Barra da Tijuca Beach Tag | The Ring Finders

Wedding band found at Barra da Tijuca Beach – Rio de Janeiro


Last Monday as soon as I got to Barra da Tijuca beach in the afternoon to do some treasure hunt, a lady approached me and asked  if that was a metal detector  I was swinging around. ……Let me remind you that here in Brazil this Hobby is not  popular at all, actually,  very few people really know what I am doing and what those sticks in my hands really are.  Sometimes it gets really funny. People come up to me and ask what I am doing. After I tell them they say they thought I was a blind man with a high tech cane, others say they thought I was a biologist looking for microorganisms for research, others just laugh discreetly totally unaware of what is going on. Ok, it was Carnival time here in Brazil so most of the people were either traveling or curing their hangover at home, so the beach was not that crowded at that time. So, I told her what I was doing and she asked me if I could look for her gold wedding band that she had lost about an hour before after she applied sun lotion on her arms and hands. Although she had searched in the sand for a long time, along with her husband and some friends, she couldn’t find it.   She put me in a small area and it didn’t take me more than five minutes to find her band, though not before finding three coins, two halves and a quarter Reais. Needless to say she was speechless and overjoyed . All the folks that were with her  cheered a lot. After all the hugs and handshakes, her husband gave me a reward and took some pictures for me. Patrícia is a very kind person and wrote me a very nice email a few days later. Among other things she said that nothing happens by chance…..that everything has a purpose. I am very glad I was responsible to put together  a treasured wedding band and its owner again.

Gold wedding band found on beach in Rio de Janeiro


Last Christmas Eve was a very sunny and hot Friday. I had been metal detecting in my
favorite beach, Barra da Tijuca, for about three hours, with no luck, just the usual abundance of bottle caps, pull tabs, and some coins, when a guy came up to me and asked whether I was metal detecting. I said yes and he asked me if I could do him a big favor and try to find the wedding band he had just lost in dry sand near the place where we were. I said it would be a pleasure to find it. There, he told me he was playing volleyball with his family and upon hitting the ball, he felt his band fly through the air but he could not see exactly where it landed. Everybody, including his wife, three kids and even his mother in law had searched the ring for about an hour when he saw me and could not believe I had a metal detector.
I started searching on the spot he told me it had landed. After about fifteen minutes of search in the area where they “thought” it was. (they did not really think I would find it….his wife told me they had dug the area so much, the ring would probably be too deep to be found. And I said that if the coil went over it, I would find it).
I then did a grid search and………bingo…..on my third marking of the grid. Needless to say they got very excited and could not believe I had the guy`s band in my scoop.
His wife told me it was like winning the lottery because they had never seen someone metal detecting and just when her husband loses his ring a man with a metal detector shows up and recovers what they already considered lost forever. They gave me a reward, which I had not asked, and everybody was very happy.