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Lost ring 2 – St. Augustine – Found

from Saint Augustine (Florida, United States)
Contact: 1-904-797-9783

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Monday evening I heard about a man named Cody who stated his wife had lost her wedding ring at the beach near Island Beachwear Market in Saint Augustine. I  tried to contact him to see if he’d like my help using my metal detector to find it.  I didn’t get a reply right away so I drove to the beach on Tuesday morning and searched a grid area where I thought it was likely that they had been. I cleaned the area of pull tabs,  small pieces of the remnants of beer cans and aluminum foil wrappers but no ring. When I got home I had a voicemail from Cody, he’d found my name on TheRingFinders.com and wanted my help.  I contacted him and we agreed to meet Wednesday morning at the beach. I was close! ( Only about 100 feet too far south the day before.) But today I had Cody with me to show me exactly where he was. I had him show me the point farthest north it could have been and made a nice big line in the sand. I then did the same to the south. My search started between the two lines. On the third or fouth line of my grid search that familiar beep sounded in my ear! Excited, I dug up a carefully selected area of sand into my metal scoop. While gently shaking the scoop I watched the sand slip through the small holes. Then there at the bottom of the scoop was his wife’s ring! That $6,000 dollar  ring sat nestled in the sand for five days before I found it and returned it to Cody. I wish I could be there to see his wife’s face when he puts the ring back on her finger where it belongs.

Help finding lost rings in St. Augustine

from Saint Augustine (Florida, United States)
Contact: 1-904-797-9783

Hi! My name is Barbara. I’m a Christian mom who has joined “The Ring Finders Directory” to help people find their lost jewelry.  If you’ve lost something special I know how that feels and I’d like to help you find it.  Your lost item doesn’t always have to remain lost and in most cases the more people you have looking for it the better.

I have helped people find anything from keys, to pet dog tags, to wedding rings and the persons smile and appreciation when I return the item to them is priceless!

I look forward to my next lost item recovery.  May my thorough searching lead to the next smile being yours!

Call me ASAP if you need my help.

Lost Wedding Band on Ocean Beach-Found!

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

Lost Wedding Band Found on Ocean Beach

Pallav visited Ocean Beach in San Francisco for the first time yesterday. He had a great time with his wife Garani and their friends, but after playing football he noticed his gold wedding band was gone. The whole group searched for the ring, but it was gone in the sand. Then Pallav used his iPhone to get the GPS coordinates of the location where he lost the ring. This was really smart, because if you’ve ever been to Ocean Beach, you know it is HUGE. Garani first looked for a metal detector rental, then contacted us late last night. Pallav met us at the beach this afternoon, which was cold as usual for San Francisco in July. We marked out a rectangle around the GPS coordinates and started our search. That’s when the fun began. Lots of people light bonfires on Ocean Beach. The firewood is often filled with fasteners, which end up in the sand after the fire. We found more than 50 nails, screws and big staples as we searched. Usually  our equipment can discriminate these out so we don’t have to dig them up, but when a nail is bent or twisted, it can fool a detector to thinking it might be something else, like a ring. After about an hour and a half, I got a tone unlike most of the others. It was Pallav’s ring. He said it looked like the sand had polished it overnight. It did look good. It sure is fun returning people’s precious possessions!

Lost men's wedding band found on ocean beach

 

Many people have come to the RingFinders after searching the web for a metal detector rental. Renting a metal detector is a bit like renting a bulldozer or back hoe: they aren’t the easiest things in the world to use! If you have rented a metal detector and failed to find your lost ring, or just want an experienced metal detector expert to help, contact us.

Lost Diamond Wedding Ring Found on Beach at Half Moon Bay

from Santa Cruz (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 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