I was just leaving a grocery store just about sunset when Kylie called. She told me that she believed her engagement ring had been lost in the sand at “B” St. at the Balboa Penesula while doing a photo shoot earlier that afternoon. I only asked her two questions, first was it dry sand and second was could she meet me at the location?
She met me shortly after we talked on the phone. It was already dark which is not a problem. Before starting to search she told me that she had put her engagement ring in a pocket of her jacket with her car keys. She didn’t discover her ring was missing until after leaving the beach.
While they were moving to several locations on the beach she had to take her jacket off each time they took photos. At one time her car keys had fallen out of her pocket into the sand, but she had found them. Her first thought was this could have been where the ring fell from her pocket.
I started off by asking her if she can see anything on the sand that could get me to the area they spent the most time. We followed some tire tracks of the wagon the photographer used to carry his equipment. Then she noticed a small piece of trash that was on the beach at the location.
Kylie’s fiancé, Roli showed up to help hold lights for me as I scanned the first search area. My plan was to grid search the towel line and eliminate this area first, as they had been many other places on the beach. Then there was the walk trough the sand to the car. I my head, it was looking like this might involve returning in the morning to complete the large search area. If it didn’t show up then, there was a possibility it could have fallen out in the car.
Trying to stay positive eliminating one spot at a time proved to be successful. Within a half hour I got a great solid sound with a definite gold ID number on my detector screen. Boom!!
Kylie’s rose gold vintage engagement ring. Everybody was surprised, even myself because it could have been in so many other places. She told me it was irreplaceable. It was over 200 years old and is what is called a Victorian Cluster.
Kylie and Roli were extremely grateful and we talked for quite awhile on the beach after finding the ring. They also treated me for dinner the next day.
It was truly a pleasure to meet the both of them.