David Mac Donald, Author at The Ring Finders

Lost Wedding Ring found in Bell Canyon CA.

  • from Ventura (California, United States)

I got an email from my website (www.venturacountyringfinder.com) from a young lady named Jourdan who had lost her wedding ring. She knew the area it was in because it ended up over the balcony of her home overlooking a steep canyon in Bell Canyon, a private community outside of Los Angeles. How it found itself over the railing and into the canyon was less important than getting ti back so we scheduled a time for me to come out. The area where it was thought to be in was a steep drop off of open dirt with pockets of dense brush and tumbleweeds and rocky outcroppings. It required me to detect mostly from my knees as standing up left me unbalanced and prone to falling.

I spent 4 hours during my first visit at her home removing hundreds of nails, bottle caps and various metal debris but did not find the ring. I agreed to come back out as I had time and today was that day. We started by throwing a couple of junk rings over the balcony to simulate the wedding ring and again I hit the ground from my knees and detected both with my equinox and my pinpointer. For most of two hours I got nothing but junk signals and I was close to giving up but I decided to move down the hill a bit even though logic said it didn’t get thrown that far. While standing over a large cattail bush I got a faint “10” on my equinox as I moved the coil through the bush. I had to walk below the bush in order to get on my knees and used my pinpointer to start seeing if I could locate the signal. I got a beep and then spied this:

 There it was! 6 hours of searching on a steep hillside canyon and I had found the ring! Needless to say I was overjoyed and I took a moment to thank God for allowing me to find it. I called up to the house and let Jourdan know that her wedding ring was coming back. We prayed over the ring and asked God to continue to bless Jourdan and her family. Everyone was happy and the story of the ring continues. If you lost your ring don’t hesitate to call me at 805-290-5009 so we can get it back.

Lost for 14 years wedding ring found in Santa Clarita

  • from Ventura (California, United States)

I got a call a few months back from Stephanie who said that her father-in-law had lost his wedding ring in the backyard and if I would be able to come look for it. There were some scheduling issues so it wasn’t until today that I was able to make it out. I met her mother-in law Sheryl at the house and when i got the story it was that the ring had gone missing over 14 years ago and the lawn had been removed and redone since that time so there wasn’t much hope but I figured I’d cover the yard and see what I could find.

They figured it was lost while mowing the yard as her husband had a medical issue on his ring finger which had caused him to temporarily move the ring up on his finger to ease the pain from mowing. Somehow it fell off and for 14 years it had been gone. The ring meant a lot to the three sons and they would ask questions about it all the time which is what led Stephanie to me. I began my search and proceeded to dig nickels and other aluminum can slaw but no ring. I was on my last part of the yard and I got a mixed signal of 13-15 and I investigated it but was hesitant to dig as I didn’t want to make an unnecessary hole in the nice lawn. As I sat there I had this overwhelming feeling to dig it and so I did. I got about 8 inches down and this popped out.

It had been lost clear back in 2007 and had been since roto-tilled over and then had brand new sod put over it which was why it was so deep.

Needless to say Sheryl couldn’t believe it when I knocked on the backdoor to pretend to ask her a question and it was there I showed her the ring. It was one of those moments only a ringfinder knows, the deep breath, the tears and then the hug!

It was an awesome find and one where I knew the Lord was guiding me. If you have lost a ring try not to wait 14 years but if you do you can call or text me at 805-290-5009 and I’ll be more than happy to reunite your ring with you.

Lost Engagement Ring found at East Beach Santa Barbara

  • from Ventura (California, United States)

I got a call from Ian on Tuesday morning asking if I could help he and his fiance Cielo locate her engagement ring that was lost Sunday evening. It was accidentally lost in the tide as Ian had been holding it for Cielo while she was swimming and it came off while he had handed her the towel. It immediately buried itself in the wet sand and as each wave moved over it got buried a little bit more. The conditions were great for a Tuesday afternoon search and I felt pretty confident that I could recover it unless someone else had beaten me to it.

I got there and met up with both Ian and Cielo and I started the search and began to grid out the area. I wasn’t having much luck going east so I went back to where I started and moved west and on my second pass I got a signal and two scoops later we had the ring back! It was an awesome recovery and it was so cool to be a part of it. If you have lost a piece of jewelry time is not on your side and the sooner you call or text me at 805-290-5009 the sooner it is we can plan it’s recovery.

Lost Wedding ring found at Silver Strand beach Oxnard

  • from Ventura (California, United States)

I got a text from Aaron last week wanting to know if I could help him find his Palladium wedding ring that he had lost in the ocean at Silverstrand beach in Oxnard. Ocean recoveries are tough because the sand shifts with every tide and he said he had lost it over a week ago so I knew it was going to be tough but not impossible. I needed the tides in my favor so I checked the tables and last Saturday morning (August 21st) at 3:50am there was a -1.0 low tide so I got from him the general location he thought he had lost it and I told him I would be in touch.

Aaron wasn’t exactly sure where he was at or how far he was out in the water but I started to grid the area in the dark where I thought he might have been. I had been working north towards the jetty for an hour with no luck so I moved back where I started and headed south. On my third grid line pass I got a decent tone and after two scoops I had Aaron’s ring back. It was an awesome find given that it was pitch black out and the only light I had was moon through the fog. I had prayed that God would lead me to the ring and He did.

Aaron and met on Sunday so I could give him back his ring and thankfully it’s story will now continue even though it was buried in the sand for 10 days in the ocean. If you lose your ring let me know right away via text or call at 805-290-5009 so I can get to work on getting it back.

Lost Wedding Ring Found at Oxnard Shores

I was in church Sunday morning when I got a call from Chris who was hanging out at the beach in Oxnard with his family when his wife had accidentally lost her wedding ring after applying sunscreen to their young son. Kids, sunscreen and the sand often spell doom for rings as they get set aside and then forgotten about and get lost in the shuffle. Thankfully they called me right away(@805-290-5009) and as soon as church was out I agreed to meet them in Oxnard at the beach. Once I was there we surveyed the area they were in and I began to grid it according to their thoughts on where they were when the ring may have been lost. There was plenty of trash in the sand in the form of bottlecaps so I cleaned those out while looking for the right tone for a ladies white gold wedding ring. After moving to another location I quickly got a sweet solid tone and 9 on my Minelab Equinox 800 and three scoops later we had the wedding ring back and what started as a great day at the beach for Chris and his family would end that way as well. If you ever find yourself at the beach, the river, the lake, your front or backyard or at a park and you’ve lost your ring call me as soon as possible so I can get to finding it at 805-290-5009 or text me if that is more convenient.

Lost Engagement ring found in Carpinteria

I got a call on Thursday afternoon from some folks who really needed my help in finding their engagement ring. For confidentiality purposes I cannot go into much more detail than to say that it was lost in the water at high tide. I checked the tide tables and determined the tide at when they lost it and set an appointment for 5:30am so we could utilize one of the last good minus tides of the year. 

While there seemed to be a good understanding of the general area it was lost it was tough to determine as a ton of sand had moved in with the previous high tide and rocks that were fully visible 12 hours before were now barely sticking out over the sand. I began the search working parallel to the ocean and after about 10 minutes I got a solid but deep tone. It took 3 scoops to get it out of the sand but when it did pretty much all I could say was OMG! I was told it was a diamond ring we were looking for but this was a diamond ring and then some and then some more! Thankfully we had all the right things in our favor, time and tide being the most important. The key thing that made it a successful recovery is that the call was made right away so if you lose a ring, pendant, keys or chain call or text me right away at 805-290-5009 so we can get on finding your item as quickly as possible.

Lost Wedding Ring Found at Ventura Beach

I got a call from Rigo this morning regarding his wife’s wedding ring. Rigo is a firefighter for Cal Fire and he was thankfully taking a break from fighting fires in the state and took his family on vacation to Ventura for some cooler weather and a little beach time. Unfortunately this great time was spoiled by an accidental dropping of his wife’s wedding ring out of her pocket where she had kept it for safe keeping. She had it in her pocket along with her phone and decided to take some pics of the kids and when she took it out the ring came out with the phone. The problem was she discovered the ring was missing after they had left the beach. I met Rigo at the location and he gave me an idea of where he thought they were and started to grid the area. A couple of passes later I got a nice solid tone on my equinox and had the ring in the scoop! Needless to say Rigo was super excited to get the ring back for his wife and also because they were all packed up in the car waiting for me to find it because they had to be back home that afternoon. They key thing is RIGO CALLED ME AS SOON AS HE COULD because time is the enemy of recovering your ring. If you have lost your ring, key’s, pendant or necklace call or text me(805-290-5009) as soon as you can so I can beat the tide or another would be detectorist. I hunt all areas of Ventura County and willtravel greater distances if necessary. Visit my website at www.venturacountyringfinders.com. 

Lost Wedding Ring Found at Caprinteria Santa Claus Beach

I got a call from Emily Saturday afternoon asking if I could help her son-in-law find his platinum wedding ring at the beach. My first question was did he lose it in the dry or wet sand? Her response was neither, he was neck deep in the ocean boogie boarding when it fell off. I did a quick check of the tides and it turned out he lost it at high tide so I knew I had one chance to find it today (Sunday morning) as we had a decent minus tide at 6am. Carpinteria is about 45 minutes from my house so I headed out at 5:15am to see if we could recover this ring. Gideon and Erica had been married less than a year and losing this ring was a blow for sure. Gideon is an ER Dr. in Ventura and finally had one day to rest at the beach after a 36 hour shift and he ended up losing his wedding ring.

I got out there and the tide was right where I needed it to be and I had around 20 minutes of search time before it came back in based on where I had plotted his location from yesterday. I was about 10 minutes in and I got a nice tone on the minelab equinox and two scoops later I had the ring in the scoop. Gideon, Erica and Emily met me at the beach and the return was complete. It was an awesome way to start a Sunday morning and I’m thankful we had the opportunity with the tides. If you happen to lose a piece of jewelry time is not on your side so make sure you call or text me at 805-290-5009 and ask for Dave. 

Lost Engagement Ring Found Port Hueneme Pier

Imagine having a great afternoon with your fiance hanging out on the pier at Port Hueneme and feeding the birds. Then one toss does the unthinkable and your family heirloom engagement ring flies off along with the bread. It landed on the top of the pier but it didn’t stay there and went into the wet sand below. Thankfully I was able to connect with Haelei and I got out at 5am so I could work the area under the pier at low tide. The last few high tides have completely covered this area and this was the only time I could work the area. After I cleaned out the area of all the metal trash ( please don’t throw your bottle caps into the sand) I got a nice clean tone next to a pillar and scooped out the ring. This was a great recovery as there were many circumstances working against us but God’s timing got us back the ring. Remember if you have lost a piece of jewelry time is of the essence and you need to contact me at 805-290-5009 and let’s get it back. 

Lost engagement Ring at the Rincon in Ventura Found!

I got a call yesterday from Ryan who had been hanging out at the beach just south of Solimar in Ventura with her sister when she noticed her engagement and wedding rings were missing from her finger. The problem was that it had happened the day before and now she was back in Orange County where she lives and her rings were somewhere she hoped in the sand. I told her I would head out there asap and while on the way out there I realized that since today was the hottest day of the year the beach traffic was going to be off the charts. Sure enough I got there and the location she thought she was in was wall to wall people so I had to be patient in order to search and wait for some space to open up. Finally it did and if bottle caps were gold I’d be able to retire. In the 20×20 place I was hunting I pulled out 32 caps and tabs and foil. Figuring I had removed all the bad sounds I got a tone I liked, scooped the sand and in the scoop was a big rock! Under the big rock though was another rock, though this one had a little more value! I had one of the rings but not the wedding band itself. I put another 30 minutes into the search and expanded it into several different directions but no wedding band turned up.

When I called Ryan she was in tears because the diamond in her ring had been passed down to her and if we were only going to find one that was the one to find. I got her sisters address in Ventura and delivered the ring to her. If you have lost a ring or other jewelry don’t hesitate to call or text me at 805-290-5009.