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Lost Gold Chain North Shore Found

  • from O‘ahu (Hawaii, United States)

This recovery started out by a referral from one of Hawaii’s known Ringfinders Joe Au’ franz who called me and asked if I was available to help search for a lost gold chain in the ocean on the North Shore. I received the information I needed to contact Jojo Aka Mom and called her to let her know I’m  gathering my gear and will be heading out to meet them. As I was on the road I decided to call and get details. Jojo informed me that Her and her husband Alan are on their way to the beach also with scoop nets to try and help their son Justin who actually lost it the moment he dove into the water which was in waist to chest deep. When I got to the location Jojo sent Justin to the parking lot to meet me and show me to the place in where he believes the chain will be. As I get closer to the waters edge I see Alan Justin dad in the water looking. I asked Justin as we stood on the beach looking out at the water a few important questions regarding his recollection of the event and I gathered as much information as possible. There was surf and the tide started to change. So I knew this was gonna be a task. It’s been close to 3 hours since the drop and with our currents and surf a big thick gold chain can move around so I needed to get out in the surf quick as the day was coming to an end. I turned on the Minelab equinox and head out to where Justin recalls him losing the chain. I start my search and being diligent to grid very carefully all the while dodging waves as they pound over me. After a few passes I notice the chain is not where Justin remembers. I call Justin  into the water to ask a few more questions and got a little more information. So I started another approach… outside of the surf zone there is a drop off and since the tide is going out there could be a chance of it rolling into the deeper water. I carefully followed the trench line and came up short! Not a single tone. I needed to move quickly because time is of the essence. So, I start to go into shallower water and that’s where I started to get a lot of targets. Many sounding like Gold but to only find old aluminum and trash. As I continue to look in the shallow water I notice out of the corner of my eye Justin looking at me. It’s not a look of excitement but of HEY RINGFINDER… your in the wrong place. And knowing that look started to play with my mind. One part of me wants to please Justin and go back to the place he thinks but my knowledge of the ocean and metal detecting got the better of me and I turned away from looking towards Justin and continued to search the shallow waters. As I was in knee to ankle deep water I hear the tone of what could be Gold. I turn back over my shoulders to look at the family and as they were all looking towards me with many emotions I decided to turn away and dig this target. After the first scoop I see a huge gold chain slide out of the side of the scoop and fall back into the water. With excitement I turn to the family and yell… WE GOT IT! I put my had in the water a pull out Justin’s huge Gold 10mm chain. The family on the beach all screamed with joy as I held up the chain in the air to show what was lost is now found! People on the beach were looking as the family and I celebrated the recovery. Another beautiful day here in paradise a place we call home. Mahalo for the referral brother joe!

 

Trying to Find a Lost Ring led to yet Another Loss! – Time to Call Ringfinders!

  • from Paihia (New Zealand)
Marlene had been looking for her daughters wedding ring, lost at Paihia beach at Christmas. She very sheepishly described over the phone how she had tried to locate it yesterday by dropping her own wedding ring into the dry sand, so she could get an idea of what she was looking for…
 
The inevitable happened.
 
Three hours and a large pile of relocated sand later, it dawned on her that maybe she needed to outsource the job to a specialist to get her ring back!
 
I arrived on site and Marlene was waiting for me, leading me straight to the first priority – her own lost ring.
It was an impressive mound of sand she had moved, and I got the target straight away, deep inside the bottom of the heap, probably one of the first frantic handfuls.
 
That problem sorted, I then set out for her daughters ring – unfortunately with the very short grass, likely mown a few times since, and many thousands of eyes that would have passed the small area over the last three months of summer, her daughters lost ring was no longer there.
 
Apparently her daughter lost two rings – one of which was later found and reunited with her when an honest gentleman accidentally knelt on it, and handed it in to Police Lost Property.
Regrettably, he was not aware there were two rings there at the time…

Lost Gold Signet Ring in the Sea at Russell – Found After Three Years of Searching!

  • from Paihia (New Zealand)

Three years ago, Connor was swimming at Long Beach near Russell and he felt his gold signet ring slip off his finger.
This was a one-off piece, well sort of, as each of the family had one made with the family crest embossed into it. Effectively irreplaceable.

I met with Connor at the time and spent some hours looking for it in the surf and on the beach, however came back empty handed.

It was highly unlikely a casual detectorist had found it in such a short time, so it had to have gone deep with the sand movement.
It became a thorn in my side, knowing it was there…

Any time I was in Russell since then, I had a look at the beach – Some days the sea and sand were favourable so I spent a few more hours looking. As I do with any outstanding recovery.
Other days, there was obviously a lot of deep sand overburden, so any attempt wouldn’t be productive.

About three weeks ago, I stopped by as had become habit (bordering on obsession) whenever I was on the peninsula.
I saw a very shallow and subtle shift in the beach contour so I kitted up.
The first hole produced a very old and white-oxidised lead sinker, this looked promising – but had someone else beaten me to it with the ring?
Second signal was a clean low tone, but very faint. I dug the scoop in deep, but the signal remained in the hole.
Second scoop took me down to around 40cm deep, the hole was silent so whatever it was, was in the scoop.
Expecting another sinker, I shook the sand out of the scoop in the water, looked in and there was a beautiful orangey-yellow of gold, just starting to get that water-aged tone.

Three years… and fifteen days, after it had been lost.

I emailed Connor that night with a photo. His reply was that of amazement, disbelief, and lots of exclamation marks.

Today he drove up from Auckland, and I handed his family ring back to him, smiles and handshakes aplenty.

I sat in the car afterwards, and put a line through his entry in my little black book and wrote, with immense satisfaction,

FOUND! 11/02/21

 

I-Phone Lost in snow Hampton Bays

  • from Suffolk County (New York, United States)
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I received a call Late Tuesday from Gianna telling me her husband was out shoveling snow and when he came into the house He couldn’t find his phone he had it in his pocket and realized it must have come out in the snow.  I ws told they looked for it till it got dark and then called me.

I was out Wednesday mourning with my metal detector and started the search in the front yard near the house.  It didn’t take long before I got a very strong signal and after moving the snow from on top there it was.  I gave the phone Gianna who turned it on and it came to life like it was never in the snow

Ring Found in Deep Snow of Lake Tahoe

  • from Reno (Nevada, United States)

I received an urgent call from Anton telling me that his wife’s (Arina) wedding band had slipped off while playing in the snow around Lake Tahoe, Nevada.  In the best possible scenario, he had been taking photos of Arina at the exact moment her ring was lost.  Unfortunately, they lived four hours from the site and hadn’t been able to look for help until arriving home.  Once they called me I immediately agreed to meet with them the next morning to help reunite her with her ring.

Arriving at the location prior to their arrival, I started searching the slush on the roadway just in case it fell where she was located in the photograph.  No luck.  The couple arrived shortly after my arrival and once I received more detail on the actions taking place at the time of loss I was able to pinpoint the location of the ring.  It turns out that he was taking pictures of her throwing snow above her head.  This told me that the ring would most likely have been thrown behind her and to the left so that is where I moved my search too.  After digging 2′ into the snow to retrieve an early 1900’s tin can I received my second target signal.  8″‘s down I spied the glint of gold.

The look on their faces is one I won’t soon forget and will never tire of seeing.  Another successful recovery and return.

Ring lost in sea at Long Beach, Russell – Found by Ringfinders

  • from Paihia (New Zealand)
Emeralds and Diamonds, oh my…..
Got a call yesterday from Grant that his wife had lost her ring in the sea at Oneroa/Long Beach in Russell 8-10 days ago. Fortunately the seas had been favourable since the loss, so there was a very good chance of a successful recovery.
I met Grant and Sarah on site (always increases the odds greatly if you can meet me) and as I kitted up, they marked out their best guess as to where ‘X’ marked the spot. As the tide was still falling, I did the easy bit on the wet sand first – just in case…
Alas, it was not to be and I had to head into the water, which was still surprisingly cool! I had been searching in waist deep water for a short time when I got a promising tone – on the second scoopful, the hole was silent and I washed the sand out of the scoop to be greeted with a beautiful ring sitting in the bottom. Job done 🙂 I was going to call Grant and let him know I had something for him, when he turned up with Sarah, who gave me a big hug, despite me still being soaking wet 😁

Silver ring lost in sea, quickly returned in Paihia

  • from Paihia (New Zealand)

Jess was swimming at Paihia, in Northland, NZ when she felt the large silver ring slip off her finger.Her boyfriend tracked me down via a web search and I arranged to meet them at the next low tide.
The beach had largely emptied after the New Year holiday-makers so I was able to run a comprehensive grid without hindrance of sunbathers/swimmers or inquisitive children.
As the search area started to open up from their ‘Lost here’ best guess, and with the pouch slowly filling with metallic chaff and the occassional toy car I started to consider other options and second guess myself.

Had it been picked up by an eagle-eyed passer by as the tide dropped? Had I missed it with one slightly lazy swipe of the coil?
Despite these niggles, I stuck to the grid and started out into the water. It had started raining, so I was already wet and with the beach being actively dragged down by the ebbing waves I needed to work this area as best I could before the shells etc buried it if it was out there.

After about three or four passes out to the edge of the actively mobile sand, I got a faint silver tone. Wave surge made it difficult to accurately fix the position, and it was still in the hole after the first scoopful came out. I briefly glimpsed it as it settled in the slurry of shell and sand. This is where you can lose a ring down deep if not careful.  The scoop went in again, well under the ring and heaved the contents out. Hole checked and clear. I had it.

Jess and Johnny were already making their way down the beach towards me as I held the ring up… And the sun started to come out.

A Decade Lost Now Found

  • from Reno (Nevada, United States)

Lost Ring Reno Tahoe Michael Price Metal Detecting text ASAP to 316-200-4115 or email miprice73@yahoo.com

While on vacation in Kansas and teaching a friend the in and out of detecting, I was approached by a woman holding a dog, asking if I ever detected on people’s properties.  I told her that, yes, given that we have permission, it is something we would do from time to time.   She then asked if I would be willing to look for a lost brooch.

Well of course I was willing.  I asked where and when it was lost and if she was available now.  Turns out it was lost a decade past and was in the back yard of her house but never could be located.  She had appts that day so we agreed to look for it in two days time.

Two days later I sent her a messaging letting her know I was back in town and was she ready to find her lost piece of jewelry.  After meeting up with her I gathered the particulars about the piece, where and how it was lost.

Setting up my equipment I immediately got busy detecting and soon found some decent signals.  Turns out she had another dog that loved chewing on metal objects so there were many of these ‘decent signals’.

Well, persistence pays off and in the end I was able to locate an object near the surface. Using a pinpointer I was able to determine that it was indeed a surface object and wiped the mud from what turned out to be her brooch.  Unfortunately time had not been kind and the clasp had broken off as well as having a stone fall out   Both were recovered as well and she intends to use it for something or get it repaired

She was delighted to say the least as, while not an expensive piece, it meant a lot to her.  I wasn’t expecting to help find a lost piece on vacation but being in the right place at the right time turned out great for everyone.  

Smithtown Beach Lost Wedding Ring

  • from Suffolk County (New York, United States)
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I received a phone call from Elizabeth saying that her husband ring was lost at a Smithtown Beach.  I asked if they were at the beach ,if So I would come right away.

When I got to the beach they showed me the area that they were sitting and where they had walked about.  Then he said that he when into the water and that it may have come off there. He stated that he was waist high and showed me where he was swimming. Since the water temperature was about 60 degrees he was in long.  I explained that if it was in the water I would have to come back as the tide had come in and the area that he was in was now about 5 foot deep.

I searched the land area that they were sitting in and the surrounding area.  No Luck,  I told them I would have to come back when the tide was low.

I came back Saturday late afternoon and the tide was almost tis lowest point. I started a search along the water line as far in as my detector would allow.  After a number of trips back and forth in the area that he told me was in I received a very strung signal in the gold range and using my beach scoop I found a ring.

Elizabeth was not at the beach when I found the ring,. I when back to my car and took a few photos of the ring and texted them to her.  I then called to say I had sent a message about the ring and to take a look.  When she did all I could hear were people in the background cheering.  I set up a meeting in order to return the ring. It was good for both them and myself to meet on my way Home. Two Happy Beach goers.

 

 

LOST GOLD AND DIAMONDS WEDDING RING RECOVERED, KWINANA HORSE BEACH, PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA.

  • from Perth (Australia)
Ben called to ask if I could find his lost wedding ring..

The absconder..

“No problem Ben.. see you there in an hour” I’d replied.
When I met Ben I asked him to show me where he thought he’d been when he launched a tennis ball along the beach for his dog to chase. As he’d done this his precious had shot off his finger and he had not seen where it went.
After assessing the likely physics his ring had experienced I began a ‘reverse’ search working my way back through the loss area to where he’d thrown it from.
About half way back and right on the water line I got a nasty surprise when I excavated a bottle cap.. buried in a bag of unused stinking prawn fishing bait. Yuk.. of course I don’t use gloves when searching at the beach and discovered the prawns after the cap!
Only two search lines later and right at the waterline also (about 3 m from the prawns) there it was.. Ben’s precious…

Ben got his ring and his smile back!

I yelled out to Ben who had gone for a walk down the beach. He started to walk back, at first in disbelief but then broke into a run as he saw others beachgoers crowding around me for a ‘geez at the booty’ and realised that wasn’t for no good reason.

As you can see in the photos he was pretty darn happy about getting it back where it belonged. He assured me he’d be leaving it at home in future..
My pleasure Ben.. anytime!