Lost Diamond Earring, Vienna Virginia…FOUND!

  • from Fairfax (Virginia, United States)

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

October 15th, 2020: Fairfax County gave permission to search park, and I recovered a diamond earring

Sydney was playing with friends on the field at Nottoway Park when she realized one of her lovely diamond earrings, a gift from her father, was missing. She looked for it, but quickly realized the impossibility of finding it in the grass. She contacted me and we discussed the possibility of a search. Sydney was a great help, obtaining photos which showed her earring on her ear for part of the event,and then showing how it was missing later. I think she was a detective in another life…


Nottaway Park is part of the Fairfax County Park Authority and is adjacent to the historic Hunter House mansion. To use a detector in a county park is forbidden.  The County rightly is concerned detectorists will dig up the lovely fields. They are also very protective of historic sites like the Hunter House. I’m very grateful to Ms. Stratford of the Park Authority.  She contacted various County departments and encouraged them to give me permission to search. Also, a shout out to the maintenance manager Mr. Sullivan who postponed grass cutting so I could search.


Without boring you with too many details, let me say this was a very difficult recovery. It’s like searching for a needle, in a haystack full of needles. I used a small coil on the end of a special detector so I could hear small items like earrings. To cover the field I needed to scan every inch. Think of it like painting a floor with a 4” brush.  It took six trips to the park, and 21 hours to find. When I saw the look on Sydney’s face, it was so worth it!!!



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

10 Replies to “Lost Diamond Earring, Vienna Virginia…FOUND!”

  1. Ray Jones says:

    Awesome recovery Rob, you’re doing a great job out there keep it up!

    1. Rob Ellis says:

      Thank you Ray. Looking forward to teaming up with you again.

  2. Brian Rudolph says:

    Rob, this is an incredible story! You are ruthless and relentless at finding lost items for people! Well proven by the story! 21 hours! So many trips out! Dude, you are unstoppable! For an earring that small with so little metal attached! Congratulations on an amazing recovery!

    1. Rob Ellis says:

      Haha Brian! Look who’s talking! Mr. rappel cliffs, multiple SCUBA dives, battered by the ocean surf all day…I know how amazing YOU are!
      Thank you my friend:)

  3. gregg edward LARABEL says:

    I found one 2 weeks ago and they are the hardest thing to find with a detector.

  4. gregg edward LARABEL says:

    Yes, my 4″ coil and my Fisher F75 detector.

  5. Sydney Sams says:

    This is my story and from the bottom of my heart I am so thankful. I found theringfinders.com by chance, desperately searching the interned for what could be done. I said well even if this is fake, my earring can’t get more lost than it is and took a chance. Rob replied IMMEDIATELY and gave life to this search. I can now tell you, THIS IS FOR REAL!!!
    Rob had been relentless in obtaining permission and a permit to search the field. He had come out to the park numerous times, for multiple hours each trip! He was so methodical in his search: roping off sections, measuring, and recording to ensure every inch of that field was covered. He was clearly a professional and knew what he was doing!
    However, after so many times out, I asked “when do we call it quits?” Rob replied with “well we know it’s out here and I haven’t searched everywhere yet!” This is where I tell you that Rob NEVER lost the initial passion from when I told him how important this earring was to me. Even when my faith faded and I came to terms with at least having my other earring, Rob persisted with more passion than even I had. HE IS INCREDIBLE.

    Rob was alone in his search, so I think it speaks to his honesty and integrity that when he found my earring, he immediately texted me and waited at the park for me to come pick it up. He truly brings so much joy back to people’s lives.

    10 out of 10! Definitely would recommend. Amazing professional, even better guy. Thank you, Rob. Thank you!!!

    1. Rob Ellis says:

      Dear Sydney, thank you for your kind words and faith in me.

  6. Jeff says:

    Relentless Rob after six visits scores a diamond earring recovery! Again a very difficult item to detect. At least you had a few extra prongs of metal to detect with that halo of diamonds but still an extremely difficult challenge. Great work brother!

    Cheers, #SeattleRingHunter

  7. Rob Ellis says:

    Thank you Jeff. Even with those extra prongs, my go to detector with a sniper couldn’t see it. I know how an amazing finder you are and really appreciate you comment.

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