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A repeat customer loses his ring again…and recovers it again!

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796

Lost ring found in Campbell CaliforniaRecently I got a call. “Do you hunt for lost rings with your daughter? You round my ring for me a few years ago…I lost it again.”

Way back in 2010, Vince lost his wedding ring in a park. My daughter and I found it for him. It was one of our first recoveries for TheRingFinders, so we remember it well. Click here to read that story.

This time, Vince was playing a ball game with his three sons on the trampoline in their back yard. While he was bouncing up and down, he reached down for the ball and gave it a hard throw. To his dismay, he watched his ring fly off his finger. They searched for hours, but couldn’t find it.

I made two trips over to Vince’s house. We searched his yard, under the trampoline, and his neighbor’s yard (across the fence to the left of the photo below. But no ring. There was only one possibility left: The ring had flown backwards, over the fence behind his head, into a different neighbor’s yard. That neighbor wasn’t home, but Vince said he would contact him as soon as possible.

The next day, Vince sent me an email with a photo of his ring. It had been sitting on top of the grass in that neighbor’s yard. This time Vince is going to get the ring resized!

 

Click here to read more stories about rings recovered all over the San Francisco Bay area. If you’ve lost your ring or jewelry anywhere in Silicon Valley between San Francisco, San Jose and Santa Cruze, give me a call!

Lost Wedding Ring Found in Campbell

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796

lost wedding ring found in CampbellPaul sent me this email:

Hi,

Please let me know how I can retain your services for finding my wedding ring lost in my back yard a few years back. I’m relatively certain it’s there somewhere.

Paul told me that he’d lost the ring while installing a sprinkler in his back yard. He’d considered renting a metal detector, but called TheRingfinders instead.

When we met at his house this week, the first thing I did was search the main yard. I recovered some coins, brass fittings and junk, but no ring. Then we dug up the sprinkler head itself and discovered some bad news-the pipe was 15 inches (38cm) underground, deeper than either of my metal detectors would be able to find a ring.

Before we did any more digging, I decided to search the side yard, over near the hose where Paul had washed off his hands on the day the ring was lost. Not far from the hose, I found a shallow target that showed as mixed metals on the detector display. But when I tried again at a 90-degree angle, the target separated in two, one clearly iron and one a more interesting metal. Digging just under the surface of the dirt, we found Paul’s ring.

Thank you for the reward, Paul! I’m glad we could recover your ring after it was lost for so long!

 

Wedding ring found

 

 

Nina Saves Her Cat but Loses Her Diamond Rings

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796

Nina-myrtleNina recently moved into a new home in San Jose with her family and cat. Some other cats also live nearby, and all of them are territorial. A few days ago, Nina’s cat got into a fight with a neighbor’s cat in a grassy area, and Nina had to come to the rescue. Unfortunately she got scratched, and even worse, she lost her diamond wedding and engagement rings in the thick grass.

Nina sent an email to coworkers to ask if anyone knew where she could borrow or rent a metal detector. One of her friends recommended that she contact me instead (click here to read about the ring I recovered for his wife).

When I arrived, Nina showed me where the cats had been fighting. Sure enough, the neighbor’s big orange and white tabby was watching us from underneath a hedge, its ears folded back, ready for another fight. But once I swung my metal detector in his direction, he disappeared.

The area wasn’t too large, and the search didn’t take too long. The rings were completely hidden in the grass, all the way down at the roots. It’s a beautiful set that Nina was very happy to get back. Thank you for the generous reward!

Nina-grass

Click here to read more stories of lost rings that we’ve recovered for people with our metal detectors!

Lost Wedding Band Found in Los Gatos Park

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796
Lost wedding band found in Los Gatos

Lost wedding band found in Los Gatos

Ilene was at the park today with a group of friends and their children. When her daughter asked to hold her wedding and engagement rings, Ilene agreed, with the warning, “Hold them tight!”

Of course, kids will be kids, and a few minutes later her daughter said, “Mommy, I dropped your rings!” The entire group started searching right away, but couldn’t find them. After they searched for an hour, Ilene pulled out her iPhone, searched the web for a metal detector specialist, and found us.

We arrived about half an hour later, to partial good news: one of the children had found one of the rings. But the other was still missing after more than an hour and a half of searching by the whole group. As we unloaded our metal detectors from the car, a dozen children and adults gathered around. We hoped we could deliver a good show for this, our biggest audience ever!

Eryn swung her detector over the center of the primary search area for about 30 seconds and got a solid hit. There, hidden in deep grass, was the missing ring. The crowd went wild! Ilene was happy that both rings had been found, and her daughter looked relieved. Everybody went home happy.

To read more stories about finding lost jewelry throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, click here.

Two lost rings found in deep grass

Lost Ring Found in Saratoga

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796
Lost Ring Found in Saratoga

Lost Ring Found in Saratoga

Today we received a call from a client in Saratoga, a small Bay Area town near Los Gatos and Cupertino. She had just lost a beautiful handmade gold ring from India, while pruning a large jasmine bush in her front yard. She had searched for a metal detector expert on the web, and found us.

When we arrived, we found that the jasmine bush was indeed large-it was a sphere nearly six feet in diameter, and very dense. Our detectors can only scan to a maximum of 8-12 inches deep, so we were a bit worried. First we scanned the entire surface of the bush and an area in the ground around it, and also poked our detectors into the bush as far as they would go. Then our  client told us we could easily untie the bush from its pole supports and flip the whole thing over. Once we did this, we scanned the whole bush again without any luck.

Then we scanned the area directly beneath the jasmine, around the area where the stems emerged from the ground. This area had been completely covered by the bush when we arrived. Bingo! Buried in about an inch of leaves and debris, we found the ring, and it was as beautiful as the client had described. The top of the ring featured a carved image of Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth. Not a very common ring in the Bay Area!

If you lose a ring in your back yard, or in bushes or planters, try not to disturb the area while you are searching-step gently! You want to avoid causing your lost item to move very far from it’s resting place. In this case, the ring was directly underneath the jasmine bush, but we’ve recovered items thirty feet or more from where they were lost. They were accidentally kicked there by overly enthusiastic searchers. Call us quickly and we’ll find it for you!

Click here to read more stories about finding lost rings.

 

Ring featuring Lakshmi Hindu goddess of wealth

Lost Platinum Ring Found in Los Gatos

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796
Campbell dad finds his ring in Los Gatos park

Campbell dad finds his ring in Los Gatos park

Today we got a call from a Campbell dad who had just lost his platinum wedding band at  a park in Los Gatos. He had already hunted for the ring on hands and knees for an hour when his wife found Ring Finders on the web. We headed over to the park with two metal detectors.

The owner showed us how the ring had flown off his finger when he threw a soccer ball over his head. We re-enacted the toss a few times with another ring to identify the search area. But after an hour, we still hadn’t found it.

Then we searched closer to where he had been standing, and found it very quickly. Unbelievably, the ring had fallen almost at his feet. Dad has decided to get his ring resized so that it doesn’t fall off again.

The wedding ring we found in Los Gatos using metal detectors

What To Do When You Lose Your Ring

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796

As Ring Finders, we get a lot of calls to recover jewelry soon after it was lost. Unfortunately, some people inadvertently make it harder to find their jewelry after they lose it. Here are some tips to help recover your ring, earring, necklace, watch or other jewelry:

The first thing to do is STOP. Look around, notice where you are, and what landmarks are right near by. If you are at the beach, are you near a lifeguard station, cabana, boardwalk or trash can? At a park, are you near a light pole, bench, tree or volleyball court? Unfortunately, too many people can only say, “I lost my ring on Ocean Beach” which is hundreds of acres in size, and far too large to search.

Next, retrace your steps. When do you last remember wearing your jewelry? What is the last thing you remember doing? For example, it is quite common to lose a ring after applying lotion or washing your hands. Earrings and necklaces can slip off during sports, while changing clothes, or while arranging picnics and blankets.

Next, make a specific list of the places you have been since last seeing your ring.

Now you are ready to search. Be gentle! Tell everyone to walk around slowly, and search with their eyes. Avoid using rakes or other tools, as far more items are dragged into cracks, drains, holes, etc. by inexperienced searching than are recovered that way. You cannot recover what you do not see!

Do you have a smart phone? Open up the map, drop a pin on your location, and send the pin to a friend. This will save the GPS coordinates of your location so we can go right to that same spot later. This is VERY important on large beaches.

At the beaches in San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Soquel, Aptos, Capitola, Monterey and Carmel, we commonly recover items as deep as 6 or 8 inches, even when they were lost that day. The ring will usually start about half an inch under the sand, but get pushed deeper as it gets stepped on by searchers. While our equipment can find items up to about 10-12 inches, recoveries that deep are much harder than those on the surface. If you know where the item is lost, and cannot see it, call us quickly!

At parks in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, lost items usually remain on the surface, hidden in the grass or ground covering. Our advice is the same: Walk the area slowly and gently, using your eyes to do the work. Many items can be recovered through careful visual searches. Avoid rakes or other tools: we have seen small items tossed ten feet through the air when they catch on a a rake tine, then the rake hits a bump. Sproing!

If you do not find your item quickly, contact The RingFinders! We have successfully recovered jewelry of every description all up and down the San Francisco Peninsula. People have contacted Ring Finders from San Jose, Santa Clara, Los Gatos, Cupertino, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Los Altos, Redwood City, San Mateo, San Francisco, Sausalito, Santa Rosa and Mill Valley. We work at parks, schools, private property (with permission) and businesses. We’ve also done beach recoveries in San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Soquel, Aptos, Capitola, Monterey and Carmel.

If you have lost a ring or other jewelry in the San Jose-San Francisco area, contact me. We work on a reward-only basis. My daughter and I frequently hunt together, increasing your chances of recovery. Click here to read more stories about finding lost rings.

Good luck!

P.S. If your ring is still on your finger, make sure it isn’t loose, and inscribe your name or ID on the inside!