Ashley was outside with her dogs during a snow storm in Danbury, Connecticut. She removed a glove and shook her snow-covered hand. Instantly her rings slipped off into the snow. She lost her newly redesigned diamond engagement ring and her diamond band. It was early in the storm with minimal snow covering the ground. She figured there was a chance of brushing away some snow and finding her lost rings. The family came outside to join the search, and before they knew it, bare grass was showing and had no rings for their efforts. Lucky the Ring Camera Security system recorded the whole fiasco! The camera recorded the exact location of where Ashley was standing relative to their fire pit. This security footage would be beneficial in the days to come. Ashley’s mother was determined to find the lost rings and took to the internet for help. Elaine found my website and submitted a search form. The appointment was booked, and I planned to make the trip across Connecticut.
I arrived after the storm passed, but not before almost two feet of snow had fallen. The fire pit that once was visible in the security footage was now a mound of snow. I did an initial scan of the top snow layer to see if I could get lucky and hear a signal. I found a few bottle caps and other large metal scraps in the shallow snow around the fire pit, but no rings. It was time to dig! After the first hour, I covered a ten-foot radius around the firepit. The top twelve inches of snow came off, with eight inches remaining on the ground. Each shovel full went into a 55-gallon pale that I dumped in another part of the yard. Two hours passed, and I still had nothing to show for my efforts excepted dirty mounds of snow all over the yard. As I expanded my search outward from the firepit, thoughts of doubt began to creep in on me.
I wondered if the rings could have flown farther, possibly over the stone wall or into the neighboring property. Dragging the heavy container of shoveled snow got old, so I decided to pile the snow closer, in a location that I already checked. Before I knew it, there was a waist-deep mound of shoveled snow right where Ashley was standing when the rings flew off. In hindsight, this was the worst possible place I could have pile the shoveled snow. I called Ashely outside to regroup and do some testing because I was at a loss for where these rings could be. The test results were mostly a disaster, but this story will be saved for another time. Armed with new information, I forced the thoughts of searching the neighbor’s yard out of my head and decided to spend my last efforts back where I started. Losing daylight and approaching three hours of digging and metal detecting, I knew this would be my last attempt for today. I moved all the snow I had spent the last couple of hours piling just to uncover the area Ashley was standing when she lost the rings a few days prior. This time, I planned on removing snow until I got within an inch or two of the grass. Next to the firepit is a popular place for people to hang out, so now that most of the snow was removed, I could hear the faintest of signals in the grass. Removing small scraps of metal such as tin foil wrappers, I was now getting the smaller targets that would sound similar to a petite woman’s ring. Racing the fading light, I was removing one metal item after another. I was popping targets out of the grass so quickly; I was already looking for the next signal before I finished placing the junk target in my pouch.
The next piece of metal came out of the snow, and it surprised me when I realized it was a ring! My hands were shaking, and I could hardly brush the snow off. I closed my eyes, said a quick prayer, and finished brushing off the snow. I opened my eyes, hoping to see a center stone. Yes!! It was the engagement ring! The first time I shoveled the area, I must not have dug deep enough to hear the faint signature of the tiny gold ring. After three hours of moving snow around, it looked like a construction site, and I still had one more search to do in another town. I handed over the two rings and promised Ashley I would come back soon to find the remaining third ring. Yes, you read correctly, the THIRD ring. Tune in when I return to Danbury and locate the final missing ring. You will hear the story of how I found the first ring and why it went from two lost rings to three!
Ashley’s rings mean the world to her. In particular, one ring represents the strongest of feelings.
Ashley’s testimonial: “Just this past year, life was a rollercoaster. My husband had recently gone overseas for a year, and I gave birth to my beautiful little boy. With my husband being gone and raising our baby, not only did he miss the birth, but he will be missing my birthday and our anniversary. We decided to upgrade my ring to make last year and this year a little bit more memorable. It signifies the bond we have created over these last 10 years, and nothing can stand in our way. Plus all the exciting things to come. When the rings flew off my hand in the snowstorm, I was devastated. The one thing to show and look on of our history together was gone. I searched for an hour before giving up and losing hope. Thank the Lord for Keith for coming as soon as he could and taking the time to shovel over two feet of snow to find my beautiful rings. He brought back so much joy not only to me but to my husband who is thousands of miles away.”
To be continued…
How to Find a Lost Ring
Lost ring in the snow? It happens all the time – brushing and scraping ice, throwing snowballs, sleigh riding, taking off gloves, taking out the trash. Suddenly your ring goes flying. Don’t waste your time renting or borrowing a metal detector. Stop and mark the area where you believe the ring was lost. If plowing or shoveling occurs, block off the site to preserve the ring’s location. My jewelry finding service covers Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and other surrounding states.
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