I was returning a ring to Silvia near Los Angeles international airport when Janie called. She had dropped her rings in the sand while watching a junior lifeguard graduating ceremony on the beach near the Balboa Pier, Newport,CA. I asked her a couple questions and she told me the three platinum diamond rings had been on a towel when she had been rushed to move about 20ft.
I told her to guard the location. I’d be there within an hour. Janie told me the beached was packed with people, she thought it would be a few hours before I could swing a metal detector. I just assured her that the rings should be safe in the sand but don’t tell people what was lost. Definitely don’t leave if you’re able to stay.
I arrived and was able to double grid search the area she believed the rings to be. Nothing showed up, she told me she believed that somebody may have picked them up. I believed that maybe one ring should still be in the sand. There were so many people at this event that these rings were stepped on pushing them out of sight. I had to tell her that the rings were not in the area she believed them to be. I would come back in about an hour to do a larger area after all the people left the beach. Janie was very upset and the only thing I could tell her was I will try again.
I returned to a very empty beach. After a half hour searching 30 feet away from the original location the first small platinum ring showed up in my scoop. Then a few feet from there two more rings. Just out of habit I swung my search coil over the whole area again. Boom, baby!! The big one, I now know why Janie was so distraught. It was a beautiful ring. She told me 3 platinum rings but there were 4 rings total. It was a surprise to me because I didn’t know exactly what I was looking for. I probably wouldn’t have left the area of the loss, usually it’s no big deal to standby for an hour or two for people to leave. I did start to believe that it may have been possible for somebody to have picked the rings off the towel before she had to move. It gets to be a mental game sometimes, very easy to get negative and give up. I try not to let my head run away with negative thoughts. Sorry I didn’t get a photo of Janie.. Just believe me, she was very happy to have here sentimental keepsakes back where they belong.