A young college student lost a bracelet in Sept 2016 while playing beach volleyball. She found me on The Ring Finders website. We met and after five minutes a target was located at the court’s service line. She had though she lost it while serving the volleyball. The gold heart bracelet had broken in two pieces. She was so happy to have this sentimental bracelet back in her possession. She had told me that the bracelet matched a necklace she had. She purchased both on a trip to Europe when she was studying abroad. She is a student at Westmont College. I am a graduate of Westmont as well. I went on the same semester abroad. I was happy to refer her to a jeweler in town who could repair her broken bracelet. She left the beach with rejoicing!
May 25, 2016 turned out to be a sunny beach day and a happy day for a Volvo owner. I was called in a panic by a student who lost her car keys at night while wrestling on the beach with friends. The keys were no where to be found. I went out to the area the next day with the owner and reassured her that we would find them since the tide had not reached the dry sand where the keys were lost. After two minutes, a loud target sounded in the area she suspected losing them. Under 3 inches of sand they were easily uncovered. She almost cried. Apparently, she would have had to go to the Volvo dealership and get a new set for $500.00 This was not an expense she could afford. So with great happiness we left the beach celebrating.
I got a call from a discouraged husband who informed me that his wife’s wedding band got lost at Campus Point beach in Santa Barbara. He thought he had put the ring thru on a bracelet and then clasped the bracelet. When he got home opened his board short’s pocket the bracelet was still clasped, but no ring was on it. The ring must have dropped in the sand at while he was trying to clasp the bracelet. He went back to the beach and sifted the sand in rows with a colander, but did not find the ring. A day later I went with him to the spot and after 5 minutes found the ring in 4-6 inches of sand. Fortunately, the tide did not take it out, for we had had a full moon days earlier. T he husband was so happy to be able to give his wife’s ring back to her!
A young couple called me a few days ago frantically reporting that the wife lost her diamond wedding ring at dusk on Pismo Beach. The husband had tried to find the ring which had flew off his wife’s finger when she was brushing sand off her children’s beach ball. Because it was getting dark and cold they could not continue to search the sand for the ring. Saddened by the loss, the husband looked up “Lost Ring” on the internet, and found The Rind Finders website. He then called me from the directory. The couple had to leave Pismo to check into their hotel in Santa Barbara for the night. I called the couple back that night in Santa Barbara. We made plans to return to Pismo the next day to search for the ring. Here’s where the story gets to the most important lesson. The husband knew he could not search for the ring in the dark, so he took his foot and circled the entire 20 foot area of where his ring dropped into the sand. He then looked for landmarks-like the trash can on the beach, and counted off steps back to the beach stairs. When we got to the beach the next morning, the husband knew exactly where his search area was located. This was so helpful for me to know where to start detecting. When he showed me where his wife was sitting wiping the beach ball, I marked off a line and starting swinging my detector, as I closed in to the center of the space, “Ding” a high pitched beep sounded. I said, “That must be it!” I took a scoop of sand and shook my sifter and there was the platinum diamond ring! The husband hugged me. He got down on one knee and presented the ring to his wife. She had tears in her eyes and hugs went all around! So the lesson again, if you lose a ring or something in the sand, or grass, or dirt, mark off the area, look for landmarks, and count your steps. Then when you get help to look for the item, you will know exactly where to look. Look at your watch too. This helps determine where the tide was at the time of your loss. By looking at a tide chart one can determine the best time-usually low tide- to look for the item if it is close to the water. Fortunately, the ring in this story was far enough from the water not to be taken out to sea the next day due to the high tide.
On 4/12/13 I was called to find a Survey Marker for a client. He took me down in his yard where he was planning on building a new fence. His marker was buried in about 6-7 inches of dirt. Within 3 min we found his marker! I also found a quarter dated from 1970. By coincidence, the survey marker was placed in 1970! The client kept the coin to frame as a piece of history for his property! We surmised that possibly the surveryor dropped the coin while installing the marker.
I look forward to helping people find their lost items as a new member of The Ring Finders. It has been a warm summer and I am sure many have lost precious items at beaches, parks, and recreation areas around Santa Barbara. Sometimes people see me on the beach and ask me to search for lost rings or watches. Last July, I was asked to search for a woman’s wedding ring at Ledbetter Beach in Santa Barbara. After a few minutes, I found the ring and the owner was overjoyed!