I received an email from Danielle today asking if I could help her find her wedding ring at the beach that she lost on Sunday, 3 days ago. I know this local beach, and know that it is usually groomed meticulously by the county. She also let me know that the ring was lost at the edge of the slope where most beach goers place their towels, and a place metal detectorists usually ply their trade on the beach. She had taken her ring off to put on sunscreen, and placed the ring in her shorts, but when she removed the shorts to get into her bathing suit and enter the water, the ring must have slipped out, and disappeared into the sand. I asked if she could meet me at the spot, but she was at work, and lived very far from the beach, so she gave me a very good estimate of where the ring was lost, and I felt comfortable with her directions. I did let her know that because 3 days had passed, the chances of finding her ring had diminished because of the previously mentioned factors, but I still held hope though that I could find her ring. I told her that I would eat lunch first, and then head down to the spot and look, and that I would report back to her one way or the other. She also sent me a picture of the ring so I would know what I was looking for.
I got to the spot and began my grid, making sure I asked some people who were close by if I could detect near them. I searched up and down about 7 or 8 times, when I heard the sound I was looking for. I dug, and saw Danielle’s ring. I then started back to the car. When I got there, I checked my email, and found that Danielle had sent me another picture of her ring, saying “here is a better picture”, wherein, I was compelled to reply saying “Here’s an even better one” attaching a picture that I had taken of her just found ring in the sand. I called her and asked if she had gotten my email, and tried to sound a little down, and remained silent while she opened it. Over the phone she sounded so excited when she saw the picture I had sent, and we arranged to meet at a mid way point in order to reunite her with her ring. She and her husband Tim had resigned themselves to the probability that the ring was gone, but a careful search was able to change all of that for them today. How great to see their smiles, and know the ring’s story will continue.
If you lose your ring or other metal item of value, call as soon as possible. I will work hard to help you find what you thought might never be found again. I search, Beverly Hills, Hermosa Beach, Huntington Beach, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Newport Beach, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Santa Monica, Seal Beach, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Torrance, Venice Beach, and all parks, yards, gardens, and ponds (to 5 foot depths) in all of Orange County, all of Los Angeles County, and Ventura County.