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Lost tooth for tractor.

from Carlsbad (California, United States)
Contact: 1-760-212-6588

Got a call from Life Gaurd at Moonlight Beach, Encinitas.

Our tractor broke a tooth again. I was called last yr for the same piece, Found and returned. The repair didnt hold.

Found again about 15″ deep in wet sand area. 

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.

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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

Lost Wedding Band, Carlsbad Ca.

from Carlsbad (California, United States)
Contact: 1-760-212-6588

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LostRing Carlsad, Ca

Got a call from a lady who was at the beach looking for Husbands lost wedding band. Ten min ETA and I was on the beach with her. I took my Whites TDI. It was a lucky day for them as she tells me it was lost last night at sunset. No sooner said and I get a great signal. I look at her and smile as I reach down and scoop it up. Plat
Mens band. She comes to the van so I can get a picture for the book of smiles. Here they are. Husband was at work so kinda cool suprize for him. Its a great day.

Lost Ring Carlsbad, Ca

from Carlsbad (California, United States)
Contact: 1-760-212-6588

Got a call form a man at my local beach, Any chace you could help me find my ring today. Sure can I’m 7 mins away. See ya soon.
Pull up and he’s saved me a spot to park. Grab my Whites PI and head out with him.
He shows me a 15×15 ft area, so I walk to the far left side to start, he gestures in front of him. I just smile. I do one loop around the square and stop. His wife again shows me over here. I get eye contact with her to let her know I got it. I ask him one more time, he says I threw ball and it went right here. I smiled and with my scoop did one scoop and handed him the bucket to remove his ring. Damn. People sitting to the right all start clapping. Its a good feeling.
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Diamond Engagement Ring Recovered in San Francisco Back Bay at Mill Valley Dog Park, Mill Valley, CA 94941

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-415-895-0334
Mill Valley,  CA –  San Francisco Bay
It’s Monday, July 15th, around 11AM and Susan is walking her dog along the top of Richardson Bay at the Mill Valley Dog Park. When some kids lose their soccer ball in the water, Susan, being a good hearted person, wades into the water to retrieve the ball, only to find herself knee deep in sticky black mud. Alarmed, she attempts to retreat, but loses her balance, sticks her left hand down to catch her fall, which sinks in up to her elbow. When she finally frees her left hand from the sucking black muck, she immediately sees that her engagement ring is gone! At that moment she recalled experiencing all those awful, sinking, devastating emotions that come with deep loss and disappointment; the kind that hit you right in the gut.
Super bummed out, Susan  called her fiancé, Brian, who came directly to the park in his work clothes. Then the two of them spend the rest of the afternoon wading around in the oozing black, San Francisco Back Bay mud, with the incoming tide up to their waists, feeling through the stinking dark muck with their hands and fingers, hoping beyond hope, for a miracle.
Happily someone at Brian’s office thought to check the web for a solution, and immediately found www.TheRingfinders.com.
First Brian called me, still in the water, shaken, mumbling incomplete sentences “Wife, ….. lost engagement ring, ….. dogpark, …… ocean, water, tide coming in, mud, deep mud, lost, … lost … ring … dogpark …”.
Susan called me a little later,  more lucid than Brain, but shaken, and I could hear in her voice that she was feeling pretty heartbroken. She and Brian are due to be married in two months and the sad thought of replacing the custom designed ring at this late stage, was almost overwhelming. She explained the circumstances. She had lost her ring at low tide chasing the kid’s soccer ball. We checked the tide tables only to find that the upcoming morning low tides, would only be getting higher for the rest of the week. We had to act fast. We agreed to meet the next morning, an hour before low tide, to resume the search.
We met at the dog park and Susan showed me the mud flats where she had lost her balance. The water was about 10 feet away. Smartly, she had a pretty good idea where she had put her left hand down. They had been digging there yesterday. I set up a 2×2 meter search grid and methodically scanned it with my Garrett AT Pro in both Pro Audi and Standard modes. The search conditions were about as poor as could be hoped for. Salt water mud is highly mineralized and constantly sets off the detector in the low 40-42 conductivity range, (which turns out to be same range as Susan’s platinum ring). All that mineralization caused a lot of false signals and interference, which made holding solid target signals very frustrating.
Susan, who had been encouraging me from the dry bank for about 45 minutes, wanted to do something and finally waded into the mud herself with a big bucket and a large piece of 1/4″ wire mesh. I thought that showed great pluck. We worked out a little system where I gave her buckets of promising muck to sift through. Pretty soon we settled into a little routine: family mud farming.
Low tide had been at 11:30 and the tide was just starting to come back in. I had been searching for about 2 hours and was feeling a little bit frustrated. I had searched my grid several times at 90 degree angles and still could not locate a strong, consistent metal signal. Susan was just coming back for another bucket black goo, when I looked down in the muck in front of me and spotted the shiny side of a small silver band. I must have brought it up to the surface with my last bucket of goo from the hole. I knew instantly that it was a ring, reached down, plucked the glinting circular band from the muck and sure enough, there was big fat diamond attached to it!
Susan was standing next to me waiting for her next bucket of muck. I handed the sparkling little glob to her and said, “Is this the one?” It was like a miracle had happened.
We were both amazed by our good fortune. Susan was beyond thrilled. Coated in sticky, stinky, black, back bay mud up to our pockets, we were oblivious to our ridiculous appearance as we traipsed back across the dog park to the great amusement of the gawking dog walkers. We took turns dipping in the bucket under the dog water faucet until we cleaned most of the heavily caked black clay mud off our legs and hands. But we were still pretty dirty!
And then I took Susan’s picture, with her just recovered custom platinum and diamond engagement ring, below.  Wow, happy ending!
Speaking as a jeweler, that’s a pretty sweet set diamonds she’s got! And that custom platinum setting must have cost Brian a bundle of cash. But the emotional value of recovering their engagement ring? Priceless. That made it well worth my efforts.
I have a very good feeling about this couple, they have luck on their side. I wish them every happiness.
Cheers, Marshall Smith

 

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Marshall, barefoot,  knee deep in muck, soon to be thigh deep. The ring was found in white circle.
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Susan’s ring fresh from the muck.
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 Great cut and color on Susan’s gorgeous brilliant cut round diamond.  Fine workmanship on the custom platinum setting.
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A very happy Susan after the return of her stunning diamond engagement ring!
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For more information about finding your lost ring or metal detecting in Half Moon Bay, San Mateo, Burlingame,

Hillsborough, Redwood City, San Carlos, Pacifica, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Mill Valley, Sausalito, Marin County,

Larkspur,  Stinson Beach, or anywhere the greater San Francisco Bay Area,

please call or text Marshall at 415-895-0334.