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Jeffrey called me about 4:30pm about finding his misplaced ring. I know the beach well and there are many detectorist that comb the sand daily. Therefore it was most important to start searching ASAP. I told Jeffrey that I could meet him at the beach in about 45 minutes. I made it to the beach in 35. I got ready and when Jeffrey showed up we started the short walk to a secluded sandy spot. I thought it would be an easy search – I was wrong. Two beer cans, a couple of pull tabs and a quarter and one target so deep it is still there. But no ring.
Then it was off to second area closer to the water and wet sand. Dang! I had the wrong detector for this search, but I would give it a try anyway as it was a small area and I could see just where Jeffrey had been sitting. In just three swings of the detector a solid response to a buried object was ringing in my ears. Next was to take a scoop of sand and yes in the sand was a platinum ring, the object of my search. I sifted the sand from the scoop leaving only the ring. Now it was Jeffrey’s turn to do something except watch me with great expectations. It was his task to remove the ring from the scoop and place it back on his finger were it belonged.
The round trip from and back to the cars took less than 25 minutes. When back at the cars a couple of quick stories were shared and pictures were taken. The only down side to this return was it delayed both Jeffrey’s and my timely entrance to our dinner engagements. However, the entrances were made with smiles, just a bright as the ones in the photo for sure.
As many questions that were asked it was not until James was in the water with me and remembered a small splash which he thought to be a gull’s dropping. But where was the little splash? Close to the big splash from a rock that was being tossed. But where is the rock…Here it is and the little splash was about 20 feet away.
After a two hour search this little splash was right on…but it was not make by a bird, rather it was made by Erin’s engagement ring. Another 3 minutes of searching and the ring was in my scoop. As Erin was not at the beach James had the honor of removing the ring from my scoop. It was now up to James to place the ring back on his wife’s finger.
Many on the beach had heard of the ring’s loss and were amazed that it was found in such a vast area. Had it not been for James’ keen memory, I might still be looking for the jewel that means so much to the wonderful couple.
My metal detecting friends Dale and Brian asked if I would help find a submerged watch for Preston. The watch was given to Preston 25 yrs. ago by his mother. It had fallen into his private pond about 2 yrs. ago.
On arrival Dale helped me set up the diving equipment and acted as my safety watch. Brian provided moral support while sitting in the shade and drinking a sports drink. The watch was found under the dock in about 10 minutes.
The dive was somewhat pleasant due to the 97 degree day, except for the pesky little bluegill that kept biting me.
“In the Dog House”, with a title like that I was pretty sure I had a mission. While Mark was upgrading his sprinkler system he lost his wedding band, or so he thought. He rented a metal detector & squished the mud from the re-dug sprinkler heads through his fingers but came up empty. Time to call in professional help. I did a thorough scan of the front yard hoping to not have to dig up the yard but that wasn’t the case. We dug one head, then a second, and that’s when the Garrett pinpointer sang out, Marks gold wedding band, mission complete!
A plain gold band, no way, they all have a story and Marks is special to him. Hand engraved by an Artisan, in both his and Janet’s rings, is ‘Mo Anam Cara’ which in their ancestral heritage, Old Gaelic Celtic, means “my soul friend”. Mark said, “it very much represents our relationship”.
Thank you Mark for the call, I very much enjoyed our post-find conversation, all the best.
The Ring Finders Portland & The Gorge
I received a message from Dave on my Ring Finders South Jersey page stating that he lost his wedding band. I contacted him immediately and arrived at the beach shortly after. After speaking with Dave about where the lost ring might be, the search was on! The ring was found and returned after a quick grid search near the water’s edge!!! The couple is now able to enjoy the rest of their vacation in Ocean City, New Jersey!
I received a call yesterday morning from Sara, about some rings that she had lost in the water the day before. She and her family had been at the beach for the day while vacationing from Minnesota. She told me that she lost the rings in the afternoon and when I looked at the tide charts, I could see the tide was still low, but on its way up. I said I could meet her there in 30 minutes, and we arranged to meet.
When I got to the beach, Sara showed me where she believed she lost the rings, and I began my search. I searched for about 30 minutes, when Sara came over and said her husband Tony (who was up on the hill overlooking the beach with their son) told her we needed to move about 50 feet to the South. I continued my search, but the tide was getting too high, and the waves were making it more difficult to search any deeper. I knew the tide was going to be a minus tide this morning at about 6:30 AM, so I told Sara, I would come back for a search at 5:00 AM. She asked if there was any chance of a recovery, and I told her I always have hope.
Well I got up at 4:00 AM and was on the beach at 5:00 AM. There was definitely a lot more sand to search, and I knew that if it was there I had a good chance of getting it. I could not search where Sara’s husband had mentioned because at 5:00 AM in the dark there was a woman playing in the waves right in the exact area, so I chose to begin where Sara had originally shown me. I started, and began to work my way towards the spot of the loss, and when I drew near the woman left, which made it easier to search the area. Once I began in the area, I made a few passes, when I got a loud bang of a sound in my headphones. I dug, dumped the sand, kicked it around, I ran my coil over the sand, heard the bang in the headphones again, kicked that sand again, and then saw the rings, still together. The great help was that they were able to meet me at the beach the day before and show me exactly where the loss occurred. I got excited, put the rings in my pouch, and made my way home. I waited until a couple of hours later to send Sara the message, so she could sleep in and get some rest. I sent a picture of the rings, and she sent a text back of her unbelief and happiness. We met back at the beach about an hour later, and I was able to give Sara, Tony’s token of his love and commitment to their union, given to her 12 years before. They were leaving for home tomorrow, and she had been worried the rings might be lost forever. What a great day!
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.
Mary’s husband called me the morning after she lost a white gold diamond ring in the surf at Paradise Cove near Malibu, CA. Mary was in waist deep water at a mid high tide when she was unexpectedly hit by a large wave. She felt her ring come off her finger right at that moment.
Her husband want to know if there was a chance to find it. I told him, we first needed to return to the general location. Then we had to see the sand conditions. ( The So. Cal. beaches vary from day to day ) Also our chances are better if somebody can be available to tell exactly what happened and where the loss occurred.
We agreed that Mary would meet me at Paradise Cove at 11:30am. The tide was rising which wasn’t a good thing. If necessary, I might have to return the next day at the lowest tide. First things first, meet the person that lost it, get the general location and give it a try with my CTX 3030 metal detector.
Everything went like clock work as we met on the beach. Mary told me that she had worn this ring for 10 years and it meant the world to her. She paced back and forth helpless on the upper sand watching me each time I dug a pull tab, etc. In my mind I was planning a return trip for the next day. Then the 12-07 reading on my CTX ID screen and a definite tone to match. I knew the ring would be in this scoop. Yes! Mary’s white gold diamond wedding ring. It was halfway up in the wet sand and must have been thrown forward as the wave hit her from her backside.
Where, how and when didn’t matter now. What was important, is the fact that all our efforts worked to get Mary’s rearing back where it belongs and the story of her ring goes on. I don’t get tired of doing this when I see how grateful Mary was. A sight to remember.
If you have lost your ring or other sentimental keepsake, please contact me ASAP. You will not be bothering me. I will answer the phone 24/7. Our chances of finding your valuable metal keepsake are greatly increased by getting together as soon as possible. I use the state of the art metal detectors which also make for successful searches. My search areas are, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Crystal Cove, Corona Delmar, Balboa Beach, Huntington Beach, Bolsa Chica State Beach, Huntington State Beach, Oceanside, San Clemente, Doheny State Beach, Dana Point, Aliso Beach, Seal Beach, Long Beach, Venice Beach, Santa Monica, Malibu, Paradise Cove, Westwood, LosAngeles, Hollywood including all of Orange and LA counties.
I received a phone call Wednesday night from a quietly distressed young lady named Hayley. She told me about losing her rose gold promise ring in the water earlier that day. This ring was presented to her by a young suitor named Luke. It was around 8:00 in the evening and there were several thunderstorms in our area, so I told Hayley we would see her in the morning for her search.
I met Hayley and her best friend’s brother, Israel, at one of our local beachfront campgrounds. After following them to their site I got my gear ready for a golf cart ride to the beach. As I was getting ready I was asking about the loss. As it turns out, while swimming in the ocean the day before, Israel had asked to see the beautiful diamond rich testimony to young love. When he went to hand it back to Hayley in the chest deep calm water he dropped it. Hearing the story I could feel both of their anxieties rising at the thought of it. I explained that they lost the ring in a mid to high tide time frame, and that today’s low tide was going to be a negative tide. I told them we should find the ring around calf deep at low tide. Israel sure liked the sound of my confidence in the search as he was reliving the picture of the ring slipping from his fingers. I had both of them rub their left earlobes for luck as we headed to the beach.
The water was very calm as I went waist deep sporting my recently returned CTX 3030. I was happy to have my trusted friend with me on this water search. I worked a grid back to ankle deep water. It was a little frustrating trying to deal with the beach goers who kept wading into the water and then stopping in front of me. I was also being stalked by two very curious little boys who just had to know what I was up to. Once I got into the shallow water it was easier to move. I got that familiar “gold tone” on the Minelab. I sure love that sound. 12:28 at 6” was confirming what I was hearing. One scoop later I was staring at an absolutely beautiful ring. I looked up the beach to see Israel watching me. I took off the earphones and rubbed my left earlobe. This got him moving my direction from his beach chair. Hayley had left the beach momentarily to get something back at the house. When she returned to the beach I told her that I was going to suspend the search. Hayley seemed hurt by this fact until Israel pulled the ring from his shirt pocket. Israel was very happy to give Hayley back the ring he dropped the day before. As it always happens, Hayley did “The Ring Dance”. A big smile turned into a quivering chin as she put the ring back on her finger. You know, “The Ring Dance”. I thought that was going to take longer than the 45 minutes it took. Darn! Now I have to go back to work.
Israel and Hayley, thanks for trusting me with this search. Thank you also for the reward. Good luck to Hayley and Luke with the future. And lastly thanks to “Big Jim Wren” for sending this search my direction.
MY EARS ARE STILL RINGING!
I got a call about a lost class ring from a visiting teacher to Kona.
James – from Texas – had wanted to rent a detector from us, a service which we do provide.
As an instructor, his biggest challenge was that his classroom was a floating one – teaching on the big ship currently out in Kailua Bay – and he was stuck on the boat giving lectures then watch-shift. He could see the beach but not physically get to it!
Could we look for it on his behalf? Of course! That’s what we’re good at!
James described how he’d lost his ring – he been rough-housing with some of the students and was tackled in the water while at King Kamehameha Beach – he’d seen the ring fly off and sink to the bottom. Stamping his foot on it to mark the spot, he was confident that he’d could reach down through the water to pick it out of the sand, but then he was instantly tackled again – all hope of finding it was gone.
I went out with my detector and got in the water after a large number of paddlers finished beaching their large canoes. I watched as the sand churned under their feet and hoped the ring wasn’t getting deeper and deeper in the sand…!
I hadn’t gotten a good description of James’ ring, so wasn’t sure what type of tone I’d get as my Minelab Excalibur detector gives a variety of sounds based on the metal content (i.e. gold, platinum, tungsten, etc…) of a ring.
I picked up a few coins, some trash and then – bang! – my headphones gave off the sound of a massive gold object! I almost jumped as the sound was so loud it scared me!
I scooped up the sand with my long-handled scoop – nothing – but there was definitely something down there! Another scoop and a bright yellow golden object flashed in the basket as the sand drained away!
There it was in all its glory – a beautiful and massive golden class ring that was no longer lost! With the Texas A&M coat of arms on top, it must have weighed a quarter of an ounce!
We had to wait a day for James to come to shore – but he was thrilled to have his class ring returned. We laughed together about sheer size of this ring – and the fact that my ears were still ringing from when I found it!
I’ll be sure to turn down the volume next time I look for another ring from Texas!