2 1/2 Karat Diamond Lost in Grass in Pacific Palisades, CA...Found and Joyously Returned.

  • from Redondo Beach (California, United States)

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Cinda called me today in the afternoon. She had been helping with a fundraising fair that was being put on by her children’s school. She had been in charge of the decorations, and like most people who volunteer, working hard to make the day a success. During the time she had been putting up some of the decorations she noticed to her disbelief that the center stone in her engagement ring was gone; a diamond at about 2 1/2 karats. The only thing that was in her favor was the fact that it was in a metal setting, even though it was no more than a stud earring, which are so very hard for a detector to find, because there is such a small amount of metal attached to it. She and her friends scoured the field where she had been working, and the areas she had concentrated on, but to no avail. She wanted to wait until the fair was over to begin the search, and I agreed to meet her then for the search.

When I got to the field, Cinda’s husband Mark met me, and took me up to meet Cinda. She showed me the field, and my heart dropped, it was huge, and the grass was pretty thick. Also I knew that I was going to have to check every signal which would slow me down considerably. I then began an inquiry to narrow down the search area if it was possible. Cinda believed that the best possible spot to begin the search was an area about 10×10 feet based on her friends best recollections regarding when they saw the stone in her ring, so I began there. I was getting signals, but they were all too deep to be her diamond. During my second pass, and after about 12 signals checked, I got another soft signal, and put the pin pointer in to check when it sounded off, and I could see the glimmer of the stone. I reached in, picked it up, and then looked for Cinda. She was working with people during the take down of the fair, so I began walking over. She had her back to me, but some of the ladies there realized I was going to her, and figured I might have found it. I showed them the stone, and then there was instant joyous chaos, everybody shouting, running around that the diamond was found. When Cinda realized what was going on she turned and came right over, and I put the jewel in her hand. She got very emotional, she had had that ring for 26 years, and it had great sentimental value to her. All I can say is, WHAT A BLAST! I was so happy help her out today.


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One Reply to “2 1/2 Karat Diamond Lost in Grass in Pacific Palisades, CA…Found and Joyously Returned.”

  1. Cinda says:

    Steve, you are my forever hero!!! The diamond in my engagement ring broke off while I was setting up a school fundraiser. It could have broken off in a giant grassy meadow, gymnasium or parking lot. The search area was HUGE 🙁 I have to admit, I was dubious to call someone I found with a simple google search — and call him to come to my kiddos school — but I was desperate. I took the chance and it was one of the best phone calls I have ever made! Steve showed up exactly when I asked him to and was willing to accept the insane challenge of finding a needle in a haystack (or in this case, finding a diamond in a football field). I told him where my gut thought it would be, and he quickly found it buried in the grass! Do not hesitate for one second to call Steve if you have lost something. He is a kind and gentle soul with some serious treasure hunting skills! I am forever grateful.

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