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Lost Wedding Ring Found with Metal Detector in Haitaitai, Wellington, New Zealand

  • from Wellington (New Zealand)

Nathan and Joanna have only been married for 3 weeks and Nathan’s ring was a little bit big for his finger. Although meaning to get it resized it was one of those things he hadn’t got around to doing.

Last night he was at a small park in Hataitai shooting some hoops with a basketball. He felt the ring come off his finger but in the failing light he was unable to find it in the grass.
Returning the next morning he could still not find it and a short time later I met him at the park.
The basketball hoop was mounted on very short grass but backed on to a bank covered in longer grass and weeds. There was a lot of metal trash in the ground and I wasn’t having any success. I got Nathan to show me, again, where he had been and to demonstrate the shot. I could see that there was a possibility that the ring could have flung off behind him.
It was only a few minutes later that I got a good signal in the longer grass. I used my handheld pinpointer and finally found the ring right down on the roots of the grass. Very satisfying as it would have been impossible to find this without a metal detector.


Lost Ring? Things To Think Of To Get Your Ring Back (Kingston Ontario)

  • from Kingston (Ontario, Canada)

If You Lost Your Ring? What can you do?

  1. Retrace your steps.
  2. lost your ring at home? Tidy up each room you were in before you noticed it was missing.
  3. Check unusual places. (Like the shower, Or sink drains all over the house) check coat pockets, gloves, hand bags, sweaters and laundry machines, inbetween couch cushions, ect…
  4. For a diamond ring or jewelry item, try turning off the lights and Use a flashlight. Diamond’s will reflect like a mirror when light hits it.
  5. Take a break from looking, re-group, and think about something else (if at all possible) often the place you put your item will come to you when you take your mind off of worrying about it for a while, maybe Ask a friend to lend a fresh pair of eyes to your search.
  6. If your ring is insured, and before you decide to file a claim, call your local Ring Finder specialist.

If you have not heard about The RingFinders, now’s the time to find one closest to you.The is a directory of metal detecting specialists with a passion and knowledge for metal detecting. Chances are there is one in your area that you were not completely unaware of.

Ryan and I can be found on the directory, we are detecting specialists with a passion for finding lost items such as cell phones, car keys, and yes, even engagement and wedding rings, or any jewelry for that matter.

Regardless wether you lost your ring at home, or in public, there are some steps to take in order to try and recover your lost item.

  1. Don’t wait to act & remember, the longer you wait the more lost your item becomes.
  2. Retrace your steps. It is important to try and remember as much detail as you can about the time you think you lost your item. (The success rate to find lost items are much higher within the first 24 to 48 hours in our experience, although finding lost items can be found even after several years has passed, however take note that the success rate is much lower in these cases.)
  3. You may wish to contact your local police station, jewellers and pawn shops. Someone may have already turned it in.
  4. If you know about The Ring Finders? Do not hesitate to call us. We love to help & this is what we do.
  5. Lastly if you have exhausted all of the above and still no luck? Replacing a lost ring is a lot easier when you don’t need to pay for it out-of-pocket if all else fails? & If your item is insured, then you can file a claim. I know this doesn’t help to replace the sentimentality of a specific item such as an engagement, or wedding ring, but at the very least the piece itself may be able to get replaced.

So, How much does it cost to hire our services through ?

“Based on our services”.

Whether at home, the park, the beach, swimming, hiking, or almost any other outdoor activity you can think of. If you loose a significant or sentimental piece of jewelry? Then consider contacting us, your RingFinders metal detecting specialists


Our detecting service usually work on a reward type basis. Yes we do have a small, non negotiable $40 call out fee. On top of that call out fee, we will work on either a percentage, hourly, or even a reward basis if your item is found and returned.

So what happens if an item cannot be recovered.?

In this scenario, all you would pay for, would be the call out fee of $40, again this is based on our service.

What does the $40 get you.

1st & foremost, the call out fee gets a professional metal detecting specialist to the location where you believe you lost your item.

2nd – we will be brining equipment with us to help assist with the recovery. In many cases we will have somewhere in the range of $1K to $3K in equipment and can be significantly more for water recoveries.

3rd – and even more importantly than brining all the actual gear needed to help find your lost item, we will be bringing years of experience to know how to use the equipment to help recover an item that you are unable to find yourself.

Also remember that we may very well have some distance to travel in order to get to you even before any searching begins. We cover a large area with Kingston being our central location.

I know for Ryan Pugh & I, we will often travel in excess of an hour or more in 1 direction just to get to a clients location. With many successful recoveries. Both Ryan and I will often attend a search together. We do not double the “call out fee” to have both of us on site, even though the customer is getting double the value of the service. So the $40 is to cover expenses and our time that we incur just to get to you so we can help recover an item that we did not loose to begin with. Hence the non negotiable “call out fee”.


If the item is recovered and returned, then a reward should be discussed prior to either of us even leaving our home so that there are no surprises to either party involved once the item is found. We will do our best to work within your budget. We will be asking you several questions to get as much information as possible including what the lost item is worth to you if we should be successful & happen to find it for you?

We are apart of this great organization called The RingFinders, & are here to help. So if you’re in need of a detecting specialist, then don’t hesitate, give us a call today, you’ll be glad you did.

Video of a ring recovery

Opal Necklace and Ring Both Found in Surf at Taupo Bay

  • from Paihia (New Zealand)

While on holiday at Taupo Bay, Kelsie did what so many do – she threaded her ring onto her necklace for safekeeping.
Wading back in in through the surf, she undid the clasp to put the ring on her finger, and promptly dropped everything; The opal ring, the opal pendant and the chain.

The water was shallow, but the wash instantly claimed all three and in one swirl of water they slid into the sand and out of sight. Lost.
Her friend put a post on the local community noticeboard the next day asking for help and several locals suggested that she contact me.

I went out straight after work, large swells were forecast and time was of the essence on this active surf beach.

The surf was already building rapidly, occasional 2-3m breakers offshore were producing a powerful surge running up and onto the beach.
Some locals set up a line of beach chairs and settled in to watch what I refer to as “The worlds most boring spectator sport”.
A couple of minutes into the search a powerful surge came in, instantly wrapping a large ball of seaweed around the detector shaft and, before I could react – snapped the metal shaft!

Fortunately I also had my other water machine in the car, although the smaller coil would mean more swings and with the iron sand present it would be unlikely to locate the fine chain. The ring and pendant were the critical pieces though.

I started the grid, focusing on the water first. Closing off this search area, I then moved inshore where the wash had now subsided and more beach had been exposed.
Before long, a silver and opal ring was extracted from about 15cm down in amongst the iron sand.
I had a solid start point, and in quick order an opal pendant followed.

Now to try for the chain…

I would be on the back foot looking for a delicate chain in these conditions, so with the machine wound right open I started to conduct an intensive grid in the area. Regrettably, I was unable to hear the chain in the chatter from the iron sand.

The two important key pieces had been recovered though, much to Kelsies relief.


Ring found at Volleyball court

  • from Phoenix (Arizona, United States)

I received a call from a woman franstic about her lost ring.  She was playing volleyball and jumped to spike a ball, and when she hit it her ring flew off.  The game was stopped and numerous people looked for the ring, but it was not to be found.  Her husband decided to go to the local store and buy a (CHEAP!) metal detector to look for it.  First off, it was not high quality.  Secondly, they did not really know how to use it. S till, it beeped on a few things and they dug, but no ring.  Then, after 4 hours, they called me.

I arrived and set up my Equinoz 900.  I used a regular park setting, with no special settings required.  It shoudl have been an easy search, right?  I knew it was there, it was a clean area, and it could not be too deep yet.  So I started searching.

I searched back and forth, just not believing my lack of finding it, for almost an hour.  I had confirmed with her where she was standing, how she hit the ball and where it should have fallen.  Then, I decided to use logic that has served me well int he past.  “If it is not where you are searching, elimiate that area and search where it should not be.  Because it must be somewhere, and that is all that is left”.  I expended my serach.

It was a large volleyball court.  I searched the whole thing on the side she was facing.  Nothing.  then, I even decided to search the side she was on, behind where she hit it.  Of course, it could not be there, but it was not where it was supposed to be so I wasn’t going to stop with what I had done so far.  I searched.  Nope, it was not there either.  So I expended the search AGAIN.  if it is not where you searched, search somewhere else.  I went BEYOND the volleyball court, about 40 feet form where she spiked the ball at the net.  Lo and behold, just as we moved to that area, the ring was sitting right there.  Not under any sand, not hidden from view.  Just in a spot where it should not have been.  yet it was there, and it was found.

Although it sounds like captain obvious, I know searchers who search where something “has” to be and then when they don’t find it they eventually have to give up.  Because they know if can’t be anywhere else.  yet if it is not found, it MUST be “somewhere else”.  My expansion helped me find it, and the owner was very happy.  I have her picture, and she is showing off her rinf that was now back on her finger.  ALthough it was hard to locate, I had a fun search.

Lost Wedding Ring found Saratoga Springs, NY

  • from Saratoga Springs (New York, United States)

I received a call from Jimmy who had lost his wedding ring at dusk while walking the dog in his backyard.  I arrived at his house the next day. He said he had searched all over for it but was unable to find it. After asking him multiple questions, he lead me to the area where he thought he lost it. I thought that this would be fairly easy as it had to be on top and he owned a new modern house, but after listening to the ground for a few minutes I knew that something was not right as there were hundreds of  signals…all in the gold range. He revealed to me that there used to be a mechanic shop of some kind right there.  Suddenly things were not so easy. I combed the area for over an hour closely watching the depth meter.  I was beginning to really wonder if I could find this ring, but I had told him I would not give up.  Finally I got the shallow signal I was waiting for.   I combed through the grass with my hands, and there it was already settling into the roots, completely invisible to the eye.  Jimmy was thrilled as was I. What a relief!  A happy ending all round.


Lost ring in Door County recovered through teamwork!

  • from Green Bay (Wisconsin, United States)

On August 21st, I received a call from Jake about his lost wedding ring at Jacksonport Beach, a popular spot on the east coastline of Door County.   It slipped off his finger in chest-high water about 35-to-50 feet from shore.    I drove out later the next day, after giving some storms time to pass by.    I arrived to see white caps rolling in, but they weren’t too high close to shore in the troughs between the sand bars.   Further out, they were pretty strong.

I knew this would be an arduous search because the Lake Michigan side of the Door County Peninsula is colder than the bay, and fighting the incoming whitecaps can tire a person out pretty quickly.   I taught Jake how to detect small round objects with my ancient Fisher 1280, an analog model that is easy to use because it goes by sound.   I used an AT Pro, which has been pretty effective for me on sand beaches.   Jake used my heavy steel scoop, which has enough weight to be effective in surf.   He is a bigger guy, so he could handle the deeper waves better than I could. I started out about chest deep, and worked my way into the shallows, figuring the waves may have tumbled the ring toward shore.   I worked back and forth closer and closer to the beach, but only found one hammered coin of some kind, to be cleaned and researched later. Jake and his sons arrived to observe and assist, and his wife and baby boy came by later to watch and give encouragement.   After the better part of an hour Jake waded in with a huge smile and his artisanal ring in the scoop!    Nice recovery!  Their whole family was beaming!

Jake gave me a generous reward, which will be used to bring our grandson to a Timber Rattlers and a Milwaukee Brewers game!    I hated to take it, since he was the one who scooped it using my gear, but the main thing is we worked together and found it!

Something gleaming in the scoop!

(Word to the wise:   Wedding bands without protruding stone settings will sink where they fall in sand until they reach equilibrium!   The ring stayed put despite the waves.)

Lost White Gold Engagement Ring-Found!

  • from Chattanooga (Tennessee, United States)

I received a text from Leslie on Monday afternoon concerning a lost engagement ring.  She had found me with an internet search.  As it was late in the day I told her I could come the next day, becase it was about a two hour drive from where I’m located.  I got to the site at around 11:00 AM Central Time.   The couple had been pulling a boat and pulled off into the parking lot of an old convience store that had been converted into another use.  As they got out to adjust the boat straps, (the ring had been placed in the shallow tray under the door handle), the ring somehow went flying.  They looked on the pavement and didn’t see it, but there was a grass strip between the pavement and a shallow ditch, then more grass just beyond the ditch.  I started my search in the grass strip, then the ditch, then just beyond the ditch.  Being this had been a convience store at one time I expected a lot of metal trash in the ground, and I was right.  She did have a metal detector that had been her grandfather’s, but was overwhelmed by the abundance of metal trash.  I searched slowly and methodically while listening for the white gold tone and looking for the target ID I typically get for white gold rings.  After searching the entire area, no ring.  Of course I found several pieces of foil.  I turned off my CTX detector, and was explaing the process, where I search the most likely area first, then expand the search area if the ring is not found, (a visual scan of the pavement was next).  At that time someone from the building, I’ll call him “Tom”, came out and we explained what we were doing, and that a visual scan of the pavement was next.  He struck out towards the highway, and in around ten seconds I heard him call out, “is this it?”  He had found it around 10-12 feet from the edge of a busy highway!  The ring was intact, but had some minor damage where it looked as though it had been run over and stuck in the tire treads before dropping off just before the highway.  In a visual search, the more eyes the better.  All in all, another successful search!



Ring Lost is a Calgary Lake……Recovered

  • from Cochrane (Alberta, Canada)

It took a while but his ring was found……about 30 m from where they thought it was lost. I have underwater equipment to complete lake and river searches.

Watch the video.



Lost wedding ring found in Guyton, GA

  • from Statesboro (Georgia, United States)

Ansley contacted me on 6/26/23 and told me that she’d lost of her ring during a horseback riding lesson. She had her rings in her pocket with her phone. She took a call while on her horse and when she was done for the day and went to her car, the engagement ring was in her pocket… but the wedding band was nowhere to be found. Due to scheduling conflicts, I was not able to drive out and search until this past Saturday (7/8/23).

Upon my arrival, started on the area where she thought she’d lost the ring. Ron, the property owner, had mowed a couple of times since the ring was lost and I was hoping it hadn’t been thrown into the nearby wood line. After a thorough search of the arena with nothing found, I turned my attention to the grassy areas outside of the arena. After a few more minutes of searching, I found the ring in a small grassy area about two feet outside of the arena where she was riding.

Ansley was thrilled to have her ring back. She’d only been married a few months! She’d already decided that if it was found, she’d never have it on or in her pocket while riding again.

Good call, Ansley. 🙂


Wedding Set recovered at Sea Girt Beach NJ

Got a message from Michael asking for help in locating his wife’s Loree wedding set. I called as soon as I got the message and told him i’d be there in 20 minutes if he’d wait, he agreed and I met them at the beach. While out enjoying the 4th of July on the beach with his family, Loree took off her rings and put them in the side pocket of her beach bag so she could take her son down to the water to swim. During the day the bag got knocked over and the rings fell out without her knowing. Leaving the beach she remembered her rings and they were gone. She was devastated. They took me to where they were sitting and I found 1 of them right away but couldn’t find the other in the same area. I searched some more and about 5 feet from the first one I found the other. She couldn’t stop crying for joy when she got her rings back on her hand where they belonged. A great Happy Ending.