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Tough Gold Wedding Band Recovery in Tall Grass on Alameda Island, California 94301

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-415-895-0334

On a recent evening, Bob attempted to cut across a planted area between parking rows, misjudged the step down and ended up tumbling into a bed of deep decorative cut grass. His glasses fell off into the deep grass, and after searching for over an hour in the semi darkness, he was miraculously able to recover them, but then noticed he was now missing his gold wedding band. So back into the grass  he went. Nackered after a hours of searching, his wife found me late that night and we made arrangemdnts to meet in the morning.

Previous experience searching through dense ivy and thick bushes has taught me that this can be very frustrating because you don’t know if the item has hung up in the top of the bushes or fallen all the way down to the ground. So you have to search vertically as well as horizontally. Visibility is also an issue through all the vegetation.

The search area was only about 6′ x 12′. The small coil on my AT-Pro was perfect for searching the ground between the dense clumps of tall grass, as well as for scanning the tall leaves. At first I searched the area where Bob had landed on his butt and lost his glasses. Frustrated after beating the bushes for over an hour, I guessed that maybe he lost his ring when he went over the wall (which was full of heavy rebar and sprinkler control wires in the gold range). Sure enough, the ring was buried deep in the middle of a large clump next to the short wall, which I first detected with the AT-Pro and then located with my Garrett pinpointer.

Bob re-united with his beautiful gold band!

Funny Note: Bob had previously lost his wedding rings in Yosemite National Park, the Kern River and the Pacific Ocean. He was very glad not to need to replace it again!

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SF Bay Area RingFinders Contact: Marshall Smith – Text or call: 415-895-0334

Metal Detectorist serving the Greater San Francisco Bay Area from sunny San Mateo, CA

 

 

 

 

 

Vacaville Backyard Yields up Lost Neil Lane Diamond Engagement Ring after Missing for a Week!

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-415-895-0334

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They were partying on Friday night and somehow she lost her wedding ring in the back yard. Reality set in the next morning, “OMG, where’s my ring?”. He vaguely remembered her tossing it out the back door, but that was it. Frantic, they searched and searched the 30×50′ backyard day after day. He even rented a metal detector for a day. No luck.

Fortunately, when she texted me a few days later asking about my recovery rate, I had a business meeting in nearby Fairfield that Friday, and agreed to search after my meeting.

I arrived about 3PM and it was still 110 degrees outside. It had been a week, and morale in the home was poor. She was feeling really lousy about losing her ring, he was at the end of his wits. I was their last hope.

She showed me the matching platinum engagement band. I scanned it, dialed in my trusty AT-Pro and began a careful grid search of the back yard with the husband. Then we searched the side neighbor’s yard, found a 14k gold angel pendant and returned it the neighbor, who was very grateful, searched the other neighbor’s back yard, found nothing, and then returned to his backyard for a cross grid search. When you are out of options, always cross grid search.

After three excruciating hours in the sun, the clients had completely given up and I was suffering mild heat exhaustion. But on my final cross grid pass, right outside their back door, I got the signal I had been searching for! Boom!!!

Her exquisite Neil Lane platinum nesting engagement band, and diamond wedding ring, turned out to be very expensive. She was “over the moon” to have it back together. It made their Labor Day Weekend all the more relaxing, and a smooth return their happy marriage.

My recovery rate is is about 95% if the object is still there in the area. Don’t wait a week to call a pro!

SF Bay Area RingFinders Contact:  Marshall Smith – Text or call: 415-895-0334

Metal Detectorist serving the Greater San Francisco Bay Area from sunny San Mateo, CA

Lost Diamond Wedding Ring Recovered on Stinson Beach, CA 94970 in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-415-895-0334

Sahil had lost a little weight, and when he reached over to his beach bag to find something, his wedding ring dropped off his finger and went straight down into the sand. Even though he saw exactly where his ring landed, he and his wife, and his two kids searched for hours, with no luck. Demoralized, he left his contact information with the lifeguard and went home, ringless after 10 happy years of marriage.

Sahil and his family make frequent trips to Stinson, to escape the hot inland Summer temps. This was a typical outing. It wasn’t until a week later that Sahil contacted me on a Friday night, seeking my help.

We met on beach at 8AM the next morning. After triangulating from several landmarks, Sahil drew a rectangle in the sand suggesting the best area to start the search.

Sahil had already gotten approval to search for his ring here on the south end of Stinson Beach, as metal detecting in this part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area is prohibited by federal law. This became abundantly clear as I worked my first 30′ x 30′ grid pattern and came up with lots of coins, pull tabs and bottle caps. The area had not been searched in several years.

The first grid search was a bust, the second grid search was a bust. I went back and did a 90 degree grid search on the first plot and found Sahil’s ring near the end. Always double grid search!

Sahil was completely amazed to have his ring back. He couldn’t believe it!

Recovered! A wedding gift from his wife ten years ago.

Other stuff I found: (not including the real bad trash):

Metal detecting on the beach always attracts kids. These girls were very interested, especially the little one, who loved to help dig. Her big sister remembered losing a coin about a month ago at the same beach. She said the coin had a “$” sign on it. She took me to the path where she last remembered having it. Expecting to find a US President or Susan B. Anthony dollar, within a few minutes we recovered her $1Peso Mexican coin. She vowed on the spot, that she would own her own metal detector some day.

Lots of fun helping the kids!

Bay Area RingFinders Contact: Marshall Smith – Text or call: 415-895-0334

Metal Detectorist serving the Greater San Francisco Bay Area from sunny San Mateo, CA

“It’s part of me” Lost National Football Championship Ring Recovered in San Francisco National Cemetery, San Bruno, California 94066

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-415-895-0334

As they gathered to bury a friend, an attendant adds the urn containing his wife’s ashes, of WWII Civil Air Transport Command veteran pilot, Don Milleneux, under his headstone at the San Francisco National Cemetery in San Bruno, CA. (Photo supplied by Rebecca Runze)

Dr. Leroy Perry, of Santa Monica, CA is graveside with his friend Rebecca to pay his respects to her aunt. At some point during the period near the marker, he notices he has lost his ring!

Many photos were taken, and after great deductive detective work by his dear friend Rebecca, she was able to place the ring somewhere within 25 feet of Don’s grave marker, probably off to the right side, where he had been making pictures.

The grave maker is located on a beautiful hill just across the road from the chapel. The lush grass is about 4 inches deep. As I searched the natural grid pattern provided by the grave markers, a massive lawnmower spiraled ominously closer each time he came around the hill above me. The pressure was mounting. I removed my coat and cried out for divine fortune to intervene.

Dr. Perry was the team doctor for the 1976 National Championship winning USC Football Team. The 14k gold and ruby colored ring is about the size of a golf ball. In expressing his emotional attachment to the ring, “It’s part of me” he said.

One is not allowed to metal detect on Federal property without permission. Happily the General Manager was more than pleased to authorize my search for Dr. Perry’s ring. He had received about 20 phone calls regarding the ring and was very enthusiastic that I would be successful and solve the mystery.

After 33 minutes of searching, and locating many coins and other high value targets, (which I did not dig!) I finally came across that loud high tone I had been hoping to hear. Just off to the right of the marker, where Rebecca had suggested, I found the ring with my detector. Looking down, the shiny inside gold band glistened in the sun, deep in the grass, if you knew just where to look.

I immediately called Dr. Perry and Rebecca to give them the good news. Because I had made previous plans to be in Los Angeles later that week, I had the great privilege of delivering the 1976 National Championship ring personally to Dr. Perry in Santa Monica at his office. (Photo by Rebecca Runze)

It’s quite a keepsake!

Dr. Perry is complete again! Good feelings all around.

Ring and fond memories recovered!

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SF Bay Area RingFinders Contact:  Marshall Smith – Text or call: 415-895-0334

Metal Detectorist serving the Greater San Francisco Bay Area from sunny San Mateo, CA

Tossed Heirloom Cushion Solitaire & Diamonds Platinum Ring Recovered in Tiberon, California 94920

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-415-895-0334

On October 10th David wrote:

“My wife tossed her wedding ring into a patch of vines, leaves and brush. Really dense. I have a detector, but was only able to uncover a few cans and a Capri Sun. I am afraid this might be beyond your scope or perhaps you are up for a challenge. I am confident that its in this area (marin/tiburon) neighborhood. If you are interested, what is the typical reward offered and when are you available. I can send pics to give you a better idea of what we are dealing with.

I’m feeling desperate and my wife is heartbroken. The ring may not be worth a ton of money, but has sentimental value of course…and is not insured (my fault)…so of course I’m getting desperate.
Please let me know or maybe you know of someone that might be able to help. Thank you so much!”
David
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The photos didn’t look promising. This is where he had been searching with his own detector, tearing out a lot of the ivy to find the ring:
But I had faith in my Garrett AT Pro detector, and found the ring in 7 minutes, inches from the curb, buried in the dirt. The ring had skipped along the pavement and bounced into the ivy. After over 2 months, and probably being stepped on, it had worked it’s way down into the soil under the ivy.
Beautiful, classic antique style, 1 carat, high clarity and color, old cut, cushion shaped solitaire diamond, with two rows of intricately hand set pave diamonds set around the top, and down the sides. The ring was custom designed by her father and made by his friend, both deceased.
Marshall, he wrote, “I can’t thank you enough for your prompt and professional service and for probably saving our marriage!”  Another marriage preserved, hopefully as durable as her ring!
Ring and marriage recovery by Marshall Smith.
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 Bay Area RingFinders Contact: Marshall Smith – Text or call: 415-895-0334

Metal Detectorist serving the Greater San Francisco Bay Area from sunny San Mateo, CA

San Bruno Coach Loses Wedding Ring at Practice, Recovered by the Ringfinders – San Bruno, CA 94066

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-415-895-0334

The football field stood empty. It was late in the day when the coach Ryan finally gave up looking for his platinum wedding band. The kids had all gone home after a tough practice. Coach Ryan had been taking blocking shots with a pad from the middle schoolers, teaching them hit and spin moves. During one of the hits, his wedding band must have fallen off, probably whipped away while deflecting and spinning one of the kids.

Wisely, coach Ryan marked “the spot” where he had been standing and blocking. Hours later he was still searching the grass nearby. The kids had helped for a while, but now they had all gone home. The sun was setting. Time to call the RingFinders.

I met Ryan the next morning on the field. The field was mostly covered in tough grass thick and deep in spots, barren dirt in others. From his “spot” of mostly likely loss, I began a criss-crossing lawnmower search pattern over a 20 x 20 yard square search area, found a few coins, but no ring. So I expanded my search square by 10 yards on all sides. More coins but no ring!

After searching for about 90 minutes, we were getting a little discouraged. We met back at “the spot” for a cool drink and to discuss next steps. Standing there together, sweating in the noon day sun, I look down to catch a sparkle in the grass at my feet. Reflecting in the sunlight was the shiny interior of Coach Ryan’s platinum wedding band, just inches from “the spot”.

The coach had imagined that his ring was flung off during practice, when in fact it had dropped straight down from where he was standing.

Sharp eyes paid off today. I’m not ashamed to say that I did not find it with my metal detector because this is the third ring I have found visually.  Sharp eyes and good metal detecting practices are very complimentary.

The greater lesson is to always search “the spot” and the area immediately around “the spot” very carefully first off. In my experience, now further reinforced, is that the lost object is often very nearby.

 

 

 

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SF Bay Area RingFinders Contact: Marshall Smith – Text or call: 415-895-0334

Metal Detectorist serving the Greater San Francisco Bay Area from sunny San Mateo, CA

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lost Gold Wedding Band Recovered Under Backseat of Mercedes – Brisbane, CA 94005

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-415-895-0334

A not so happy Christmas was shaping up for Brisbane, CA resident Lester and his wife. While on their way home, in the back seat of their son’s Mercedes on Christmas Eve, Sara asked to see her husband’s wedding band. It was late, dark and cold when they reached their son’s home, when Lester asked about his ring as they were walking to the front door.  No ring!

They went outside early on Christmas morning to search in the grass, around the driveway, on the sidewalk and in the street, but still no ring.

Two days later Lester  decided to rent a metal detector, and was searching online when he found me under Metal Detecting on Craig’s List. He explained that his wife thought she dropped his ring in the car but they had thoroughly searched the rear floor area 4 times. Being a new vehicle, it was pretty clean inside. So they thought the ring must have dropped outside the car while they were exiting. They wanted me to metal detect the dry, short grass, next to their driveway. (And also the sidewalk and street, haha.)

This is where deductive reasoning came into play. It was very easy to visually see that the ring was not on the dry grass next to the driveway, nor on the sidewalk or in the street. They had carefully searched those areas the first thing the next morning. Sara remembered that she had dropped the ring in the car, and that they had decided to wait and search the car in the light of the morning. I quickly deduced that the ring must somehow still be in the new Mercedes.

On my knees, with a strong flashlight, I again searched the driver’s side rear passenger floorboard, front seat rails, small floor heating vent and mechanical front seat wiring. No ring. Undaunted in my conviction that the ring must still be in the car, I shined my flashlight down the rear seat belt hole in the seat and Eureka, there is was, sitting on a little shelf, just under the seat. As soon as I nudged it, it fell further down, on to the metal chassis deck, and out of sight.

But at least we knew where it was! After tearing out the rear trunk liner to find no access, I was finally able to pry up the rear bench seat just enough to get my hand down and grab the ring!

My hero Sherlock Holmes would have been very pleased. This is a great reminder that there is always a logical explanation for getting to the bottom of a mystery and it pays to have faith in your reasoning. Metal detecting had nothing to do with this solution. In this set of circumstances, it was just old fashioned logic that led to another closed case for The Ringfinders! Its what we do.

Lesters Ring Close Up Med

Lester, who works for Grainger Supply, had recently lost a little weight, thus the tape on his beautiful gold wedding band. His cool demeanor belies his intense underlying inner joy about the recovery!

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Cheers and best holiday wishes to all the members of our Ringfinders Team out there.

Never give up!

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SF Bay Area RingFinders Contact: Marshall Smith – Text or call: 415-895-0334

Metal Detectorist serving the Greater San Francisco Bay Area from sunny San Mateo, CA

Platinum Wedding Band Recovered from Deep Ivy Patch in Glen Park, San Francisco, CA 94131

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-415-895-0334

Another case of throwing a ball for a dog. While whipping a tennis ball down his street for his dog Rudy, off goes Dave’s wedding band into the thick ivy. Of course the ring immediately disappears from view, and gravity takes over.

Dave knew his ring was made of platinum, and had a pretty good idea of where it went in. I set my detector for platinum mode and went to work. I was able to locate Dave’s ring in about 10 minutes, about 14 inches down from the top of the ivy.

A happier guy and another smile for our Book of Smiles

Recovery by Marshall Smith – Call: 800-214-8534

San Rafael search for Grandfather’s Mason Ring Narrows Possibilities, San Rafael, CA 94901

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-415-895-0334

Not all searches yield the hoped for results. Sometimes all we can do is to determine where the missing item is not located.

That was the case when Howard called me to report that his Grandfather’s 32nd degree Mason’s ring, possibly similar to the one shown below,  had been lost on a walk around his mother’s neighborhood, or on his drive home.

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There were several possible places the ring could have ended up.

1. Along the sidewalk around his block. 2. In a neighbor’s trash container along the way where Howard had deposited a gift from his dog. 3. In a football size athletic field at the end of his walk and 4. In his vehicle after his walk.

Howard had already placed notes in all the neighbor’s mailboxes along his walking path, (this is always a good idea) so as we rewalked his path, we did another visual search of the sidewalks, as I scanned the bushes and flowerbeds with my detector. No luck.

On to the football field where Howard and his wife Monique lined out three 400′ x 8′ search corridors across the field with colored mason’s string, which they supplied. Howard walked along to keep me company as I methodically detected the long grass corridors and the final path up to his mother’s back door. We didn’t find his ring there either, but enjoyed a very pleasant conversation on a beautiful cool sunny afternoon.

Afterwards, Howard made one more search of his car, but no luck. So we had to conclude that his ring had slipped off in the neighbor’s trash can, and was probably long gone. Not a very fun outcome!

Howard is a lovely and generous fellow, and as always, when a search is not successful, I shared his sense of loss and frustration. But I told him to never give up hope, because sometimes there are other explanations for where lost things may have ended up. It’s happened before!

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Howard Cook, co-owner of Bay Area Retrofit, earthquake stabilization for your home or building.

Thanks Howard, for the opportunity to help eliminate the possibilities, I enjoyed meeting and working with you and your wife very much and hope that everyone will call you at Bay Area Retrofit for their earthquake retrofits!

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SF Bay Area RingFinders Contact: Marshall Smith – Text or call: 415-895-0334

Metal Detectorist serving the Greater San Francisco Bay Area from sunny San Mateo, CA

Diamond Engagement Ring Lost for 10 Years Recovered in Novato, CA 94947

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-415-895-0334

In 2003 she threw this ring into the street from her front yard but found it the next day. In 2004 she threw this ring into her back yard and forgot about it, the marriage was really over! I was called to assist in locating an entirely different engagement ring recently lost inside her home by her new Labrador puppy. I was unable to assist that recovery, no new clues after the owner had had the dog x-rayed, turned her house upside down several times and sifted every new puppy feces by hand. That ring has vanished in the house. carolyn shirlock large edited small But while sweeping the backyard dog run and plant beds, I unearthed this dirty little golden clod that cleaned up into this stunning .7 caret solitaire diamond, surrounded by swirls of smaller round cut, channel set diamonds in a heavy 14k setting. Undamaged and in perfect condition after ten years in the ground, the delighted owner was so amazed see this again! carolyn shirlock diamond ring cu small

There’s always a pleasant surprise around the corner when you call The Ring Finders!

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SF Bay Area RingFinders Contact: Marshall Smith – Text or call: 415-895-0334

Metal Detectorist serving the Greater San Francisco Bay Area from sunny San Mateo, CA