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How to Find a Lost Ringin the sand in Carpinteria: Expert Tips from a Metal Detector Professional

  • from Santa Barbara (California, United States)

Losing a ring can be a heart-wrenching experience, especially if it’s a lost engagement ring or a lost wedding band. Whether you’re dealing with a lost ring in the yard, garden, or on the beach, it’s crucial to act quickly to increase the chances of recovery. Here’s a real-life story that illustrates how professional help can make all the difference.

Lost Ring in the Sand: Pablo’s Story

One Sunday afternoon, Pablo from San Francisco was visiting Carpinteria. He spent the day relaxing on the beach and playing his guitar. As he stood up and shook the sand off his hands, one of his rings flew off into the sand. Panic set in as he realized he had a lost ring buried somewhere in a 10’ by 10’ area of sand. After an unsuccessful attempt to comb through the sand inch by inch, he decided to look up “how to find a lost ring in the sand.”

This search led him to Ventura County Ringfinder Dave Mac Donald, a metal detector expert renowned for finding lost wedding rings, engagement rings, and other valuables in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Pablo called Dave, and within 50 minutes, Dave had located and returned the lost ring to Pablo’s finger.

Why You Should Contact a Metal Detector Expert

If you’ve lost a ring, time is of the essence. Contacting a professional like Dave Mac Donald can save you time and frustration. Here’s why you should consider reaching out to a metal detecting service instead of trying to rent or buy a metal detector yourself:

  • Skill and Experience: Detecting is a skill that takes time to master. Professionals like Dave have the expertise to find lost items quickly and efficiently.
  • Equipment: High-quality metal detectors used by experts are far more effective than the average rental units available to the public.
  • Success Rate: Professionals have a proven track record of success, having found countless rings and other valuables for their clients.

Services Offered by Dave Mac Donald

Dave Mac Donald, the Ventura County Ringfinder, is available to help you recover lost rings in various locations, including:

  • Lost ring in the sand: Beaches can be tricky, but Dave’s expertise covers all sandy terrains.
  • Lost ring in the yard or garden: Whether it’s a backyard barbecue or gardening mishap, Dave can find your lost ring.
  • Lost ring in the field or water: Even in more challenging environments, Dave’s skills and equipment ensure a high success rate.

Contact Information

If you’ve lost a ring, don’t waste time or money trying to handle it yourself. Call or text Dave Mac Donald at 805-290-5009 anytime, day or night, to get your lost ring back where it belongs.

Ring lost at Mission Bay found

  • from La Jolla (California, United States)

Sydney along with her family and friends were visiting here in town. They were having a beach party on Mission Bay to celebrate a friend’s upcoming wedding. Sydney went out into the bay, and when she returned to the sand, shook the water off her hands, and discovered in horror that her engagement ring was also flung off her finger and into the dry sand. Everyone tried to help “finger rake” through the sand to recover the ring, but, no luck. A friend of their’s found and my contact info. I dropped what I was doing, gathered my gear and my wife and headed down to the bay to help. After finding parking a bit away, we walked to the bay boardwalk and beach. Looking down the beach, we could see a white canopy and many people gathered. That looks like the place and it was confirmed after a short text to Sydney. After introductions and the story on how and where the ring was lost, I started my grid of about a 15′ X 15′ box they scraped into the sand and felt was the likely search area. I started at one edge and on the first pass came up with 3 crusty zinc cents, return pass produced just a token and then on the third pass, the sound I was waiting for, a nice engagement ring in the scoop. Cheers all around and a nice hug for me!  A pleasure to meet you all and thank you for the reward.

Another ring lost at Coronado found

  • from La Jolla (California, United States)

Hunter and his family were here visiting from Arizona and spent the day at the beach in Coronado. While brushing sand off his hands, his gold wedding ring went flying into the soft dry sand. Everyone tried to help find it by raking their fingers through the sand in hopes that they could snag it that way. Unfortunately, that rarely works, and their efforts were in vain. In their search for help, was recommended which brought them to my contact information. As chance would have it, I was already out detecting that day and just had to jump into my vehicle and head over to Coronado. A half hour later, I’m on the scene getting the story and probable location of the ring. About 30 seconds later, I got my first signal, and one right in the range of a typical man’s gold band. Into the sand went the pin pointer, and out came Hunter’s ring. Vacation mood saved and off to dinner they went to celebrate. A pleasure meeting you all, and thank you for the reward.

Lost Engagement Ring in the grass, Melbourne, Florida…Found with a metal detector!

  • from Sanford (Florida, United States)

Jessica called me to ask if there was any way to find a lost ring in a small grassy field! Come to find out her husband had put her ring in the pocket of his shorts as they headed out to walk their dog. Jessica went on to explain that two weeks ago they were married in the Florida Keys and afterwards had rented an apartment in Melbourne and would be heading back to Georgia the very next day at 11:00 am. So early the next morning, after I dropped my grandson off at school, I made the 90 minute drive to hopefully find her ring and get it back to them before they had to leave for the airport!

After meeting Jessica and setting out some markers I got to swinging my Garrett AT Max metal detector hoping and praying that her ring was somewhere within the marked of area. Jessica and her husband had spent hours looking the area over and even spent a good part of the night with flashlights trying desperately to catch a glimpse of her lost ring in the sparkling grass. Jessica was not exactly sure what her ring was made of…silver or white gold…but the two different metals sound similar but the numbers are very different. And since she was not able to confirm the type of metal I had to check every shallow target and thank goodness the area had very little trash.

Twenty minutes later I heard a beautiful shallow signal and as I parted the grass with my pinpointer…there was Jessica’s lost engagement ring! I said a silent prayer of thanksgiving as I took in the moment and then sent Jessica a text that said…”Come see what God has just helped me find!”. And what a thrill it was to watch Jessica’s face light up with JOY!

Have you lost a ring or something precious…or know of someone else who has recently lost an item? Call or text me ASAP at 321-363-6029!

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Ring lost at Coronado found

  • from La Jolla (California, United States)

Meredith was at Coronado Beach with her son. She took off her wedding and engagement rings to apply some lotion, set the rings in her lab, and forgetting they were there, stood up to shake some sand off her blanket. She didn’t notice where the rings landed, but, searched the best she could sifting sand through her fingers to no avail. An online search brought her to and my contact info. I gathered my gear and headed there before she had to leave and before the chance someone else detecting might find them. After getting the story on how the rings ended up in the sand, I figured the most likely place to start was right in front of the blanket where she first stood up before she shook the blanket. Sure enough, 10 seconds later and the first signal was both her rings in one scoop. A pleasure to meet you and your son Meredith and thank you for the reward.

Wedding Ring Lost In The Lagoon, Lavallette NJ, recovered by Edward Trapper, NJ Ring Finder

  • from Seaside Park (New Jersey, United States)

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I received a call from Derek about the possibilities of recovering his ring from a very wide lagoon. He explained exactly what had happened, and he knew right when the ring came off his finger. Water recoveries are extremely challenging to begin with, but add in the fact he and his buddies were racing to the other side and back, and this one becomes almost impossible. Well, as the conversation continues, I discover Derek had quite a bit of pertinent information which is needed to even consider this recovery. I asked him to supply me with everything he had, which included many pictures, and probably the deciding factor to move forward with this recovery,  was the video of them racing to the other side. That was the spot where the ring had come off. I asked him to give me a few days to review everything, which he agreed to, as the ring was not going anywhere . After looking at all the information given I called Derek and explained this would be extremely complicated, but as long as he was positive the ring came off right when he stopped swimming , we should definitely give it a try. We cleared it with the homeowner, and set up the date to do the recovery. Once there a bouy was dropped just past precise location, and a guide line was placed on the bottom and secured back at the dock. With near zero visibility, on the 3rd pass back, we got a promising hit just before the bouy. After fanning the target a bit, you could just make out the ring.  This all happened in roughly 55 min from start to finish.Had there not been the pictures and video his ring would still be on the bottom of the bay/lagoon. Huge shout out to Buzz, couldn’t have done this one without you.


Special Ring Lost On Emerald Isle Beach Found By Crystal Coast Ring Finders

  • from Emerald Isle (North Carolina, United States)

On a surprise trip to Emerald Isle Beach, Nydirah placed her ring on a towel before heading into the water.  When she return to dry off, she picked up the towel and forgot about the ring and it went flying into the sand.  After searching for about an hour with no luck, the couple headed back on a sad long journey home.  Before getting home, Nydirah found Crystal Coast Ring Finders and reached out for help.  When I received the call, it was getting dark and realized the public parking area would be closing soon.  This would leave me with no place to park.  I asked a friend if he knew any spots and offered some risky ideas.  With the help of the police department, I was given some advice on where I could possibly park.  My friend offered to help and I picked him up at a store and headed to the location.  After trying the understand the correct area, Nydirah sent an aerial photo with a spot circled.  As soon as we where inside that circle,  we split up to effectively hunt the area.  Carl came back to me and already had the ring.  I sent a picture and the first day the post officed opened, I mailed Nydirah’s heart ring back to where it belongs… on her finger.


  • from Ponte Vedra Beach (Florida, United States)

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I received a call from someone who told me he “Thinks” he lost his 18K gold wedding band on the beach a few days prior. He was not sure where he lost his ring but was on the beach for several hours playing frisbee and when he got home noticed his wedding ring missing. He said he knew it was a long shot but wanted to try anything he could. I asked him to send me a diagram on a map of where he thought he was at the beach. Also needed to know the time frame so I could track the tides on the day he lost it, and a picture of his ring. The next day I went to the area and searched for his ring. 18K gold wedding recovered about 6-8″ deep.


Adam at RingFinder was the best. He responded right away and walked me through what was needed. He has got this down! From getting the precise location info, absorbing any and all information, and even checking the tidiest make sure he is searching in the same conditions to the time I lost my wedding ring. He clearly has the skills and equipment to help a person keep hope when an important item is lost in an impossible place like the beach. My wife was too stoked I got my precious ring back. If you are reading this and are suffering similar misfortune Adam will take your situation seriously and really put in the effort needed to find your ring. He really cares about what he does and it shows. Thank you so much fir the awesome job Adam!

Engagement Ring Lost In Beaufort, NC Ditch Found By Crystal Coast Ring Finders

  • from Emerald Isle (North Carolina, United States)

Leina called to report her ring was somewhere along a dirt road but she knew the general area.  Her concern was there were heavy rains the day she called and was thinking it would be more difficult to locate her treasured ring.

I met Leina the next morning and she had said she bought a metal detector and tried to locate it herself but was finding way too many pieces of trash and numerous unknown signals.  She had given me a search area and I was also pulling out various metal items.  We continued along a wet ditch which had a tall metal fence on the opposite side.  The fence was causing my machine to sound off when I swung too close.  Leina was upset and I tried to calm her down with conversation.  We seemed to have a lot in common when it came to living through our years.  While I continued to search the roadside and ditch beyond her marked area, I was pulling more trash and then I finally hit the right spot.  Leina didn’t even noticed I had found her ring in the weeds and water.  I stood there to take a break and listen to what she was talking about (her upcoming wedding).  She was so stressed.  I held out may hand with her ring and said “Maybe this will help”.  She melted with tears and joy


Ring lost at Mission Beach found

  • from La Jolla (California, United States)

Nicholas put his wedding ring in an ice chest for safe keeping while on the beach. The problem was, he forgot it was there and dumped the icy contents of the chest by the pedestrian entrance trash cans when leaving the beach. He didn’t even realize it was missing until he made it home 2 hours away. He was about to write it off as lost, but, figured it was a worth a shot to try and recover it even though it was a long shot in his mind since it had been a couple of days already. He found me on the Ring Finders directory and made contact. With just a map and a couple of circled spots to search, I headed to the beach on a cold, rainy, windy day. The first area was a bust, but, after moving some trash cans out of the way, the second area produced his ring. Today, Nicholas and his wife made another trip here and happily picked up his ring. A pleasure to meet you both and thank you for the reward.