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Lost Ring in a Corn Pit… Found!, Great Falls, Va. (Oct 2018)

from Fairfax (Virginia, United States)
Contact: 1-571-697-9652

First time searching for a ring in a corn pit; here’s the story…

Chris took his family to a local pumpkin patch last week, one of the side attractions there was a barn stall filled with corn kernels to about 18 inches from the ground, a corn pit to play in. Chris and his son enjoyed the pit and after a fun day at the pumpkin patch, went back home. That’s when Chris realized his wedding ring was missing. He retraced his steps and came to the conclusion that his ring must be in the corn pit. He went to the internet for guidance on how to find the ring and came across The RingFinders. Chris gave me a call, and after securing permission from the owners of the pumpkin patch, and after I fought off a cold, we met at the corn pit this past Saturday before the the pumpkin patch opened for business. It was raining outside, but the corn pit was nice and dry; and the search was quick. It took about 15 minutes to get the reading we wanted to see on the machine, then a handful of corn revealed the ring.

Glad to have been able to help Chris recover his ring!

           

 

Football leads to ring loss, In-laws to ring find. Orleans, MA

from Cape Cod (Massachusetts, United States)
Contact: 1-860-309-3307

What an experience; the search for this ring will never be forgotten. The usual questions, answers and a Google map photo of the area. The next low tide was 2am and my detecting partner, Jim, and I were up for a hunt in the dark. A beautiful night, bright moon, stars, shooting stars, and heat lightening in the distance. 3 hours later, no ring but a mind full of fantastic sights. I returned a 1pm with Mike’s in-laws. They agreed that Mike’s “area” was off. They told me were to go, stop and start detecting to the right, not left as Mike’s map had shown. Two passes parallel to the beach took about 4 minutes with no targets, I turned for the 3rd pass, took 3 steps and there it was, Mike’s ring in my scoop. Back on the sand, cheers from the crowd on the beach and disbelief that the ring had been found and so fast and returned to Mike’s father-in-law (shown in photo).
UPDATE Mike, his ring and wife.

Mike d

Three Years with Davy Jones and the Scallops – Cape Cod Ring Lost and Found

from Cape Cod (Massachusetts, United States)
Contact: 1-860-309-3307

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An article in the Cape Cod Times gave Jeff the idea that his father’s ring could be found but he took a few weeks to get around to asking for help in finding the Star Ring. A call was finally made and of course I agreed to search for the ring. Unfortunately, weather, tides and obligations prevented the usual rapid response to a call for help. Then rotator cuff surgery and an Alaskan vacation put the search off for another two months until a meeting and the search began.

Saturday morning was beautiful, the sun was out, the seas were calm, the temperature was in the high 70s and my grandson, Dakota, wanted to help on his third search. We met Jeff on the main road and then traveled another quarter mile down a dirt path to a parking lot that could accommodate for four cars. Our gear was downed. A short conversation explained our gear and the area where the ring was most likely lost before the search began. I chose to “go deep” while Dakota would search the shallower waters. I made an end pass then turned right to start the search parallel to the beach.

About 100 feet down the beach I heard a faint signal and started to dig when my detector gave off another, stronger signal. Two more scoops in the original target’s area did not reveal the target and the signal “disappeared”. I then scooped at the second signal. I lifted the scoop from the water, a clump of clay parted, and a tarnished glitter of gold shown for the first time in over three years. The slightly golden glitter was my first sense of pleasure that surged when I saw the brilliant white star in the sky blue sapphire. This was the object of the search.

A short walk to Jeff who just could not believe he had the Star Ring back on his finger. A very Happy Ending with a Smile worthy of posting as another find for the RingFinders!

A few excerpts from Jeff’s communications follow:

I read your article {Lord of the Rings – see my other postings for the link} above which prompted me to call Rick Browne in March or April 2013 to help me find a special ring owned by my father given to me by my mother after my father died. I had lost it scalloping in West Falmouth Harbor with 2 close friends at least 3 years ago. Rick found it for me on Sunday morning w/ his grandson, Dakota, in 10 minutes. What an incredible family/guy. Thanks for running the story it led to a very happy reunion with my father’s ring and I got to meet a really great guy who is helping people in a unique way here on the Cape.
Jeff O

My mother was thrilled to learn about the discovery of my father’s ring and thanks you for your effort and good deed of doing this service without a fee.
Jeff O

Dear Jane, Rick and Dakota,
It was quite a morning for me thanks to your generous spirits, time and expertise. I did not realize how emotional it was for me until I returned home and held my hand up so my wife could see the ring. She started crying which prompted me to tear up as well.
Rick, I thought that the possibility of you finding the ring in the harbor over 3 years after I lost it was such a long shot that I took several weeks to call you after I saw the article in the Cape Cod Times. Boy am I glad that I clipped that article and connected with you. The work you do through your hobby is much greater than simply finding lost items. It is reconnecting people to something very precious to them, beyond the intrinsic value of the item. I felt awful for weeks after I lost my father’s ring. I loved the ring because it was a constant reminder to me of him. You noticed how it shines beautifully in the sun. The star sapphire is special.
My father was a special guy and taught me a great deal by example. He was an incredibly hard worker, loving and devoted husband and father. He was very well respected in his industry, precious metal casting and had one of the finest casting shops in the world. He did museum reproductions for the Museum of Fine Arts and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He was a subcontractor for Stueben Glass the specialty division of Corning Glass making limited edition castings for their glass pieces. He did not have an easy life since he emigrated to the USA in the late 1930s as a teenager to escape Hitler’s Germany. His education was cut short and his parents went from being middle class to working menial jobs to survive in their new homeland. His family was so grateful to their adopted country that they spoke little of the hardships. As I told you his years of service during WWII were in the Army Corp of Engineers on Adak Island. He helped establish that base which blocked the Japanese advance through the Aleutians. It is interesting that during your years in the Navy you were familiar with this Island too.
Dakota it was great meeting you and thanks for helping your grandfather help people find missing rings. Follow his example and you too will have a fulfilling life.
My heartfelt thanks for your assistance.
Jeff O

Ice Cold Gold – Overland Park Kansas Gold Ring Recovery

from Olathe (Kansas, United States)

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Ring found by High Plains Prospectors, Overland Park, KS

Earlier this morning we received a call from a gentleman who had lost a ring that was given to him by his late father. He had just pulled up to a friend’s house and walking up to the door as he put his keys in his pocket. The weather just turned and things in the Kansas City area had just gotten a little frostier. As he pulled his hand from his pocket, he heard a clink and immediately knew he had lost the ring. It was getting dark and he but his friend spent significant time looking for the ring unsuccessfully with flashlights and had the same luck the next day during the day. His friend had heard of our services and passed along our contact information.

We sat an appointment with him for later that afternoon when things warmed up a little. We arrived at his friends place and he met us out front. Scrap Iron and I unloaded our Garrett AT Pro and Minelab Safari metal detectors and immediately got to work. He knew the general vicinity along the walkway to the house where he suspected the ring to be so we started there. Scrap Iron started at one end of the path and I started at the other.

Within seconds Scrap Iron had a good mid-tone signal from his AT Pro, kneeled down and came back up with the ring. I had only made around a dozen swings with my metal detector myself. The owner was stoked and surprised at the same time. They had searched that very area meticulously with their eyes and found nothing.

Cold weather means shrunken fingers. Shrunken fingers lead to loose rings and loose rings result in rings on our telephone. It happens this time every year. Especially as people are raking and doing yard work. We were glad to be able to provide our services to this man and help recover this ring which had so much sentimental value. Not to mention the actual value of the large gold ring with 7 huge diamonds! We are also very fortunate to have the best equipment available to support our services.

Another Quick Ring Recovery – Garmin Campus

from Olathe (Kansas, United States)

IMG_3505IMG_3504 Our latest ring recovery was another quick success story.  One afternoon we received a call from a gentleman who worked at the Garmin world headquarters, which is just down the road from our shop.  You see, Garmin fosters a very active lifestyle for their employees.  They have a jogging trail, strength training, group bike rides, kickball, and they even have a community fresh vegie garden on the campus.  This gentleman had been playing football over their lunch break.  As he stretched out to receive a pass, his ring flew off his hand.  Fortunately for us, he knew approximately where he was when it happened.   He and a group of friends had looked for the ring with no avail.  He called us and within 10 minutes we were there, on site, looking for the ring.

I had been having a fairly good run of ring recoveries lately so Scrap Iron handed me the AT Pro and said, “Go for it.”  He hit the outskirts of where the guy said he lost the ring.  I dove right in the middle and began to mentally grid the site then I began meticulously detecting back and forth in the area which was roughly 20 yards square.  Fortunately for us, the folks at Garmin are very clean people and there was very little trash to contend with.  After only about 2 laps back and forth, I got a good signal.  It is funny how finding a ring for someone works.  There is a reason gold get’s the nickname “bling”.  I mean, the stuff really does bling…especially in the sunlight. Typically you get a signal and simply look down and see the ring. Rarely do I ever have to dig the ground and the ring almost always shows up visually before I even bend down to pick it up.  I always wonder how they missed it with their naked eyes.  But, they don’t.  Although you can certainly find your ring using just your eyes, a metal detector helps because it can tell you where you need to focus those visual efforts.  This vastly speeds up recovery time.

Once I got the signal for the ring I looked down and lo and behold there was the ring.   I chuckled, looked up at the man, smiled and said, “Here ya go sir.  We found it.”  He was ecstatic.  He took a picture of me with my detector and I asked that he pose for a shot with me.  He obliged.  We shook hands and parted ways.  The agreed rate was $40…not a bad rate for a total of about 20 minutes of work, drive time included.  We loaded up the truck and headed to our favorite lunch spot for a bite to eat courtesy of our most recent ring recovery effort.