I got a message yesterday from Alexis in Jackson NJ. During an argument with her fiance’ as he was walking alongside his car she took off her engagement ring and threw it at him. It bounced off his car and disappeared. She found me and 2 other guys threw the Ringfinders website. The first person there was not able to find it. I then went with my Minelab Ctx 3030 with the 11″ coil and searched all over the driveway and into the yard in the snow on both sides of the driveway in -5 temperatures. After 3hrs i too was unable to find it. So fellow Ringfinder and friend Dennis Burligame agreed to go the next morning to try as well. I also went back to meet him and continue the search only this time i switched to my 6″ coil as the driveway is concrete and had a lot of iron reinforcement which made it difficult to search. Dennis and i both searched the same area and decided to narrow down the area and even though we both went over the same spots with the 11″coils we could not find it. I went over the same spots now using my 6″ coil and right near a heavy iron tone i got a blip of a good high tone signal. I then moved the snow around with my foot away from the iron and the high tone came in much clearer. As i bent down to move the snow around by hand it was at that moment i saw part of a ring sticking out! If it were not for that 6″ coil i would not have been able to locate it!. Needless to say the customers were very happy! Big thanks to Dennis Burligame for the assist!
While out with my family at a friends bbq with bad cell reception as we were leaving i received a message from Edward Cropski Aka NJ Lost Ring Finder about a Diamond wedding ring set lost in Sandy Hook NJ. I also had a voicemail from Jessica, The woman who lost the rings. She had taken her rings off and put them into the cupholder of her chair to put lotion on and forgot to put them back on. It was not until they were packing up for the day and her father began to shake the sand from the chairs when she realized she never put them back on. But it was already too late, They were gone! I called her to make arrangements to conduct a search and explained to her that special permission was required since the beach she is at used to be a military base and is now a Federal park where metal detecting is prohibited. She called me back about 15mins later as i as driving home to tell me she has gotten the permission needed for a search but i would have to get there quickly as the park is closing at 9pm. Within minutes of getting home I said goodbye to my wife and daughter i grabbed my Minelab Ctx 3030, Jumped back into my truck and started the 45min drive to Sandy Hook. The ride then became longer as i got caught it traffic along the way. When i finally arrived i only had 15 minutes to conduct the search! Luckily her family had marked out the area with umbrellas and other items where they were. Within 10 minutes i had found both rings, 6 ft apart from one another! Another happy ending!
Yesterday afternoon i received a referral call through Ronnie DeGhetto, Owner of Gold Digger Detectors in Raritan NJ for a lost watch. I then spoke to Mark, The owner of the Tag Heuer watch valued at 2k Which he had dropped in the sand while him and his wife were packing up for the day. After digging around trying to find it with no luck he decided to seek out some help. He found Ronnie’s info doing a web search who then gave him my number. I made arrangements to meet him out on the beach later that night. Within 20 Minutes of searching Mark had his watch back in his hands! A 10 year anniversary gift from his wife. Another happy return!
Got a call from a woman at another beach that had lost her engagement ring. She found me through a web search. She took it off and put it on her stomach to put lotion on and forgot she didn’t put it back on until she got up to go in the water. I did a grid of the area she was sitting and found it within 30 mins. Another success!
Got a late night text message from a woman named Maryann on behalf of her niece Alyssa. Earlier in the day while at the beach she lost her engagement ring and was devastated. Her aunt had found me on the ring finders page doing a google search. I went out there the next day to see if i can help. They kept the area where they were sitting open for me so i began to search there. No luck so i then gridded down the slope. Still nothing. Next i went into the water even though it was high tide and beginning to fall i figured now or never. They were sure it was in the water. After about an hour in the water it still was not turning up. I told them i would come back again later that night when the rest of the people were gone to further search the dry sand. In the meantime i told her i would grid the dry a bit from behind the people at the towel line to the entrance and then the pathway. They still were convinced it was in the water but said ok, If you want to.. I then did a 5 line grid to the entrance and again nothing. Almost 4hrs now searching..Ok, Now the path on my way out. There is a tall dune, Then it drops down then back up again to the street. Once i got down to the dip i then get a very nice solid tone and a 12.03-12.04 on my Ctx. Sounds too good to be foil.. I took out a scoop and gave the sand a kick and staring back at me is this big beautiful platinum diamond ring! Bam! I walked back over the dune to where they were and saw them still looking around in the water (One of them even had a hand sifter hoping to catch it) I smiled at her cousins as i waited for Alyssa to turn around. Once she did and saw me i motioned for her to come over. Once she got close i held up the ring. She had a look of disbelief until she got closer and realized i was holding her ring! She immediately started to cry tears of joy and hugged me while thanking me over and over. Her Uncle and Aunt came over and did the same. All the people around us were giving praise. I even went back to their house with them for a cold drink and got even more hugs from them and the rest of the family. It was so wonderful being able to get it back to her. Love this Hobby!!
Got a message from fellow ring finder Edward Cropski Aka NJ lost ring finder Last night around 10:30 pm about a lost engagement ring in Long Branch NJ shortly followed by a phone call from Tiffany Michelle the woman who lost it. While out on the beach earlier in the day with her husband and son. They decided to move back from the surf more and her bag fell over with things falling out including her ring. They searched for hours when they came across the ring finders site which led to a call to Ed. He then referred them to me. By 12 am i was on my way there to meet them. They were on vacation and visiting family then going home to FL in a few days.. They were both frantic over the loss as the ring has been in her family for 3 generations. Her grandmother, Her mother and now it was hers. I met them on the beach and after a short conversation on where they were i began my search. About 30 mins went by with no luck. I then spread out farther from the towel line towards the high tide line in the wet sand. 10 mins later i had a nice crisp tone with a 12.10 on the Ctx. within one scoop i had her ring! They were both surprised and overjoyed that i had found it. So much that i received plenty of hugs and thanks. It was a great feeling to see them happy and ending their vacation on a high note. Another great hunt!
After a 12hr day at work I’m home for maybe an hour when i get a message from Fellow Ring Finder Edward Cropski asking me if i’m near long branch as he just got a call from a guy out with his family that just lost his 14k white gold wedding band in the wet sand while playing with his son, Despite his wife telling him to give her his ring so he wouldn’t lose it. He felt it was safer with him. Which proved to be wrong… As him and his son were on the slope playing he happened to feel his ring slip off his finger. As he was about to dive for it a wave came in and just like that, The ring was gone. They found The ring finders site doing a search and quickly contacted Ed who then relayed it to me. But he lost it during the worst time.. 2 hrs after low tide and i got there another 45mins later. By then the tide was up 2 feet and the surf was rough with 3-4ft waves breaking on the beach. I tried to find it for a few hrs while being pounded mercilessly by the waves coming in to no avail… I had to give up the hunt and wait for better conditions. After sleeping for only 3hrs i was up at 1am the next day and out the door by 1:45 with the ctx now mounted with my 17″ coil to try again before work.. I got there around 2:30am and started to grid from the top of the slope and followed the tide out. I was finding stained quarters,nickles and 2 pieces of junk jewelry.. I knew i had pretty good odds at finding it but after searching for 2-1/2 hrs i was beginning to have some doubts as i finished up the area i laid out. I decided to expand the search area 10ft more on both sides of where i had already been. I got down to the wash and get a two-tone iffy signal about 12″ down, The numbers were all over the place. I decided i was digging everything and even though i thought it may be junk i went for it. But every scoop or two i took the now incoming tide filled the hole right back in again.. So now i was taking 3 scoops at a time between waves. The signal was fading,sinking… It even started to tone iron and then it disappeared. I had to dig even more to bring it back up again. Finally it was getting Louder. after 20+mins of chasing this signal one more scoop got it out. Kicked the sand with my foot and there it was!! Him and his family drove all the way down here tonight from Rutherford to reclaim it and gave me a very nice reward for finding it. They were in shock and couldn’t believe i had found it! A very happy customer! What a great experience it was! Now it’s time for some sleep…