Syd Kanten, Author at The Ring Finders

West Country Lake Cell Phone

  • from Caroline (Alberta, Canada)

I have know Craig for several years, of course he knew I was into metal detecting.  On June 16, 2021 he showed up at our family operated feed store.  He told me his daughter was sitting on the dock at the west country lake, she set her new iphone on her jacket.  When she got up to leave, she picked up her jacket and forgot her phone was there.  Into the lake it went.  This happened on a Friday and this was the following Tuesday.  I said I would come out and he could go in the water.  The ice had only been off the lake for just over a week.  With my arthritis, I wouldn’t  be able to handle the cold water, however, I can sit on the dock and be the technical advisor.  I set up my AT Gold for Craig and would hand it to him from the dock.  He made several loud comments about the cold water!  The water was about 6 feet deep there, and Craig had no problem viewing the display screen, with a diving mask on.  Before long he came up and said he had a 90 reading.  I said that will be the phone.  He dove down and come up with his daughters new iphone. Craig said that the phone will be replaced, but there has to be a phone returned.  The lake is about 20 minutes from our home town, on the way back to town the phone started powering up.  Soon the girls text messages were coming in.  A few days later Craig and his daughter took the phone back to the dealer and it turned out everything was 100% good.

Construction Site Cell Phone

  • from Caroline (Alberta, Canada)

On September 28, 2020 John called me, asked if I could help search for his brand new cell phone.  He explained what happened and where he was at.  I knew the construction site and it was less than a 10 minute drive from my house.  John was a hoe operator, and had been moving dirt around, and packing it at the site.  He had know idea of the spot where he might have lost the phone, but had it when he started moving dirt. It was not a large area so I felt confident the search would not take long.  The first good tone I got was,  45 seconds after I turned the AT Gold on.  I found the dirt to be extremely packed and hard and for some reason, John thought that could not be the spot, so I carried on.  After half hour of searching elsewhere, I said I wanted to dig the first signal. Soon some heavy duty digging from both John and myself, we uncovered his brand new cell phone, about 10 inches down.  The phone had not fared out so well. John had a few choice words to say about his phone, then thanked me for the work.  I asked John how he found me.  He said he just googled metal detector rentals, and The Ring Finders site came up.  Sorry about your new phone John.

Lost ring at Equestrian Event

  • from Caroline (Alberta, Canada)

I received a call from Jessica, saying she lost her diamond engagement ring in a stall of a horse barn, while at a horse show.  It was somewhere in the stall with about 2 feet of loose shavings on the floor.  She said she took her ring off to put lotion on her hands, that is when she lost it.  After 20 minutes of searching for it, her husband googled and found The Ring Finders website.  That is when she called me and explained.  The town she was in is close to a 2 hour drive from my place.  I said I would be on my way as soon as possible.  Later I arrived at the barns and met Jessica.  She took me to the stall she lost her ring in.  Her friend was in the stall with a pitch fork, sifting through a mountain of shavings.  I started searching right away.  In no time I had an audience of spectators, all hoping and wishing the ring would be found. Pushing the shavings from side to side with the fork and searching through each pile, the metal detector had been dead silent.  After about 20 minutes of searching through the shavings I got a very loud clear tone!!  A cheer broke out from the spectators, before I even pin pointed the ring.  Jessica was a very happy young lady!

Grandmother’s ring found

  • from Caroline (Alberta, Canada)

Dwayne contacted me, saying his daughter lost her ring, the day before,   in a playground park in Red Deer Ab.  He told me his daughter had put her ring in her pocket for safe keeping, along with her keys, and the ring must have slipped out when she took her keys out.  He told me him and his wife had searched for hours with a cheap metal detector, with no luck. He also said the grass was quite long and hasn’t been mowed for awhile.  Then he told me this ring was his daughter’s grandmother’s ring and they recently had some work done on it. The ring had lots of sentimental value.  I told Dwayne I would be there after work, after 6p.m.  My son was done teaching school for the day, I asked him to join me.  He has a lot of experience with the pin pointer.  On the 1 hour drive to Red Deer we chatted about the upcoming search, neither one of us were fully optimistic about it.  We thought this could be a needle in a haystack.  Soon we met Dwayne’s wife and daughter at the playground.  The young lady explained were she was and which way she was walking, when she pulled her keys out of her pocket.  I started working a pattern and nothing really for signals.  About 30 minutes of searching I got the tone I was looking for.  My son checking with pin finder, and pulling away the long grass, there the ring was.  The story on the young lady’s grandmother’s ring can continue.

Silver and turquoise ring found

  • from Caroline (Alberta, Canada)

Nigel lost his ring, in a bitter mid October cold snap. He was opening the gate to his acreage and flipped the snow off his hand, then felt 2 rings slip off.  He found the smaller one of the 2, but the minus 20 temp and cold hands prevented him to dig through the snow any longer, for the other one.  This did not worry him too much, he knew he could find it in spring, he also knew me.  Nigel knew I am a member of The Ring Finders and has also accompanied me on various metal detecting outings. On Sunday evening Nigel arrived at my house, for coffee,,and mentioned he lost his ring.  I get Mondays off from work and a good old Alberta chinook was starting to blow in, I told Nigel, we will look tomorrow.  Monday afternoon we did a search and found the ring under 6 inches of snow,, took less than 10 minutes. My late Mother and Dad bought this ring for Nigel about 20 years ago, for his 30th birthday.  My parents adopted Nigel when he was 7 months old.

Diamond ring lost in Jasper National Park…Found!

  • from Caroline (Alberta, Canada)

On October 31, 2018, I received an email from Drew.  On October 3, 2018, he and his wife were travelling the Icefield Parkway, that runs through Banff and Jasper National Parks, in western Alberta.

Shortly after they entered Jasper National Park,  they were hit with a blizzard and an incredible amount of snow.  They had to sit in their S.U.V. for 3 hours,  until the storm settled down.  They managed to move ahead for about 3 kms (2 miles)  but, again, they had to pull off on the shoulder of the highway.  It was then, that Drew’s wife stepped out of the S.U.V. into mid-thigh deep snow.  She began to brush the snow off her pants, and suddenly felt her wedding ring slip off her finger and into the snow.

After 2 hours of a futile search, digging with a windshield scrapper, in minus 12 degree C temperature (plus 10 F),  they gave up.  Emotions were extremely high.  Drew’s wife, knowing her precious 1ct.  diamond, with 60 smaller diamonds, was within inches, not to be found.  She had to leave it behind.

After they returned home,  Drew’s wife was the one who found The Ring Finders website.  She told Drew about it, which he paid very little heed to,  but looked it up later;  without her knowing so.

He found,  I was the closest ring finder to the National Parks,  at that time.  He had bought a metal detector and was secretly making plans to return to the location and search.  In his email, all he was asking for was any possible advice that would aid in his search.

I had replied that Jasper National Park was 300 kms  (for Jim,  that’s 200 miles) from my place, and I would be willing to search.  All I asked was to cover fuel expenses.  Drew was more than happy that I would help out.

A few emails back and forth,  I finally asked Drew, where he lived.  He replied St. Louis Missouri,,  home of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team and the St. Louis Blues hockey team.  I told him I am more of an Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames fan, but have always been a Cardinals fan.

Again,  a few emails later,  Drew asked me,  who my all time favorite Cardinal player was or is?  I said,  No question,  number 20 Lou Brock!

Later we decided to do a search for June 1, 2019.  I was sure the snow pack would be melted by then.  As it turned out,  I was only 50% correct.  On the other side of the road,  from our search location,  the snow was still approx.  2 feet deep.

Drew flew to Calgary on May 31, and rented a car.  On Saturday June 1, at approx.  10:30 am we met at the location.  It was the Parker Ridge Trailhead,  on Icefield Parkway highway.  Drew knew he would recognize me from my picture on The Ring Finders website.

Being it was a Saturday, and no classes to teach,  my son,  Tyler joined with me.  Drew had met up with 2 friends from Calgary,  so we had a crew of 5 people to do the search.

We introduced ourselves to each other,  and chatted about the ring;  along with the storm Drew and his wife encountered.  A little visiting, just to get to know each other a little better.  Drew went back to his car,  for a few seconds, and came back and presented me with a beautiful,  original Mitchell & Ness,  St. Louis Cardinals baseball jersey.  Number 20 with BROCK across the top of the back.  Drew actually tracked Lou Brock down,  twice,  to get him to autograph it.  However,  the 79 year old,  baseball Hall of Famer,  no longer signs autographs.

Drew showed us, pretty much the exact spot,  where he parked on the side of the highway, where his wife stepped out and went behind the S.U.V. and started brushing the snow off her legs.  The spot where she felt her ring slide off on the back swing.

I felt confident, we would find the ring;  but was surprised by the amount of trash items we found.  We started working,  from the edge of the pavement down to the slope of the ditch,  marking each search strip with a pylon.  I was positive the ring would be on the surface,  or maybe covered with 1/2 inch of road sand,  from the highway maintainers in winter.

After close to 2 hours of searching,  we were all standing at the side of the road.  I was saying,  I was going back to the car,  for a coffee and change the battery in my pinpointer.  About then Tyler bent over and picked something up.  I got a glimpse of it, it was a ring!  My first thought was,  it’s costume jewelry!  He held the ring out to Drew, and asked,  “Is this the ring we are looking for?”

Drew immediately lost all composer;  in fact he went border line hysterical!  People who were parked across the road were starring,  and wondering what all the commotion was about.  Finally,  I said to Dre to go over and explain to those people what was going on, and nobody here is getting killed!













Before long, we started packing up equipment,  more visiting,  picture taking etc.  Drew was still having a hard time to contain himself.  He was already making plans,  for how he was going to present it to his wife.

That particular morning,  a marathon race was going on.  We waited until all the runners had passed by,  later thinking approx.  100 runners ran by-inches from the ring.

There were so many variables that could have happen to this ring,  in the 7 months it laid on the ground:  being picked up by someone,  or a large amount of ravens picking up shinny objects,  and so on.  Drew’s complication during flights from St. Louis to Calgary,  changing flights four times.  He also kept the whole idea of coming back to Canada, to search,  a secret from his wife.  Drew’s wife got her beloved ring back,  after what I believe was an incredible story.  Somethings are just meant to be.





Gorgeous 12 diamond engagement ring, in Red Deer found

  • from Caroline (Alberta, Canada)

I received a call from James, at noon on January 2.  James’s wife had lost her wedding band and engagement ring, in the snow, on Christmas day.  James told me he had been pouring warm water on the snow wear the rings were lost, he managed to find the wedding band.  He asked,, can you please do a ring search??  I asked my son, who is a school teacher, and still on Christmas break to accompany me.  He has a lot of experience with digging tools and a pin pointer!  We arrived at James’s address at 2:30 pm.  James showed us the area, and where he had been pouring warm water, to melt the snow.  We did a thorough search of this area, with numerous 72 hi tones, only to discover, under the landscape gravel, the filter cloth was nailed down with rust proof nails, that rang a 72 hi tone!!  Before long, my son and I ignored every 72 hi tone.  Eventually we moved further on from target area, into 10 inches of snow.  soon in the space of 5 inches, AT gold give me 3 quick tones,,, 2, 72 hi tones, and a beautiful  mid hi tone at 59.  My son and I searched through the snow, by hand, and nothing!  another pass with the detector,  I said,  we moved it!  A few seconds later, my son nailed it with the pin pointer….Gorgeous 12 diamond engagement ring!!

Lost Wedding Band…Caroline, Ab-Found!

  • from Caroline (Alberta, Canada)





A couple months ago, Rick came into our family feedstore, I had showed him an ad about The Ring Finders, that I had placed in a free publication and weekly buy and sell paper.  He told me, he lost his ring in his back yard 2 years ago, while playing football with his son. He had spent many hours looking for it, he even pulled all the grass, where it dropped. At the time, there was about 3 feet of snow on the north side of his house, and we agreed to search in spring.  I arrived at Ricks place, after work, he had just got off work as well.  He showed me the location, as well, I asked him many questions.  I was a little concerned when told me how many times he had cut his lawn, but I had to try and search.  Rick was very interested in the Garrett AT Gold, and asked all kinds of questions about the tones, and how did I know weather it was a nail, or ring etc.  Soon I got a hi tone, and an 81,  Rick asks, is that the ring!  I said, no, it’s a penny, and I can not leave a penny in the ground.  After searching for 1hour and 45 minutes, I got a nice mid tone at 60. 1 and 1/2 inch down was his wedding band.  Rick had given up hope of ever finding his ring, he didn’t have much hope of me finding it, esp when there was no signal, where he thought he lost it.  Rick, and his wife were very happy.

Lost Ring Sylvan Lake…..Found

  • from Caroline (Alberta, Canada)

Hi my name is Syd, I joined The Ring Finders to help people find their lost jewellery.  If you have lost something, and need help finding it, contact me ASAP and I will do my best to help you recover what you thought was lost forever.