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Found: Lost Wedding Ring in San Jose Backyard

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796
Erik with the wedding ring he lost in San Jose

Lost wedding ring found in San Jose

Erik took off his wedding ring to trim bushes in his back yard in San Jose. The only problem was the hole in his pants pocket. He didn’t notice the ring was gone until he’d finished and hauled all the trimmings to the street. After searching for a couple of hours, he called The Ring Finders.

If you’ve read the other stories in this blog, you know that sometimes hunts take an hour or more. This one didn’t. Erik showed us where he was standing when he took off the ring. We started searching for the missing ring with two metal detectors. First hit: too deep. Second & third hits: sprinkler heads. Fourth hit: Platinum and gold wedding ring, lying right on the ground but covered in deep grass.

Erik was super happy (check out the photos). His family is getting ready to move, so if he didn’t find the ring soon, it might have been lost forever.  We stayed for a while to check out his cool chicken coop (three egg layers), then left before the rain started.

What to do if you lose your ring or jewelry: First, look around, mark your exact location. Second, retrace your steps since you last saw the lost jewelry. Third, get some friends to help you search, the more the better. Finally, if you can’t find it, call The Ring Finders. We’ve got metal detectors, and more important, years of experience finding lost rings and jewelry.

Stunning 18k White Gold Diamond Ring Found: Destin Florida

from Tallahassee (Florida, United States)
Contact: 1-850-385-7499

It all started one day with a call from Mrs. N of an adjoining state.  She had found The Ring Finders online and was requesting a search for a lost ring.  This was no ordinary ring, besides the ring being a custom design, there was great sentimental as well as intrinsic value.  The story all began with mother passing the ring to daughter on the balcony of a twenty story beach front condominuim.  As things are to happen in life, the ring slipped and fell to the sand below.  With only a few hours of precious daylight left, the family conducted a fairly thoughtful search.  First, management was approached to help and all available lower balconies were searched to be sure the ring didn’t get blown by the wind back onto a balcony.  No luck there.  Then, a search underneath the balcony stack was conducted.  Nothing.  Staying an extra day the search continued but unsucessfully.  A couple of weeks later I received the call.  As with all searches I carefully discussed the circumstances.  Luckily another family member drew an excellent diagram of the general area to be searched.

Within a week I was making the 3 1/2 hour drive to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.  As luck would have it, I was never to set foot near the beach!  And what I originally thought would take maybe an hour or two to find the ring turned into an odyssy of the toughest  search I have ever conducted that spanned two days, 14 hours of drive time and 11 1/2 hours of actual search time.  First after checking in with the front desk, I was impressed by the size of the condo as it is one of the largest on the coast.  Each unit that faced the ocean had a balcony.  Standing under the building staring up at 20 stories of a stack of balconies is truly dizzying for a Florida boy.  The actual rooms began on the second story with an open area under the building.  Facing away from the building towards the sea within 100 feet is a tall sand dune that shielded the view of the sea from ground level.  And joy of joys scattered amongst the sand are those prickly devils in Florida that I grew up calling stickers.  They were matured so that the barbs were very sharp and prone to go right through clothing.  After lining up my search area I began to realize almost everything a professional detectorist can encounter as an obstacle was there.  Probably the family and perhaps the management after searching the area pushed the ring deeper.  That made sure that a casual observer wouldn’t find it.

As I really got into the search I was finding a very trashy area that I called the drop zone.  As you can imagine anyone on a vacation tossing a pull tab off a balcony just to see it fall a long ways, well coins too.  Then there were hair pins, foil wrappers (gold foil that every time I uncovered one in the sunlight it looked promising), pieces of electrical copper wire and then there were the stickers.  In checking the under building area I soon discovered there was a concrete foundation pad covered with anywhere from 0 inches of sand all the way to 12 inches.  Of course buried in the pad was rebar, iron bars used to strengthen the concrete.  I set the detector settings as well as I could for the iron interference but I was never confident of my detector’s results.  My backup was a PI so that was out altogether.  After a few hours of following my grid search I decided to change my approach and just clean and area of about 150 feet by 100 feet of every possible signal.  Still after some more hours of search and no success, this was the first time ever I didn’t want to find coins, it was getting dark.  Totally flustrated and sore, I walked back to my vehicle to relay the bad news to Mrs. N and her daughter.  I really felt bad because in talking to the family and sending emails back and forth these were just plain good people, folks you would want for neighbors.  We talked for a while and I said that I am not a quitter and thought another try would be worth it.  I am withholding the value of the ring but believe me, it was well worth another try.

Within the week, I rested up and one evening wrote up what I saw and experienced in an attempt to logically determine the next search activities.  First, I would bring a sand rake to carefully examine the sand under the building and not worry about the rebar interference.  Next, I would use a gold detector set to no disc to hunt specifically for that ring signal.  Arriving early on the second search I checked the under building areas directly under the client’s rental and then checked each adjoining stacks.  After a couple of hours nothing.  Then back to the drop zone.  Since I had cleaned the area so well before, there was only three more coins to find but that gold detector on all metal really was helping me find somethin new, paper clips!  What I haven’t mentioned before was that the area in the drop zone was full of paint chips.  Apparently the structure had been cleaned and repainted.  The chips were of lead paint and the first time out I was almost sure that the lead had masked the ring’s signal.  So after about an hour or so following the grid pattern I came to the edge of the pattern and got a good signal.  I was using a plastic scoop to avoid damaging the ring.  I filled an entire scoop down to about 10 inches or so and in the bottom of the hole was the large solitary diamond peaking up through the sand.  I picked it up and just stood there looking at this gorgeous ring of a large, very clear princess cut with row after row of smaller but just as clear diamonds on either side.  I used to sell jewelry and this was one of the best pieces I have ever held.  The sun shining off of those diamonds was simply blinding.  I didn’t shout out as some would think, I was just relieved and thankful that this will be a success.  Carefully I wrapped the ring and placed in a zippered compartment.  I then called and talked to Mrs. N’s daughter.  Yes, she was happy, oh maybe a bit more than that.  After we talked briefly, she would call her mom and then we would get back together on arrangements to overnight the ring.  Well mom did what any mom would do, cry for joy.  And I met the nicest and generous folks. 

Being a ringfinder is a special bond.  Our word is our bond.  We will never stop until there is no hope left, no matter how difficult the search.  I am available to search a variety of locations including shallow water for lost items of value.  I am also available under contract to conduct forensic, estate and archeological searches.

Lost wedding band Cape Cod – Found & Returned by Cape Cod team

from Cape Cod (Massachusetts, United States)
Contact: 1-860-309-3307

Rick and Eleanor,

    Maureen and I just wanted to send you this note to thank you so very much for the great thing you did for us yesterday. We were so distraught over the loss of our wedding ring that we didn’t know what to do. Even though we knew the ring was in our home, we were at wit’s end on how to actually find it.

    Your patience, attention to detail and methodology is what made finding our ring possible. I don’t know how many times I had searched the same area where the ring wound up being. Your detection equipment certainly eliminated where it was not, which finally led to where it was!

    You were both so conscientious and your calming presence made us both feel that everything was going to be OK. 

    Again, our most heartfelt thanks goes to you and the whole community behind TheRingFinders.com. What a wonderful service you provide.

Sincerely,

    Steve &  Maureen

Lost Ring Cape Cod – Found & Returned by Cape Cod team

from Cape Cod (Massachusetts, United States)
Contact: 1-860-309-3307

It was six weeks since I had a request for help to find a lost object when an E-mail requesting help arrived. Steve asked for help in finding an unusual wedding band in an unusual environment. This was the start of a very unusual and interesting day.

The environment… a 10 foot long sectional sofa; 5 pieces of furniture with lots of staples, nuts, bolts, a metal frame and many metal plates, springs and lots of padding. This plus the sofa was inside a house with its electric wiring many electronic gadgets. These electric items emit EMF (electrical interference) that tends to adversely affect a metal detector’s optimum performance proving a challenge for most detectors.

The ring… you would think that after 30 years of detecting experience I would know what to use and how to search. But in this environment and the fact that the palladium and gold components of the wedding band were encircled by an inlay of meteorite, I needed all the help I could get. Most any discriminating detector would be confused by the iron property of the meteorite masking the palladium and gold mix yet we wanted to locate these 3 metals and not the others in the sofa. A brainstorming session with Kent B. from the Gateway THC and Eleanor H. of J&E Metal Detectors to identify the best equipment and tactics to use in this situation was a must. Do you have any thoughts yet?

The arsenal… first the ATPro with excellent notch filtering and iron mode control had located platinum rings in a snow bank. It might just function well here, especially with a new smaller 5X9 coil. As most, if not all, pin pointer probes do not discriminate their usefulness here was limited. Still we brought one. To overcome the pin pointer’s shortcoming, a Sun-Ray 1 inch coil probe on a White’s detector brought small area discrimination capability to our arsenal. A staple remover, flashlight, screwdriver, awl, pliers, and lastly a Canadian detector (a magnet on an adjustable length shaft) rounded out our arsenal. A “Canadian detector” can pick up the Canadian coins that have iron content which is similar to the meteorite iron. Keep that in mind.

The search…Kent was not able to join Rick and Eleanor who started by taking backs off the sections, opening Velcro straps and removing staples allowing access to the sections inner workings. Then the detector assault began. Only one promising signal was heard in an hour of searching and it turned out to be a zipper pull. The family dog was also scanned, the detectors did not signal. The detectors gave way to tactile exploration of the sections. The fourth section, an end unit, with a U-shaped wooden trough which could not be probed by human fingers, called for the Canadian detector to be brought to use. It was slid between the tight fitting arm and seat cushions; down into the void and swept through the trough’s length. When we heard a “Clunk” we knew we had something. The slow and careful removing of the magnet heightened the anticipation of success and then there it was; a palladium, gold and meteorite ring hanging from a magnet. My first gold ring retrieved with a MAGNET! – Thanks to the iron properties of the meteorite material.

The ring was promptly returned to the owner. With the ring’s return Steve was smiling and had no need to watch after his pet dog. Maureen, Steve’s wife, now has the matching wedding band to her own band back where it belongs and has a happy smile. Lastly, Steve’s daughter was absolved of any wrong doing in the ring’s 34 hour AWOL status.

My thanks go to Kent and Eleanor for their help and to Steve and his family for giving us the opportunity to be part of a Happy Ending with Smiles galore.

 

Rick and Eleanor,

Maureen and I just wanted to send you this note to thank you so very much for the great thing you did for us yesterday. We were so distraught over the loss of our wedding ring that we didn’t know what to do. Even though we knew the ring was in our home, we were at wit’s end on how to actually find it.
Your patience, attention to detail and methodology is what made finding our ring possible. I don’t know how many times I had searched the same area where the ring wound up being. Your detection equipment certainly eliminated where it was not, which finally led to where it was!
You were both so conscientious and your calming presence made us both feel that everything was going to be OK.
Again, our most heartfelt thanks goes to you and the whole community behind TheRingFinders.com. What a wonderful service you provide.

Sincerely,

Steve & Maureen

Lost Rings Cape Cod – Found & Returned by Cape Cod team

from Cape Cod (Massachusetts, United States)
Contact: 1-860-309-3307

    Jan 17, 2011

      A message from RingFinders.com via Gateway Treasure Hunter Club put me in contact with JianJian who had seen her wedding rings leave her finger as she shook cold snow from them. The joyful play time with her two children turn to tears and a several stressful days.

Eight days after the loss and several bath tubs of snow being melted Kent B. from GTHC and I parked along 4-5 foot tall piles of snow to start our search. Power lines proved too much for one detector and a lowering of the sensitivity of a new, barrowed from J&E Enterprise, Garrett ATPro was a necessity. The ATPro was setup before hand in the PRO-CUSTOM mode specifically tuned to find platinum. Forty-five minutes into the search the ATPro sounded off for the first time. The reading locked up on 51, 4 points lower than my sample platinum ring.

The other machine being used could not “see” the target which was reading at 8 inches on the ATPro. A second shovel full of snow was removed, put on the roadway and the engagement ring was recovered. A second signal also locked on 51, but had a broken tone, also could not be “seen” by the second detector. From the second shovel full of snow the one of a kind, ornately designed, wedding band emerged.

Photo taking started before JianJian was told of the find. That action was the clue something was up and she came running out of the warm house with more excitement and appreciation than anyone I have ever returned a ring to. A few more photos were taken and a warm refreshment was offered. A wonderful cup of Green Tea was enjoyed over many detecting stories and the story of the diamond.

JianJian came to Massachusetts from an area in China where even a thought of a diamond engagement ring is something that would rarely enter a young woman’s mind. Years after JianJian’s wedding she was looking through a box of her husband’s great-great grandfather’s items and came across a piece of folded up wax paper. The contents, a single diamond, had been worn in a tie tack or similar adornment. A diamond ring was made and worn with respect in honor of the past owner. To say the least the ring had a great deal of sentimental value to JianJian.

My thanks go to Chris of RingFinders.com for passing the information along, Kent for keeping me company and aiding in the search and Eleanor for the use of the Garrett ATPro. Of course JianJian deserves my biggest THANK YOU for her open energetic personality, warmth and gratitude in allowing us to help in having a Happy Ending to a situation only she experienced the full breadth of. I know each person will be brought to mind every time I sip on a warm cup of Green Tea.

You lose it, he finds it…Lost Wedding Ring in Plymouth Massachusetts and Surrounding Areas

from Plymouth (Massachusetts, United States)
Contact: 1-774-454-4544

You lose it, he finds it

Armed with a metal detector, treasure hunter Kent Blethen helps reunite people with their lost jewelry

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Wicked Local photo/Emily Clark

Corrections Officer Kent Blethen uses his metal detector to help people find lost rings and other jewelry misplaced on beaches, snow banks and other tricky locations.

By Emily Clark
Posted Mar 02, 2011 @ 12:00 PM

 

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PLYMOUTH —

One woman put her rings in a towel when she went swimming in the ocean, picked up the towel when she returned, shivering and wet, and the rings went flying. Where? Who knew? She combed her fingers through the sand with that heavy, sinking feeling of hopelessness that attends a needle-in-a-haystack hunts.

Another woman was shoveling her driveway when her rings slipped into a snow bank. Put major emphasis on “bank,” because it was like saying sayonara to thousands upon thousands of dollars, not to mention the sentimental value invested in that purchase. She knew continuing to shovel might mean pushing the rings into a drain or sending them sprawling. She wondered how her husband would feel.

A gentleman was wiping the snow off his windshield at work when his grandfather’s 14 carat Celtics Ring slid off his finger as he shook the snow off his hands. Another snow bank, another person with some ’splainin’ to do.

Kent Blethen is all too familiar with these scenarios. Blethen, who works as a county jail correctional officer, has been metal detecting for years, helping people find the unfindable. The metal detector was originally a gift for his son but dad wound up enjoying it more.

“It’s a treasure hunt,” Blethen said. “And it’s kind of fun when you find silver coins from the 1700s.”

Blethen hits the beach for many of his searches, but also roams cornfields where he finds historic coins, silver spoons and more rings. He has a storehouse of historic coins, like a genuine King George copper coin from the 1780s. He always asks the property owner for permission to conduct his hunts and always returns later to show the landowner what he found – and hands over any items pertaining to the person’s family.

“People like to know what’s in their yard,” he said. “I leave a lot of stuff behind, like musket balls. I’ll leave them on the doorstep. Or lead toys.”

His focus is mainly buttons and coins – like a George Washington inaugural button he found. Blethen belongs to The Gateway Treasure Hunters of Wareham and the Silver City Treasure Seekers out of Taunton – both organizations dedicated to treasure hunters armed with metal detectors and the thrill of the hunt.

He had toyed with joining the national Ring Finders organization as well, a network of metal detector treasure hunters across the nation who help people find lost rings and other valuables. But Blethen didn’t get involved with Ring Finders until recently, when the gentleman running the organization contacted his club with a request.

Hailing from Vancouver, British Columbia, Ring Finders founder Chris Turner says his goal is to offer the world an online directory of metal detecting specialists that will help find their lost jewelry at beaches, parks, lakes and yards around the world.

Turner told Blethen’s group that a woman from Belmont had lost her engagement and wedding rings in a snow bank while shoveling. Could anyone in her area help?

Blethen arrived at the woman’s home, along with Ring Finder Rick Browne from Yarmouth, and both began waving their detectors over the snow.

“We found her ring in 40 minutes,” Blethen said. “She gave us a reward. All we wanted was a picture of the rings and a thank you. But she gave us a reward. Each of us got $300 bucks; she was adamant about it.”

Blethen and Browne both joined  Ring Finders, agreeing to perform these searches for reward money only – and only if the owner of the property could afford a reward. Blethen has found precious jewelry for nothing more than a thank you and a piece of cake, and that’s fine with him.

So, why do people lose their rings and jewelry?

The most common problem this time of year is the cold weather, he said. Low temperatures cause tissue to shrink, which, in turn, causes a person’s fingers to shrink. The same is true of swimming in the cold Atlantic ocean. The result is that ring that fit nice and snug in the store is now doing acrobatics around your finger, and easily slips off into the sand, water or snow.

“Ninety percent of your jewelry is always found in the water because your fingers will shrink two sizes in the water,” Blethen said.

Add an outdoor activity to the mix and the ring can become airborne, rendering it nearly impossible to locate. Rings are also frequently lost inside gloves, Blethen added. The person later picks up the glove and the ring will fall out of it.

A weak clasp, or a clasp that is accidentally bumped can and often does result in lost bracelets.

The remedy is to leave precious jewelry and rings at home if you’re heading to the beach, plan to do some shoveling or join a snowball fight.

What many don’t realize about Blethen and others like him is that these treasure hunters want to help – they are not just about finding treasures for themselves, Blethen said. The vast majority of the people in his groups and others will go out of their way to help people find lost articles, often free of charge. Metal detector sleuths like him also look for identifying marks on found jewelry in an effort to return it to its owner. But that’s not always possible, he said.

“A lot of people think we’re pirates,” Blethen said. “I know a lady who hates the fact that I metal detect. I find on average 25 to 80 gold rings a year. But some of them don’t have names or initials and you can’t return them because you don’t know where they came from.”

Blethen urged anyone who has lost a ring or other important piece of jewelry at a beach, in the snow or on their property to contact Ring Finders online at www.theringfinders.com. Blethen and Browne are currently the only two Massachusetts Ring Finders listed on the site.

Lost Wedding Ring Retrieved From Community Pond in Northern Virginia!

from Baltimore (Maryland, United States)
Contact: 1-410-215-7826

On 2/21/11, I was contacted by a woman named Susan about her recently lost wedding ring.  She told me how she was at her neighborhood park the day beforer and when she went to throw some bread crumbs to the geese in the pond….you guessed it, off flew her wedding band! We made arrangements to meet and a few days later I found myself at the edge of a well maintained pond in a beautiful community. Immediately I slipped into my waders and got to work. After fifty minutes, 3 old cans, a beat up minnow trap and  a coax cable connector, I hit pay dirt!

Back where it belongs!

The look on Susan’s face was one of amazement and joy.  By contacting me quickly and taking note of exactly where she was when the ring came off, Susan made my job that much easier. Being able to return something that is so precious to someone sure is a great feeling!

Success!

Ring finder in Minneapolis/St. Paul/Champlin/Anoka

Just wish to give a little introduction. My name is Corey Osmundson and I live in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area of Minnesota in the city of Champlin. I have been a metal detectorist for over 20 years and have always been intrigued by the many facets of this great hobby. Just months after buying my first detector, my wife was talking with a co-worker one day at her job and her friend began telling her a very heartbreaking story of how her husband had just recently lost a large gold and diamond ring in the shallow water of their Lake Minnetonka home. He was doing some work on their boat lift when the ring slipped off his finger and disappeared into about three feet of water. The gentleman had searched for a long time to locate the ring, but had no luck. My wife then mentioned that her husband, (that would be me), just happened to own a metal detector and would be glad to try to help him recover his ring, which was an anniversary gift from his wife. To make a long story short, it took me less than fifteen minutes of my time to locate that beautiful gold and diamond ring and get it back on his finger! It was one of the best feelings I can ever remember, and I hope to get that opportunity again many times by being a part of the great Ring Finders organization!

Lost Wedding Ring or Jewlery, Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Bethany Beach, Delaware and Ocean City, Maryland

from Lewes (Delaware, United States)
Contact: 1-302-245-8795

Hi, My name is Alan I joined the Ring Finders to help people find their lost jewelry. If you have lost something and need it found contact me ASAP. I look forward to helping you find what you thought was lost forever.

Found a friend

from Sarnia (Ontario, Canada)
Contact: 1-519 541-1142

Hi everyone, I had an old friend that was trying to contact me but did not have my number and could not find it because it is not in my name so he decided to just put my name in the search engine and guess what popped up; The Ring Finders, with all of my contact info. When he told me how he found me, I thought I would tell the story. The Ring Finders are everywhere! lol. Too bad he didn’t lose a nice ring that I could have found for him ha ha but at least we got together.