David Mac Donald, Author at The Ring Finders

Lost Platinum wedding ring Ventura Beach found!

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

I got a call from Sara this afternoon letting me know she had lost her Platinum wedding ring while hanging out at the beach with her family. I told her I’d be there in about 20 minutes and to not worry because she would soon have her ring back. I knew I’d find the ring as my minelab equinox is money in the dry sand and all I needed was a little time and space and I would have it back for her. Sure enough all I needed was to get my bearings, turn it on and in about 2 minutes we had the ring in the scoop and it was soon back on her finger. If you happen to lose your ring don’t hesitate to call as the sooner I get to start searching the sooner we can get it back to you. Call or text at 805-290-5009 anytime and we can get your ring back where it belongs.

Lost wedding ring Oxnard Silver Strand Beach Found

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

I got a call this afternoon from the Wiggins family as a fun time in the sand with the kids had resulted in a flying wedding ring into the sand, seemingly lost for good. After getting an idea of where it might have gone I started to grid out the area but things were quiet as the beach had very few targets at all. About 20 minutes into the search I finally got a sweet mid tone “12” on my minelab Equinox and I was pretty sure I had the white gold wedding band in the scoop. A couple shakes of the scoop and we had a bingo!

If you have lost a ring, necklace or a horde of hidden silver or gold give me a call at 805-290-5009 and I’ll help you get your stuff back!

Lost wedding ring found in Oak Park

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

I got a call from Steve this afternoon asking if I could help him find his ring. He had been at Chapparal park in Oak Park playing some frisbee golf and had lost his wedding ring. When I met up with him there was even more to the story. Not only had Steve lost his ring but this was the second time today it had fallen off his finger while playing. As we talked further I came to appreciate what an awesome guy Steve is. While originally from the Oak Park/Agoura area he currently resides in Northern Virginia and was out visiting a friend of his who is battling cancer as he comes to visit every 3-4 months to help and support. In today’s times/society it’s hard to find anyone sometimes who will just hold the door for you and here is a guy that puts his friends first even if he has to go 3000 miles to do it.

We got to the top of one of the tee boxes and he put me in an area to search and I was getting a lot of good targets but none were his ring. I was getting ready to expand my grid when Steve exclaimed “there’s my ring!” As often happens, his ring was in another area outside of where he thought he had lost it. Even though I didn’t actually put my coil over it we agreed my presence must have been the extra thing needed to find the ring. (haha)

One of the best parts of doing this is getting to meet some of the best people and Steve certainly fits this category. I was glad he gave me the chance to try and find his ring. If you have lost your ring or other piece of jewelry (or a lost cache of coins) don’t hesitate to give me a call at 805-290-5009 so we can get your stuff back.

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!