Mike Piatkowski, Author at The Ring Finders

Lost heirloom recovered in Atlantic Highlands, NJ

from Rahway (New Jersey, United States)
Contact: 1-732-406-0869

I’m guessing I’ve been more of a good luck charm lately than a ring finder. Either way, it suites me just fine, as long as the lost item is recovered. As they say in sports, “A win is a win”.  Lilly contacted me a few days back because she had lost her wedding band which was a family heirloom and had a lot of (obviously) sentimental value. This was an in-house search and these can be very tricky. Lilly was visiting friends in Vermont and traveled back home to New Jersey, when she realized the next day, that her ring was missing. This biggest concern was that she did not remember taking it off at no time, during the trip to and from Vermont.

She searched her usual area’s where she normally takes it off, to no avail. When I arrived, I started my search on a rather large hutch cabinet with many drawers that had many places a ring like this could hide. In the meantime, I offered Lilly my UV black light to use in the other places that she thought the ring could have been dropped or placed down. I would have to say within two minutes, she called out that she found it.

The UV light turned out to be the tool of choice for locating it. At least one of the diamonds in the ring glowed a “diamond fluorescence”, (the visible radiation emitted by certain substances as a result of incident radiation of a shorter wavelength such as with ultraviolet light). Making the ring quite easy to spot. As for me being a good luck charm? This was the third time a client found their lost item upon my arrival. Hey, I’ll take it any way it comes, as I stated earlier, “A win is a win”. Congratulations Lilly, on getting your lost ring back!

Recovered White Gold wedding band, Fanwood, NJ

from Rahway (New Jersey, United States)
Contact: 1-732-406-0869

On a rare perfect November weather day we set out to locate a lost white gold wedding ring.  I received a call from Chris’s mother earlier in the week, in which she was looking for ways to help her son find his lost wedding band. After she she came across the Ringfinders website, she reached out to me. It was early last spring that Chris was weeding and trimming the hedges in the rear of his yard, when he noticed that his wedding band was missing off of his finger. He and others searched relentlessly for the ring but came up empty handed. We made arraignments to meet him this Saturday morning to try and locate it. After about a little over an hour, my Wife Karen yelled out that she had found it. Ironically, she found it in the very first spot that I had started the search, which was amazing in itself. My wife and I make a great tag team in locating lost items, and I would have to say, she’s got the better of me as of now. I guess this is turning more into a friendly game of “competition” and I will have to remember to slow down on our next recovery attempt. In the end, another happy and relieved client. The best part of this is knowing you could be remembered and brought up in a complete stranger’s conversation, for many year’s to come. We love what we do and can’t wait for the next adventure.

 

FOUND! Lost diamond Earring in Iselin, NJ

from Rahway (New Jersey, United States)
Contact: 1-732-406-0869

We received a call from Ryan that he lost his white gold diamond earring That was a wedding gift to his mother that was handed down to him. Items such as this, hold much more sentimental value than just a store bought set of earrings. It was lost on a practice field at an Iselin New Jersey middle school while playing catch with his friends. After discussing a time that we can meet with him, we met up with Ryan and his father at the field. He and his father searched tirelessly for hours on end on multiple days only to come up empty-handed. They even bought a metal detector to search for it,  but not familiar with its proper use and they came up empty-handed.  Me and my wife, Karen, work as partners when finding lost items via the ringfinders.com, Ryan knew a general area in which he lost the Earring. We set up a perimeter and started our search. In less than 15 minutes Karen yells out “Found it”  And just like that,  she found Ryan’s beautiful diamond earring. Really it’s like finding a needle in a haystack. Everybody was happy in the end.

 

Recovered Platinum Wedding Ring, Belle Meade, NJ

from Rahway (New Jersey, United States)
Contact: 1-732-406-0869

I received an email from a New York man who had lost his Platinum wedding ring. When I was finally able to make contact with Lap, he had told me he was at his mother-in-laws house, in Belle Meade, NJ, swimming in the pool and throwing a ball around. On one particular toss, he felt his wedding ring slip off his finger, heard it hit the concrete pool patio and disappear in the tall sea grass and landscape that was beautifully manicured around the pool. After a relentless search, Lap purchased a metal detector of his own to locate his ring. When this also failed, he called me from the ring finders website to help search for his ring. When my wife and I arrived, he had showed us the spot he thought the ring was lost. Ironically, as we were setting up our gear to start the search and walking back to the area, we heard a promising exclamation of joy (I won’t repeat it here…LOL), but it was a joyous exclamation, nonetheless. Lap had found his own ring before we even had a chance to swing the detectors. This is my second call out in a row, where the owner found their own lost item. Needless to say, he was happy and we were very happy for him. No matter how it gets recovered, the bottom line is that it was found. 

Found (with a twist), Diamond Platinum Earring In Port Reading, NJ

from Rahway (New Jersey, United States)
Contact: 1-732-406-0869

Jeanne called me late last week stating that she had lost her one carrot diamond earring that is set in a Platinum post. She was attending a funeral at a local church and upon walking out to her car she stated that she felt something fall. When she felt her ear, the earring was gone. She found the earring back stuck in her clothing but the beautiful earring itself was gone. She immediately searched but with no luck. She then called me and set up a time on Saturday to meet to help her look for it. After explaining the area she thought it was lost, we set out to search, on our hands and knees with the detectors and pin-pointers on the grassy area to look for the smallest of metal. Being that it was a Catholic church, I believe we all silently prayed to St. Anthony (the patron of lost things), that his divine intervention would help us locate it. Here is the twist; Jeanne, who was also searching as we were, in no more than 20 minutes, found her own earring in the driveway next to the curb. Success! To me, a find is a find no matter who does it. I would like to think, our willingness and presence alone helped in the aide of recovering such a priceless heirloom. Great Job Jeanne, and thank you again for your generosity.

 

Tungsten Ring Recovered in South Amboy, NJ

from Rahway (New Jersey, United States)
Contact: 1-732-406-0869

Eric, from South Amboy, NJ called me about his Tungsten ring he had lost. He stated that he was swatting cob webs that were forming at the corner of his porch when his ring flew off his hand. He stated that he actually heard the ring hit the porch but then didn’t get a chance to see which way it projected. He searched a few days to no avail. Even borrowed a metal detector from a colleague, but unfortunately the detector turned out to be too noisy to pick up any defined signal. So he called on me and I went to his house the next day. My personal best, I recovered the ring in 5 minutes and 47 seconds. I know this because I attached my go pro to my detector, turned it on and started swinging. After reviewing the video, I recovered it at the 5:47 mark. Needless to say he was very happy, as was I.  Another content Ringfinders customer.

Lost Platinum ring in Scotch Plains, NJ, Recovered

from Rahway (New Jersey, United States)
Contact: 1-732-406-0869

 

Got a call from ‘Lou’ who found my name through the ‘Ringfinders’ website. He was tilling the front of his house and realized that his Platinum wedding band was missing off his finger. He searched and searched and couldn’t find it. He took all of the discarded material and laid it out over a large tarp so he could search that too, to no avail. Me and my wife Karen, went to his house a few days later and started the search. She took the tarp material and sides of the house and I took to the front. After a little over an hour and digging MANY rusted nails, pennies, and a quarter, I got a very choppy signal and dug it, only to pull out another rusted nail. I rechecked the hole and it still showed a choppy 48-54 reading. So I dug about 2 more inches down and there it was..a beautiful shiny platinum wedding ring. His reaction made it all worth it to us… Success.

Found: Seton Hall College Ring, Westfield, NJ

from Rahway (New Jersey, United States)
Contact: 1-732-406-0869

I received a call this morning from a very upset and anxious older man by the name of Kurt, who lost his Seton Hall College ring. This thing was a genuine ‘Honker’. It was 18K white gold with a beautiful blue sapphire stone inlay. I figured how hard can it be to find? He lost it last night. He got his hands wet, and when he went to shake the water off his fingers, the ring flew off his hand. Karen and I searched for over an hour with no luck. We were on our hands and knee’s literally using the pin pointers to scan the grass. The evergreen tree you see behind me turned out to be the thief. I started to scan the tree with my AT Pro with no luck. I decided let me check a little higher. And with my arm completely extended and the coil at least 8 – 9 feet over my head, I got a solid 47 signal on my machine. Why was there a metal tone in an evergreen tree so far up there?. I raked it out with a pitch fork, and wham!! Out pops the gentleman’s ring. Needless to say, it made all of our day. I love this hobby