We have been having some unseasonably warm summer-like days here in Southern California insomuch that the beaches are crowded. I even spent the morning having an early surf session. I was relaxing in the early evening about 5:20 PM when I received a call from Eugene. He told me how his wife had lost her wedding ring at the beach in the sand, and wondered if I would be willing to come and look for it.
After he told me where it happened I told him it would take me about two hours to drive there. I knew I had to go right away, because the sooner you detect a loss the better. I gathered my equipment and got on my way. Fortunately traffic was light for Los Angeles, so the trip went smooth, and I arrived about 7:30 PM. Eugene met me at the beach, and showed me the area they suspected the ring to be in. It was then that his Wife JuAnne mentioned that it was two rings that were lost, both her engagement ring and wedding band. She told me she had taken them off to apply sunscreen, and put them in her shorts pocket, but for some reason later she shook the shorts, and believed that was when they were lost.
I began my search in the area, and dug up a few surprises, but not the rings. Then Eugene mentioned that it may have been over on the other side of where I was searching, so I began a new grid. It wasn’t but about 5 minutes longer until I heard the good sound of precious metal in my ears. I dug, and retrieved the engagement ring, and knew it wouldn’t be long before I had her wedding band in my scoop. Another few swings, and there it was, and joy filled the air. Their two young children were excited to see the whole operation unfolding, and were investigating everything I was doing, so they too were excited to know that there was success on the beach. Eugene and JuAnne told me they looked to buy a metal detector, but were unable to find one. I explained how it would have been hard because the different metal on the beach would have made their metal detecting very difficult. They were glad to have found The Ring Finders web directory, and I am glad also, because I believe The Ring Finders have the highest caliber people around associated with it. What great smiles!
Eugene sent the following email to include here:
Steve, you are an amazing human being! JuAnne wasn’t sure if she lost her rings at the beach or left them at home. When we got home and did not find them, we were in a panic. I began googling places to purchase a metal detector and started youtubing instructions on how to use one when i came upon theringfinders.com website. I am naturally suspicious of anything on the internet but i came upon your name and blog on the website and read through a few of the incredible stories and decided to take a chance. You were 2 hours away and relaxing and did not hesitate to drive out right away to help. When you met me on the beach, a kind employee at the restaurant was helping us comb through the sand with a sifting shovel but to no avail. After only a few minutes of searching, you pulled out some scrap metal and bottle caps and I already started to lose hope. But then you stopped and dug out something – I heard clanking in your shovel and I saw a smile on your face and I knew you found one of the rings. You found the engagement diamond ring I gave to JuAnne 11 years ago!! Then you found her wedding band in minutes. I can’t tell you how incredible that moment is when you pulled her engagement ring out of the sea of sand. It would be so easy for someone in your position to take advantage of these type of desperate situations, but you are such an honest and generous person and i can tell that you genuinely want to help people. Through this experience, we learned 1.) never wear jewelry to the beach 2.) there are still good people out there in the world and that is inspiring. Big shout out to theringfinders.com network for connecting me with Super Steve!
JuAnne sent the following email to be included here:
I can’t express my gratitude enough to Steve! To have a random person we found in the internet help us find my ring was such a leap of faith and it totally paid off! What an amazing gift to be able to find, and bring joy back to someone’s heart when you thought something so dear to you was lost forever. Steve provides such a unique and personal service, and he does it with honesty, kindness, and you can tell that he really takes joy in reuniting people with the items that they lost. What a great service you provide, Steve and Theringfinders.com. Our little family thanks you so much!!
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.