Newlywed Wedding Ring Lost at Newport Beach, CA...Found and Happily Returned.

  • from Redondo Beach (California, United States)

A week ago Saturday, the 22nd, I had fallen asleep in my chair in the living room, I woke up close to 2:00 AM, and went to the kitchen to get a drink of water before going to bed, when I saw that I had received an email from Mary regarding her husband’s lost ring on my phone. I checked the email, and saw that I had received it just minutes before at 1:51 AM, so I responded immediately. She responded right back and said it might have been lost in the water probably when they were playing with the football, so I checked the tide chart to see when the next lowest tide would be, which would be the next afternoon. I also told her that I was headed to bed, and asked if she would give me a call. Mary responded back, that I could call her, which I did in the morning to get all the specifics. Mary related to me that she and her husband had only been married 4 months, so I could tell this recovery was special. She also said it would be difficult for her to meet me there because of the distance to the beach from her home. She did the next best thing by providing me photographs from satellites that helped me narrow down the area, so with the pictures and her interview, I waited until the tide started to drop the next day, and made my way to the beach.

When I got there, the beach was starting to fill in with people, so I got started, working in and out of the water, waiting for children to play, and then moving forward, waiting for people walking by, and then moving forward, making sure I covered every inch, as much as possible. Targets were few. I was not finding too much, and after about 2 hours started to get a bit discouraged myself, as I saw the beach getting more crowded, and the tide starting to come back in. Then on the outer edge of the search area, I found a set of USMC dog tags (which I will be sending back to the DOD) wherein I started to feel like I just might find the ring. About 1/2 hour later I got a good signal in the head phones, dug, and it was the ring, this made my day.

As soon as I was able I sent a photo of the ring to Mary, and she was surprised, but very happy. We decided to meet today, a week later for the return because of her schedule. She was willing to drive to me to receive the ring, but  I decided to drive out towards her direction to make the return easier for her, because a round trip for her to me would have been almost 400 miles. When we met, and she saw me coming with her husband’s ring, she seemed a bit overcome with emotion, but instantly happy. It is a beautiful thing to see the joy a return of those items such as wedding rings bring to those who have them returned. One look at the picture above, and you see joy that is not manufactured, that’s what this is all about!

Mary sent this testimonial to include here:

We were looking forward to spending a day at the beach and had a great time there. However, after driving 3 hours home, my husband realized his ring was missing. We had pretty much just accepted that we wouldn’t be getting the ring back because for all we knew the ocean could have taken it anywhere! After going to bed, I just couldn’t sleep thinking about it and started to research of our insurance policy would cover the lost ring. In my searches, the Ring Finder website came up and I clicked on it out if curiosity. After reading Steve’s testimonials, I read about another couple who had lost their ring in the water. This gave me some hope, so I sent Steve an email late at night figuring we had nothing to lose! I was surprised when he emailed back right away, volunteering to go look for it the very next day.  I kept checking my email the next day to see if we had anything from Steve, and a few hours after he started looking for it, we received a picture of the recovered ring! We were BEYOND happy and grateful for the work he put into finding it!  We highly recommend Steve if you’re reading this wondering if you should contact him.  The sentimental value of things like this can’t be replaced, and he is such a genuine person to work with!  He was so kind during the whole process and even volunteered to meet us closer to our home to save us some of the drive.  He is very professional – the ring was even returned to us in a little jewelry box! I can’t say how happy I am enough that we have the ring back.  Steve offers a great service and you can tell he really cares about helping people recover their valuable and sentimental items.  God bless you, Steve! We are so so grateful!


If you lose your ring or other metal item of value, call as soon as possible. I will work hard, using the most up to date metal detectors, 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, Northridge, Pasadena, 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.

2 Replies to “Newlywed Wedding Ring Lost at Newport Beach, CA…Found and Happily Returned.”

  1. Pam says:

    Thank you so much for doing what you do. This is my daughter. She and her husband were overjoyed that you found that ring!

  2. Steve Smith says:

    It was my pleasure to have been able to help them.

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