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Lost Diamond Wedding Ring Found on Beach at Half Moon Bay

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796
Lost diamond wedding ring found at Half Moon Bay

Lost diamond wedding ring found at Half Moon Bay

Today Prarthna called me from New Jersey. She and her husband visited California last week and had a wonderful time. On the way back to San Francisco International Airport they stopped at the beach on Half Moon Bay. It was there in the deep sand that Prarthna felt her diamond wedding ring slip off her finger.

This was not a typical wedding ring, either. Prarthna’s husband had studied diamonds and hunted for four months to find the perfect stone, then had the ring custom made for the stone. The ring had great sentimental value to both of them.

Late this afternoon, I met her friend Navdeep who had been at the beach with them the day the ring was lost. He showed me where Prarthna had been walking when the ring slipped off her finger. We marked a search zone in the sand, and most importantly, he climbed up a hill to sit at the same bench he was sitting at when she lost it. Using a hardy bush growing in the sand as a landmark, he directed me to stand on the sight line where he remembered seeing Prarthna. The intersection of the search zone and this line of sight identified the place where he felt the ring most likely landed.

I carefully gridded the search zone and triple searched it without luck. The sand was very clean, suggesting that other metal detector users had already cleared out the pull tabs, bottle caps and other metallic trash  that we find at most beaches. But I did find four coins, so we remained hopeful.

Next I started searching south from the search zone, not far off the sight line. On my first pass, I got a low tone that usually means aluminum or gold. This time it was Prathna’s ring, four inches deep in the sand. Look at the photo below, you can see how beautiful it is. Navdeep had done a good job showing me where to search. Prarthna was very happy when we called her with the news that we had found her ring.

 

Diamond ring found at Half Moon Bay

Lost Wedding Ring Found in East Bay Back Yard

from San Francisco (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.