Marshall Smith, Author at The Ring Finders

Lost Heirloom Engagement Ring Recovered at China Beach, San Francisco, CA 94129 with Testimonial

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-415-895-0334

China Beach at the entrance to San Francisco Bay.

Kate was pushing through the incoming waves here at historical China Beach. She tried to dive through a couple of waves but the waves kept rushing in. She felt the ring being swept off her finger, and frantically tried to feel for it in the sand. She searched until dark. Bitterly disappointed and discouraged, she found The Ring Finders.

I met Kate the next morning at 9AM. Kate had carefully noted landmarks on the beach to direct me to the search area. She was pretty gloomy. As we waited for low tide at 10AM, I made slow passes above the tide line just to kill time. There were no targets at all. Either the beach had been regularly swept by metal detectorists or, the residents of Sea Cliff are extremely tidy neighbors. All of a sudden I found a strong signal in the wet sand. It really sounded like a bottle cap (15 on Minelab 800) but I was happy to find any targets. No one was more surprised to see the gold circle appear in my digging spoils. (Those spoils are the little mounds in the sand about 20 feet to the left of the big rick, above.)

Kate washing the sand off her recovered treasure.

A delighted young bride-to-be with her stunning family heirloom.

 

Kate’s custom engagement ring was created from multi-generational family gemstones and historical gold.

 

Kate’s beautiful heirloom yellow sapphire, diamonds and gold, custom engagement ring.

KATE’S TESTIMONIAL:

Hi Marshall,Thank you again for coming out this morning. I still can’t believe you were able to find it — I feel incredibly, incredibly fortunate. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your morning! I wanted to provide a positive review of your efforts, so here is my little testimony of my experience: After getting hit by a wave at China Beach, my engagement ring slipped off my finger and took all hope of recovery with it. While I made note of visual markers to remember the exact spot, I mainly called Marshall to provide “peace of mind” that I did all I could.

Well, on top of being incredibly kind and asking a very reasonable rate, Marshall found my one-of-a-kind engagement ring within 30 minutes of arriving. I’m still in shock as I write this. I can never express how grateful I am to him for his willingness to show up despite how dire the situation seemed. “Thank you” just doesn’t seem to be enough!

You have saved both my fiancé and myself a lot of heartache (and money) — as down as I was yesterday afternoon, I feel like I won the lottery today. Maybe I should go buy a ticket!

Best of luck with future hunts and take care.

Cheers, Kate

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SF Bay Area RingFinders Contact: Marshall Smith – Text or call: 415-895-0334

Metal Detectorist serving the Greater San Francisco Bay Area from sunny San Mateo, CA

GIA Graduate Gemologist

Lost Tiffany Diamond Ring Recovered in Mountain View, CA 94041

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-415-895-0334

Anna’s Tiffany diamond engagement band. lost in the bushes!

Anna was walking her dog on a leash one evening, when her dog recognized it’s best friend and bolted across the bushes. The leash slipped off Anna’s hand along with her ring!

Her fiancé had sold his car to purchase this ring. He was understanding, while Anna was panicked!

She searched into the night and again early the next morning.

Then she Googled “how to find a lost ring in the bushes”. An hour and a half later, Anna had her ring back!

Anna’s beautiful Tiffany diamond ring.

 

SF Bay Area RingFinders Contact: Marshall Smith – Text or call: 415-895-0334

Metal Detectorist serving the Greater San Francisco Bay Area from sunny San Mateo, CA

 

 

Lost Diamond Engagement Ring Recovered at Ocean Beach in San Francisco, CA – Nice Ring!

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-415-895-0334

Brynne and Michael were setting up for a picnic on the beach when Brynne went to brush off the table, and her brand new engagement ring went flying.

Smartly, Brynne  called the Ring Finders and withing a few hours she had her ring back on her finger!

Happy bride to be!

Stunning 1 ct+ diamond!

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SF Bay Area RingFinders Contact: Marshall Smith – Text or call: 415-895-0334

Metal Detectorist serving the Greater San Francisco Bay Area from sunny San Mateo, CA

Beautifully Inscribed Platinum Wedding Band Recovered in Hayward, California

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-415-895-0334

After painting his in his new house, Jeff had just finished washing his hands

at an outside faucet, when he shook his hands off and felt his ring slide off his finger.

He never saw it land and he never heard it hit anything.  His ring just disappeared!

Jeff searched and searched, even clipping the grass around the faucet

with a pair of scissors.  Others looked.  Workers looked.  No luck.

Jeff’s ring was somewhere out there in the thick grass.

Jeff had flung his ring about 20 feet behind himself when shaking off his wet hands.

He’s tall guy and there is a lot of leverage in those long arms. He’s kind of a big deal.

It took me one hour and 20 minutes to locate his ring in his front yard.

Two weeks after losing his ring, a priceless keepsake returned.

The inscription reads “Love and Life”.

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SF Bay Area RingFinders Contact: Marshall Smith – Text or call: 415-895-0334

Metal Detectorist serving the Greater San Francisco Bay Area from sunny San Mateo, CA

Gucci Gold in the Fremont, CA Grass

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-415-895-0334

Larry’s son Jack was playing with his kids in the back yard, bouncing a beach ball in the air, when he noticed his ring was missing! While touring Iraq as a US Marine, Jack had saved up for this special ring. Jack and the kids looked and looked in the lush deep grass but could not find it.

Being a sharp guy, Larry made a very smart move and Googled “lost ring” and quickly found my colleague Dave Millman in Saratoga. As Dave was just setting out on another Great American West cross-country adventure with his family, he advised Larry to contact me.

Luckily I was able to respond within a few days and met Larry at his front door. We quickly retired to the scene of the loss in the back yard, where Larry demonstrated the motions made by his son bouncing the beach ball in the air.

Due to Larry’s precise reenactment, in the second sweep of my detector, in the fastest recovery of my career as Ring Finder, I was able to locate Jack’s Gucci gold ring, buried deep in the lush grass, invisible from above, in less than 60 seconds.

Gucci Gold!

Larry, the smart Dad, the good Dad, shows off his son’s valuable personal

keepsake, on a very sunny and happy day in Fremont, California.

Son Jack will be home from work in a few hours.

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SF Bay Area RingFinders Contact: Marshall Smith – Text or call: 415-895-0334

Metal Detectorist serving the Greater San Francisco Bay Area from sunny San Mateo, CA

 

 

 

Tiny Gold Band Recovery – East Bay Regional Park

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-415-895-0334

15 months after losing her partner’s wedding band on a camping trip, I returned with Kathy to search their last campsite in the East Bay hills. I was skeptical of our chances of locating her ring in a public place after more than a year. But Kathy was not giving up on locating her lost, late wife’s, wedding band.

Kathy had heard about The Ring Finders from her son, who read about our work in a recent article in Atlantic Magazine. With hope and optimism, she decided to give us a try.

She took me to a beautiful redwood grove and showed me where they had made a fire, and where they pitched their tents.  I set up shop by the fire ring and began a slow outward spiral grid search from the pit. On my 5th rotation, about 20 feet from the fire pit, underneath the deep redwood pine straw, under an inch of dirt, was her tiny gold band.

Kathy with her recovered wedding band.

Astonishing simple and beautiful design, detecting it, and first seeing it in the dirt, was a magical experience.

15 months later.  A priceless keepsake returned.  Never give up.

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SF Bay Area RingFinders Contact: Marshall Smith – Text or call: 415-895-0334

Metal Detectorist serving the Greater San Francisco Bay Area from sunny San Mateo, CA

 

 

Gold Wedding Ring Recovered in Palo Alto Back Yard

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-415-895-0334

Richard was putting away the patio furniture for the Winter, dusting off the outdoor furniture pillows with his left hand when he heard his gold wedding band make a pinging sound on the patio bricks under his feet. After 45 great years of marriage, he wasn’t about to lose his beautifully engraved gold wedding band!

Richard searched the low ground cover and long grass for a few hours. Then he reached out to his Palo Alto neighbors for someone with a metal detector. No luck. Finally, Richard Googled “lost ring” and found me 20 minutes away, just up the San Francisco Peninsula, in San Mateo.

I was able to come by the next day. After searching the low fushia ground cover, his smart wife suggested searching the long decorative long grass a few feet away from the most likely search area, and bingo! Richard’s 18k thick gold band lit up my Garrett AT-Pro headphones with a powerful high pitched tone.

Richard’s beautiful 18k gold wedding band.

Happy hubby with recovered gold wedding band!

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SF Bay Area RingFinders Contact: Marshall Smith – Text or call: 415-895-0334

Metal Detectorist serving the Greater San Francisco Bay Area from sunny San Mateo, CA

Matching Custom Wedding Ring Recovered in Golden Gate Park

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-415-895-0334

Michael was reading on his favorite bench in the Fuschia Dell area of Golden Gate Park when an annoying fly began buzzing him. After swatting at the fly with his left hand, he realized his wedding ring had flown off into the grass around his bench.

Michael searched and searched the area for his ring but could not find it. He and his partner returned the next day, but were again unsuccessful in locating the ring.

You might think a silver wedding band is not too expensive and could be easily replaced. But this heavy silver ring was part of a matching pair of custom wedding bands created over 30 years ago!

A friend of theirs found THE RING FINDERS on the Internet and recommended me to the guys. I was able to get out the next evening, and after 40 minutes searching the broad landing zone to the left of Michael’s bench, I finally located his beautiful oak leaf cluster silver ring, deep in the green grass, right in front of his favorite bench.

 

Beautiful matching oak leaf designs, together again!

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SF Bay Area RingFinders Contact: Marshall Smith – Text or call: 415-895-0334

Metal Detectorist serving the Greater San Francisco Bay Area from sunny San Mateo, CA

 

Gold Wedding Ring Recovered in Santa Clara Volleyball Court

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-415-895-0334

Mohit removed his glasses, shoes and wedding ring for a few games of volleyball after work with co-workers, and laid them by the side of the court. When the call went out for better line markers and the back of the court, everyone picked up their shoes and laid them along the back of the sandy court. Inadvertently Mohit had flung his ring somewhere near the side of the court when he picked up his shoes. After three attempts to find his ring, his wife found me on the RingFinders site.

Gold objects dropped in the sand tend to disappear quickly. Even if you see when they fall, they can be very difficult to find. A metal detector can make short work of the process, as was the case here.

Mohit’s beautiful gold wedding band!

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SF Bay Area RingFinders Contact: Marshall Smith – Text or call: 415-895-0334

Metal Detectorist serving the Greater San Francisco Bay Area from sunny San Mateo, CA

Lost Platinum Wedding Ring Recovered in Beresford Park

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-415-895-0334

While enjoying the many amenities of Beresford Park, (located on 28th Street at Alameda de Las Pulgas) Ron paused to apply sunscreen to his young nephew. Moments later he noticed his platinum wedding ring was missing!

His clever wife posted the incident in the Lost & Found section of our Beresford Nextdoor.com community website. After a few emails back and forth I was able to learn the general whereabouts in the park to search. Within an hour of searching the sawdust covered play area I located a handful of coins, a few pull tabs, and Ron’s gorgeous platinum ring!

A few emails later I agreed to meet Ron and his wife at the park, where I showed them where I found his ring, buried under about 2 inches of sawdust, and returned it to Ron. He had given up on ever seeing his ring again and was extremely happy to get it back!

Ron’s gorgeous ring was stamped “PLAT 960” meaning that it is 96% pure platinum.

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SF Bay Area RingFinders Contact: Marshall Smith – Text or call: 415-895-0334

Metal Detectorist serving the Greater San Francisco Bay Area from sunny San Mateo, CA