I got a call in the evening from a young man whose wife (Gurdeep) had lost her 14 crt gold diamond ring in their garden.
You never know what the search area will be like, I hoped it would be a small area and not lost in some spiney bush.
When I arrived l noted 2 small areas and a bigger garden at the front. Gurdeep showed me the larger garden where the ring had been lost.
The ring had been thrown from a 5 metre distance and it was assumed that it had landed in some ground hugging succulents.
I started by asking her to stand at the point where she had been the other day, then I gave her an object of similar weight and asked her to throw that to give me a starting point.
It landed near the succulents, in this area I detected a long metal object under the ground (probably a pipe) and then some other rubbish. I checked the tone and target ID on her other ring so I new what it would sound like.
After going around the garden I still didn’t have a target, so I crawled under the big palm tree and used my pinpointer around a volcanic rock I was up against.
I pushed the dead spiney fronds away and worked the pinpointer in the undergrowth, beeeep and there it was further in than first thought, but found! Gurdeep was so happy 😊
Ian, Auckland NZ.
I was just thinking about getting into the pool when I looked at my phone and realized I had missed a call.
It was from Sean who was swimming with friends at Mellons Bay, East Auckland.
It was a really hot day, after applying sunscreen he entered the water.
At that moment he changed the ring to a tighter finger to keep it safe, except that is when it fell off.
His friends threw a big rock in the surf to mark the area, as it was high tide, this turned out to be a good idea as it gave me a reliable starting point.
4 hours later I attempted a rescue mission, I met them on the beach in front of where they thought it was.
The water was rough so it was inevitable we would all get wet, I started in front of the rock getting slammed by waist high waves trying to concentrate on keeping my balance.
Moving my metal detector around in the water I heard scratchy whispery noises, but I was after a loud tone, my detector has a screen so I can see shapes as well.
They said over here so I went there and got nothing, after a while I wondered if it was further out and then came a tone and a round shape.
I said I think this is it, it had to be because there was nothing else, then a wave crashed and I lost it.
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This 18crt wedding band was lost in the garden for a week before Raj contacted me to have me look for it. He showed me a box garden, deck with some lifted boards and under a citrus tree where he had been working. I started at the citrus tree recovering a nail and a small piece of foil.
The next target was the ring in the dirt not far from the surface, Raj had spent many hours raking and working the soil.
It just shows how easily they can be missed.
So a happy ending and after 44 years of marriage it was well worth getting back.
Luisa contacted me to say that while packing up the family picnic at Maraetai Beach Auckland.
She lost her ring in between shaking the rug and retrieving the kids clothes near the shore.
I wasn’t able to hunt for a couple of days and was convinced after hunting in the wrong place that it had been picked up on this very popular Beach for metal detecting.
Luckily for both of us Luisa turned up to check on my progress and gave me the search area.
I set out boundaries in the sand and then grid searched that area. I found a silver ring and a dog tag, then we decided to extend the search area.
I worked my way back towards the waters edge, the beach is a very clean beach so it was easy to dig each target and know it could be the ring.
I dug a target that was a gold signal and fortunately it was a gold ring, I asked Luisa to come and look at it to see if it was hers.
It was hers, she shed tears of relief, another job done.
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I was contacted by an agency working on behalf of a well-known insurance firm to see if I could locate an earring lost somewhere in a kitchen.
The earrings were a birthday gift from the clients husband, I decided to take on the challenge even though it was likely to be a difficult search.
When I arrived at her house Barbara showed me the bench where she had been cleaning her jewellery and next to it was a waste disposal unit. I hoped it hadn’t gone down there as it likely would be long gone. She said she had been cleaning the earring before she dropped it.
I started by using a very bright torch to check under the fridge and in the cupboards.
It soon became apparent that the earring wasn’t where she had thought it had landed. I had also come prepared with an endoscopic inspection camera.
After looking more closely around the cupboards Barbara suggested the gap under the dishwasher behind the cabinetry. After 5 minutes of dragging the camera tubing back and forth I came across a very reflective object. The picture was not great but I was pretty confident it was the earring.
We both decided a tradesman would need to remove part of the dishwasher door to look into the space and remove the earring.
Today she texted me to say thankyou
and to let me know they found the earring right in the place I had said it would be, she said I can’t thank you enough. My daughters partner James managed to get through the dishwasher to find it yesterday. Merry Christmas. Thanks Barbara🎄
I was contacted by Mark’s wife Kirsty to say that her husband had lost his wedding ring the previous night at the Beachlands domain in Auckland New Zealand and was wondering if I could have a look.
I was working Saturday and Sunday so I had to look in the evening which meant I had about 40 minutes of daylight and the rest I had to use a headlamp.
The first attempt I followed their hand written map and some instructions which were 3m either side of half way, then from the middle of the field walking over to the gap on the fence along karaka road. My car was parked on the football field side of the road on karaka road, heading back towards countdown.
After an hour and a half of not finding it I moved over to the gap and side of the road, but after another 20 minutes decided that it had to have been picked up by someone and that I had done all I could do, so I gave Kristy the bad news.
The next day I had a gut feeling I had missed it some how, so I decided to go back and search a bigger area around the original map and grid search it.
The next night I only had half an hour of daylight and it was spitting, after an hour or so the dew in the grass showed my tracks making it easier to cover the area properly.
For the detectorists reading this story, there weren’t many signals which is actually a blessing when doing these hunts and I managed to almost cover the width of the field, by then I was pretty much over it and was again ready to call it quits. Then I got an 18 crt tone on the nox and there it was!
I texted Kirsty saying that it was further over than the 3 metres they had suggested.
She said Wow thank you so much, my husband is very relieved. 😌
Ian Scott, Beachlands NZ.
3 weeks ago Vivienne leapt off the wharf at Maraetai, New Zealand on a hot spring day to cool down, but when she got out she noticed her bracelet had opened and her rose gold Pandora charm had fallen off.
She noticed someone metal detecting on the beach and asked if he could look out for it. Jack who is a regular on the beach explained that he couldn’t get out that far, but would ask his friend Ian to look out for it.
I did find it on another hot day on a very low tide, I was working near the stairs of the wharf, normally this is covered with 3 feet of water. The ground is sandy mud over rocks and shells, so you don’t need to dig too deep to get your target. The first two signals were rubbish, but the next signal was a little gold heart charm that sort of resembled the description.
I was given an address only and decided to pop by after work to see if indeed it was hers.
Vivienne couldn’t believe someone had just brought it to her door, she really believed it was not coming back.