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Lost Diamond Engagement Ring, Virginia…FOUND!

  • from Fairfax (Virginia, United States)

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September 27th, 2020: Found a beautiful engagement ring deep in a Virginia forest while dodging angry yellow jackets!

Devon and Gabby were hiking in a forest in Virginia when Devon accidently dropped her ring. Although they saw the ring drop to the ground, it seemed to magically vanish. They searched the forest floor for several hours and couldn’t find it. Not the kind of people to give up, they purchased a metal detector and returned to the spot and searched for another two hours.

Frustrated, they turned to the internet and found me in a Google search on The Ring Finders We met the following day to look for the ring. Accompanied by their spirited puppy “River”, we had a beautiful hike of about 0.8 miles to the drop site. Along the way we passed a nest of yellow jackets in a log which a bear had just ripped open. Both the ladies were stung, but I escaped unscathed. I don’t know why since I resemble a bear much more than either of them!

It was 5 hours of travel for me, but it was nothing compared to the many hours of persistence and optimism of Devon and Gabby.

Once we set-up, it took less than a minute to locate and pull the ring out of the detritus. It’s a wonderful feeling to be able to use my experience as a detectorist and help wonderful people like Devon and Gabby.

Devon and Gabby

I want to thank some other people, without whom we would not have been able to conduct the search. However due to the sensitive nature of the area, they must remain un-named. You three know who you are, and without you, this happy story would never have happened.


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Ring lost for five years, Hamilton, Virginia…FOUND!

  • from Fairfax (Virginia, United States)

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September 22nd, 2020: Found a ring missing for 5 years, used a new detector to overcome interference, and teamed up with another Ring Finder!

Sandy called me in April after reading about some of my recoveries on the internet. Her husband Alan, lost his ring about 5 years ago somewhere between their garage and the end of the long driveway. My first search attempt was especially significant because it was very close to their 50th wedding anniversary. I searched for several hours with my reliable ATMax, and found many targets. One area I had trouble with was at the end of the driveway. There were underground cables producing a lot of interference with my detector. Despite adjusting my metal detector’s frequencies, sensitivity, and ground balance, I couldn’t reliably search the area. I tried another detector, but it lacked the discrimination necessary to ignore many old barbed wire pieces. I told Sandy I’d be back.

I considered buying an Equinox 800 after recommendations from others, including my friend and fellow Ringfinder, Brian Rudolph. I researched the detector’s capabilities and was impressed with the technology allowing it to function in areas with interference. So, I bought one specifically to look for this ring. I tried my new detector a few times around my neighborhood until I felt comfortable with the settings. Since the search area was so large, I called my friend Ray and asked him to join me. Ray is also an excellent Ringfinder (, and I knew he would be a great help covering such a large area.

We met on a beautiful morning on the 22nd of September and planned to search for several hours. Ray started at the top of the hill by the garage, and I worked at the end of the driveway where I experienced the interference in April. I set my Equinox to Park 1, and the frequency to 20 kHz. This resulted in nice clean signals. In less than an hour I found the ring two inches under the soil.


Five Years Buried



Sandy Smile!

All recoveries are special, and this one was no exception. When I handed the ring to Sandy, she dropped some laundry she was holding and with an expression of surprise and joy exclaimed “I don’t believe it!”

Sandy, Ray and I basked in that moment of happiness and the return of Alan’s ring, missing for 5 years!

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Today I received the following from Al & Sandy. Words can not express my feelings…