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Lost Ring on Calgary Highway Recovered

from Airdrie (Alberta, Canada)
Contact: 1-403-701-1739

After a long time in  -25 deg temperatures it was pleasant to see +2 degrees again,that is unless you are driving on Calgary’s freeways without windshield washer fluid and then the splash from the road makes visibility impossible. Such was the case for Erin and her friend. They ran out of fluids and had to pull over to the side of the very busy Deerfoot Trail where Erin jumped out and threw snow on the windshield and in the process lost her ring. They looked and looked but could not find  it.   She called me and we agreed to meet at the side of the highway. When I got there they had returned to the seen  and  with cars flying past us at 100 km/h she began to relate her story.  She pointed at the ground where she was standing and said, ” I was standing about here” then she paused, because at the toe of her boot was the lost ring. While I hadn’t even turned on my Metal Detector she was grateful that I had come out, as she had thought it was gone forever.  A very happy young lady cleaned up her ring and posed for the photo below.

Happy Erin with Recovered Ring

Found Gold Ring

Platinum Wedding Ring recovered in Calgary

from Airdrie (Alberta, Canada)
Contact: 1-403-701-1739

Roland had been dusting the snow off his coat last night when his ring flew from his finger and into his front yard.   While he knew the general area he had searched and searched but to no avail, the heavy Platinum Wedding Band could not be seen.  He even shoveled the snow off the lawn and into his garage so it could melt and he could recover the ring but still no ring.  That’s when his wife found The Ring Finders online and Roland called me.  Roland explained, that the ring was very important to them as they just got married last summer, he couldn’t believe he’d lost it already.    

We arranged to meet at his home today and he showed me the area his ring could be in, we talked about how he had dusted his coat off and I had him reenact the scene for me.  Based on his movements, the weight of the ring, and the force behind the movement, as usual I determined it could be just about anywhere in the yard even possibly in the neighbours yard.  I searched the yard in two directions then checked the far side of a shrub bed on the opposite side of a tree to where the action had taken place.  You guessed it I got the sweet sound of Platinum in my headphones and brushed away the snow to recover Roland’s Wedding Ring.   When I handed him the ring he exclaimed, “Thank God !”  and you too Bill.  It was a big weight off his shoulders and back onto his finger.

Another Satisfied Customer of The Ring Finders

Another Happy Customer

Lost Class Ring Recovered – Airdrie, Alberta

from Airdrie (Alberta, Canada)
Contact: 1-403-701-1739

Sometimes I go out with my detector to near by Parks , Ball Diamonds and Tot Lots.  I clean out a lot of junk and sharp objects keeping the community tidy and people safe from getting cut when playing.  Today was just such a day I was out detecting in an old Baseball Diamond that had fallen into disrepair and was rarely used anymore.  Within 30 minutes I got a familiar tone on my Garret AT PRO, thinking it inured like gold but could be junk I cut a plug in the sod about 2 inches deep handout popped this beauty a 10k Gold Class Ring the date on the side said 2007 and the school was just 2 blocks away.  

Chelseas Ring in Hole

I notice their was a name engraved on the inside of the ring and thought it would be great if I could return it to its owner.   On went the detective hat, Since my wife used to work for the school division I had her call in some favours and we located Chelsea no longer a student but now a teacher at a different school.  I contacted her and told her about the ring recovery and had her come over to pick it up.   She was thrilled to see it again and explained that she had lost it in 2008 and had gone back with friends and search for 2 hours with no luck.   The Ring Finders pull through again, returning smiles and emotionally valuable items.

Chelsea with Class Ring

Chelseas Ring

When your wedding ring goes missing, you need to call a metal detectorist

from Airdrie (Alberta, Canada)
Contact: 1-403-701-1739

Excerpts from an Article written in the Calgary Herald -Swerve Magazine April4 , 2014, by Jacquie Moore

Winter Metal Detecting for Lost Rings

Winter Metal Detecting for Lost Rings

 

On April 4, 2013, a young woman in southwest Calgary got engaged, took a bath, made lasagna, tossed a salad, ate dinner and went to bed. First thing the next morning she called Bill Jones, a metal detector recovery specialist, and asked if he could come straight over. In the 12 hours since her boyfriend had proposed, the woman had lost the engagement ring. Jones hesitated. “I told her, ‘I can’t find your ring in a condo—everything in there is metal.’” The woman persisted. An hour later, for a fee of $25, Jones arrived with an arsenal of questions (finding something, he says, is as cerebral as it is physical). He asked her what she’d done right after she got the ring. Taken a bath, she answered, though she was certain she was still wearing the ring when she got out. What did you do after that? Dinner. Were there leftovers? There were. Jones scanned the lasagna Pyrex with a pinpointer probe; nothing. Then he passed the wand over the Tupperware in the fridge. Bingo—a $35,000, three-carat-diamond engagement ring sat between two leaves of lettuce.

As Jones implies, condos are not typical hunting grounds for metal detectorists. More often, you’ll find him and his cohorts in parks, on boulevards, along the banks of the Bow and, occasionally, up to their knees in manure (we’ll come back to that).

While some all-weather obsessives hunt year-round in Calgary, most start appearing alongside the crocuses, panning the warming earth, seemingly oblivious to the joggers, dog-walkers, monkey-bar-climbers and picknickers who populate the grassy places they search. I say “seemingly oblivious” because, in spite of appearances, it’s precisely you—with your holey pockets and your butterfingers and your careless habits—they’re interested in. Metal detectorists may be searching for inanimate objects, but they’re rarely motivated by fantasies of striking it rich by discovering Alberta’s equivalent of the Staffordshire Hoard (a motherlode of seventh-century gold relics found in 2009 by a lucky Brit with a run-of-the-mill detector); more often, they’re seeking human connection—whether contemporary or ancestral—and the chance to restore a little happiness.

As befits an activity that frequently produces outlandish anecdotes, the beginnings of metal detecting are stranger than fiction. As the story goes, the inventor Alexander Graham Bell was charged with the urgent task of coming up with a device that could find a bullet lodged in the body of American President James Garfield, who had been shot at a Washington, D.C. railroad station. Bell threw together a couple of insulated wire coils, a circuit breaker, a battery and parts of the telephone he’d invented five years earlier. The device apparently worked, emitting a helpful hum when panned over Garfield’s body. Problem was, the thing hummed no matter what part of the body it scanned. Garfield died 11 weeks after he was shot. It was only later that someone helpfully pointed out that Bell’s “bullet probe” had likely been reacting to the metal springs in the mattress beneath the president.

Metal-detecting technology has advanced in great leaps since then, and now serves dozens of industrial, military and security purposes. But it was the dawn of the affordable, portable variety in the 1970s that got average curious folks hooked. Bill Jones got in deep in 1978 when he responded to a Calgary Rock and Lapidary ad for metal detectors. “I saw that (ad) and thought, ‘Wow, I wonder what’s under the ground.’” He immediately fell in love with the hobby but recalls the limitations of his first detector. “They were very rudimentary back then—there was no discrimination, you’d hear one beep and you’d dig,” he says. “I dug lots of tinfoil and pulltabs back then.”

Jones has since gone through three detectors, each more expensive and sophisticated than the last. His current device, a $700 Garret AT Pro, detects items 10 inches underground, even underwater, and has three distinct tones so that the user can learn to ignore “grunts” that likely (but not necessarily) indicate a piece of contemporary trash. A digital readout tells the detectorist with a fair degree of accuracy whether a buried item is made of silver, white gold, gold or platinum. The model is so lightweight and easy to use that when Jones lent it to my five-year-old son at Tom Campbell’s Hill Park one afternoon last week, within five minutes he was able to locate two loonies buried deep beneath the snow.

Jones is likewise driven to reunite people with their treasures, but his approach, while less romantic than Kemp’s, has a higher rate of success (about 60 percent). Unlike Kemp, he begins with the owner, then looks for their lost possession. In addition to his local club affiliation, Jones is a member of an international network of metal recovery specialists called The Ring Finders. These are the people you’d look up if, say, while in a fit of anger at your Parisian fiancé, you threw your engagement ring from the top of the Eiffel Tower. A Ring Finder will come tout de suite, no judgements, and do their best to find it for you. Jones tells me those are often the easiest sorts of losses to recover because the thrower can tell him the ring’s whereabouts with relative specificity once she—or, sometimes, he—is ready to put it back on. Over the years, he’s recovered 10 such matrimonial-rage rings.

While Jones long ago made a business out of his hobby, he’s not getting rich. Semi-retired from jobs in IT and real estate, he says “If I was relying on this to pay my mortgage, I’d have gone broke a long time ago.” This isn’t the first time Jones has turned a profit from a hobby in order to cover expenses. Years ago, he was a magician-for-hire—until the day he pulled a rabbit out of a box and contracted tularemia, a rare bacterial infection that, two weeks later, resulted in his requiring a liver transplant. So far, his metal recovery work has proven less dangerous and it keeps him fit. On top of that, it’s provided him with an enviable stash of solid-gold anecdotes.

Last February, for instance, Jones got a call from a couple on a farm near Indus, Alta. Weeks earlier, the woman had tossed some hay into the corral, inadvertently tossing her 18-karat gold diamond wedding ring along with it. Believing the ring was still in the corral, the couple neglected to tell Jones that in the interim they’d shovelled up some manure from the enclosure and moved it over to the garden. Jones came up empty. In June, however, the couple brought him back for another attempt, an idea presumably inspired by their spreading the corral manure over the garden. Jones searched the garden for two hours, but the conditions were far from ideal. “You’ll recall there was a lot of rain last June,” he says. “I took one step into the plot and was up to my knees in mud.” Jones told the couple to call him back when they harvested the garden. They did and, in August, Jones made a third trip out. To his dismay, the ground had inadvertently been tilled—twice—by a well-intentioned relative. Though pessimistic, Jones geared up anyway and, a couple of hours later, the woman had her ring back. “They invited me in for a beer to celebrate.”

On another occasion, Jones took a call from an Okotoks woman whose toddler had chucked her mom’s ring off the deck and into the grass and bushes below. The woman was so thrilled when Jones recovered it that she cried. “I get that a lot,” he says. He also gets a lot of hugs, sometimes from men. “That gets a little uncomfortable, especially when they go on for a long time.”

If you ask to see Jones’s personal metal collection, he’ll present a small box of interesting odds and sods, including a rusty jacknife retrieved from a playground. He’s far more proud of a stack of snapshots of his smiling customers. “That’s what’s valuable to me.”

Kevin Niefer is one of the city’s two other Ring Finders. Niefer is a local realtor and a coin buff whose collection numbers in the tens of thousands. His interest in metal detecting was sparked during a childhood jaunt to a lake near his grandparents’ house in Saskatchewan. There he observed an old man hunting along the shore for “fish-scale” nickels, a pre-1921, dime-thin silver version of the coin we know today. The man essentially told the curious young Niefer to get lost, but the seed was planted. “My first finds were a penny and a bottlecap. I remember thinking, ‘Well, this sucks,’ but I didn’t give up.”

Like Jones, Niefer, who is currently helping to put together a pilot for a Calgary-based metal-detecting reality show titled What’s In Your Backyard?, is most animated when he shares his stories of returning precious goods. His Ring Finder calls have taken him to wilderness campgrounds, river bottoms, frigid parking lots and, most memorably, into the hills near Sundre, where a newlywed lost his ring while slinging mud at his bride on their wedding day. “They were an outdoorsy couple,” Niefer explains. He found the ring in the mud pit after a few false beeps over rebar and various quad parts.

To read the complete Story as published int he Calgary Herald Swerve Magazine, written by Jaquie Moore . . . Follow this Link

http://www.calgaryherald.com/swerve/features/When+your+wedding+ring+goes+missing+need+call+metal/9691748/story.html

 

 

 

 

 

Lost Titanium Wedding Ring Recovered – Carburn Park Calgary

from Airdrie (Alberta, Canada)
Contact: 1-403-701-1739

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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For Service in:
Airdrie, Calgary, Cochrane, Carstairs, Irricana, Beiseker, Didsbury, Olds, Bowden, Innisfail, Okotoks
& Red Deer,

Call Bill Jones  403-701-1739 or
Email:  Bill.Jones@TheRingFinders.com

Lost Gold and Diamond Ring Recovered in Collingwood – Calgary

from Airdrie (Alberta, Canada)
Contact: 1-403-701-1739

Over the holidays, I received a call from Kevin who had lost his gold wedding ring in the snow, while he was playing with his kids.  I got the directions to his home and he met me at the door.  Kevin explained how his ring was custom made and is one of a kind as the jeweler has retired and it can’t be duplicated.  So, besides the obvious emotional attachment to this ring there is also the fact that it just isn’t replaceable at any cost.

When he showed me the area I thought that it would be quite easy as it was a fenced back yard with no bushes but had a hill that they use for sledding.  I had a different opinion though as soon as I turned my detector on, my Garrett ATPro went wild from some source of EMI ( electrical magnetic interference).  I determined that there was a shallow electric supply running through the search area from the house to the garage.  I reduced the sensitivity to half and changed frequencies then re- ground balanced and it seemed to the trick.  Now that problem was resolved I was off to start my grid search. I surveyed the area for a good starting point which only took a minute as the area was relatively rectangular and I wanted to start at the base of the hill.  I expected the VDI to be in the range of 45 to 65 depending on the mass of the gold ring so I kept iron discrimination to 35 and used Pro  Mode Coin along with iron Audio On.

I started my grid search and after 3 passes of the coil got a signal, the VDI read 45.  I couldn’t get that lucky I thought, I scratched through the packed snow and out popped this amazing ring.  I am so happy that I was able to find it for Kevin and as you can see he was relieved and thrilled to get it back again.  Kevin said, the recovery of this very special ring made their holiday season for them.

Thank you for trusting The Ring Finders and me to recover your valuable ring for you Kevin.

Kevin was thrilled to have his ring recovered

Kevin was thrilled to have his ring recovered

Beautiful Custom Made Gold and Diamond Wedding Ring

Beautiful Custom Made Gold and Diamond Wedding Ring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Service in:
Airdrie, Calgary, Cochrane, Carstairs, Irricana, Beiseker, Didsbury, Olds, Bowden, Innisfail, Okotoks
& Red Deer, Call Bill Jones (The Detectorist) 403-701-1739 or
Email:  Bill.Jones@TheRingFinders.com

 

 

Lost White Gold Ring Recovered in Calgary – Bridgeland

from Airdrie (Alberta, Canada)
Contact: 1-403-701-1739

I received a call on Saturday night while I was at a family Christmas get together, a gentleman explained that his wife had lost both her Wedding and Engagement ring. While I was busy that night I agreed to go out and do the search the next day.

Sunday,  I dressed in my winter parka and warm boots and gloves since it was -18° C ( approx 0° F) and went over to find Brigette’s ring, she came out right away when she saw me drive up and I inquired about the details of the loss and the area it was lost in, on the phone I had been told there was a lot of snow but I was pleasantly surprised there was only about 6 inches in the area where the rings were lost.  They had done there own search and found the wedding band but could not located the engagement ring.

I got out my Garrett ATPRO, Garrett Pinpointer and Garrett Retriever, the retriever is perfect for raking through snow.  The ring was White Gold so I set up my detector in Pro Mode, Coin setting, and Iron Discrim of 30, White Gold can range from 45 to 65 on the display depending on the mixture of metals mixed with the gold.  I set out a grid of the area and started my search, after finding some foil and coins I had seemed to have cleaned out the area of likely signals so it was time to search the grid in the other direction, 90° from the first scan.  After about another 15 minutes I got a scratchy  mid tone  and a 45 on the display. I was expecting to have a clear tone but scratched away the snow and ice crystals and there it was a beautiful White Gold and Diamond Engagement Ring.  When I presented it to Brigette she broke into tears of joy, which she wiped away for the picture I took. There is no better feeling than reuniting people with the valuables they thought they would never see.  Merry Christmas Brigette.

 

Brigette gets her Lost Ring back

Brigette gets her Lost Ring back

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For Service in:
Airdrie, Calgary, Cochrane, Carstairs, Irricana, Beiseker, Didsbury, Olds, Bowden, Innisfail, Okotoks
& Red Deer,

Call Bill Jones  403-701-1739 or
Email:  Bill.Jones@TheRingFinders.com