Hello to all. Got a call from a very nice couple regarding the unfortunate loss of a HUGE gold necklace. They were boating with some friends on Lake Sinclair in middle Georgia. The gentleman decides to take a jump and back flip off of a popular rock ledge. The backflip, which turned into a “backflop”…. lol, ended up causing the loss of his precious gold necklace that was given to him by a family member when he was very young a long time ago. The girlfriend was actually videoing this jump at the same time the necklace was lost. This was VERY VERY HELPFUL to me no doubt!!!!!
I take my boat out to the location of the loss, along with all of my scuba gear, on day one. Set up my diver warning flags, suit up, say a prayer to our Lord, and get in the water. I spent approximately 3.5 hours that day diving combing the area where I believed it to be. The water was not very deep, in the 10-15 foot range, but was so murky that visibility was near zero….. especially once the silt was stirred up while recovering a signal. Luckily this lake has some current so it really helped in clearing up the “silt-out”…. Day one was not a success even though I did find several nice boat anchors!!!! 😁
Day two- I head out around noon after reviewing the video of the loss in more detail. I will admit I was a bit frustrated in the prospect of thinking that maybe it had already been found due to this being a popular jumping rock…. I get back to the dive site and suit up. This time I decided to go out about 10-12 more feet from the rock where I had dove the day before. After about an hour in the water I get that ALL TOO BEAUTIFUL TONE on my Minelab Excalibur 2…. and it was a rather large object. Keep in mind the visibility is literally about 1 foot in this dark brown water regardless of what the pics look like in the testimonial. My GoPro Hero 8 has some tremendous lighting capabilities!!
I pull out my dive torch (flashlight) and shine it in the area of the signal. No way…. no way…. YES WAY!!!!!😂 I see a small glimmer of gold buried in the silty bottom. I reach into the silt and BAM!!! There it was!!! If only I could post the entire video I took at the time of this find you’d probably laugh. I screamed so loud that I probably scared all the fish in the lake. Haha.
Another God given Blessed day!! Not only for my safety as a diver, but for the excitement and anticipation of making that SO awaited for phone call to the customer. As always, it’s all about the search and hopeful recovery of items AND the all too important fact of returning a valuable object to its rightful owner folks!!! Take care.
Hello to everyone. Greg Bradford here with a funny recovery story. A few weeks back I got a call from a really nice customer in North Georgia who’d lost his beautiful Rose Gold wedding band while doing some landscape and yard work at his house. I showed up early on a Saturday morning and met with him. After some small talk, I asked him to retrace his steps so I would have a good starting point to begin looking (I hadn’t even pulled out my detector yet…..). So…… as he is backtracking his prior days work, I’m slowly walking behind him surveying the area. He walks over to his outside garden hose nozzle and continues to explain every step he made the previous day. While walking behind him, I caught a slight glimmer of a shiny object deep in his nice grass lawn. I reached down, pick up this object and, well……. I think you can figure it out from there, lol. I waked over to him, said, “I think I’m about to make your day, hold your hand out”. I drop his beautiful ring into his open hand and the look on his face was priceless. He was like, ARE YOU SOME MAGICIAN OR SOMETHING…….. (or something to that effect). He was in disbelief (and I was too a little bit…. haha). Anyway, thought I’d share this neat story with everyone. It was a great day for all (and I just had to pull out my awesome detector for the photo, show him how it works, even though it wasn’t used to find his ring 🙂 . Take care and God Bless.
North Georgia Mountains
The Ring Finders
Got a call from a very nice young lady this past Sunday about losing her grandmother’s beautiful heirloom diamond inlaid platinum ring in lake Oconee, Georgia. She put me in the approximate area where she had unfortunately dropped the ring off the dock and into the murky brown water. The water temp was “less than desirable” to say the least…. lol. I suited up and grabbed my trusted 27 year old White’s Surfmaster PI and dove into the frigid chest deep water along with my homemade long handled scoop. An hour and a half later, a dozen or so rusty bolts, screws, nails, etc… I get one last good tone. I dump the rocky contents of my scoop onto the dock and out erupts a scream of overwhelming JOY!!!! There it is she yells!!! Woohoo!!! I’m not sure who was happier, she or I, as I knew I was finally getting out of that frigid hypothermic water…. hahaha. I couldn’t have been more happy though in the simple fact that I was able to reunite this nice lady with an item that could have been gone forever had it not been for our great Ring Finders organization!! It turned out to be a great day for all. God Bless.
Hello to all!! My name is Greg and I live in the North Georgia mountains. I am an avid outdoorsman and a devout metal detecting enthusiast. I got a call from a very nice gentleman the other day who had found my webpage on The Ring Finders website. His wife had lost one of her very valuable, and more importantly sentimental, diamond earrings while doing some yard work. They told me that they had been on their hands and knees for countless hours looking through their lawn but to no avail. I made the hour drive to their home in the hopes and effort to find this earring. When I got there I met the husband who had the other matching earring. I own several White’s Electronics metal detectors and brought along my trusty and beloved Spectra V3i with wireless headphones (I LOVE this machine:) as well as my White’s TRX pinpointer. I used the “other” earring to get a good baseline on my detector for what I was looking for. My main concern was the size of the stud on this earring (obviously you can’t find diamonds alone with a detector……). When I say the stud, or post, was tiny I mean it was SUPER tiny!!! I started out with the stock DD coil on my detector but after discovering the amount of buried construction debris and trash in the yard I pulled out my smaller 4”x6” Eclipse Sharpshooter coil and swapped it out. An hour and a half into my hunt, low and behold I FOUND IT!!!! I think I was more excited than they were…. lol. This is probably the smallest item of value I have ever found for someone requiring my services. The husband and wife were overjoyed in the fact of being reunited with such a precious, valuable and sentimental item. I couldn’t have been more happy or pleased to have been a part of this. Take care and give me a call if I can help you out. You can find me on theringfinders.com by typing in North Georgia Mountains in the “locate” box. Thanks!