This is another remarkable story. Courtney and Dave wanted to learn the metal detecting hobby, so they invited me to their old family homestead in Spanish Fork, Utah. The family has lived on that land for over 100 years. I brought extra metal detectors for them, and we started searching to see if we could find any relics. The first good find was an old silver dime, but then I found an old, antique ring. It had two rubies and three elephants, each with a tiny diamond eye, and it looked like it had been made in India. It was gold-plated silver, and it looked like it had been in the ground for maybe 100 years. Inside the ring were the initials “EJ”. After a little looking on FamilySearch.org we learned that Courtney’s great-grandmother’s name was Eleanor Jane. This must have been her ring! I’m sure that Eleanor would be happy to know that after being lost for four generations, her ring has been found, and is now a treasured family heirloom.
Jeff and his wife came from Texas to Utah to hike one of the most spectacular trails in the world, Angels Landing in Zion National Park. The narrow trail drops hundreds of feet on both sides. It leads to the top of the Landing, with 1500-foot cliffs dropping on three sides. It was on that trail that Jeff felt his sterling silver class ring slip off his finger and disappear into the shallow snow. They couldn’t find it. He was confident that if he had a metal detector, he could recover the ring. Although I have done searches in that area before, and I was willing to make the 4-hour drive each way, Jeff wanted to try first on his own. He came to my home to borrow one of my metal detectors. I showed him some of the simple operational features. He drove back to Zions, and found the ring!
Preston went to a popular Utah Lake beach to enjoy the November sunset. While he was there, he removed his 14K gold ring and held it in his hand. When he returned to his car, he realized that he no longer had the ring. He returned to the spot where he had been sitting, but he couldn’t find it. He got a metal detector and searched in the sand again, but still couldn’t find it. That evening, his wife found TheRingFinders.com and gave me a tearful call. I was out of town, but told her I would be home the next night, so we arranged to meet. My plane landed at 7:30 pm, and I met them at the American Fork marina at 9:00 with my metal detectors. After about 10 minutes searching, there was the ring! His wife texted me, “Thank you so much, Larry, for finding my husband’s ring and making time to help us out today! We are amazed how quickly you found it! We really appreciate it.”
Stephanie spent the afternoon playing ultimate frisbee in a park with her family. After they returned home, she discovered that one of her favorite earrings was missing. The next day, I spent an hour and a half with my metal detector, covering the large area where they had been playing. The weather had changed overnight, and it was cold, with snow and a 20 mph wind. Near the far end zone, I found the missing earring! I’m happy to help anyone that has lost a precious item, but I was especially happy to help Stephanie, because she is my daughter!
Devon was jogging with her husband, Ty. She decided to remove her rings to put them in a pocket, but suddenly she noticed that rather than two rings, she was only holding one. She still had her diamond engagement ring, but her diamond and gold wedding band was gone. A friend referred them to TheRingFinders.com, and they contacted me. I brought my metal detecting equipment and met Ty at the grassy area where they hoped we would be able to find the ring. It took about 30 minutes, but I found the ring hiding in the grass! Another happy ending!
This is a wonderful story. Alex was named after Alexander the Great, and since he has always loved ancient Greek history, his wife bought an ancient Greek silver coin and had it melted and alloyed with gold to make his wedding ring. While swimming with his family at Jordanelle reservoir, the ring popped off his finger and disappeared in about 10 feet of water. He tried diving to find it, but it was hopeless. He found me on TheRingFinders.com. I brought my metal detectors and my floating air supply and spent about 45 minutes groping blindly in the icy waters, but I couldn’t find the ring. The reservoir is at over 6000 feet in elevation, and the late spring water was just too cold to search effectively. I waited a few weeks and, without telling Alex, I returned to search more thoroughly. I found the ring buried under a couple of inches of mud! Alex was thrilled to hear from me that I had found his ring for him.
Alex sent me this kind note: Thank you so much Larry! This is a story that I will tell my kids about one day. I so appreciate your help, there’s no way we would’ve found this ring without you.
When Bob got married, his wife gave him a custom 18K gold ring. He has worn that ring for over 50 years. Last weekend, while watching his grandson play flag football, he discovered that the ring was gone. The family searched for hours, but they didn’t find it. Bob found The Ring Finders, and gave me a call. I met Bob and the family at the football fields with my metal detecting equipment. They pointed out the areas where they thought the ring could be, and after about 30 minutes of searching, I found the ring!
While he was growing up in Wyoming, Bob’s family hunted elk for food. This custom-made ring is a reminder of that heritage: two elk teeth are embedded in the gold. Over the decades, the teeth wore down and cavities formed. Since he loved the ring so much, Bob got a dentist family friend to fill the cavities. This ring is one-of-a-kind!
Monique, from New York, and her extended family, from California, met in Park City, Utah for a Christmas skiing vacation. While sledding with her nieces in a park on Christmas day, she felt her three custom, foreign-made, interlocking wedding rings slip off her finger and disappear into the snow. One of the rings is rose gold, and the other two are white gold. She and her husband searched through the snow for the rest of the afternoon, but it’s almost impossible to find a ring in deep snow without a metal detector. She found The Ring Finders, and gave me a call. It takes an hour to drive to Park City from my home, but I’ve made that trip several times to find lost rings. We met in the park, and Monique showed me where they had searched. I found the first ring in about two minutes, and within 10 minutes I had all three. What a relief! Another vacation saved by TheRingFinders.com!
Maddilyn got engaged one week ago, and she loved her beautiful white gold engagement ring. Yesterday, she went up Provo Canyon to get some engagement photos behind Mt. Timpanogos. When they finished the photo shoot, she was horrified to find that her ring was gone! Some of the photos showed the ring, but some showed the ring was gone. They searched through the snow, then bought a cheap metal detector and searched some more, but they couldn’t find the lost ring. Last night, Maddilyn’s dad found me on TheRingFinders.com. This afternoon I met Maddilyn and her finance near the canyon. We drove up past Sundance ski resort where I started my search. It took 20 or 30 minutes, but I found the ring buried in the new snow! Hopefully, that one cold night the ring spent in the canyon will be the last night it ever spends away from her!
Rachelle was brushing off her pants on the third floor of her apartment building, just outside her door, when she felt her wedding ring slip off her finger. She didn’t hear it land, and she couldn’t find it anywhere around her door, so she knew it must have fallen three stories into the snow. That’s when she found TheRingFinders.com and gave me a call. I arrived at the apartment complex at about 9:00 pm, in the dark. We used headlamps and detected the snowy grass area below her apartment, but there was no ring there. Part of my job as a ring finder is to help people narrow down their search area by telling them where their ring is not, and it wasn’t in the grass. So we turned our attention to the next place to check, on the concrete on the other side of a fence. They had looked earlier, but hadn’t seen any marks in the fresh snow. We got a key, unlocked the gate, and started looking. Rachelle’s husband noticed a glint in his headlamp in the shallow snow, and found the ring up next to the fence. I’m counting this ring in my finds even though I’m not the one that actually found it, because I helped them narrow down the places where the ring could be. I’m glad for the part I played in helping find the ring!