So Kathy called me on Tues afternoon and told me about her husband’s ring, lost in the surf at Torrey Pines State Beach 2 days prior on Sunday, right around high tide which would turn out to be fortunate for all of us. The ring belonged to his dad who passed away 25 years ago. It has immense significance to the family and I could tell its loss was devastating. He had been boogie boarding with his son in waist deep water when it slipped off his finger. He knew exactly the moment he lost it and though they gave it a valiant try, recovery would be impossible as the surf that day was brutal. Kathy gave me a vague description of where it was lost and agreed to meet with me on the beach the next morning at low tide. I arrived early the next morning and started hunting the general area. When she arrived, Kathy was able to narrow down a 100’ length of beach and gave me the approx distance her husband had been from shore. Now this is where it gets good. She wandered off and I started at the North end of the search area and walked straight out into the surf. About 30 feet out in waist high water, in less than 5 minutes, Wham!! I got that unmistakable low tone. The surf was persistent and I missed it on the first couple scoops. It dropped to the bottom of the hole and I almost lost the tone. I dug frantically between rollers and finally got a good sound next to the hole. A second later it was safely clanking around on stainless. It was a beautiful old diamond ring. By now, Kathy had wandered way up the beach so I took a picture with my cell phone and texted it to her with no comment, just the pic :). I’ve never seen anyone run so fast on the beach with a kid in her arms :). After a really cool emotional reunion and an incredible face time conversation with her husband, I left them to enjoy the morning. Ring returns are always fun and rewarding but this one was freaking awesome!! I am so happy I could bring happiness to these guys. It was so worth the time and effort. It was a real joy to meet you Kathy and I really appreciate your token of gratitude.
If you are interested, you can see a short YouTube vid of this return here:
Nothing too unusual about this story. Just the same old “He lost his ring when it slipped off his finger in the back yard when he was throwing colored powder at his friends and family during a “Holi” celebration also known as the festival of colors in India” Happens every day right? 🙂 Josh contacted me on Tuesday, we met up on Wednesday and in less than 15 minutes I ran my coil over his gorgeous wedding ring. Everyone was a winner that afternoon. Josh got his ring back and I got to be a hero:). I also received a very nice monetary reward. Thanks Josh..
My Daughter, Julie posted one of my metal detecting YouTube videos on her Facebook page (I think it’s cool that she likes what I do) and it got a bunch of comments. One of her friends, Amy, told her story about how her daughter lost her ring at school in one of the playgrounds. It was an antique ring given to her daughter by her grandmother and although not a really valuable piece of jewelry it had huge sentimental value and Amy was pretty heartbroken when it was lost. Amy actually purchased a metal detector and had tried to find it with no luck. Julie suggested to Amy that I might be able to help and got her permission to have me call her. I got in touch and arranged to meet her at the school that same afternoon. Now this school is pretty big. It has several playgrounds and Amy’s kid plays on them all. She was wearing the ring on a chain around her neck and the ring was lost when the chain came undone. Fortunately, they had found the chain which kinda narrowed down the hunt. I started my search by gridding what I could around all the steel belted tires and playground equipment. I was using my AT Pro with a large coil and was planning to change to a small coil and use my pin pointer if my initial search failed. About an hour later a good solid mid tone under the swing set told me I might be in luck. It was either going to be a pull tab (unlikely) a bottle cap (very unlikely) a nickel or a gold ring. I brushed away a couple inches of sand and there it was. A beautiful little gold diamond ring! Amy was walking around searching on another playground when I brought it to her. I was really happy that I was going to be able to return this treasure to her but my joy was pretty much eclipsed by hers when I dropped it in her hand. What an amazing moment!
Thanks Jules for sending her my way and thank you Amy for making my day and for the nice reward.
So it’s 8:45 in the morning on a Sunday in Del Mar. My parking meter will run out in 15 minutes, the beach is completely sanded in, the tide is almost +3 feet, it’s oppressively hot and muggy and my finds for the morning come to a total of 2 quarters and a penny. I’m ready to go home!! And that’s when Pat the lifeguard chief catches up to me and gives me a note that says: “Lost wedding ring, 24th street”. There’s also a phone number which I call. Suddenly my crappy day was taking on a whole new appearance. This was my shot at redemption!! I spoke to Dana who told me the story of how she thought she lost “both” her rings in the sand. She was getting ready to go in the water and apparently they fell out of the pocket of her shorts. She and her husband gave me some pretty good detail of where they thought they were. So I metered up my car for another 2 hours and went to work. It was now after 9:00 and a lot of folks were starting to file onto the beach. A few had set up their umbrellas and shades right in the area where I was going to have to hunt so I skirted around them as best as I could and tried not be too obtrusive. Feeling a little bummed that I would probably have to return the next day, eight minutes later I had both rings in the scoop. These are absolutely beautiful rings, 14K and a ton of ice. I called Dana with the good news and reunited her with her treasure 45 minutes later at a local coffee shop. I also had the pleasure of meeting her husband Vinny and their two beautiful kids. Dana says she’s not ever taking her rings to the beach again. Good plan Dana! Thanks guys for making my day (actually week) and for the nice reward.
A few minutes after arriving home from a Sunday night hunt the day before Labor Day I received a call from Shakeh. She and her family were in San Diego for a few days and were enjoying a beautiful Sunday on the beach at Del Mar. Suddenly, their vacation pretty much came to a halt when her Husband lost his wedding ring while wading in the San Dieguito River. Her girlfriend had told her about a metal detecting service so she looked it up, found The Ring Finders and called me. I agreed to look for it the next morning. Now this river can be very difficult to hunt. The current doesn’t match the tides so you never know which way and how fast the flow will be. Also it can sand in very quickly, sometimes adding a foot or two along its banks over night. All this, coupled with the fact that he had lost it in knee high water at mid tide was going to make this hunt quite a challenge. So I started at 5AM. The surf was high and coming all the way up the river and the current was running about 4 knots. In these conditions it was pretty much impossible to grid. I continued my search until 9AM with no luck. I was about to leave when I got a strong feeling that I should try to give her one last shot. I called the Wife, put 3 bucks in the meter and went back to work. An hour later this beautiful solid platinum band was clanking around in my scoop. Man what a feeling! I texted Shakeh and met up with her and her two daughters in the parking lot of their hotel where I was rewarded with hugs, muffins and a nice monetary gift. Shakeh said that what I had done for them was priceless. Well I can tell you that having the experience of seeing the expression of pure joy on her face when she saw her “lost forever” treasure, that’s priceless!!
Thanks for making my day Shakeh and for the nice reward.
Friday morning around 9:30, right after a 3 hour hunt on Dog Beach, I got a call from Amega asking me to help him find his set of keys he lost the night before in Del Mar. I agreed to meet him on the beach after breakfast. We met near a location where he and his girlfriend were trying to avoid the high tide surge and were scampering around a drainage pipe. I asked him to stand on the spot where he thought was the most likely place he dropped them. Well the rest of the story is pretty short. I started to grid near the pipe and 10 feet in, I got a nice mid range tone. It was a little bling ring! (Target #1). I walked around the pipe, got another solid mid range tone and scooped up his keys! (Target #2). That was it! No drama of finding pull tabs and bottle caps to show him just for suspense. Just two targets and one was pay dirt. Man, was he impressed.
This is a really nice guy and I was really happy I could help him out. Thanks for the nice reward Amega,
August 7, 2015 Here’s one for the books. I was hunting in the dry sand around 15th street in Del Mar on Sunday the 2nd when Mike approached me and asked if I had found his tungsten wedding band. I was hunting right in the area where he had lost it the previous day during an outing with his family. I told him I had not, but would be happy to look for it. I had been hunting all morning so I could only put in another 30 minutes or so before I had to head home. I got his information and told him I’d look for it the next day. Well the next morning I found it a couple hours after arriving at the beach. Mike was surfing that day and actually met me on the beach before I started my search but I couldn’t find him before I had to leave so I texted him with the good news and we agreed to meet the next day. Now here’s where it gets good. On Tuesday morning I receive a text from Mike. He has a high fever and asks if I can hang on for a couple days until he feels better. Wednesday afternoon I receive a text and he asks if we can meet on Thursday. Unfortunately I can’t meet that day but Friday will work, he agrees. Later that day I get another text and he tells me he was talking to his sister in law Dianna about my finding his ring and she tells him that she had lost hers as well, wading in the water and wanted to know if I had come across it. She sent him a picture and he forwarded it. I HAVE IT!! I found it the day I met Mike. It’s a big beautiful silver and turquoise number. So, cut to the chase, Friday morning I return both rings to Mike. I gotta tell ya, that was a thrill. His 10 year anniversary is coming up and he was really happy to have his ring back. Congratulations Mike. Thanks for the nice reward and I hope to see you on the beach again sometime (Not wearing your ring!!). He’ll be mailing Dianna’s ring back to her, I’m hoping to get a picture from her.
So we’ve all heard this story before, The little family outing on the beach, Mom takes off her wedding ring to apply sunscreen on the Kid. She puts the ring on a towel to keep it safe and the rest is history. Well that’s Ryan and Fadras story. The ring was lost at Wind N Sea beach in a little cove in the dry sand. I met Ryan after he got off work on Monday, April 6th right around sunset. He was a little skeptical that we were going to find it and so was I because it was hunted two nights before by a very reputable detectorist. But we did find it. It was about 10 inches down and I needed to use my pin pointer because it gave a very weak signal. When I pulled it out of the hole and put it in Ryans hand he was totally amazed. He really enjoyed seeing the search process in action and was very grateful. After reuniting Fadra with her ring, he snapped these pics and sent them to me. Thanks guys for the nice reward. I hope your future visits to the beach result in much more fun and a lot less stress:)
So, around the middle of March last year (2014) I was hunting for coins in a ball field at a local middle school and found this beautiful high school gold class ring. It had initials on the inside and was dated 1988. I left a message with the school’s alumni lost ring site with the description and my contact information. I never heard anything back but I hung onto the ring. A couple weeks ago my son, who graduated in 1987 from the same high school, was visiting from Idaho. He spotted the ring in my collection and got interested. He’s involved somehow with the alumni association and said he might be able to track the owner so I gave him the ring and told him to give it a shot. Well, a couple days later he called and said he found the owner, Kelley, and has since returned it to her through her husband. It turns out back in 87 she had just gotten the ring and was playing in a powder-puff ball game on that field and had given the ring to her boyfriend for safe keeping….. Her family actually tried to find it with a metal detector but to no avail. It was lost forever:)
As you can see from the pic, Kelley’s pretty happy to get it back
Last weekend I was enjoying a morning hunt on the beach at Del Mar when Hilda approached me and asked if I had found a silver/platinum wedding ring belonging to her husband Jesse which was lost on the beach the day before. He was swimming and boogie boarding in the surf just in front of the hotel where he and his family were staying on their vacation from Ann Arbor, MI. I noticed Hilda at the waters edge very obviously upset which made me determined to give this search my best shot. After assuring them that there was a good possibility the ring could be found, and that I would help them find it, I started gridding the dry sand around the chairs and umbrellas they had set up the day before. Then I proceeded to grid parallel to the surf starting in the dry sand and working progressively into the water. About 15 feet into the surf I got that low tone I was hoping to hear and after a couple scoops a beautiful plain platinum band was in my possession. From beginning to end the search couldn’t have take more than 30 minutes. The best of it was the expression on Hilda’s face when I gave her back this precious item which I know she thought was lost forever. Then there were lots of hugs and handshakes from a really appreciative couple. Long story short: I have found and returned many items to their owners over the years but this experience with Hilda and Jesse was special and has inspired me to join The Ring Finders. This organization provides an essential service and I’m really glad to be part of it. I’m looking forward to many more happy returns. Thanks Hilda and Jesse for the inspiration and generous reward. It was so nice to meet you.