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Lost Wedding Ring Found in San Jose

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796

Lost wedding ring found in San JoseHere in the San Francisco Bay area, we all go through a routine in November: clean your gutters and prepare for rain, because the next few months are likely to get wet. Eddie cleaned his gutters on Friday, scooping out leaves and debris from each section, then moving the ladder and doing it again. He was almost done when he noticed that his wedding ring was missing. This happens a lot: your hand gets cold and wet, and the ring slips right off your hand.

Eddie searched  for a couple of hours but couldn’t find the ring. He knew he was wearing it when he started the job, so he bought a metal detector and tried using that. Unfortunately, with the stress of losing your wedding ring, it can be pretty hard to learn how to use a metal detector! So he called TheRingFinders.

I made it over to Eddie’s house on Sunday morning. He showed me everywhere he had worked on the gutters, and was very confident that the ring had been on his finger when he started. So I started searching. The only thing that slowed me down was the hedges and plants: they were pretty thick along one side of the house. We even thought we got a signal from the top of a thick hedge where Eddie had thrown a pile of leaves, but that turned out to be a dead end.

Eddie and his wife Margaret gave up hope after a couple of hours, but I kept hunting. There was one section of planter bed that we had skipped because it required searching on my hands and knees with a small, handheld metal detector called a pinpointer. It only took a couple of minutes in that bed before the pinpointer started beeping like mad. There, against the concrete and covered by mulch, was the ring.

Everybody went away happy that morning!

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Lost Wedding Ring Found in Campbell

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796

lost wedding ring found in CampbellPaul sent me this email:

Hi,

Please let me know how I can retain your services for finding my wedding ring lost in my back yard a few years back. I’m relatively certain it’s there somewhere.

Paul told me that he’d lost the ring while installing a sprinkler in his back yard. He’d considered renting a metal detector, but called TheRingfinders instead.

When we met at his house this week, the first thing I did was search the main yard. I recovered some coins, brass fittings and junk, but no ring. Then we dug up the sprinkler head itself and discovered some bad news-the pipe was 15 inches (38cm) underground, deeper than either of my metal detectors would be able to find a ring.

Before we did any more digging, I decided to search the side yard, over near the hose where Paul had washed off his hands on the day the ring was lost. Not far from the hose, I found a shallow target that showed as mixed metals on the detector display. But when I tried again at a 90-degree angle, the target separated in two, one clearly iron and one a more interesting metal. Digging just under the surface of the dirt, we found Paul’s ring.

Thank you for the reward, Paul! I’m glad we could recover your ring after it was lost for so long!

 

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Lost Wedding Ring Found in Oakland

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796

Lost wedding ring found in OaklandJohn was working on the sprinkler system at his new home in Oakland (across the bay from San Francisco). He turned off the main water valve to the house and disconnected the galvanized steel pipe feeding the sprinklers. Then disaster struck-water started spraying everywhere at high pressure. For some reason, the sprinklers were connected before the main water valve!

John ripped off his work gloves and ran over to the valve. There was no other way to stop the water there. So he ran down to his workshop, got some tools, and ran back up to the water meter on the street. Within a couple of minutes, he had the water shut off.

The bed in front of his house was filled with several inches of water, and this was draining rapidly through a gap in the bricks down the driveway. There was nothing he could do about the water so he just let it drain. But when he picked up his work gloves, he realized he had a bigger problem: his wedding ring was missing. It wasn’t in the gloves, and he couldn’t see it anywhere in the thick mud. It had disappeared.

John and his wife searched the bed and the yard nearby, but couldn’t find the ring. They dug through the top layer of mud to see if they could find it, but had no luck. John thought about renting a metal detector, but he could see that the search was going to be difficult, so he contacted The Ringfinders.

By the time I got there a few days later, the mud had dried out. The bed was just three feet from front to back, and crowded with plants and sprinkler pipes. This made it difficult to use my main metal detectors, because there was no room to swing the coil. So I got down on my hands and knees and used my pinpointer, a handheld metal detector. If the ring had sunk more than about two inches into the mud, it would have been beyond the range of the pinpointer, so we crossed our fingers and got to work.

John raised the galvanized sprinkler pipe up so that it wouldn’t interfere with the pinpointer. I pulled almost 20 metal targets out of the dirt and mud: nails, screws, washers and gutter spikes. I had to dig every one of these targets to make sure we didn’t miss the ring.

Finally we worked our way to the base of the first bush. John pulled the bush to one side, and the pinpointer detected a target right at its base. When I scooped out a handful of loose dirt, John spotted his ring at the bottom of the hole. It had been buried about an inch down in the dirt, under the bush right near the main water valve.

The ring is unique-John and his wife had it hand made by an jewelry designer. John, thanks for the reward and for the fresh lemons off your tree!

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Diamond Ring Lost in Car in San Jose

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796

Lost diamond ring found in San Jose metal detector rentalsAmit and Sonal drove up from Phoenix to San Jose to visit family. Sonal removed her rings and placed them on a blanket in her lap while she applied lotion to her hands. When they arrived, she pushed the blanket up onto the center armrest, then noticed that the rings were missing.

She immediately found one ring on the floor behind the front seats, but the second ring was missing. After searching the car, everything in it, the children, the curb, and everything else they could think of, Amit contacted TheRingFinders.

It turns out that they were staying just a mile from my house, which was great compared to some expeditions. I load up my metal detectors and arrived early this morning, two days after the ring was lost.

I knew my metal detectors wouldn’t help inside the car, because of all the metal there, so I searched the curb and the rocks in the parking strip first without luck. Amit and Sonal had done a good job searching outside the car. So next we turned our attention to the car interior, relying on our eyes to search

We pulled up all the floor mats, removed trim strips and car seats, and rolled up the back seats. No luck. My biggest concern was the carpeting: The carpet under each seat had six or more cutouts for mounting brackets and wires. A ring could easily fit into any of them (we have seen this happen before!)

After 40 minutes searching the car, we decided to reenact the circumstances when the ring was lost. First we tied bright yarn onto two rings so they wouldn’t get lost, then Sonal placed them in the same blanket in her lap and repeatedly pushed it up onto the center armrest.

We noticed that the rings always fell into the same area right behind the front seats. I spent the next 10 minutes with a flashlight searching the only nearby hidden area, under the passenger seat. Under one carpet flap, I saw something sparkle. I moved the seat forward, removed a plastic trim strip, lifted up the carpet flap, an ran my finger underneath. Out came Sonal’s lost ring.  Everybody was happy!

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This is how it looked when we pulled back the carpet flap

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Look at all the diamonds!

Thank you, Sonal and Amit for your call. Have a nice drive back to Phoenix!

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Nina Saves Her Cat but Loses Her Diamond Rings

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796

Nina-myrtleNina recently moved into a new home in San Jose with her family and cat. Some other cats also live nearby, and all of them are territorial. A few days ago, Nina’s cat got into a fight with a neighbor’s cat in a grassy area, and Nina had to come to the rescue. Unfortunately she got scratched, and even worse, she lost her diamond wedding and engagement rings in the thick grass.

Nina sent an email to coworkers to ask if anyone knew where she could borrow or rent a metal detector. One of her friends recommended that she contact me instead (click here to read about the ring I recovered for his wife).

When I arrived, Nina showed me where the cats had been fighting. Sure enough, the neighbor’s big orange and white tabby was watching us from underneath a hedge, its ears folded back, ready for another fight. But once I swung my metal detector in his direction, he disappeared.

The area wasn’t too large, and the search didn’t take too long. The rings were completely hidden in the grass, all the way down at the roots. It’s a beautiful set that Nina was very happy to get back. Thank you for the generous reward!

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Lost Diamond Ring Found in Sunnyvale CA

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796

svale-ring-smJennifer spent an entire day landscaping her backyard in Sunnyvale two months ago. She worked on the new grass, planted vegetables and flowers, and even spent a little time in the chicken coop. At one point, to keep her wedding and engagement rings clean, she rolled them up in her shirt. Unfortunately, she forgot they were there, and by the time she did remember, they were gone.

Jennifer and her family searched the yard immediately. The next day, she found the wedding band on the patio next to the grass. Jennifer was pretty sure the matching engagement ring would be nearby, but despite searching very hard they could not find it.

Yesterday, when Jennifer told her husband that she couldn’t find a replacement ring she liked, he suggested, “Why don’t you search the internet for someone with a metal detector.” She typed Ring Finder into Google, and sent me an email a few minutes later.

I made it to Jennifer’s house this morning with my metal detector. Her landscaping is beautiful, with a large vegetable garden and even larger chicken coop in the back, plus several other planter beds. Unfortunately, these areas would be very hard to search, because the plants get in the way of the metal detector, and the fencing, planting boxes and trellises all contained a lot of metal. But Jennifer still felt that the missing ring would be somewhere in the grass, so that’s where I began the search.

Jennifer had done a great job with the new lawn, because it was thick and healthy. Unfortunately, when I tested her wedding band, I was only able to detect it reliably out to about three inches, so the thick grass also made the search more difficult. So I patiently dragged the coil of my detector directly across the blades, keeping it as close as possible to the soil.

For the first hour, all I found was construction nails and two aluminum pull tabs, which had very similar signals to the wedding band. Then a third similar signal appeared, shallower than the rest. My pinointer said it was on the surface of the soil, but I couldn’t see anything through the grass. After almost a minute of plucking through the grass and roots, I found the engagement ring buried just under the surface. It’s a beautiful ring, and a perfect match to the wedding band.

Everybody went home smiling today. Thank you, Jennifer!

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Mom’s Wedding Band Lost and Found in Los Altos

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796
Lost wedding band found in Los Altos

Lost wedding band found in Los Altos

Jeannette contacted us on Saturday. Her 81 year old mother had lost her wedding ring in the backyard of her Los Altos home. She believed that she lost it in the grass while she was throwing a ball for her dog. Jeannette’s brother rented a metal detector to search for it, but did not have any luck.  

We spoke with Jeannette on Sunday and arranged to meet on Tuesday. Because the ring was on private property, there was no risk of it being found by somebody else, so there was no rush. When we arrived, Jeannette’s mom reenacted how she lost the ring, with an underhand toss of a large tennis ball for her Golden Retriever. She said she had felt the ring fly off her finger.

The grassy area where she threw the ball was small, so we searched it first. After two overlapping searches with two detectors we didn’t find it, so we knew it wasn’t there. Next we started searching the planted beds on either side of the grass.

Gold is funny sometimes. When its buried in grass, it is the same color as the dead grass among the roots. When it is lost in a planter bed covered in bark, it takes on a darker color that is also hard to see. But metal detectors aren’t fooled by this chameleon act. We found the ring after just a few minutes of searching in the beds. Everyone went home happy!

It's easy to see the gold wedding band from up close.

It’s easy to see the gold wedding band from up close.

It's much harder to see the lost ring when you take a step back!

It’s much harder to see the lost ring when you take a step back!

22K Gold Ring Found in Novato

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796
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Lost gold ring found in Novato

It was a usual saturday evening for Nazeem, playing volley ball with friends in the office volley ball court. Walking to the car to drive back home, he noticed his wedding ring was missing. Immediately he rushed back to the court and the players started the search for the ring.They looked all over the entire playground, covered in thick grass, for over an hour in the evening, but they couldn’t locate the ring anywhere. The next day they searched again in sunlight with family and friends, expecting the ring to shine, but no luck again! They were almost sure the ring was in the volleyball court itself, as the ring was present in Nazeem’s finger in the photographs they had taken the previous day at home.

Nazeem’s wife Bily contacted me on Monday. I met them both at the volleyball court on Tuesday afternoon. We’ve been having beautiful weather for a couple of weeks, so it was a pleasure to be outside metal detecting. I tested Bily’s matching ring, made from the same 22K gold, and noticed that I would have to sweep low and slow in order not to miss  the faint signal it returned to my detector.

Because the ground was fairly hard, and there hadn’t been any rain since Saturday, we knew the ring would not be buried. Unfortunately, the grass was thick and well maintained, so anything small and dense like a ring would disappear quickly. So I started my grid search behind the serving line on one side of the court, and slowly worked my way toward the net.

Fortunately, the ground was clean. I only picked up six signals in the first 30 minutes, and only one was within two inches of the surface. About 5 feet in front of the net, near the center of the court, I got a signal on the surface. I scraped my fingers through the grass, but could not find it. But after pinpointing it again, I found Nazeem’s ring hiding down among the roots. Nazeem was extremely delighted to get his priceless ring back! Everybody went away happy!

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Lost Diamond Found in San Jose

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796

Carol contacted me yesterday after her overly-enthusiastic dog broke the solitaire diamond and setting off her platinum ring. Here is what she wrote:

“Dave,

“I hope you can use my story on your blog!

“Wednesday night, while walking my dog, I pulled him back from an approaching dog, and managed to break the diamond off of my solitaire ring (claws and all). We looked around with flashlights, quickly realizing it was the proverbial needle in a haystack, and went home. I was completely at a loss as to what to do – when I went on line to try and rent a metal detector, I came across your Ring Finders website.

“Thursday morning, I gave Dave Millman a call at 11 am, and he agreed to meet me at 12:30 to ‘find my ring.’ Dave explained that with the force of me pulling the leash – the diamond may have flew into the road, and that his metal detector couldn’t be used on it. He encouraged me to look through the leaves – which I did. I felt kind of useless just standing watching him, and hearing the metal detector go off over nails, and pipes in the lawn, so I went over next to the side walk, and started brushing leaves out of the edging of the lawn, since I figured that the sidewalk rebar would also set off false positives. Within 30 minutes, I found the top of my solitaire!!!

“Even though this isn’t a ‘pure’ Ring Finders story, I give the credit to Dave for finding my ring. He was so positive and encouraging. He kept saying ‘let’s find it.’ He gave me hope, and direction – I wouldn’t have found it if he hadn’t been doing his work, which gave me the focus on a certain area! (There must have been a bit of Divine intervention there too!!).  Thank you Dave!

“Carol V.”

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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.