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Lost Ring in Ottawa…

from Gatineau (Quebec, Canada)
Contact: 1-819 639 4908

Words cannot express how happy I am to be back online. Working late shifts, and having slow weeks and months to  search for rings were in the schedule including having a hard drive completely damaged which took a very long time to retrieve all of my information, and personal files. So here I am up and running ! Looking forward to sharing my finds and searches. Have a great day everyone !

Kind Regards,

Stephane

You lose it, he finds it…Lost Wedding Ring in Plymouth Massachusetts and Surrounding Areas

from Plymouth (Massachusetts, United States)
Contact: 1-774-454-4544

You lose it, he finds it

Armed with a metal detector, treasure hunter Kent Blethen helps reunite people with their lost jewelry

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Wicked Local photo/Emily Clark

Corrections Officer Kent Blethen uses his metal detector to help people find lost rings and other jewelry misplaced on beaches, snow banks and other tricky locations.

By Emily Clark
Posted Mar 02, 2011 @ 12:00 PM

 

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PLYMOUTH —

One woman put her rings in a towel when she went swimming in the ocean, picked up the towel when she returned, shivering and wet, and the rings went flying. Where? Who knew? She combed her fingers through the sand with that heavy, sinking feeling of hopelessness that attends a needle-in-a-haystack hunts.

Another woman was shoveling her driveway when her rings slipped into a snow bank. Put major emphasis on “bank,” because it was like saying sayonara to thousands upon thousands of dollars, not to mention the sentimental value invested in that purchase. She knew continuing to shovel might mean pushing the rings into a drain or sending them sprawling. She wondered how her husband would feel.

A gentleman was wiping the snow off his windshield at work when his grandfather’s 14 carat Celtics Ring slid off his finger as he shook the snow off his hands. Another snow bank, another person with some ’splainin’ to do.

Kent Blethen is all too familiar with these scenarios. Blethen, who works as a county jail correctional officer, has been metal detecting for years, helping people find the unfindable. The metal detector was originally a gift for his son but dad wound up enjoying it more.

“It’s a treasure hunt,” Blethen said. “And it’s kind of fun when you find silver coins from the 1700s.”

Blethen hits the beach for many of his searches, but also roams cornfields where he finds historic coins, silver spoons and more rings. He has a storehouse of historic coins, like a genuine King George copper coin from the 1780s. He always asks the property owner for permission to conduct his hunts and always returns later to show the landowner what he found – and hands over any items pertaining to the person’s family.

“People like to know what’s in their yard,” he said. “I leave a lot of stuff behind, like musket balls. I’ll leave them on the doorstep. Or lead toys.”

His focus is mainly buttons and coins – like a George Washington inaugural button he found. Blethen belongs to The Gateway Treasure Hunters of Wareham and the Silver City Treasure Seekers out of Taunton – both organizations dedicated to treasure hunters armed with metal detectors and the thrill of the hunt.

He had toyed with joining the national Ring Finders organization as well, a network of metal detector treasure hunters across the nation who help people find lost rings and other valuables. But Blethen didn’t get involved with Ring Finders until recently, when the gentleman running the organization contacted his club with a request.

Hailing from Vancouver, British Columbia, Ring Finders founder Chris Turner says his goal is to offer the world an online directory of metal detecting specialists that will help find their lost jewelry at beaches, parks, lakes and yards around the world.

Turner told Blethen’s group that a woman from Belmont had lost her engagement and wedding rings in a snow bank while shoveling. Could anyone in her area help?

Blethen arrived at the woman’s home, along with Ring Finder Rick Browne from Yarmouth, and both began waving their detectors over the snow.

“We found her ring in 40 minutes,” Blethen said. “She gave us a reward. All we wanted was a picture of the rings and a thank you. But she gave us a reward. Each of us got $300 bucks; she was adamant about it.”

Blethen and Browne both joined  Ring Finders, agreeing to perform these searches for reward money only – and only if the owner of the property could afford a reward. Blethen has found precious jewelry for nothing more than a thank you and a piece of cake, and that’s fine with him.

So, why do people lose their rings and jewelry?

The most common problem this time of year is the cold weather, he said. Low temperatures cause tissue to shrink, which, in turn, causes a person’s fingers to shrink. The same is true of swimming in the cold Atlantic ocean. The result is that ring that fit nice and snug in the store is now doing acrobatics around your finger, and easily slips off into the sand, water or snow.

“Ninety percent of your jewelry is always found in the water because your fingers will shrink two sizes in the water,” Blethen said.

Add an outdoor activity to the mix and the ring can become airborne, rendering it nearly impossible to locate. Rings are also frequently lost inside gloves, Blethen added. The person later picks up the glove and the ring will fall out of it.

A weak clasp, or a clasp that is accidentally bumped can and often does result in lost bracelets.

The remedy is to leave precious jewelry and rings at home if you’re heading to the beach, plan to do some shoveling or join a snowball fight.

What many don’t realize about Blethen and others like him is that these treasure hunters want to help – they are not just about finding treasures for themselves, Blethen said. The vast majority of the people in his groups and others will go out of their way to help people find lost articles, often free of charge. Metal detector sleuths like him also look for identifying marks on found jewelry in an effort to return it to its owner. But that’s not always possible, he said.

“A lot of people think we’re pirates,” Blethen said. “I know a lady who hates the fact that I metal detect. I find on average 25 to 80 gold rings a year. But some of them don’t have names or initials and you can’t return them because you don’t know where they came from.”

Blethen urged anyone who has lost a ring or other important piece of jewelry at a beach, in the snow or on their property to contact Ring Finders online at www.theringfinders.com. Blethen and Browne are currently the only two Massachusetts Ring Finders listed on the site.

Lost Engagement Ring at Dunn Lake in the Chain of Lakes of Northern Illinois

from Marion (Illinois, United States)
Contact: 1-618-969-2054

I was contacted by a girl in Northern Illinois who lost her engagement ring in about 8 feet of water at Dunn Lake.  I helped her find dive clubs in the area and she is going to contact them to see if they can help her. Her fiance gave her the ring just before deploying overseas.

What To Do When You Lose Your Ring

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796

As Ring Finders, we get a lot of calls to recover jewelry soon after it was lost. Unfortunately, some people inadvertently make it harder to find their jewelry after they lose it. Here are some tips to help recover your ring, earring, necklace, watch or other jewelry:

The first thing to do is STOP. Look around, notice where you are, and what landmarks are right near by. If you are at the beach, are you near a lifeguard station, cabana, boardwalk or trash can? At a park, are you near a light pole, bench, tree or volleyball court? Unfortunately, too many people can only say, “I lost my ring on Ocean Beach” which is hundreds of acres in size, and far too large to search.

Next, retrace your steps. When do you last remember wearing your jewelry? What is the last thing you remember doing? For example, it is quite common to lose a ring after applying lotion or washing your hands. Earrings and necklaces can slip off during sports, while changing clothes, or while arranging picnics and blankets.

Next, make a specific list of the places you have been since last seeing your ring.

Now you are ready to search. Be gentle! Tell everyone to walk around slowly, and search with their eyes. Avoid using rakes or other tools, as far more items are dragged into cracks, drains, holes, etc. by inexperienced searching than are recovered that way. You cannot recover what you do not see!

Do you have a smart phone? Open up the map, drop a pin on your location, and send the pin to a friend. This will save the GPS coordinates of your location so we can go right to that same spot later. This is VERY important on large beaches.

At the beaches in San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Soquel, Aptos, Capitola, Monterey and Carmel, we commonly recover items as deep as 6 or 8 inches, even when they were lost that day. The ring will usually start about half an inch under the sand, but get pushed deeper as it gets stepped on by searchers. While our equipment can find items up to about 10-12 inches, recoveries that deep are much harder than those on the surface. If you know where the item is lost, and cannot see it, call us quickly!

At parks in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, lost items usually remain on the surface, hidden in the grass or ground covering. Our advice is the same: Walk the area slowly and gently, using your eyes to do the work. Many items can be recovered through careful visual searches. Avoid rakes or other tools: we have seen small items tossed ten feet through the air when they catch on a a rake tine, then the rake hits a bump. Sproing!

If you do not find your item quickly, contact The RingFinders! We have successfully recovered jewelry of every description all up and down the San Francisco Peninsula. People have contacted Ring Finders from San Jose, Santa Clara, Los Gatos, Cupertino, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Los Altos, Redwood City, San Mateo, San Francisco, Sausalito, Santa Rosa and Mill Valley. We work at parks, schools, private property (with permission) and businesses. We’ve also done beach recoveries in San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Soquel, Aptos, Capitola, Monterey and Carmel.

If you have lost a ring or other jewelry in the San Jose-San Francisco area, contact me. We work on a reward-only basis. My daughter and I frequently hunt together, increasing your chances of recovery. Click here to read more stories about finding lost rings.

Good luck!

P.S. If your ring is still on your finger, make sure it isn’t loose, and inscribe your name or ID on the inside!

Searching for lost gold wedding rings in The Canadian Rocky Mountains… Alberta

from Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada)
Contact: (778) 838-3463

Hi its Chris Turner from The Ring Finders,  just wanted to let you know that I’ll be out of town on a ring search (5 rings) lost in The Rocky Mountains, Alberta.  I’ll be away from my office from April 15th -19th. I’ll let you know how the searches go and I hope to come home to write a happy blog.  I have a person flying in for the day from Australia who is meeting me and paying my way out there to search for 3 rings that a friend lost last year in February.  I also have a search for a young lady who lost her rings in Canmore. I’ll keep you posted and thanks for reading!

Kind Regards,

Chris Turner

Lost your wedding ring?

Call me ASAP

Chris Turner: 778-838-(Find)3463

The Ring Finders Metal Detecting Service, Atlanta, Georgia USA, Tim Moffitt

from Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada)
Contact: (778) 838-3463

The Ring Finders Metal Detecting Service has its first member from Atlanta Georgia, Tim Moffitt is an experienced treasure hunter that offers his metal detecting service for helping people who have lost their jewelry at the beaches, parks, lakes & yards, and other outdoor areas…

Visit Tim’s profile page at The Ring Finders… http://theringfinders.com/Tim.Moffitt/

Lost your jewelry in or around Atlanta Georgia?

Contact  Tim Moffitt

The Ring Finders Metal Detecting Service, St. Josephs, Newfoundland. David Pollard

from Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada)
Contact: (778) 838-3463

The Ring Finders Metal Detecting Service has its first member from St.Josephs, Salmonier (Newfoundland, Canada) David Pollard is an experienced treasure hunter that offers his metal detecting service for helping people who have lost their jewelry at the beaches, parks, lakes & yards, and other outdoor areas…

Visit David’s profile page at The Ring Finders…http://theringfinders.com/David.Pollard/

Lost your jewelry in or around St.Josephs, Salmonier?

Contact David Pollard

Found Lost Ring Walla Walla/Eastern Washington/Platinum Ring

from Yakima (Washington, United States)
Contact: 1-509-952-5382

Today was a good day to hunt for a ring. Well, just about any day is good for hunting. I was contacted by a man from Walla Walla, Washington, who had listed a lost ring on Craigslist. The ring was lost about one week ago, and they had already rented two metal detectors and searched the area with no luck. It is always hard for someone to pick of a MD for the first time and understand what all the “beeps” are about and he was no exception.

The story was that they were out on the deck trying to get their barbecue going. She was fanning the flames and suddenly her 4K Platinum engagement ring flew off her finger. They did not see where it went and did not hear it hit anything.

Upon arriving at the house I did a ring test to see the areas that it might have landed in. Each test showed a low trajectory directly to each side. I started the search on the deck, where the bench around the deck was open underneath and was dirt and gravel mix with dry leaves on top. After that did not show any ring I started on the lawn. I did a grid search twice of the area using two different settings on my XLT and the ring was not there.

The only other place that it might have gone, I felt was over the fence to the neighbors yard, but that was a long shot because of where she was standing, and the other ring tests did not even come close to the fence. After suggesting we check over the fence and see if it had somehow made it over, I stopped and searched one more area while a relative went into the neighbors yard to look. He found the ring on the ground under a camper parked next to the fence. It must have been some wild arm flapping to get the ring to come off and fly back over her shoulder at least 20 feet. It was pretty amazing. Everyone had just about given up hope on finding the ring. You can imagine how happy they were when it was found.

This was such a nice ring, and it had only just began its journey, to be lost and ended there, would have been to bad. The owners were such nice people and now they have a story to go with the ring.

The owner of the ring was pretty excited to have it back, and was thinking of ways he could tell his fiance that it was found. Big smiles all around.

Thanks guys for letting me be apart of the adventure and thanks for the nice reward!

Metal Detecting the Snow/Cypress Mountain/Seymour Mountain/Lost Diamond Rings & Gold Wedding Bands

from Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada)
Contact: (778) 838-3463

Its that time of year once again and people will be losing their rings in the snow! Contact me ASAP and I will do my best to get to you and help you find your lost ring.

It is very important to mark the area were you lost your ring in order for it to be recovered. I have had lots of success in snow recoveries if I’m put in a good area.
I love my job!
Lost something? Contact me ASAP
Chris Turner 778-838-Find(3463)