hunting for a lost tungsten wedding band just south of Ventura State beach and after an hour into the hunt I came across a huge signal in the sand. One scoop of the sand was all it took and in my scoop was a nearly brand new Samsung 8 smart phone. It was a recent drop in the past day or two as the battery was nearly dead so I took it home to charge it and to see if I could locate the owner. After charging it up the front of the phone came on and said if found please call Marcelo. I gave him a call as we were at the beach again looking for the lost wedding ring and Marcelo was actually in the area as he was coming back to the beach to try and find his phone.
As you can see from the picture Marcelo was pumped to get his phone back and I was just as excited to make the return. If you have lost a smart phone, a wedding ring, keys or anything metallic in value please call Ventura County Metal Detecting Services at 805-290-5009 as soon as you can so I can find your stuff.
We got out early to hit the beach at Port Hueneme. The area around the pier is a great place to metal detect as the beach is beautiful and it attracts lots of beach goers every summer. We were working the towel line on the north side of the pier collecting the usual bottle caps, pull tabs and coins when we decided to move up more towards the middle of the beach and walk back towards the pier.
I was sweeping my coil and I started to get multiple hits and I began to recover quarters, nickels and a few pennies all within a 6 foot circle. Knowing I was on a coin spill I started to widen out my circle and I got a large hit, dug down with my scoop and popped out a brand new Alcatel smart phone. Cell phones have become major parts of our lives so I knew I had to try and find it’s owner as I turned it on and there was still battery left meaning it had likely been lost the evening/day before. The phones identification was all in Spanish so I enlisted my hunting partner to see if his wife could lead us to the owner as she speaks fluent Spanish.
Two days later and we were able to make the return. It’s not a lost ring but when the average smart phone costs nearly as much as a 96 Honda Civic, a good return like this is worth it. Lupe had hundreds of pictures of her kids and family on it making this a priceless return.
If you have lost a ring or something that makes a ring call us today at 805-290-5009. Or visit us on the web at www.venturacountymetaldetectingservices.com
I got invited to hunt a church up north from in Visalia this past Friday with the idea that we would be able to recover lost artifacts (as well as silver coins and jewelry) for St. Paul’s Anglican Church. They’ve resided at the same location since 1949 but due to a disagreement(not going to get into it here) the congregation split and they Parish has to move out. It was hoped we would find some awesome stuff to give back but as with any metal detecting hunt, you can only find what’s there to be found. Hope you enjoy the video.
If you’ve lost something we can find it so call us sooner rather than later so we can help!
Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to try and find a wedding/engagement ring lost on Thanksgiving weekend on the beach at Oxnard shores, just south of the Channel Islands Harbor. This is a beautiful location known for it’s quiet streets, multi-million dollar homes and simply just an awesome stretch of beach. Cathie, my client relayed to me how she had lost the ring, she was relaxing on her beach towel, took her ring off for a minute and forgot it was on the towel. She got up to leave, shook out her towel and launched the ring. This began her series of unfortunate events. She realized when she got home the ring was gone so she and a friend went back using a colander to try and find it. That didn’t work so she got a friends metal detector and she and her friend tried to use it to no avail. Since this was now the end of fall the county begins the process of beach replenishment and right in her rings flight path was a giant 5 foot tube used to transport sand from the dredge. All of this and the most rain and storms we’ve had in 6 years of drought had made the ring virtually disappear.
6 months later Cathie posted an ad on craigslist and we met up to try and find the ring. I spent 4 hours gridding with my CTX 3030 an ever larger area around the lifeguard tower but couldn’t find the ring. Since I hate to quit anything I promised I’d come back with my Pulse Induction machine as it reaches deeper and retry the area. Again I came back and re-gridded the same area with my pulse and found some items buried 24+ inches but none were her wedding ring. As with any hunt it’s never over until it’s over and I promised Cathie as I’m in the area I’d watch for erosion and if I see a change in the sand structure I’ll hit it again.
Every new attempt at recovery is a learning experience for my clients. Cathie realized that had she thought of calling myself or any other ringfinder her chances at a positive outcome would have greatly increased. Learning to use a metal detector is the same as learning a new language. She found out that learning what her friends metal detector was saying was a lot like trying to interpret what R2D2 is trying to say if you’re not a Jedi.
If you have lost an important piece of jewelry or a sentimental ring don’t hesitate to call a ringfinder right away. We are experts at using metal detecting equipment and if you put is in the right place you’ll likely get your ring back.