As a ringfinder, I have had many calls or emails over the last several years from people trying to find or get ideas where to look for their lost rings. In my area 70%+ rent or get a coworkers metal detector to aid in searching with no ring being found.
Rings lost inside
I know the rings just don’t disappear but where do you look especially if its inside… many get in a panic state and search all the obvious areas ( sinks, shower drains, bed linens, couches, floors, washers, trash cans) but some other areas could be overlooked( dryers, floor vents, freezers, clothes pockets, laundry hampers, animals eating rings, and the list goes on). The best way to look for that missing ring is to go slow and search room by room and check everything. Remember everything is contained and you should find it.
Rings lost outside
Rings lost outside can be just as tricky but getting the right information is critical. Many people rent a metal detector or even buy them thinking the internet research they did will help them, but most are unsuccessful in their search because of all the junk in the ground and the learning curve it takes to use one. Most yards have some sort of fencing (wood or metal) means nails or you can only search so close to the metal fence. Power lines and underground pet fencing can cause ghosts signals and make detecting impossible for some inexpensive brands of detectors. I mentioned getting the right information is critical. Not everyone is forth coming with information because of embarrassment over how the ring was lost. They choose to tell you a story and when you search the area in question, no ring is found. So you ask them finally, “Did you throw your ring?” Many looked shocked and finally admit they have and in a broader search you finally find their thrown ring.
Some cases its just a case of memory and working back to one thing they did that caused the ring to get lost. This is what happened at my last search, Dee emails me saying she was planting an herb garden and had taken her ring off and put it in her pocket for safe keeping, after cutting the bag of fertilizer open. After planting was finished she reached in her pocket for her ring and the ring was gone. Dee rented a metal detector and searched the area she was working but gave up and called me to search. I searched the same area and 20ft further with no luck. I even searched the fertilizer bag and areas that hadn’t been planted yet with no luck. So what’s missing in this story? Other than the ring? And yes this does End happy!!! I emailed her a week later asking if she had found it inside anywhere. Dee told me she dropped her purse on the floor and her knife spilled out, after picking up her knife she saw her ring wedged in the knife where the blade goes. Dee said she doesn’t even remember putting the knife in the same pocket with the ring but she must have. This was a happy ending for Dee but most won’t be this lucky.
I would like to have some other Ringfinders comment on this post to help aid other ringfinders with ideas and bringing smiles to others in need. Where is the strangest place you have found or heard of finding a ring?