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Lost Engagement Ring Found on Baker Beach San Francisco using GPS

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796
Liam and Sarah with the lost ring

Liam and Sarah with the lost ring, now found

Steph contacted me from Austin, Texas after returning home from a trip to San Francisco. While here, she had enjoyed a day on the beach with friends, and took off her grandmother’s engagement ring to apply sunscreen. She set the ring on the blanket, got distracted, and didn’t notice it was missing until back at the hotel. Steph tried looking the next day, but the ring was lost in the sand.

Steph found Ringfinders a few days later. We planned to meet her friend Sarah at the beach, so that she could show us where to search with our metal detectors. Then Sarah remembered that during the day on the beach, she had used the map feature on her iPhone to send their location to other friends who were on the way. Bingo! The map had GPS coordinates of the blanket’s exact location when the ring was lost!

We met Sarah and her fiance Liam at 7:15pm, a half hour before sunset. It turns out that Liam had also used his phone to send a map to other friends, so we had TWO phones with GPS coordinates of the hunt location! By the time we arrived, Sarah and Liam had already drawn a rectangle defining our search area. We found the ring within five minutes, buried near the center of the rectangle. Way to go, Liam and Sarah!

Immediately Sarah took a photo of the ring, and used her iPhone to send it to Steph. It turns out that Steph was at a wedding reception in Austin, and got very excited when she got the photo. She showed it to everyone at the table, and texted back that she was very happy.

We enjoyed the sunset with Sarah and Liam, then headed home happy.

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Steph's heirloom engagement ring

Steph's heirloom engagement ring

GPS map from Sarah's iPhone

GPS map from Sarah's iPhone

Lost Wedding Ring Found in East Bay Back Yard

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796
CJ was happy when we found her gold and diamond wedding ring

CJ was happy when we found her gold and diamond wedding ring

CJ called me when, after spending a whole afternoon weeding and cleaning her back yard, she noticed her wedding ring was missing. The good news was, she hadn’t left her 100-year-old East Bay home since she last saw the ring. The other news was, she had worked in every part of the back yard and side yard, including the wood pile, compost piles and green waste bin.

It was nearly a week before I could detect the yard, because we’ve had a lot of rain. When I arrived, CJ showed me everywhere she had worked that day. I focused on the main yard, where CJ had done the most work, including a lot of weeding. On one side of the yard were two compost piles, each about five feet wide. My initial scans turned up lots of metal junk, including nails, screws, lead, aluminum and brass. I can tell my metal detector to ignore certain metals like iron, but that’s not always a good idea, because you can also lose faint gold signals that way.

I got a lot of signals in one low spot between the two compost piles. Most showed up as iron, but another signal was also evident. I dug into the soft dirt and pulled out a total of six nails and deck screws, and there were still more signals coming through. Target number seven turned out to be CJ’s beautiful gold and diamond wedding ring.

Amazingly, the ring was 4-5 inches underground. Because the compost piles were loose and soft, dirt had washed down into the low area during the rain. Early searches could have buried it deeper. The moral of this story is, don’t disturb the area where you lose your ring, and dig everything!

Here’s what CJ had to say:

“Thank you Dave! If I hadn’t been watching – the entire time – I would not have believed how and where you found my wedding ring, today!

“There it was amid the wood screws and rusty old nails under almost 6 inches of mud after only 5 days of rain. Your experience, patience, and expertise, really saved the day! A less experienced detector may have dismissed the cache of metal screws and the ring would have been lost to me, perhaps forever.

“We are so relieved and so grateful. I will be happy to recommend you to anyone.”

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Gold and diamond wedding ring lost in East Bay back yard

Gold and diamond wedding ring lost in East Bay back yard

The gold wedding ring was hidden among nails and screws

The gold wedding ring was hidden among nails and screws

Some people call the RingFinders after searching the web for a metal detector rental. The problem is that renting a metal detector is like renting a bulldozer or back hoe: they aren’t easy to use! Before you rent a metal detector, or if you have rented one and failed to find your lost ring, contact us.

Lost Wedding Ring Found on Stinson Beach

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796
Lost Wedding Ring Found on Stinson Beach

Lost Wedding Ring Found on Stinson Beach

Last week we received a call from Ross in Atlanta, Georgia. His family had just returned from a visit to the Bay Area, including a day on Stinson Beach in Marin County. While there, his wife Kathia lost her wedding ring. After failing to find the ring and returning to Atlanta, Ross called The Ring Finders.

 

Ross sent us two important clues: a satellite map with a search area highlighted, and more important, a snapshot taken on the beach that happened to show the location where the family had been. While the satellite map was helpful, the photo gave us an even better fix on where the ring might have been lost.

Rain kept us from searching for four days, but we finally made it up Route 1 to Stinson Beach today. When we arrived, we mapped out the search zone based on the satellite map. This covered an area about half the size of a football field. However, by carefully locating a tree shown in the snapshot, we could identify a “sweet spot” that was about half that size.

Then the hard work began. We searched the sweet spot for almost three hours. After the first hour, a ranger told us we had to leave because we were on the Federal section of the beach. But when we told him Kathia’s story, he let us stay and search!

We assumed the ring would not be too deep, but you know what happens when you assume…At about 6:30pm, we got a deep signal in the last section of the sweet spot. Digging down eight inches, there was the lost wedding ring.

How did a ring sink to eight inches in five days? Our best guess is that rough weather had deposited more sand on the beach. Although the ring was located above the high tide line, there were indications that the water had risen much higher during the last couple of days. So a ring that might have started at a depth of two inches was now covered by six extra inches of sand. Fortunately, we had a metal detector that could find the ring that deep.

Wedding ring found at Stinson Beach

Lost Wedding Ring Found in San Francisco

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796
Kathleen lost her wedding ring in San Francisco

Kathleen lost her wedding ring in San Francisco, but we found it for her

Kathleen was gardening at home in San Francisco today when she pulled up a big pile of weeds and tossed them over the fence. Unfortunately, her ring disappeared at the same time. Since she’s been wearing it for 30 years, she definitely wanted to get it back.

We got to Kathleen’s house at about 7pm, hoping we’d be able to find the ring before sunset. But once we looked over the fence, we got worried: five foot tall brush and weeds so thick we wouldn’t be able to walk through them, let alone swing our metal detectors. We really hoped the ring was still on the inside of fence!

Good news: we found the ring within 15 minutes, and it was indeed inside the fence. It’s a beautiful ring, with a gold nugget design. I’m glad we were able to find it. Kathleen did everything right: she made careful note of exactly where the ring came off her finger, she searched very carefully , and when she couldn’t find it she called The Ring Finders!

Kathleen's wedding ring found

 

 

Lost Platinum Ring Found in Los Gatos

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796
Campbell dad finds his ring in Los Gatos park

Campbell dad finds his ring in Los Gatos park

Today we got a call from a Campbell dad who had just lost his platinum wedding band at  a park in Los Gatos. He had already hunted for the ring on hands and knees for an hour when his wife found Ring Finders on the web. We headed over to the park with two metal detectors.

The owner showed us how the ring had flown off his finger when he threw a soccer ball over his head. We re-enacted the toss a few times with another ring to identify the search area. But after an hour, we still hadn’t found it.

Then we searched closer to where he had been standing, and found it very quickly. Unbelievably, the ring had fallen almost at his feet. Dad has decided to get his ring resized so that it doesn’t fall off again.

The wedding ring we found in Los Gatos using metal detectors

Found: Lost Platinum Wedding Band in Mill Valley

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796
Lost Platinum Wedding Band Found in Mill Valley Front Yard

Lost Platinum Wedding Band Found in Mill Valley Front Yard

Last week we were contacted about a missing platinum wedding ring at a home in Mill Valley. The house sits on a small flat yard above a steep slope down to the street, with amazing views of San Francisco Bay and Sausalito. The downside is, it’s a long walk up the stairs from the street for everyone, including the owners. But what a view!

The owner had been using his Weed Whacker to clear brush on the slope when he hit a subterranean wasp nest. Next thing he knows, he’s covered with wasps. After stomping, whacking and wiping wasps off his legs while running back up to the house, he discovered his wedding ring was missing.

Ring Finders to the rescue! Two searchers with two metal detectors started by hunting for about ten minutes on the flat grass at the top, then moved down to search the hill. After another twenty minutes, it started to rain… After searching for an hour on the hill, we were about to pack it in and wait for better weather. But we decided to try once more on the flat yard back up near the house, and found the ring!

Missing platinum ring found at Mill Valley home

Here’s what the owner had to say:

“Still can’t really believe it” is all that can be said. Like the Postman, The Ring Finders worked through the inclement weather, on the side of a steep hill, under and around sticker bushes, all with the goal of locating our cherished wedding band. Little did we realize that their fundamental task was applying the expertise from their craft to truly help others, both in their efforts to find our lost ring, but then going the extra step of donating a portion of any reward to a worthy and charitable cause. We doubly thank Dave for his time and energies devoted to searching for, and ultimately locating, our ring. We could not have done it without them … we tried. Their don’t give up attitude was infectious to be around, and hopefully makes us all consider how to utilize our talents and time to help others. Thank you.