I received a call from a gentleman (Tony) who had lost his wedding band. He stated that he lost it in his yard some 5 years ago when he was spreading fertilizer on the lawn. It was a 14K gold band with some diamonds around it. Tony had given up on finding his ring as he had looked and looked for it himself when he lost it and in fact had borrowed a friends metal detector to look for it. He figured it was long gone, but he decided call me and give it one more try.
We met and he gave me all the facts and then we went to his house and started the search. I could see that Tony did not have much faith that I would find the ring, but we pressed on. He know the general area where he lost the ring so that cut down on the search area. Now, because rings sound like pull tabs, aluminum cans, copper wire, etc., (all non-furious metals) we will dig a lot of junk sometimes. The first “target” turned out to be a aluminum can buried in his yard. Then a quarter, then a piece of aluminum foil. The forth target sounded good and I stated that this might be his ring, but also it might be a pull tab off a soda can. We dug a “plug”, flopped it out onto the ground and I scanned the hole and the pug. The target was in the plug so I took out my pin-pointer and it told me that the target was just a few inches under the grass, and right in the middle of the plug. We took the shovel and cut the pug in half and I opened up the plug and THERE IT WAS. Tony’s jaw dropped and he said “No – No, I don’t believe it. There it is” I removed the ring from the plug and gave it to Tony. I think you can see the thrill, the disbelief, and the happiness on his face in the above picture.
He put the ring on his finger and took off to get his cell phone to call his wife. He took a picture of the ring on his finger and sent it off to her. I picked up my gear and went back to my car and just as I got there, Tony’s phone was ringing and his wife was on the phone. Well now I had TWO happy customers.
Tony and myself said our goodbyes, and he gave me a very nice “finders fee”. Thank you very much Tony
This points out something that everyone who losses a valuable should do. If it is lost on public property, (beach, park, sidewalk, etc.), GET IN TOUCH WITH SOMEONE ASAP, as the longer you wait the better chance that someone else finds you valuable. BUT don’t give up on anything lost on private property. All of us in the “Ring Finders” have been successful finding valuables that have been lost for a LONG time.