Tim Wilson, Author at The Ring Finders

Lost Ring in Big Sur Found

  • from Paso Robles (California, United States)

Success!  On August 6, 2018, I responded to help a gentleman who lost his wedding ring at a beach, on the Big Sur coast.  The beach is called Sand Dollar Beach, and is frequented by tourists and surfers.  He and his wife recently celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary, so he was upset about losing the ring and eager to get it back.  Unfortunately, we were unable to meet at the location, so he sent me Google images of the beach, and circled where he was.  A few days had passed since he lost the ring, but I was optimistic I would find it because of the relatively remote location.

I spent two to three hours searching for the ring, and ultimately found it.  I was so happy to be able to return a ring with significant sentimental value to the gentleman and his wife.  It’s what the Ringfinders network is all about.

I’m convinced the Ringfinders network is the best way to find experienced metal detectorists that have the best chance of recovering lost valuables.  A few of the people I have helped bought cheap metal detectors and searched unsuccessfully before calling me.  Finding specific items in the ground is more difficult than it appears on the surface.  There are many variables, including: detector capabilities and configurations, ground mineralization, and the number possible targets in the ground.

I look forward to helping more people in the future.

Lost Ring in Paso Robles, Found!

  • from Paso Robles (California, United States)

I received an emergency call from a couple in Paso Robles asking me to look for a lost wedding ring.  The owner of the ring took it off her finger and tucked it in her clothing while she worked in the garden.  The ring fell out and was lost while she planted some plants.

I drove to the house, and was able to find it after a brief hunt.  It is extremely satisfying to find lost rings, etc., and I was very happy I found it for her.

We Can’t Recommend Tim Enough!

  • from Paso Robles (California, United States)

Leonardo Family Testimonial 

Our family decided to spend a few hours at the beach at Morro Bay on the 4th. My wife and the kids are having a blast in and around the water and my wife asks me to hold on to her one-of-a-kind, vintage ring for safe keeping.  Fast forward a couple hours and it’s no longer on my finger. We try to get a metal detector and search with the kids’ toys, but we leave empty-handed. We leave the next day and head back home and my wife finds this “Ring Finders” site.  That’s where Tim Wilson, aka “Our Knight In Shining Metal Detector,” enters the picture.


He returned my call promptly and after a brief, pleasant chat, and a couple of Google images, Tim was geared up and headed from Paso Robles to Morro Bay.  He was both realistic and optimistic.  When he arrived, he and I chatted over facetime and exchanged a few texts and pictures to pinpoint the location.  He was very discreet and decided to wait for a family to vacate the area before really tackling his search. 3 hours later, I get a text with a picture of the ring and the caption “Looks like a match!!!” It only took him a few short minutes once the area was clear.   Needless to say, we were just amazed and over-the-moon.


It’s a bit serendipitous considering that Tim joined “Ring Finders” on July 3rd and by the 6th he already had his first success story.  Moments like this are priceless and guys like Tim are truly one-in-a-million.  Our family has such admiration for him because he continues to serve his community.

Lost Ring in Morro Bay—Found!

  • from Paso Robles (California, United States)


I received a phone call from the Leonardo family who lost a platinum, one-of-a-kind, antique ring while they were relaxing at the beach in Morro Bay, CA.  The ring was lost on July 4th, but they didn’t learn about Ringfinders until July 6th.

Mr. Leonardo explained his wife had given him the ring to hold while she played with the kids in the ocean.  As they were leaving, Mr. Leonardo realized the ring was missing.  They spent several hours sifting sand and searching for the ring with a metal detector they purchased in a neighboring town, but couldn’t find it.  Thinking the ring was lost forever, they went home to Los Angeles.

Mr. Leonardo told me he was willing to drive several hours back to Morro Bay in order to show me where the ring was lost, but I thought we could pinpoint the location with modern technology.  Thanks to Mr. Leonardo’s directions, Google Maps, and the Iphone Facetime App, I was able to locate where he was sitting when the ring went missing.  Unfortunately, the area was occupied by a grandmother and her grandchildren.  They reluctantly allowed me a cursory check of the area, but there were a few places I couldn’t search properly because of toys, chairs, beach bags, etc.  I had a feeling the ring was under all of their stuff somewhere, and returned several hours later, after they had gone home.  The first target my metal detector identified after I returned was the missing ring.  It was buried in about two inches of dry sand.

The Leonardos were overjoyed, especially since they thought the ring was gone forever.  We made arrangements to return the ring the following week because they lived so far away.  I’m happy to say the ring is now back where it belongs.  The Leonardos are an awesome and wonderful family.  It was my privilege to help them find their lost ring.

Lost Rings Paso Robles, TheRingFinders.com

  • from Paso Robles (California, United States)

I’m happy to be a new member of The RingFinders network, and am looking forward to helping people find their lost jewelry and valuables.  I’ve always made it a point to help people when I can, and enjoy metal detecting, so Ringfinders was a logical choice.

I enjoy hunting for historical items and sites.  A couple of months ago, I was doing some “recon” looking for a popular swimming hole site that was used during the early 1900’s.  I retrieved my metal detector from my car, and started to walk down a trail to the Salinas River, which was flowing moderately due to recent rains.  Suddenly, a distraught lady stormed past me on the trail, with her husband following.  He looked at me, pointed, and exclaimed, “That’s the guy we need!”  I couldn’t imagine why they needed me, but soon found out she had lost four very valuable and irreplaceable rings.

We retraced her steps, and she explained she took her rings off and put them in her pocket to keep from losing them while hiking.  While she walked along the bank of the river, she slipped and involuntarily pulled her hand out of her pocket for balance.  She heard a small splash, but didn’t think about it until she returned to her car and found that her rings were missing from her pocket.

She showed me where she slipped, and I waded into the river with my metal detector.  Ultimately, I was able to find all four of her lost rings and a silver pocket knife she also lost from her pocket.  She was elated, and said I was the answer to her prayers.  I didn’t feel like I was the answer to anyone’s prayers, but have to admit, it was an oddly-fortuitous coincidence.  The area is typically not searched by detectorists, and I arrived at the trail a later than I wanted to because my son needed a little homework motivation before I left the house.  What were the odds someone like me would arrive in an obscure location, when needed, with a waterproof metal detector and metal detecting experience?

I’m glad I was able to help her find her irreplaceable rings.  Seeing the relief and gratitude on her face made me decide that joining RingFinders would be a excellent opportunity for me to help more people.  I look forward to helping many others find their lost valuables in the future.