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Lost 24k Gold Ring Recovered in North Calgary

  • from Calgary (Alberta, Canada)

Ms. Fakha was doing her annual Autumn tidy up in her front yard. She hadn’t noticed while she was busy her ring had fallen off, it had a lot of sentimental value and was given to her in India by her late husband. When I arrived at her home she showed me the areas where she had been working.

It seems to very common for folks to lose rings in the autumn, they don’t realize there hands are getting cool as they work and the rings just slip off their fingers while they work.

I had finished metal detecting the east side of the pathway and started on the west side when I got a nice loud tone. When I looked down and parted the grass slightly the sparkle of the large diamond and sheen of the 24 karat gold band reflected the setting sun brightly.

Ms. Fakha was very happy and grateful to get her ring back. Another successful recovery by The Ring Finders.

24 Karat Ring Recovered

24 Karat Ring Recovered

Lost Wedding Ring Recovered in Calgary

  • from Calgary (Alberta, Canada)

I received a call from Tina, her 84 year old Dad had lost his wedding ring in the yard while doing some fall cleanup. They were hoping I may be able to find it for him. Edward was crushed when he lost his ring as his wife had passed away just four years ago and the ring meant everything to him.      I went over the next day, we discussed where he remembered having it on last he explained, he had been doing some gardening in the back yard and didn’t notice the ring was gone until later when he was in the house.   Fortunately the yard was nicely lawned and there was only a few trees.  I started scanning the lawn with my Garret ATPRO and after only 3 passes across the width of the yard I got a loud gold signal and saw just under the thatch the glimmer of his gold ring.  Edward was so happy to get it back .  

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Lost Wedding Ring Recovered

Another satisfied customer of The Ring Finders.

Edward was thrilled to get his Wedding Ring back

Edward was thrilled to get his Wedding Ring back

Calgary Time Capsule Recovered

  • from Calgary (Alberta, Canada)

I received an email from Michael of  Calgary’s Apocalypse Scooter Club in July asking for assistance in finding a Time Capsule they had buried 4 years earlier.  I agreed to meet him and the club members at the designated site in Calgary on August 1st, 2015.

Well today  I went to meet with him and the club members, I arrived early which is normal for me, and shortly after a bunch of scooters, you know the type Vespa’s , Lambretta’s some even  looked homemade, came  driving into the parking area.  It was actually quite exciting to see so many scooters all arriving at the same time.  The was a large field but they had a good idea of ta spot that would get us close.  Once I had the area of interest marked off with parking cones and started my grid, it wasn’t long before I got an mid tone sound that registered 8+ inches deep.  The membership were pretty excited and attacked the ground with spades until they heard the clunk of the time capsule being hit with their spades. Sure enough it was about a foot deep in the ground and everyone was talking at once with excitement.  This was a fun hunt and everyone was still having a great time when I left them to their celebrations.  Thank you Michael and the Apocalypse Scooter Club for trusting me and The Ring Finders to locate your Time Capsule.

Apocalypse Scooter Club's Recovered Time Capsule

Apocalypse Scooter Club’s Recovered Time Capsule

The Apocalypse Scooter Club celebrate the recovery of their Time Capsule

The Apocalypse Scooter Club celebrate the recovery of their Time Capsule

Lost White Gold and Diamond Ring – Recovered in Calgary

  • from Calgary (Alberta, Canada)

That Kids Goin’ to be a Pitcher

I got an urgent call today, Tom his wife and toddler had been out for a walk at Fish Creek Park Calgary, the youngster managed to get hold of Mom’s rings, at first this seemed harmless but then things went awry when their little one decided it would be fun to throw the rings.  They hit the asphalt path in front of them and then bounced in two different directions into the low scrub bush and tall grass. After a considerable amount of searching they found one ring but the other eluded them.

Enter the RingFinders website; Tom found me and called asking if I could come out today, I agreed to meet him at the park in 40 minutes.  When I arrived he took me to the site, a short walk down the wooded path.  I set up my Garrett AT-PRO Metal detector and started bush whacking, I got a few junk signals to begin with, after two passes near the path I forged deeper into the shrubbery and with only 15 minutes searching came up with his wife’s beautiful White Gold and Diamond ring.  A relief for Tom and I’m sure a happy reunion with his wife once he got home.  Another happy customer of  and a pleasure for me to return a smile to a young couple.

Thank you Tom, for trusting me and The Ring Finders to return your beautiful ring.

Toms with Recovered Ring Toms Wifes Ring

Lost Wedding Ring – Recovered in Elbow River

  • from Calgary (Alberta, Canada)

Shiver me Timbers, that water’s Cold!

I received a call from Alex last night, he was concerned that his Wedding Ring was lost forever, he had their wedding rings custom made to match out of Silver and Gold.  They had gone out to the Bragg Creek area just outside Calgary and were swimming in the Elbow River when he noticed his ring was missing.  They tried to search for it with masks and snorkels but the current is so swift there that it was hard for them to stay in any one spot to search the rocks properly.

Alex searched on line and found me, I advised that I had just finished two successful water hunts and would be able to search for his tomorrow, he had to work but his wife  Katie was able to meet me in Bragg Creek and take me to the site of their swim only 20 minutes away.

The Elbow River is glacier fed at it’s source and the river was quite a bit higher than had been the day before when they were swimming.  We put parking cones along the river bank to mark the area I was to search, then I started into the water for the search.  The water rose quickly as I walked toward the centre and it was painfully cold, I could only scan with the current but this time then current was stronger than previous searches, I had to really watch my step as I would end up down stream somewhere if I slipped.

I slowly searched away from the bank then turning around back to were Katie was stood, she was apologizing all the time for the temperature of the water, which she had no control over . Once I got back to the bank I would climb out warm up and then repeat.  After an hour, I had searched an area of the Elbow River approximately 50 feet by 15 feet ( 15 meters x 4 meters ) when I got the loud crisp signal of Silver from my Garrett ATPRO metal detector, just to be sure I scanned twice more then peered into the water and saw a gleam of silver about 3.5 feet ( 4 meters ) down in the rushing water, it took me 3 tries to pick it up but I finally got Alex’s beautiful Silver and Gold Wedding band.  Once I got to shore and handed it to Katie she was over come with joy and gave me a big hug ( Gosh I love my job, just look at the smile on her face.  Thank you Alex and Katie for trusting The Ring Finders to find your precious ring and thank you for your generous reward.

If you have lost a ring on land or in the water, go to and look for one of us in your area, “We Can Find It!

 Katie with Alex;s Ring Alex;s Ring

Lost Ring In Alberta River — Recovered

  • from Calgary (Alberta, Canada)

Lost White Gold Wedding Band Recovered for Newly Weds

Dorothy found my Bio on  and called me today. Dorothy and her Husband of Two Weeks had been out rafting on the Little Red Deer River, Alberta,  three days prior to her call.  They were just passing over some rapids when their raft was heading toward a dead fall tree, her husband reached out to hold the branches from hitting Dorothy when it happened.  The tree dragged off his 2 week old 18k White Gold Wedding Band.  They searched the river themselves but had no luck.

I headed out to the site right away it was just over 100 km to get to the part of the river where the loss had happened.  Dorothy pointed to the rapids, the dead fall tree and also suggested another set of rapids further up stream may be a possibility.  I waded into the river, the current was quite strong, I headed toward the dead fall tree on the opposite side. I found it was only possibly to swing my detector with the current so taking very small steps I would submerge the coil swing with the current, take the coil out of the water and repeat.  The bottom of the river was all cobble so I made sure to check in behind each boulder as I came upon them. At about 3/4 of the way across I got a loud sweet sound in the range I would expect white Gold, so I paused and looked into the water and saw something glimmering up through the water.  I reached in and came up with just pebbles but the next grab got the prize, I called to Dorothy and asked if it looked like the one we are looking for, she replied is it the ring.  I exclaimed, “I don’t know I’ve never seen it before” knowing full well it must be the right ring.  Once  she saw it she was over the moon with excitement looking forward to letting her hubby know, he was unable to attend as he was working.  I got a great big hug from Dorothy and took a photo of her with a big smile. Thank you for the generous reward Dorothy.

Dorothy with Ring Dorothys Husbands Ring

Lost Custom Wedding Ring Recovered in Calgary

  • from Calgary (Alberta, Canada)

I received a phone call from Ashton this evening he was at a local community lake in Calgary and had lost his Gold Wedding Ring, as you can imagine this had great sentimental value to him and he was hoping I would be available in the morning. Unfortunately I had an appointment that would keep me all tomorrow morning so even though it was 8:30 pm I suggested that I would meet him this evening for a water hunt.

It was a 30 minute drive and we met as arranged at the gate to the community lake I set to work right away we placed parking cones on the shore to delineate the area to be searched and he suggested that he had only gone out to about waist deep. Armed with my Garrett ATPRO (water proof to 10 feet deep and my sand Scoop) I started searching the deepest part first, the area was about 15 meters from the beach and the width was about 30 meters wide Approx. square meters.

After 3 passes across the width of the area, te water getting shallower with each pass Ashton said they will be closing the gates and kicking us out in about 5 minutes ( 10:00 pm) I said we will keep trying until they make us leave, he suggested halving the search area based on time wee had left. which we did as i was heading for the beach I got a resounding signal with an ID of 64 in went the scoop and out came Ashton’s Ring the look on his face was priceless. It was in only .5 meter of water and about 2 cm in the sand just enough not to e seen.

Ashton was extremely grateful and relieved as I had been showing him the coins , Pull tabs and junk I had been pulling up as we searched. Another happy customer of The Ring Finders.
Thank you for the generous reward Ashton!

Ashton and Ring Ashtons Ring no Hand

Precious Gold Charm recovered in Calgary

  • from Calgary (Alberta, Canada)

I got a call last weekend from a Teacher in Calgary, Alberta,  she had lost a small Gold Pendant that was very dear to her since it was given to her by a friend who is no longer with us.

I responded the same day and was greeted by her,  she showed me a very large area of the school yard she wanted me to search.  I scanned the area with care pulling up pounds of trash , pull tabs, bottle caps , nails and itinerant rusted metal.   While my detector can distinguish between iron and noble metals such as Gold, I didn’t want to take the chance of this small pendant signal being masked by junk.  After a long and trying search I had covered the entire area.

At this point I asked if there was anywhere else, she had been the day she lost it.  She said, yes the soccer field, I immediately had the clue I needed and off to the soccer field we went, within 10 minutes this Little Gold charm with such Big meaning was back in the hands of the owner.  Oh, yes it did signal as junk due to the close proximity of some tin foil.   Another happy customer of The Ring Finders.

Happy Teacher with Recovered PendantPendant

Tiny Gold Pendant

Tiny Gold Pendant

Lost Wedding Ring – Recovered in Okotoks

  • from Calgary (Alberta, Canada)

Married Two Weeks and Already in the Dog House
Over the weekend I heard from a distressed young man who had lost his Tungsten Wedding Band, in a wooded area in Okotoks, Alberta.  Chris went on to explain that he had only been married two weeks and needed to find it and it was only a short 10 minute walk into the woods.  I agreed and headed out to Okotoks a 74 km drive from Airdrie.

When I met Chris at our agreed location, he went on to explain that he had been in the wooded area with some friends they had a camp fire and a few libations and he had fallen while walking through the bush.  They had been out hunting for it a couple of times and his friend even bought a toy metal detector but it wouldn’t even find coins on top of the ground.  However, they did mark the area were Chris had fallen.

Once we got to ground zero, Chris asked if he could do anything to help.  I reflected back to when my kids were little and I would detect a resort beach and put straws in the sand, at each signal the kids would take turns digging up coins at the end of the beach they would have enough for ice cream, there I go rambling.  Anyway,  I told Chris he could use my Garrett Retriever and rake away the over burden when I got a signal.  I got a pretty good signal and Chris went to work and I carried on when about 6 ft further on I got another signal and changed direction of my sweep to center it when I saw it was the ring.

I looked over at Chris and he was still feverishly scraping the same spot it was getting a bit deep, I thought I could here Chinese voices coming from the hole he was creating LOL.  I called out to him, Chris,  check this signal out it sounds pretty good, he came over bent down and immediately saw it.  This was a fun outing and Chris was a very happy man and gets to get off the couch.  Thanks for the generous reward Chris.

Chris had already read my Ring Finder Blog and Posed for this just like he'd seen on my Blog.

Chris had already read my Ring Finder Blog and Posed for this just like he’d seen on my Blog.

A nice Tungsten Ring Chris was thrilled to get it back

A nice Tungsten Ring Chris was thrilled to get it back

Lost Titanium Wedding Ring Recovered – Carburn Park Calgary

  • from Calgary (Alberta, Canada)

I received a call from Wayne, he had lost his wedding ring at Carburn Park, Calgary in the snow during a photo shoot.  Wayne explained, that while doing a photo shoot he wanted to capture the kids playing in the snow, he laid down on the snow and had them throw snow at him while he took their photos.
When he got up he shook the snow from his bare hands and you guessed it, the ring flew off into the snow. Despite the efforts of everyone searching for the ring by kicking and scuffing through the snow they couldn’t find it.  A few days later Wayne visited The Ring Finders Website and called me.

We set up a time to meet at Carburn Park, Calgary and when he arrived he took me to the site which was a nice leisurely stroll through the woods. When we got there it was easy to see where the loss had happened due to all the foot prints. I knew I was looking for a Titanium Ring and so expected to hear a loud mid-tone on my metal detector with a ID# of around 55, I searched the trampled area and on my 2nd swing got an a loud mid-tone signal and an ID of 61 so I scratched at what was already compact snow until I got to terra firma, once I got to the grass I knew the target was  most likely under ground which meant it couldn’t be his ring.  I stood up and pin pointed it and it came up at about 4″ deep but then I noticed I was getting another target about 3 inches away upon scraping the snow away I recovered Wayne’s wedding band. He was very happy to get his wedding ring back and said his wife will be even happier.  The walk through the woods took about 10 minutes the recovery about 2 minutes. Another happy ending courtesy of The Ring Finders.

Wayne with His Recovered Wedding Ring

Wayne with His Recovered Wedding Ring

Close Up of Wayes Ring

Close Up of Wayne’s Ring




The equipment and Settings I used for this Recovery:
o Garrett ATPRO International
– Pro Coin Mode
– Iron Audio On
– Iron Discrim 35
– Sensitivity Full
o Garrett ATPRO 5 x 7 Coil
o Garrett PinPointer Pro
o Garrett Retriever


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