David Mac Donald, Author at The Ring Finders

Lost gold wedding ring Carpinteria found

from Ventura (California, United States)
Contact: 1-805-290-5009

Today started out busy as I was almost getting on the freeway to head home from a ring recovery and I got a phone call from Stuart about his lost white gold wedding band that he had lost yesterday in the sand at Rincon Beach in Carpinteria. It was a beautiful sunny day for a birthday party and dad was playing in the sand with the kids digging and moving sand and low and behold he discovered his ring was missing! Stuart found a metal detector and proceeded to try and recover his ring but to the untrained ear a random metal detector sounds like R2D2 so he found me and gave me a call.

We got down to the beach and he showed me the grid he had been working and I began to work outside it to kind of work my way in. I got a great tone but it was deep and it took three scoops to get it out and we had a bingo! Gold ring in the scoop!

Stuart was pretty pumped for sure and was amazed how different my experience with a metal detector than his was. If you’ve lost a ring, pendant or even a buried stash of cash in the yard don’t hesitate to call me at 805-290-5009 so we can get your stuff back!

Lost diamond ring Oxnard shores Hollywood Beach found!

from Ventura (California, United States)
Contact: 1-805-290-5009

I got an early call for service today from Cayce who had unfortunately lost her beautiful diamond ring somewhere in the sand at Hollywood Beach in Oxnard yesterday while hanging out with her friends. She wasn’t sure exactly where she might have lost it but distinctly remembered a beer can in the area that had been left behind and was still fortunately there. I broke out my Minelab Equinox and my scoop and got to work. A few minutes in and I got a nice tone, dug in the scoop and we got a bingo! Diamond ring in the scoop! Needless to say everyone was happy as this was an heirloom ring that had been in her husbands family for years prior.

If you lose a ring, a pendant or any type of jewelry or buried stash of coins please don’t hesitate to call Dave Mac Donald at 805-290-5009. Time is usually of the essence so call right away.

Buried silver coin stash found!

from Ventura (California, United States)
Contact: 1-805-290-5009

I got a call from Richard explaining that his great grandpa had buried a stash of silver coins on his property 60-70 years ago and that prior to his recent passing had shared this with his daughter, Richards grandmother. Who wouldn’t want to hunt for buried treasure? We arranged a day for me to come out and me and grandma walked the property and I got set up to begin the hunt. I didn’t know how the coins were buried in terms of containers so I quickly realized I was going to be looking for good solid tones regardless of their ID#.

About 45 minutes into the hunt I got a solid 16 tone on my Minelab equinox and even though it didn’t sound like silver I decided to dig. About 10 inches down I hit the pipe and proceeded to pull it out of the ground. It was approx. 36″ long and big enough to fit coins as large as silver dollars. I shook it, heard something hitting the sides and knew I’d found something. Unfortunately the pipe was so rusted that we had to cut the pipe and when we did we were amazed by what we found. Hundreds of old silver coins just poured out. We had found grandpa’s stash!

 

 

 

 

 

Lost Diamond Earring found Oxnard Shores

from Ventura (California, United States)
Contact: 1-805-290-5009

I got a frantic phone call from Laurie this afternoon about her lost half carat diamond earring that she was pretty sure was lost somewhere in her yard near the beach in Oxnard this past Sunday. She informed me she had moved a lot of the dirt in a panic to try and find her earring. The earring had special meaning to her and she was hopeful I would find it. The stem was so small that my Minelab Equinox really couldn’t pick it up so I had to get down on my hands and knees with my propointer and go inch by inch through the side yard. After finding a few rusty screws and a staple I was just about to finish up the location and move to another spot in the yard as Laurie was adamant that she hadn’t been in the area I was in and it wasn’t there. Something told me to check it further and literally 3 seconds later I got a tone, pushed the dirt around and pushed the earring out with my probe.

Needless to say Laurie was overjoyed and the tears were flowing. There is hardly a better feeling in the world than helping someone in need and being part of Ringfinders does it for me.

Lost Emerald Pendant Necklace in Somis found!

from Ventura (California, United States)
Contact: 1-805-290-5009

Sunday night I got a call from a great lady named Kirsten who told me she had lost her Emerald and Diamond 18k gold necklace some time in the past few days. She had mentioned that this pendant was incredibly special to her as it was a remembrance of her late husband and son. The stones were each set with them in mind. I knew I had to find it. She had narrowed down the places she thought she had lost it to her horse corral and riding arena where she gives lessons. We set up an appointment for today (Thursday) and when I arrived I decided to focus first on the riding arena.

The problem with detectors and gold chains is well known as the detector struggles with the chain because it sees every link individually so I knew I had my work cut out for me. The riding arena ground was a mix of sand, dirt, and a felt like product about 4 to 6 inches thick. I made a plan to grid it from the middle out, to the left first and then back to the right as necessary. Thankfully there wasn’t too much metal in the ground and after about an hour of gridding I got a smoking loud tone, got on my hands and knees with my pinpointer and got a BINGO! There it was.

Ironically just the moment before I found it I had accidentally butt dialed Kirsten as she was running an errand and of course she called me right back and rather than have to tell her I had made a mistake I was able to say “yes” I got her necklace.

Lost Ring Channel Islands Oxnard Found

from Ventura (California, United States)
Contact: 1-805-290-5009

I got a call from a nice young man named Sean Sinclair this afternoon asking if I could come over to his brother’s place to help find their recently passed father’s wedding ring. Around September 2017 their father was helping to complete some renovations on the house which is located on the canals in Channel Islands harbor. The back of the property backs up directly on the water and while dusting off his pants his ring flew off over the edge of the deck and landed in the water.

They didn’t call right away because tide was high and they thought they had time. Unfortunately circumstances changed rapidly and he was diagnosed with cancer and passed on. Fast forward to today and I got over right as low tide was in (a good 0.0 today) and I had about an hour and a half to work before I’d be washed out and have to wait for the next low tide. The area under water was extremely rocky and I picked the wrong scoop to use as a carbon fiber handle and slimy muck make it very difficult to dig and scoop. Making things even more difficult was the cement wall was reinforced with tons of rebar which interfered with my detector. Sean’s mom Connie stayed with me as I chased several fishing weights, hooks and other metal debris until we got a BINGO and a ring appeared in the scoop.

In life they say timing is everything. The house where the ring was lost was in escrow and the next 3 days were pretty much the only days left to hunt with the tide and the closing of escrow looming. It was divine providence for sure.

Lost Wedding Ring Surfers Point Ventura Found

from Ventura (California, United States)
Contact: 1-805-290-5009

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!

Lost wedding ring Ventura beach found!

from Ventura (California, United States)
Contact: 1-805-290-5009

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.

Lost wedding ring Ventura Pier Found!

from Ventura (California, United States)
Contact: 1-805-290-5009

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.

Lost ring Ventura Beach Found!!

from Ventura (California, United States)
Contact: 1-805-290-5009

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!!