Mike Baker, Author at The Ring Finders

Jewelry Found on Vermont Beach

  • from Burlington (Vermont, United States)
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6/8/21

Got a message from a young guy who had lost his engagement ring at a local beach. I went there as soon as I could, because it was lost in a public place. His gold and garnet ring is a one of a kind ring, being custom made by a local artisan.

He gave me an idea where it might have been lost, so I started there. The beaches on Lake Champlain have been in use for many years. Therefore, they are full of nails and melted foil from campfires, bottle caps, pull tabs and hot rocks. I have a very advanced detector which sorts through all this metallic debris very well. After about 2 hours and literally thousands of signals, I found his beautiful ring, and without a scratch on it!

I waited for him to get out of work and brought it to him at his house. One very happy fellow to have it back on his finger!

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Found Class Ring in the Vermont Snow

  • from Burlington (Vermont, United States)
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12/28/20
Closing out 2020 on a good note!

I got a call from a fellow from Texas who was visiting Vermont with a close group of friends. A couple days ago they were having some fun by having a snowball fight. When he threw a snowball at a friend, he thought he felt his ring fly off.

This ring was extremely sentimental to him because it was a class ring from the college he graduated from, Texas A and M. He had worked very hard to graduate and this ring represented his efforts. He told me he didn’t want a replacement ring, because it wouldn’t be the same.

The ring was very heavy and his fingers were cold, the perfect combination for losing it. All his awesome friends helped search for hours, they knew how much it meant to him. His mother, back in Texas, wanted to help somehow, she found The Ring Finders online, and saw Vermont had some members.

It was a very cold night, around 15 degrees, but the ring was lost in a public place, so I knew the search needed to be done ASAP. I got there, he showed me the search area and I got started. The ground was full of signals, many which shared the same numbers as gold would on my detector. After about an hour I got a good signal right on the very edge of a steep bank which dropped off into the river. It was his ring! Someone’s foot had pressed it deep into the snow and leaves. When I brought it to him, he and a dozen friends all cheered loudly. They were all so happy for him!

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Ring Lost Deep in the Fall Leaves

  • from Burlington (Vermont, United States)
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11/8/20
Got a message last night from a woman who had lost her wedding ring.

She was walking a forest trail in a local park with her toddler on her back and her young dog on a leash. Coming down a steep trail covered with fresh fallen oak leaves, she stepped over a fallen tree trunk, while her energetic dog decided to go airborne over it. The leash gave a hard yank on her hand and miraculously she felt her wedding ring break and fall off. She was able to see where a piece of the ring fell, so she carefully searched through the deep leaves and found that piece. Unfortunately, she didn’t see where the bigger piece had fallen, the section containing the diamonds.

This ring had a very sentimental history behind it. It had been worn by four generations of brides in the family, originating in the country of Poland. Needless to say, she was heartbroken and desperate to find it. She searched through the deep blanket of leaves for a long time, clearing a large area down to the soil, with no luck.

She went online later to try to find a place to rent a metal detector when she found my ad. Deciding to call me instead of trying to figure out how to run a detector. So we made plans to meet at 8:00 this morning, because I never know if a search is going to be a few minutes or all day.

I met her, her husband, their toddler son and their dog at the park. The little kid was fun to watch, he loved to show us how he could go up and down the banks, even with those tiny feet! She took me to the area where the mishap had taken place and I got started. I worked my detector coil methodically, pushing it side to side under the leaves. Got some signals from minerals in the rocks and from some old shotgun shell brass. Then I got a scratchy faint signal and dug my fingers in to search for the target. Under all the leaves and pushed 1/2” into the soil I saw something sparkle. There it was! She knelt down, picked it up and broke down with happy tears. Very nice ending! I have found hundreds of rings, but this one was probably the nost delicate ring I have ever found, very few metal detectors would’ve been able to find this one!

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Gold Necklace Found on Recreation Field in Vermont

  • from Burlington (Vermont, United States)
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9/24/20
2020 has been an unusual year for searches. The first six months were very quiet, maybe because of the pandemic. But lately I have been super busy, some weeks having three or four different searches. I have helped many people find septic tanks, property markers, even arrows and military dog tags. There were a few heartbreaking unsuccessful searches, but the search tonight helps offset those others. Again I should remind everyone that if you lose Jewelry in a public place, call me immediately!!!

I got a call from a local college student whose beautiful gold cross and chain had been lost on a recreation field. He was desperate to get it back because 16 years ago, when he was 5, his grandfather had given it to him. Before going out on the field he asked his friend to hold onto it so he wouldn’t lose it. His friend, due to an injury, was taking it easy, just walking around the field and occasionally doing some stretches. Somehow the necklace came up missing, but they knew it was somewhere out on the field. They all searched for a long time with no luck.

As soon as I got out of work I hit the road to head on an evening search which I knew could be a long search and late night! Four of them helped me search by using flashlights, but the weeds and grass was long and thick. After a couple hours they all had to leave to go do homework. I told him that I would stay for a couple more hours and then come back the next night and weekend, if necessary. The ground was full of signals, I probably dropped to my knees nearly 200 times investigating signals. Finally, an hour after they left, I got a good signal and found it all balled up and deep in the grass where they never would’ve seen it. What a great night’s ending! I made him and his friend who had lost it very happy and relieved.

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Found Man’s Gold Chain near Burlington VT

  • from Burlington (Vermont, United States)
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8/1/20
Got a call from a guy who was looking for his gold chain on a beach near Burlington. He had set it on his towel and it disappeared into the sand. He raked the sand with his fingers and couldn’t find it. Being lost in a public place, I threw my stuff in the car and went straight there.
He showed me the area, I fired up the 24K, tested it on a piece of metal debris and took the first swing. About 2/3rds of the way through the first swing I got a signal. He reached his fingures deep into the sand and pulled out his chain! Less than 5 seconds, a new record!!!

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Delicate Gold Necklace found on Lake Champlain beach, Vermont

  • from Burlington (Vermont, United States)
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7/11/20
Got a call this afternoon from a distressed woman on a beach on Lake Champlain. Two days ago she had lost a very special necklace. I told her I would get there just as fast as I could pack up my things.

When I arrived she explained that she was in Vermont on a temporary work assignment and had to leave in a few days. Her boyfriend, who was still in college in Texas, had given it to her and she knew if she left Vermont without it she would be broken hearted about it (I think wedding bells are in the future!).
She had taken the necklace off to go for a swim, and set it on her towel on the sand. When she came back from the swim, the bugs decided to attack her (Vermont bugs are fierce this time of year!!). She jumped up, grabbed her towel and hurried down the beach a little ways to get away from them. In the haste she had forgotten about the necklace. When she realized it was gone she went back and couldn’t find it. After searching for it for a couple days she thought she would buy a metal detector. But then she learned about The Ring Finders and gave me a call. I’m glad she didn’t buy one, because it would’ve cost her $800 or more to get one that would pick up the the signal from such a light chain and tiny diamond pendant.
I got started and dug about 50 tiny pieces of foil and scrap metal. I got a faint signal with crazy numbers and dug it anyway. About 2 or 3 inches down was a beautiful gold chain! What a relief, there it was, and noone had walked off with it! She collapsed to the ground and held it tight. One very happy lady!!

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Ring Found in Burlington Vermont: The Ring Finders

  • from Burlington (Vermont, United States)
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6/13/20
I got a call this afternoon from a fellow who was our working in his garden and lost his wedding band. The last thing he had done was lay down a couple layers of newspaper in between all the plants and cover all that with straw. He said this system helps keep the weeds under control. When he was walking back to the house he realized his ring wasn’t on his finger. His heart sank fast. He wasn’t able to find it after checking all gloves, pockets and around the garden. So, he tried Googling where to rent a metal detector and one of my postings came up.

I told him I would be there just as fast as I could pack all my equipment into the car. When I got there he showed me the likeliest area to search. I saw all the metal fencing and wire tomato cages and knew this could be a challenging search. Luckily the search area was pretty small.

I began the search and started getting lots of signals from nails, wire and staples. Every time I got a signal and pulled up scrap metal I could hear him quietly going through the emotional roller coaster. Obviously this ring meant an awful lot to him. After he removed all the tomato cages I started going over the garden again. Soon I got a snapping signal with gold numbers on my display. There it was, hiding in the mulch. I passed it to him and could see a very relieved person! We are practicing social distancing because of Covid 19 being still in the area, so no hug or handshake. None was needed, the airwaves were full of his happiness!!

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Lost Ring Found in Burlington VT

  • from Burlington (Vermont, United States)
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5/9/20
I got an email yesterday from a woman who lost a ring a week ago. She and her boyfriend looked for it all week with no luck, and were about to go buy a detector to find it. The ring hadn’t come from an expensive jewelry store, but was special to her because her boyfriend had made it for her, and it is a very cool ring!

I went over and she showed me the search area. It included the backyard where they had planted clover over a large area and flower bulbs along a fence. She had also possibly lost it on a 100 yard sidewalk.

I started where the bulbs were, got lots of nail and scrap signals. This property had been lived and worked on for probably the last 200 years! Then we went down the sidewalk with no luck. Lastly, I figured the best thing to do was a grid search of the back lawn where they had just tilled and planted clover. Lots of signals!! On the third pass, I got a signal with numbers all over the scale, but dug it anyway. There it was! I got cheers from her and her boyfriend who were with me and cheers came out if the house windows, too! I didn’t realize there was such a big audience!

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Engagement Ring Recovered Near Shelburne Vermont

  • from Burlington (Vermont, United States)
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3/22/20
I received an email from a woman yesterday who had been house sitting for someone about a month ago. She had lost her paladium engagement ring and the matching wedding band. The owners of the home also had a family of goats.

One day after out feeding the goats, she discovered both her rings were missing. She went back out and searched by eye and found the larger wedding band, but not the beautiful little engagement ring. At some point she was able to borrow a metal detector, but had no luck with that.

She found my ad on The Ring Finders website, sent an email and made arrangements with the owner to allow us to go back and search.

We met there at noon today and got started. After a couple deep signals and about 5 minutes, a got a nice crisp tone that registered an 88/89 on my White’s detector. I knew this was it!! About 2-3” down in the bedding was her ring, I pulled it up and it sparkled in the bright sunlight. She got the biggest smile, and both rings were back together!

After a long Winter of searching for keys lost in the snow, it was nice to recover a very sentimental ring again!

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Wedding Band Found in the Green Mountains, Vermont

  • from Burlington (Vermont, United States)
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10/26/19

I was contacted earlier in the week by a lady who lost her wedding band. She had been outside her house exercising her dogs, doing laundry, dishes, and getting her 4 kids ready and loading them into the car to take them to Cub Scouts. Earlier that day she had put her rings into a pocket, and this particular pair of pants had extremely shallow pockets. When she was about to leave, she reached into her pocket to put her rings back on, the wedding band was missing.

She wasn’t sure where the ring could’ve fallen out, but she knew it was either in the house or on the lawn. Her children and friends helped search visually with no luck. She borrowed a metal detector from a helpful neighbor, and had no luck with that either. So, she contacted me for help.

We agreed on today for a search, the weather was cool, but dry. I got there early because I thought it could easily be one of those full day or even a multiple day search. She showed me the large back yard and hill, the most likely area it would’ve been lost, and I got started. In a little while her oldest son came out to watch and help search. He showed me the areas that he remembered seeing his mother go. I had brought 4 detectors with me, because I thought her kids would like to run them. After some instructions, he got started with one of them.

He gave me good direction, because shortly after I got a good signal and found her ring deep in the grass! His Mom was very happy!

After that, he and I detected for awhile, hunting for coins, relics or golden treasure. I sure was hoping he would find something, but after all, it is a hobby that requires extreme patience…

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