Richard Higham, Author at The Ring Finders

Gold Signet Ring Lost & Found In Basingstoke Garden

from Bournemouth (England, United Kingdom)
Contact: 07899996686

David from a small village near Basingstoke, Hants was very upset upset when he discovered whilst gardening to have lost his ring. The ring dated back to the 1800’s & had been handed down by his Grandfather  & one day the same for HIS son too. The ring had obviously seen much history  & for it to have been lost so easily, was very sad.

When I received the call from David I asked the usual investigative questions ascertaining it couldn’t be far & was definitely one of the recoveries that would be extremely rewarding. The journey to his home took s nearly 2 hours & I got straight to work when I arrived. His newly laid lawn took half an hour to scan but revealed nothing but a small lead Victorian Cockerel! It looked as if the ring may have landed in the neighboring farmers field when he threw stones out from the lawn- the field was full of bushes & grass 6 inches tall.

After half an hour the CTX gave the reassuring hum of gold & there it was! The grass was so thick it almost held the ring up presenting it to me, resisting sinking, lost eventually to time. David was extremely relieved to have the ring back & has made a generous donation to the Margret Green Animal Charity.

Mens Gold Wedding Band – Lost & Found On Studland Beach

from Bournemouth (England, United Kingdom)
Contact: 07899996686

Ben, originally was from Swanage, was down for a few days with his wife from London making the most of the recent weather. The beach had swollen with people that day so they both wandered off to find a quiet place to swim.

Ben sensibly placed his ring into his jeans pocket for safe keeping but when he returned he forgot the ring was in there and felt it fall from his pocket into the sand somewhere. A desperate search probably made things worse- the ring sank deeper & deeper. They had only been married two years and the sense of loss must have been enormous.

Ben called me a couple of days after he had lost it. Where he had lost it exactly was now a little clouded and with the beach combed every day by treasure hunters – I wasn’t hopeful. I set out and covered 375m square to the north along the beach.. nothing. I begun my grid for another 375m south and after half an hour approx, the sound of gold filled my headphones.

Ben was very grateful to be reunited with the ring and I was grateful as he, without hesitation, contacted Margret Green Animal Rescue and made a generous donation.



Mens White Gold Wedding Band Lost & Found On Durley Chine Beach, Bournemouth

from Bournemouth (England, United Kingdom)
Contact: 07899996686

Adam, wife & children regularly visit Bournemouth every year as Adam did as a child himself. Arriving at Durley Chine Beach & eager to play in the sea with his children he forgot he was still wearing his wedding ring which he had noticed “was a little loose”.

Fortunately for him he felt it slip off into the once clear waters ‘clouded up’ by the recent swells and gusty winds. Thoughtfully he paid close attention to the spot he lost it and searched as best he could but to no avail.

Adam called me via The Ring Finders web site and we met that evening. I was not very optimistic even though he knew where the ring had approximately fallen. I made several clumsy recoveries of ring pulls and trash due to the waves breaking on me until I got the distinctive signal of Gold. Blindly scooping as best i could up came the ring!

Adam was very grateful to receive the ring back and made a very kind donation to The Margret Green Animal Charity.


Lost & Found Gold Ring, Durdle Door, Dorset

from Bournemouth (England, United Kingdom)
Contact: 07899996686

Driving home from an unforgettable day at Durdle Door, ‘Nish’ from London reflected on the sad events that took place earlier that day.

Nish, like so many people had made the three and a half hour journey to Durdle Door to enjoy the picturesque bay and leave the City behind him. The coves were crowded and he managed to find a quiet spot just around the corner of the ‘Door’ where the sea was calm and the sea bed  easily seen from the clear waters.

Standing in the sea alone Nish casually gazed down at his hands only to his horror to notice the absence of a very important Gold Ring. After searching for some time he realized.. it was lost.

The rest of the day was marred by his loss. People still carried on with their day, swimming, laughing and having fun, For Nish, the fun was over and filled with a sense of loss he began his long long journey home. Nearly an hour into the journey home he pulled the car over with an idea! Try the Internet, ask Google?!

Right away The Ring Finders came up together with my name. We made contact and he sped back to Durdle Door to meet me, time is precious especially when rings are lost in soft sands or shifting pebbles.

We searched for an hour. Nothing. I was losing hope. I quizzed his every move, what he did, “where were you”, “was the ring still on when you stood here etc”? Suddenly, just by the waters edge the CTX let out the distinctive hum of gold. The numbers practically jumped out shouting GOLD!! Absolutely certain it was our ring and having caught a glimpse of it I said, “dont get your hopes up, its probably just a penny”! The look on his face when from the sand in my hand the ring appeared was priceless! The huge hug he gave me said it all and I am always so pleased to be a part of ring recoveries, whoever, wherever, whenever!

It was a pleasure to have met Nish and I am very happy that Nish made a kind donation to help the animals at the Margret Green Animal Sanctuary.

Mens Wedding Ring Lost & Found On Studland Beach, Dorset

from Bournemouth (England, United Kingdom)
Contact: 07899996686

Liam Russell & family from Frome, Somerset visited Studland Beach in June, attracted by the gentle sea & the almost white fine sand. The sand though, like many other ring losses proved yet again though – ‘drop it & its gone’!

In the past I have recovered rings whereby people have thoughtfully removed them, left them in a shoe or placed on a T Shirt only to be dropped later into the sand. This was such a case. These are easy recoveries as we know where they are but often sink deeper after people attempt to recover them themselves.

My worry was that it had been 24 hours since the loss & in an area often scoured by beach combers. Fortunately the ring had sunk sufficiently enough to lay undetected & recovered after about 10 minutes.

Liam was very eager to be reunited with the ring & drove all the way to my work to collect it. He was very grateful & kindly made a donation to Margret Green Animal Sanctuary.

Lost & Found White Gold Mens Wedding Ring in Wimborne Horse Paddock

from Bournemouth (England, United Kingdom)
Contact: 07899996686

Stuart Cohen from Wimborne was gutted to find he had lost his wedding band in his horse paddock whilst ‘cleaning up his dogs business’. Unfortunately we didnt know quite where, so the search area was potentially large and I prepared myself for an extensive hunt.

The ring had particular value as that not only was it his wedding ring but the fact that it was bought in Las Vegas where he was married. We scratched our heads and came up with a search plan that worked almost immediately. Just a few yards from our start point, deep in the long grass the detector let out a huge whine as it passed over the ring.

Stu was very relieved and grateful to get the ring back and promised not only to make a donation to the Margret Green Animal Sanctuary but to also get the ring re-sized!

Mens White Gold Wedding Band Lost & Found On Studland Beach

from Bournemouth (England, United Kingdom)
Contact: 07899996686

Studland Beach in Dorset is a popular destination for holiday makers and day visitors just like Richard Meredith from Hampton Court, London.

As with many people visiting beaches, the combination of Sand Castle making, throwing Frisbees and sun tan oiled fingers- the risk of losing a ring is rife. We all know how hard it is to find anything dropped in the sand and the more you search the deeper it falls.

This is just what happened to Richard when he felt his ring slip off. The more he dug, the deeper it sank. He waited patiently for me to arrive but was reunited with his ring in a matter of seconds.

Richard kindly made a donation to the Margret Green Animal Charity.

White Gold Wedding Band Lost & Found on Swanage Beach

from Bournemouth (England, United Kingdom)
Contact: 07899996686

Visiting Swanage with her daughter for the day, Louisa Lombardo from Dorchester lost her wedding band whilst making sand castles on Swanage Beach. She has an anxious wait as I was still at work but was very quickly reunited with her ring a few hours later.
The ring was dropped next to an Ice Cream hut which is a popular hunting ground for the Coin Shooting metal detectorists who would have had a very nice surprise should they have got there first.
Louisa very kindly made a donation to the Margret Green Animal Sanctuary.

Titanium Gents Wedding Ring Lost & Found In Swanage Bay

from Bournemouth (England, United Kingdom)
Contact: 07899996686

When Dom Gernon and family of Luton, Beds witnessed his daughters favorite ball slowly drifting out to sea after a day on Swanage Beach heroically he swam out 50 meters to rescue it. Unfortunately in pursuit of the ball he felt his wedding ring slip from his finger and sink beneath 10 feet of water. He tried in vain searching later with a mask and snorkel but unfortunately depth and visibility were against him. I too tried later but the task was impossible and we decided to await the low tides in a few days. We knew the rough location but considering the water would still be 4 feet deep and murky I knew it was not going to be easy.
Over a week later the low tides arrived but a two hour evening searched brought nothing bar some old coins. At dawn the next morning I searched two more hours again concentrating on the periphery of my search area. The remains of a dead crab caught my eye. Its legs, body and claws lay scattered and almost in the middle lay the distinctive round shape of a ring. Without even using the CTX my scoop gathered the ring and remains of the crab and a quick check of the inscription it was the ring I was hunting. This was another example of ‘the Ring found me’!
Mr Gernon was over the moon and made a generous donation to Margret Green Animal Charity.IMG_2370



Platinum Wedding Band Lost & Found In Winchester Garden

from Bournemouth (England, United Kingdom)
Contact: 07899996686

Mr Owen Jones of Winchester was very upset to lose his Platinum Wedding Band when playing catch with his son in his garden recently. Even though he had felt the ring be launched from his finger the good news was that both he and his wife heard the ring land close by hitting a wall. This information to all ring finders like myself is very reassuring as the search area is narrowed down and time spent reduced. This though however… turned out not to be the case.
A couple of days after receiving the call I arrived to find a small neat garden with wood chip borders and grass neatly cut. We reenacted the moments leading to the rings loss and focused on the area they had heard the ring land. The search of the garden bore nothing so the search continued over the garden wall and into the dense undergrowth. After nearly two hours in driving rain still nothing and we were quite perplexed as to its whereabouts.
Though a ‘quick look’ around the neighbors garden had been done and the ring was heard to fall elsewhere I decided the neighbors was still worth another look. We knew the ring had made a ‘dink’ sound so I began to look for hard objects it could have struck. Without even turning the CTX on my eye was drawn to a clay pot where at the base of it lay the ring.
Those first few seconds after you find what you’ve been looking for is a feeling of relief and excitement, I wonder how relieved our clients must feel?!
Mr Jones was extremely relieved to have the ring back as was I after such a difficult job detecting through the undergrowth in the pouring rain. My charity, Margret Green Animal Rescue received a generous donation from the Jones family.
Oh…. the ‘dink’ sound the ring made and the search of the wrong garden??? I put this down to the echo they received of the ring landing against the pot in the neighbors garden.IMG_2358