This ring find is out of this world….some of it anyway. Kyle called me with the tale of woe of losing his wedding ring at the main beach in Coronado. Seems he took his ring off to keep from losing it when he went out in the surf, and placed it in his hat for safekeeping. After he came back out of the water, the hat went back on the head and ring went into the sand. After realizing what had happened, he searched and sifted for quite a while without success. An internet search brought him to The Ring Finders and my number. He lost the ring about 3pm on Thursday and called me Friday morning at 10:30. Knowing that beach gets searched frequently, I grabbed my gear and headed down there for hopefully a quick recovery before the crowds hit the beach or another detector found the ring, not knowing it’s significance or who may have lost it. Upon arrival, I met Kyle and he showed me the search area. There were already people camped out in some of the area but most was still open. Kyle described the ring as a tungsten carbide band with a meterite inlay. (my first) I ran a grid in all the open areas and then sniped around some of the blankets and tents but the ring wouldn’t show itself. I did find a few coins and good sounding junk, so, I figured another detector probably didn’t find it but was puzzled as to why I hadn’t. It was starting to get pretty crowded, so, we called it a day. I told Kyle that I would contact some people I know who work that beach to see if they might have come across it somehow. I met a fellow club member there and asked him, but he hadn’t found a ring like that. Kyle left, and I hung around for a while longer, expanded the search area a bit, hoping to hit an area still uncovered by blanket. After another hour or so, I gave up and went home, but decided to return later when the crowds left for the day.
At about 8:30 that night, I headed back down to give it another try. I arrived at 9 and began another grid over the main blanket line area that was covered earlier. I found a few coins, a key, and then a “big” hit, literally. It was can sized or bigger but the numbers were wrong and all over the board. I scooped a bunch of sand out and the first target I found was a bit of foil. After cursing under my breath, I swung the loop over pile again and got a nice 12-13 reading on my E-trac. I then sifted out a nickel. Rats! I was about to kick the sand back into the hole when I passed the coil over the pile again, I hear a loud signal but, again, the numbers were jumping from 25-35 on the ferrous side and 35-50 on the conductive side. Those are usually iron junk sounds, and for a moment, I though of just ignoring it but, since it was already out of the ground, I went ahead and scooped it anyway just to get it out of the sand and into the trash where it belonged. Lo and behold, it was Kyle’s ring! That had to be the worst ring sound I ever heard. After inspecting the ring and determining that it matched Kyle’s description, I discovered that it was marked Zirconium/Meteorite inside the band….not tungsten carbide. With today’s assortment of jewelry metals, it’s more important than ever to know what you’re searching for. If you have a call to search for a ring with a meteorite inset, you need to dig iron sounds! That is not going to make some areas fun to search.
I called Kyle with the good news. He was very happy I found the key to getting him out of the dog house with his wife. It was almost 10pm at this point so we decided to meet up the next day for the return. As you can see, he’s a happy guy now. It was a pleasure to meet you Kyle, thank you for the reward, and more importantly, your service to our country.