Georgina lives West Los Angeles. Her apartment is on the fourth floor. Four months ago she walked out on her balcony where she picked up a small hand full of leaves. She tossed the leaves off the balcony and her very special Cartier gold ring came off her finger at that same moment. She could hear the ring hit some cement or the rod iron fence separating the neighbors property. Her fear was that the ring may have gone over the fence.
After arriving Georgina told me she had another person with a metal detector search for the ring with no success. It was only about 15 or 20 feet from the balcony to the neighbor’s property. The landscaping below her apartment had two levels of plants. The top level was only 3 feet wide and was covered with leaves. The lower level was 6 feet wide with thick 3 foot high plants. I had two detectors with small coils but it was impossible to use them in the lower planter.
I had to bring out the hand held pinpointer to probe into the thick vegetation. Meantime I could see Georgina was starting to lose confidence that the ring could be found with such a small detector. She could hear the pinpointer sound every time it located a piece of metallic trash. After about 20 minutes of checking every metal signal. I reached down, with plants over my head, to remove what I thought was a piece of tinfoil. It turned out to be Georgina’s very special ring. It had been waiting there to be found for more than four months.
Georgina was so happy that her ring had been found that she could barely speak. This ring was a gift from her husband many years ago, when she had received a promotion at her job. We went back into the lobby of the apartments where I received hugs from several of the workers and I was able to visit and tell ring recovery stories. Every search is a challenge and an adventure. This is all possible because of all the new technology, especially the internet and TheRingFinders.com.
Jaime had been throwing a ball to her dog in the backyard when her Rose Gold engagement ring and off her finger. The backyard had not been maintained well. The grass was deeper than six inches in places. There was also pieces of cinder blocks and a stack of old wood fencing.
Jaime and Mathew had spent the whole day searching through an area approximately 12’x 25’. Totally frustrated Jamie went to the internet, finding my contact information on TheRingFinders.com. We talked on the phone and Jaime thought we could set up an appointment for the next day. I convinced her that we had enough time to search before dark as it seemed like a small search area.
It’s always a mystery as to what type of challenges await me, until I get to the location. I don’t like to discriminate trash signals while doing my first grid search. If there is bothersome trash, I will adjust my detector settings to give me nonferrous metal ID readings only. After over an hour in this small area, littered with small pieces of ferrous metallic trash, I had to get out a second detector (Minelab CTX 3030). This was my fourth grid over the same area. I was running out options.Then, a depth reading of 3”, a great low tone signal with the numbers that match gold. The beautiful rose gold ring was hiding in the grass right next to a stack of wood.
Jaime and Mathew were ecstatic and amazed that the ring was found. We were all starting to give up, but one thing I do know “ I always find it in the last place I look” Not funny but true.
I love having the experience, equipment and time to help people like Jaime and Mathew.
John and Barbara were here in Newport Beach, CA., visiting from the UK. Actually they were celebrating their marriage. John had been in the ocean about knee deep with his granddaughter, lifting her over the waves. He didn’t feel his four day old gold wedding ring come off, but realized it missing within minutes of returning to the shore.
He was able to contact me after finding TheRingFinders on a internet search. We met at sunset while it was almost high tide about 3 hours after the loss. Our beaches vary as far as sand conditions are concerned and can change daily. This beach had been recently eroded with a lot of soft sand on the lower slope, which could just cause the ring to sink out of detection range.
I waited to start the search at the next lowest tide. Starting to searching too soon could make it difficult to retrieve a ring in the water with the waves surging. Sometimes you only get one chance to dig the target. If you miss the ring on the first attempt, it could sink out of detection depth.
After an hour it was approaching the lowest tide and I was in knee deep water with waves hitting me at my waist. My third signal of the search sounded good, but I had difficulty staying on the target. When I relocated the signal it took a little patience to wait for the best time between the surging waves to dig the target.
Boom! John’s 18k Gold wedding ring in the scoop. Returning to the house with the ring in my hand, I met John who hand a look of doubt on his face. I told him how difficult the surf conditions were and asked him if he thought there might be two gold rings out there? He said, no. Then I said, this must be yours.
John was overwhelmed and kept saying he couldn’t believe it was found.
I love helping people like John, especially when I can pull off a recovery like this.
I received a request from a swimming pool company. They wanted me to help them find the location of rebar that was in a recently poured cement decking. It seemed that somebody forgot to bond the rebar to a grounding system.
If I could locate the rebar it would save them from damaging the surface of the concrete plus the labor of tunneling in the wrong area.
I met Brian he showed me the area he needed me to work. It was fairly simple as my detector is set up to identify ferrous metals with a defined tone. I was also able to double check using my pinpointer because the rebar was less than 3” deep. Marking the location with painters tape, I was confident that it was a successful job.
Marjory’s husband called me asking if I could help his wife find her wedding ring which was white gold with diamonds. She had lost it while playing volleyball. He said she knew exactly when the ring came off her finger.
It was 7:30 pm already dark and he wasn’t sure what the conditions were. He called his wife giving her my contact information. Marjory called me giving me the details. Her only problem was she had leave by 9pm.
After hearing how the loss occurred, I assured her that the search would not take long. We met at the well lighted outside volleyball court. After a short search the ring showed up in my sand scoop. Marjory and her friend were overjoyed and relieved that the ring was not lost forever.
Often, we get calls that are going to be quick and successful. That is not always the case, this last week I’ve had two other searches that were more than 6 hours each and the item was not found. If the ring is there, quality metal detectors in experienced hands can find small metallic items. If the item is not there a metal detector search can eliminate a location. It does give a little peace of mind to know that the item is not hiding in the sand or grass. I have several texts and emails from people that found their ring in other locations later. In the sofa, shoe, bed, car, clothing pockets, cookie jar, jewelry box, etc. I should post some of those stories on my blogs.
Ted called me, telling me that his wife, Shima had lost her diamond engagement ring either in the house or outside where she had walked yesterday afternoon.
I asked if I could talk to her to get her description of when she had last seen it and if she had done anything that might have caused the ring to fall off her finger. She had been in the house most of the time doing a few household chores. The walk they took that afternoon was only two blocks then they spent an hour at the neighborhood cocktail lounge. Both Shima and her husband,Ted had searched the outside area that night and the first thing in the morning.
It sounded like there was a possibility that we might have a few places that I could search the grass curb strip and decorated rock landscape ground cover along the sidewalk. After that we could look the house over to see if the ring was hiding inside the house. The main thing was to eliminate the outside areas first, so they could concentrate searching the inside of the house.
Shima and Ted walked with me as I swung my metal detector over possible places the ring could be hiding along the walkway. Nearing the end, I could see Shima start to give up hope. While walking back to the house I double checked the search area. A couple of the people walking along the sidewalk asked us what we were looking for. Then I saw Shima showing one of the gardeners a photo of her ring to one of the workers. She broke out in a joyful smile and yelled, “ They Found it”.
Freddy the guy working on the irrigation system had found the ring earlier that morning lying on the edge of the street near the gutter. He had put it in their truck thinking it was probably a fake ring.
This has happen several other times, where someone sees me detecting and has been honest enough to ask and return the lost item. Swinging a metal detector does create attention and this time it helped to find the person who found the ring. You never know, how it works? One reason I like to say, “I Will Try Anywhere”
When Frank called me it was about 7:30 pm. He and his wife, Lana were in panic mode because she had lost her white gold and diamond wedding band somewhere at 1000 Steps Beach in Laguna, Beach CA.
It was cold and dark but we still had a couple hours before they lock the upper entrance gates at 10 pm. I met them at 8pm with the objective to get a general idea of where they had been incase I had to resume the search the next day. Frank and Lana live 50 miles away which would be troublesome for them to lose a days work to return the next day.
As we walked down the 200 plus steps to the beach I asked the questions that could help me put together a strategy for the search.
Lana only remembered seeing her ring when they parked their car about 4pm. After that they had walked down to the beach and walked about a quarter mile to a cave at one end of the beach.
She didn’t remember doing any activity except running a bit on the wet sand. They did say that they had set down for about 15 minutes on the sand to watch the sunset. It was just before starting up the steps that she noticed the one ring missing. Her engagement ring was still on her finger.
It was not sounding like an easy search but if they could find the location where they sat on the beach, we could eliminate that area. Frank was able to direct me to the exact spot where they had been sitting. My head was telling me that tomorrow was going to be a long day searching an almost impossible expanse of sand.
Trying to stay positive I began to search a 12’x12’ area. First target was a small piece of tin foil. Second signal also sounded like tin foil but a quick dig with my sand scoop revealed Lana’s ring. Boom !!
They were both extremely excited, stating over and over that they could not believe that their cherish sentimental wedding ring was not lost forever. This was even more special because they are newlyweds and had only been married one month.
This is what makes me grateful that I have the skills and time to be able to help people like Lana and Frank.
Richard called me from his home in Seal Beach, CA., after losing his gold wedding ring, either in his garden or on a walk to the park yesterday.
He had retraced his walk to the park and couldn’t visually find his ring. Richard believed that it might be in his garden where he had installed 30 ft. of plastic landscape edging. He thought if he rented a metal detector it would save digging up the garden again. Searching online he found TheRingFinders and he called me.
When I arrived a couple hours after we talked on the phone, he showed me the area. We had a little electrical interference that I was able to stabilize. Even though he wasn’t sure where the ring was lost, I assured him that after scanning the area he had worked, we could at least eliminate that zone.
Within a few minutes I got two strong signals. The second one turned out to be Richards’s very sentimental wedding ring. I didn’t check the other signal. It was probably an aluminum pull tab or a nickel which gives a similar signal as a gold ring.
It was great to meet and help Richard find his ring. He was able to finish his day taking care of his other projects instead sifting through his garden or trying to learn how to use a rented metal detector.
Jenny was at Rivera Beach with her family. She put both her engagement ring and a white gold diamond ring in a cup holder of her beach chair. When she got ready to leave the beach the engagement ring was the only ring in the cupholder. The smaller ring must have dropped into the sand. Even using a small sifter beach toy to sift the sand didn’t help to find the ring. They looked for it for hours before having to leave the beach totally frustrated.
When Jenny got home she went to her Facebook friends asking for ideas to help her find the ten year old ring that was given to her by her husband to celebrate the birth of their daughter.
One of her friends on Facebook told her about a story on a Facebook about the ring I found for Kylie last week. Jenny was able to find my contact information and called me first thing the next morning. We talked about what happened and if she could meet me. She was at work but could meet me at 4:30pm after she picked up her daughter from school.
I could meet her then but maybe I could save her some trouble if she could give me directions to the general area, I would attempt the search by myself. It was easy to understand where she was located by the directions she gave me. I arrived at Rivera Beach in San Clemente at 10 am and had her ring in my hand within a half hour.
I sent Jenny a photo of her ring. She called me right away and we met after she got off work, closer to her home saving her the long drive to San Clemente.
Both Jenny and her daughter were happy to be reunited with this very sentimental token of a special time in her life.
I love helping keeping the story of the ring to continue.
I was just leaving a grocery store just about sunset when Kylie called. She told me that she believed her engagement ring had been lost in the sand at “B” St. at the Balboa Penesula while doing a photo shoot earlier that afternoon. I only asked her two questions, first was it dry sand and second was could she meet me at the location?
She met me shortly after we talked on the phone. It was already dark which is not a problem. Before starting to search she told me that she had put her engagement ring in a pocket of her jacket with her car keys. She didn’t discover her ring was missing until after leaving the beach.
While they were moving to several locations on the beach she had to take her jacket off each time they took photos. At one time her car keys had fallen out of her pocket into the sand, but she had found them. Her first thought was this could have been where the ring fell from her pocket.
I started off by asking her if she can see anything on the sand that could get me to the area they spent the most time. We followed some tire tracks of the wagon the photographer used to carry his equipment. Then she noticed a small piece of trash that was on the beach at the location.
Kylie’s fiancé, Roli showed up to help hold lights for me as I scanned the first search area. My plan was to grid search the towel line and eliminate this area first, as they had been many other places on the beach. Then there was the walk trough the sand to the car. I my head, it was looking like this might involve returning in the morning to complete the large search area. If it didn’t show up then, there was a possibility it could have fallen out in the car.
Trying to stay positive eliminating one spot at a time proved to be successful. Within a half hour I got a great solid sound with a definite gold ID number on my detector screen. Boom!!
Kylie’s rose gold vintage engagement ring. Everybody was surprised, even myself because it could have been in so many other places. She told me it was irreplaceable. It was over 200 years old and is what is called a Victorian Cluster.
Kylie and Roli were extremely grateful and we talked for quite awhile on the beach after finding the ring. They also treated me for dinner the next day.
It was truly a pleasure to meet the both of them.