Tyler had been celebrating Christmas in his backyard Hot Tub when they decided it would be a good idea to jump out of the Hot Water and jump into the Cold Snow to make Snow Angels BRRRRR! Unfortunately the extreme cold of the snow made his wet finger shrink and in the process of flailing around to make a Snow Angel his Wedding Ring came off and was lost in the snow, which was 6-8 inches deep over the whole yard. Tyler left a message and I returned his call, we arranged to meet at his home. When Tyler showed me where they had been frolicking in the snow I decided to start my search. Within two passes across the back yard with my Garrett AT-PRO Metal Detector I got the unmistakeable sound of White Gold. I swept through the snow and there it was gleaming up at me. Tyler was extremely happy and relieved to have his wedding and back on his finger as you can see form the photo below.
Another satisfied customer.
White Gold Ring Recovered in Snow
Wedding Band Recovered
Yesterday I got a call about a lost ring. The person noticed the ring was missing at work and it was believed to be lost when cleaning snow off his car prior to work. He went home at lunch and was unable to find the ring as plows had come through and cleaned up the parking lot. I drove to his apartment that night. It was probably the coldest we had seen all winter and it was a bit dark out. I had my trusty AT Gold detector (seems fitting to use it to find a gold ring), my AT Pinpointer, a head lamp, a snow shovel, and was bundled up.
(Sorry for the image quality, it was dark and very cold! I was eager to get back in my car.)
I started scanning where his car was but it was obvious it wasn’t going to be right there. Then I made my way to in front of the car where the plow had pushed the snow. I got two hits that I was fairly certain were not the ring. I moved snow around anyway to make sure. Then about 10 minutes from the time I pulled out my detector I was certain I had a good target. I shoveled a large scoop of snow out onto the parking lot and for a moment couldn’t find the target again. Then I scanned a large chunk of snowy ice that had rolled away and sure enough I had the signal again. We started breaking up the chunk and out popped his ring.
As it was fairly close to my house and didn’t take long at all, I refused his offer for gas money and asked that he donate to a charity of his choice.
I love to metal detect (usually not in weather that cold) and love when I find something of value. In this case the ring was a gift from his mother.
It was a Tuesday night and I had just gotten home from the gym at 7:30 and was about to get something to eat when I noticed the answering machine blinking. There was the sad voice of a young lady asking me to help her search for her lost engagement ring. I called Jamie back and we had a brief conversation, she believed that her engagement ring was lost while changing out of her ski bibs in the parking lot of a “nearby” ski area. I had Jamie call the ski area to inquire about doing a search. While Jamie was making her call I quickly made a sandwich and ate. Jamie called back after several minutes stating that she couldn’t get ahold of the ski area as it had been closed for several hours by then.
The weather that night was a bit brisk; at my home the thermometer read 1 degree above 0 and it was snowing. I knew that going up to a ski area the temperature would be even colder so I needed to change. By the time I changed my clothes, gathered my gear and loaded my truck it was now 9:00 PM. The ski area that was my destination was an hour’s drive in good weather, but I still made drive in an hour and 15 minutes.
Upon arrival I checked my trucks thermometer prior to stepping out, it read -17. WOW, my coldest search yet. Luckily there was only a slight breeze so with wind chill it had to be around -20 to -25 degrees. Jamie, Mike (Jamie’s other half) and I talked about the location of their car during the ring’s loss. While marking out the search area in the fresh snow a guy in a front end loader who was clearing the snow form the parking lots stopped by to see what we were up to. Upon hearing that Jamie lost her ring and that I was there to search for it he raised his eyebrows and said “Good luck” then he continued on his with his business.
I began my search on the east end of our search area, after a half hours search my XLT’s screen had become very sluggish and pretty much useless. I typically detect by tone anyway so the lack of VDI was not a big deal. Another 5 – 10 minutes later I heard that wonderful tone and I scraped the top layer of snow away. The signal moved so I broke out my pinpoint probe and zeroed in on the target. When I brushed some more snow away there was Jamie’s ring, I must say her ring is quite exquisite. Jamie and Mike were so excited to get her ring back. I received a bone crushing hug and a good hearty hand shack and then we proceeded to get some photos.
Jamie and Mike live in Texas and were heading back home in just over 24 hours. I am sure that they will have some good things to say about us Coloradoans, metal detectorists and The Ring Finders.
Ring recovered February 4th, 2014.
Cold but happy
Jamie’s engagement ring
I received a call from Wayne, he had lost his wedding ring at Carburn Park, Calgary in the snow during a photo shoot. Wayne explained, that while doing a photo shoot he wanted to capture the kids playing in the snow, he laid down on the snow and had them throw snow at him while he took their photos.
When he got up he shook the snow from his bare hands and you guessed it, the ring flew off into the snow. Despite the efforts of everyone searching for the ring by kicking and scuffing through the snow they couldn’t find it. A few days later Wayne visited The Ring Finders Website and called me.
We set up a time to meet at Carburn Park, Calgary and when he arrived he took me to the site which was a nice leisurely stroll through the woods. When we got there it was easy to see where the loss had happened due to all the foot prints. I knew I was looking for a Titanium Ring and so expected to hear a loud mid-tone on my metal detector with a ID# of around 55, I searched the trampled area and on my 2nd swing got an a loud mid-tone signal and an ID of 61 so I scratched at what was already compact snow until I got to terra firma, once I got to the grass I knew the target was most likely under ground which meant it couldn’t be his ring. I stood up and pin pointed it and it came up at about 4″ deep but then I noticed I was getting another target about 3 inches away upon scraping the snow away I recovered Wayne’s wedding band. He was very happy to get his wedding ring back and said his wife will be even happier. The walk through the woods took about 10 minutes the recovery about 2 minutes. Another happy ending courtesy of The Ring Finders.
Wayne with His Recovered Wedding Ring
Close Up of Wayne’s Ring
The equipment and Settings I used for this Recovery:
o Garrett ATPRO International
– Pro Coin Mode
– Iron Audio On
– Iron Discrim 35
– Sensitivity Full
o Garrett ATPRO 5 x 7 Coil
o Garrett PinPointer Pro
o Garrett Retriever
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I received a call yesterday from a young lady who’s nephew lost his older brothers gold signet ring that was handed down to him from his aunts late father. You can image how devastated the lady was to find out that her nephew who was throwing a snowball and lost the ring that he wasn’t supposed to be wearing.Emily went on to google to search for ways to find the lost ring, she was thinking of renting a metal detector when she found The Ring Finders website and to her surprise someone who could help her locate the ring…Me!Sometimes these searches can be very difficult depending on how accurate the person is in regards to where they were throwing the snowball… in most cases many snowballs are being thrown in all directions in this case he only through one at a specific area of the back yard.After only 3 minutes or so I got a nice ring tone on my Whites V3I and I bent down with my pinpointed to discover the lost gold signet ring in about 2 inches of snow…I love the smiles you can find when you locate someones lost ring! The story was that Emily’s father passed away many years ago and his signet ring with his family crest was to be copied and given to all the family members when they turned 21. If that original ring was lost there would be no way to have others made from the original… I know that the young man felt horrible for what happened, we all learn from our mistakes and the ring is back where it needs to be and in 5 years time he will have one of his own. I love my job! If you lost something and need it found…Call: Chris TurnerVideo to the search…https://youtu.be/6oCMMd9hQlU