I was recently contacted by a long time friend and fellow coworker from many years ago. He stated that during casual conversation he discovered that one of his coworkers (and mine from many years ago as well) lost a diamond and gold pendant while doing yard work a week or so prior. We immediately made plans to search for it the next morning.
I met with my friend Scott and my previous coworker Ying at her home and after some reacquainting and reminiscing, I began searching for the pendant. Ying informed me exactly where she was in her yard when she felt the piece of jewelry was lost. She went on to say that it was about a week prior when the incident happened and since then she purchased a metal detector to attempt to recover it herself. Unfortunately she was unsuccessful. I informed her that many people who contact me looking for lost rings and other jewelry do that same thing. There is a learning curve that comes with detecting, not to mention that not all metal detectors are created equal. I then got to work and after about 20 minutes SUCCESS!
Ying was beside herself when I pulled the pendant from her lawn. It was a great morning! Not only did I get to catch up with my friend, but I was able to return a piece of jewelry to a coworker from years ago and bring joy to her at the same time!
I received a call from Nick a week or so ago telling me he lost his wedding band while coaching his sons baseball team. He went on to say that the loss occurred a week or so prior, but he just found out about my service that day. I mentioned to him that I was leaving for a weeks vacation in two days, but if he could meet me the next day I could make that happen. He agreed and we met the next day. Upon my arrival, Nick gave me a detailed recollection of where he walked and where he spent the majority of the time that day. I immediately began my search and about 20 minutes into it…….
…..this was exactly how it was found. There was little chance of “eyeballing” it considering the way it was lying under the grass and how much area had to be searched. Before we began the search that day, Nick said, “I know there is very little chance of finding it now”. I am so glad we proved him wrong!
Although time plays a critical role in recovering lost rings/jewelry, don’t give up hope because a week, month or even YEARS have past. My oldest recovery was lost 9 years prior! With that said, the two biggest factors in a successful recovery are recollection of where you were and what you were doing when you feel you lost the item and time. The sooner you contact me the better!
I received a call on Wednesday, June 5th from Frank stating that his wife lost her engagement ring and wedding band(which were permanently joined together) a few days before while doing yard work. He went on to say that they searched for hours on their hands and knees and even rented out a metal detector to search for it. All of this was to no avail. His wife then found me when doing a web search She told Frank about me and my service and asked him to give me a call to see if and when I could come out and “give it a try, although I don’t have high hopes”. Frank and I immediately made plans that very day to meet up and get to work! After all of 15 minutes of searching I found an old penny, a pull tab, and crumpled up piece of electrical wire and this………….
Yes, it didn’t take long for me to get this ring back to Frank and eventually to his wife…….
Luckily Frank and his wife did everything right to maximize the recovery of her ring(s). They didn’t waste any time contacting me, they had a great recollection of just where they were in the areas of their yard which in turn made my jog a bit easier and they chose not to go to Craigslist to look for help, but rather a trustworthy, reputable site in theringfinders.com. It is very fulfilling to know the ring is back where it belongs and not lost in the ground or in a display case at a pawn shop.
On May 7th, 2019 I received a call from Vi stating that she lost her ring in a back yard area directly behind her home. She stated she searched for it for hours in the grass/vegetation with no success and even borrowed a friend’s metal detector, but never using a detector before, all she said she heard was a bunch of noise! We immediately made plans to search for it the next afternoon.
Upon my arrival, Vi took me to the area she believed it was in. I could see she did a LOT of searching as the grass/vegetation was very disturbed. I immediately began to search and within 15 minutes…..
Vi could not believe it! She said, “I looked in that area for hours!” The ring is now back where it belongs. Vi kindly asked not to be pictured on my blog, but agreed to the picture of the ring in and on hand and of course I obliged.
If you ever find yourself in need of my service, don’t hesitate to contact me. The quicker you call me out, the better the odds of recovery. As far as doing it yourself and renting/buying a metal detector, keep this in mind. Anyone can buy an airplane if they can afford it, it does not mean they know how to fly it!
I received a call on 1/21/19 for Holly stating she had lost one of her Platinum stud diamond earrings. Knowing there isn’t a lot of “metal” to work with with studs, I was reluctant to have any hopes of recovering such a small item which is mainly composed of a non metal gem. Holly explained the circumstances in which she lost it and was 100% positive it was in a relatively small sandy area in her horse barn. We made plans to meet at the barn later that day. Once we met, Holly directed me to the barn and gave great detail in where she believed she was when she felt the earring come off. On the technical side of things, it was a challenging item to find being so small. Holly let me use its mate to “dial in” the sensitivity and other settings of my machine. Once I was able to hear the specific tone the item gave me, I got to work. Shortly thereafter…….
Here is the text from an email Holly sent me shortly after I left her with the lost earring in hand….
JUST CAN’T THANK YOU ENOUGH FOR FINDING MY EARRING! I WAS VERY UPSET LOSING IT AS IT WAS A SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY PRESENT FROM MY WONDERFUL HUSBAND. I WILL DEFINITELY RECOMMEND YOU TO ALL OF OUR FRIENDS! IF YOU DON’T MIND, I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE THIS ON MY FB PAGE?! AGAIN THANK YOU FOR SUCH A PLEASANT EXPERIENCE FROM START TO FINISH!
WE HOPEFULLY WILL NEVER HAVE THAT HAPPEN AGAIN BUT IF WE DO, WE WILL CALL YOU FOR SURE! THANKS AGAIN!
HOLLY AND TODD
It makes finding a lost item extra special when I get emails like that! Glad I could be of service Holly!
Last week I received a email from Stephanie stating that her husband Thomas lost his wedding band while recently doing some yard work. We then made plans to meet up the next day to try and locate the ring.
Luckily Thomas had a good idea of exactly where he was in the yard when he believed his wedding band came off. When I arrived leaves were everywhere despite only 2 days had past since he lost it. Thomas directed me to three areas of the yard that he felt were strong possibilities of where the ring might be. I then put my metal detector to work and about 10 minutes later while searching the second possible area, I found this under some leaves…..
I immediately called Thomas over asking him, “Is this yours?” knowing quite well I just recovered his missing wedding band!
Success happened for two main reasons. Stephanie and Thomas quickly contacted me and Thomas took good mental notes of where he was and what he was doing when he suspected the ring came off. By doing so he made my job a lot easier. It is great to see the ring is back where it belongs!
I received a call from Richard yesterday about a ring his fiance lost in back of their apartment complex the day before. He said they were certain it was there somewhere, but they were unsuccessful locating it despite visually looking for it for hours. He was also concerned about it being washed away due to the very heavy rains the area seen the night it was lost.
Luckily we were able to meet up that late afternoon between rain showers. Richard directed me to the area he felt was the best location to start and I immediately got to work. After about 5-10 minutes, Richard let me know he’ d be right back an went around to the front of his apartment. During that time I found this under some fairly thick vegetation…..
Upon Richard’s return a few minutes later, I presented him with the ring!
Shortly thereafter, the rains started back up again. Luckily, the ring is back where it belongs and all is well!
I received a call back on the 18th of March from a woman who was positive she lost her wedding set in her back yard while doing some spring cleanup with her husband. Despite searching through the leaves for hours, they were unable to locate either of the rings. They also decided to go out and purchase a metal detector and give that a try. They quickly realized if you are not proficient and experienced with a detector, attempting to use one on the fly leads to frustration. I was able to meet them at their home that very day (Sunday) and immediately began my search once they showed me the probable areas where the rings might be. After about 20 minutes……SUCCESS!
The rings(the one in the picture above is her engagement ring) were not too far from each other and were up close to a shed in the yard. To complicate things, there were spare railing pieces leaned up against the shed making the “hiding place” perfect, but they couldn’t escape me!
The rings are now back where they belong with their very happy owner!
Early last month I was contacted by Rodney. I was able to help him recover his lost wedding band back in 2014. Unfortunately he was in need of my assistance once again. He had lost the same ring except this time it was lost in a different area and under different circumstances. The good news is we were once again successful in locating it! I’ll let Rodney tell you the story in his own words…..
It was a cold evening in December and I was attending a holiday party with family and friends. I stepped outside to assist the host with some bags and in the process my wedding ring fell off into the snow in his front lawn. I searched with flashlights that evening but was unable to locate the ring. The next day I assumed we would have better luck and returned to my friend’s house to search for the ring as we knew it was in a very small area in the front lawn. We crawled around the area digging and clawing for hours at the ground but were unsuccessful so I knew it was time to call in the experts. I had used Jim’s service a few years back and was confident that if he could come out he would be able to locate the ring. I reached out to Jim and we agreed to meet at the location a few days later. When we arrived I explained the situation and the area where the ring was lost. Jim got his metal detector out to begin to search. Within a few minutes he was able to locate the ring within the area I showed him. I am so thankful for Jim and his ability to assist with locating lost items.
Thanks Again Jim!
I received a call from Langston about 2 weeks ago. He informed me that he lost his ring at a local park. I had a good feeling I would be successful in recovering it as he was very confident in where he lost it. I’ll let him tell you the rest in his own words……….
I had a game at Rockburn Park in Elkridge. Being a creature of habit I follow a set routine. Before I change shoes for the game, I always take off my class ring and watch, and put them in the same pocket in my bag and put them back on when the game is over. After the game I was sitting in my open trunk changing shoes. I put my watch back on but couldn’t find my ring. I figured it must have fallen deeper into my bag and I just figured I’d find it in the light at home.
When I got home I dumped my bag and couldn’t find my ring. I figured it must have fallen out of the pocket on my bag when I was changing. I went to the field the next morning before work and looked for about 30 minutes in the area where I parked the night before with no luck. That afternoon one of my teammates also looked for the ring. I wanted to find the ring as soon as possible. My fear was that once they mowed the grass at the park, the ring would be irretrievable lost. This was my college class ring, and it had considerable sentimental value, especially since this year is the 20th anniversary of my graduation. I was contemplating renting a metal detector, but I did some online research and many said that unless you know what you’re doing, your chances of finding your lost item are slim. Also, this was the day before the Labor Day weekend. I was doubtful that I could find someone to come out, let alone that they would actually find the ring. I called Jim that evening and recalled the details of where I thought I lost the ring and he said he believed there was a good chance we could find it. We agreed to meet at the park first thing in the morning.
When I got to the park the next morning, Jim was already there waiting. I pointed out the areas that I traversed on the night I lost the ring and where I thought the ring probably fell out. Jim put on his headphones and got to work in the area I thought was the likely ring location. Not three minutes after we started, Jim waved me over and pointed down. Sitting in the grass exactly where I’d parked the night of the game was my class ring. I couldn’t believe he found it so fast. He said that remembering all the details and narrowing down probable locations was the biggest help to him in finding the ring. Also, the park personnel said they normally mow the grass on Thursdays, but for some reason they didn’t that week. Lucky for me they didn’t!! I would definitely recommend Jim to anyone that is looking to retrieve a lost item. He was awesome!!!
Thanks Langston for the great endorsement and I’m glad the ring is back where it belongs!