Lost Diamond Engagement Ring, Virginia…FOUND!

  • from Fairfax (Virginia, United States)

Rob Ellis: Metal Detecting Expert… Call/text/email, (703)-598-1435, Rob.Ellis@TheRingFinders.com

September 27th, 2020: Found a beautiful engagement ring deep in a Virginia forest while dodging angry yellow jackets!

Devon and Gabby were hiking in a forest in Virginia when Devon accidently dropped her ring. Although they saw the ring drop to the ground, it seemed to magically vanish. They searched the forest floor for several hours and couldn’t find it. Not the kind of people to give up, they purchased a metal detector and returned to the spot and searched for another two hours.

Frustrated, they turned to the internet and found me in a Google search on The Ring Finders https://theringfinders.com/Rob.Ellis/. We met the following day to look for the ring. Accompanied by their spirited puppy “River”, we had a beautiful hike of about 0.8 miles to the drop site. Along the way we passed a nest of yellow jackets in a log which a bear had just ripped open. Both the ladies were stung, but I escaped unscathed. I don’t know why since I resemble a bear much more than either of them!

It was 5 hours of travel for me, but it was nothing compared to the many hours of persistence and optimism of Devon and Gabby.

Once we set-up, it took less than a minute to locate and pull the ring out of the detritus. It’s a wonderful feeling to be able to use my experience as a detectorist and help wonderful people like Devon and Gabby.

Devon and Gabby

I want to thank some other people, without whom we would not have been able to conduct the search. However due to the sensitive nature of the area, they must remain un-named. You three know who you are, and without you, this happy story would never have happened.


Call/text/email, (703)-598-1435, Rob.Ellis@TheRingFinders.com


2 Replies to “Lost Diamond Engagement Ring, Virginia…FOUND!”

  1. Devon says:

    We cannot thank you enough! At the end of that first day we were just at a loss for where the ring could be. It was like the ground opened up and swallowed it whole. Having exhausted all other options, I turned to the internet just grasping for straws. We came across your page and immediately I knew we had to give you a call. What did we have to lose?! You were so helpful and optimistic that we could find the ring together, it made me believe there was hope again. Your quick response time (less than 2 hours!) and willingness to travel was so greatly appreciated. We had a lot of hoops to jump through, but your persistence and professionalism made all the difference in the successful recovery of this ring. I still can’t believe we found it, thank you again for everything!

    For anyone reading, please give Rob a call if you have lost any jewelry. You will not regret it! I would have never thought I would be in the situation I was in, or that a man I found on the internet would save the day. But he did, and I will forever be grateful!

  2. Stephanie Martin says:

    That is an amazing story and I am sure these two ladies will be in your debt forever. I just heard about it for the first time and I am so thankful they found you.

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