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Rings found Louisiana and Mississippi

from Baton Rouge (Louisiana, United States)
Contact: 1-225-328-5300

I’m behind on making new posts but the calls for lost rings are still coming in and the rings are still being found. I thought I’d post a little update and a couple of the ones I got pictures of. I found a ring near Baton Rouge the other day that was in a fire, unfortunately I didn’t snap a picture of it because it was getting dark. The fellow had been doing yard work and burning limbs and it slipped off his finger (he wasn’t sure where) and I found it in the ashes. It survived the fire !! The ring was his fathers and had great sentimental value.

There was also a diamond engagement ring in Mississippi in a swimming area. After around 30 minutes of searching it was found in shallow water in a creek. I’ll post a picture of it.

Another one that comes to mind was found on a soccer field. It was a men’s wedding ring with an inscription inside the band. He had thrown a ball and it slipped off. I was able to find it in around an hour. I’ll post a picture of it as well.

There have been countless others since my last post (I’m horrible at getting posts made) but will try to do better.

Wedding ring found in Norwood Park, Il

from Chicago (Illinois, United States)
Contact: 1-773-774-5445
Lost while raking leaves, a Norwood Park father calls a ringfinder.
Lost gold wedding ring while raking leaves
Found Ring in Norwood Park, Il IMG_1620

Ring lost at Mission Bay found

from La Jolla (California, United States)

Michael was out on the beach at Mission Bay in front of his apartment when, while waving to someone, his loose fitting wedding ring flew off into the sand. A search by sifting through the sand proved fruitless, so, an online search was in order where he found The Ring Finders website. When I turned on my phone in the morning, I noticed the text and contacted Michael. We made plans for a 10am meet and search. After arriving, meeting Michael and his lovely wife, we went to the site while talking and getting the ring loss story on the way. The search area was fairly large, but, not ridiculous. All dry sand and maybe 30 X 100 feet or so. I started at one end and after 3-4 passes, several coins, and a dog tag later, his gold wedding band came to light. All smiles on the happy couple now and thank you for the reward.

Lost wedding band Indian rocks beach…. Found!

from St. Petersburg (Florida, United States)
Contact: 1-727-804-0820

Amanda and her family were here on vacation. She was playing volleyball with her daughter when both her wedding band and engagement ring flew off into the shallow waters on Indian Rocks Beach. Her daughter found the engagement ring but they couldn’t find the band. Day one of searching for 3 hours turned up nothing. Another metal detecting hunter joined the search and still we didn’t find anything. The next day I had a few hours to spare so I went out again and had better results. One ping in two days! About 15 feet out into the shallow waters and buried an inch and a half in the sand.
That one ping was Amanda’s wedding band!! So glad I could find it before she went home the next day. A happy ending to a family vacation.

Lost ring St Petersburg / Clearwater….Found!

from St. Petersburg (Florida, United States)
Contact: 1-727-804-0820

Hi, My name is Lee and I just joined Ringfinders.com. I have been metal detecting as a hobby for over three years. Many years ago I worked doing land survey and specialized in finding “ hard to find” property corners that no one else could find. So it isn’t new to me. My favorite part of metal detecting is the opportunity to find a persons lost jewelry and reunite what they thought was lost forever.This is why I decided to join Ringfinders.com.

Found: Waikiki Beach – Wedding Ring

from Honolulu (Hawaii, United States)
Contact: 1-808-282-6978

It started as a normal day.  I headed to the beach for some metal detecting and relaxation.  That day I chose Waikiki Beach and left before dawn.  I hadn’t been on the sand more than 10 minutes when Adam, a surfing instructor, came up to me and asked “do you know how to use a metal detector?”.  I was taken aback a bit but answered that “I’ve been doing this for a number of years.  He then began to explain he had lost his ring in the late afternoon the day before.  He knew the aprox. location in the dry sand he had lost his ring and after some experimentation with a borrowed metal detector he gave up realizing he had no idea how to use it.  That explained his first question to me about if I knew how to use my metal detector.  I headed to the area he indicated.  The area was small but full of a lot of trash and iron.  It took a good 20 minutes to sort out all the targets but knowing that the ring was tungsten carbide I knew it would be a lower sounding contact.  Finally I locked on to the sound I wanted, which was outside the area indicated as where it was lost.  Only plausible explanation was as it was a high traffic area the ring had been kicked outside the area we were originally searching.  Adam was overjoyed to get his wedding band back where it belongs.

Lost Ring found in Fernandina Fl. Guitar player happy!!

from Blackshear (Georgia, United States)
Contact: 1-912- 286-7733

I parked at a beach side restaurant in Fernandina.   On the back deck there was a band playing and I recognized the lead singer.   I decided to go metal detect the beach and come back later that night to say hello.

At 11:00, I came back and they were packing up.   I walked up behind the stage and spoke to Lauren, the lead singer.   While we were talking, I notice a guy raking the sand behind the stage.   I asked Lauren if the guy was looking for something.   Sure enough he had flung his wedding band off his finger while he was trying to loosen up his fingers.   I walked over and asked if needed help.   I told him I had a metal detector and I help people recover lost rings.

I walked to the truck and pulled out the detector and my sand scoop.   I thought this would be a simple find, Man was I wrong.   There was so many bottle caps, not to mention he had raked over the spot it had fallen.   After almost 3 hours of cleaning the area of bottle caps and pull tabs, I still had not found the ring.   I was tired and thirsty.   I needed to find me some water and take a break.

After getting a bottle of water and detecting the beach for an hour, I headed back to the dunes behind the stage.   I was bound and determined to find the wedding band.   One, I didn’t want to let the guy down and two, this was not just any wedding band.   This was the band his dad wore for over fifty years.  It was the one his mom had given his dad when they were married.   His dad gave it to him to wear after his mom died.

I walked over to the area and said a quick prayer.  I waved the detector and got a good signal.   I took out the pinpointer and was thinking I would have another pull tab.   A few scoops of sand with my hands and there it was.    Thank you Jesus!

I sent Frank a text telling him I had given up   He text back thanking me for trying.   Then I text him back and told him I only have up for a little while and went back    I sent him the picture of the ring.   He was very happy    Now his wife would be happy again and his dad would keep him in his will.

i will post return soon

 

 

Lost Ring – After a year Lost, Leesburg Lake Reservoir Virginia…Found

from Lexington (Virginia, United States)
Contact: 1-540-429-4716

9/6/2019  So, this find, was one that I am so proud to have accomplished.  Last year almost a year to the find date, but back in 2018, I was called out to the Leesburg Lake Reservoir that feeds into Smith Mountain Lake here in Virginia.  It is a lake that while mostly clean for swimming, boating and fishing, has a lot of movement of the water that keeps it dark with no visibility as the lake height changes.  Needless to say, it’s very dark down there and there are big critters swimming around in the dark.  I spent 9 hours under water that day trying to find a lost wedding ring for a woman and her family who wish to remain nameless. This ring was the Husband’s, Mother’s wedding ring, and to my understanding is not with us anymore. The ring was lost while catching a waterlogged nerf football while floating in the lake approximately 30-50 feet from the dock. The lake was high at the time, higher than most times of the year at the time of loss, and the dock when I arrived was considerably lower as was the lake, by almost 15 feet in depth difference from when they said it was lost.  As with most client’s you search where they prefer you to, because they know they lost it in a specific area, but, as it sometimes goes, with the tragedy of losing the item, the view can get a little skewed, as does the memory.  To make matters a little worse for the search, the family had attempted prior to my arrival last year, to search for it with two other divers, and a detector, and they were not able find it.

As I said I dove for 9 hours that day, and did not find it.  All I was able to come up with was about 40 lbs of trash that individually, if only the size of a quarter, would weigh as much as a piece of beer can that size.  Needless to say, it was a minefield down there, and I had to dig every target.  After that dive, I was not very happy with myself that I had not found it.  The whole ride home and for the next year, this ring plagued my thoughts.  “I know it’s there, it has to be”.  Its amazing the things that get you thinking maybe it is really gone or not findable.  1) I had a fish grab my fingers when I held them up to my flashlight trying to see if I had found something.  2) I had multiple catfish (bottom feeders) get in my way, could they have moved it?  3) I had a really big alligator snapping turtle run right into my mask as it was swimming, undoubtedly spooked and not being able to see me, colliding with my head and really giving my bell a ring.  4) At the end of the day, she asked me if I thought a fish could have took it, like a shiny lure.  I told her, it is there somewhere, and I promise I will find it for you, even though I was starting to wonder the same.  5) We also had the possibility of displacement from the previous divers, which I didn’t even want to mention to her, because a couple of good fin kicks could have seriously moved it.

I was going to enlist the help of my friend Craig in Michigan, mainly because of the amount of trash down there as well as bottom time needed if the lake rose again (which it did by 20 feet). For awhile the plan was going to work, but things came up for Craig’s family with an emergency for his newborn and he was not able to make it, and I had committed to searching again before September 14th of this year.  My Wife and I run two small businesses, so lining up a schedule to look again was also a challenge.  But I was able to make it out a week prior to when I said, and this time she was not able to make the trip due to work.  I told her if I did not find it that day, I would come again the following weekend to search as well.  We talked on the phone to review the details again for about 15 minutes.  I evaluated the dock and rise of the water for about another 20 minutes from what I could remember the year prior (the memory of mud on the shore last year helped as there was none this year).  I suited up and chose a spot a lot deeper and further out than she had mentioned, because my instincts were, this ring has to be further out than originally thought due to the rise and fall of the lake.

As I conducted my lined circle search for every 5 feet, I noticed in this area, I was not coming across any trash, and to my delight, if I was close enough to the bottom with my face (about 1 foot, I could see just a little before my detector stirred everything up and I lost visibility again.  I came across a signal, low tone, like a gold ring, and got excited.  There was a fist sized rock in the way so I picked it up and moved it, swung back over and, no tone.  I couldn’t believe it.  I actually wondered if I had made it up in my head.  So I stayed in that spot for about a minute, swinging and nothing.  I then had a thought, and looked at where my hand would be even though I couldn’t see it, and swung my detector over my hand and the rock in it.  The rock to my dismay, made the tone.  I carefully laid it on the bottom to reinspect it in case when I picked it up, the ring, any ring, or anything, was stuck to it, or in my hand with the rock.  Nothing.  Swung over the rock again in my hand and it gave the tone again. I carried it with me in my hand along with my line as I kept moving inch by inch. Another low tone.  Another rock, with the same mineral properties.  By the time I made it around to start going out to 10 feet, I had pushed almost 40 fist sized or smaller rocks into the inside of my search circle and piled them up.

At this point, I moved to the 10 foot mark of my line, and immediately it got colder due to the thermocline, and the bottom started sloping steeply, right into some big rocks that might have been put there for erosion control in the past.  Needless to say, the rocks were going to be another challenge altogether, in the dark, in the silt, about 21 feet down or going deeper, and hard to swing my detector without banging it to pieces, because the only indication I had of these rocks being there was by feel.  As I started my search, and was just about to start back up the slope, I got a low tone. I got really close to the coil as I always do to make sure I didn’t drift, and made two swipes with my hand.  Just the slightest little glint of light shot back at me from my flashlight, and I knew, I had found it.  I laid there on the bottom, thanking God, and staring at the ring just sitting there in the muck for a few minutes, glad I had not lost the perseverance that has driven me my whole life, and that I could give it back to this woman and her family.  It was the ring find of a lifetime up to this point, and knowing I was going to take the signature photo I always do with it in my fingers from the water, I held it as tight as I could in my fist as I ascended to the surface, and then put it in my fingers carefully, showed it to the camera, and the shocked look on my Son’s face who goes with me sometimes to help and learn, the slow motion of it all, and your mind racing, it was all worth it.

After I got back onto the dock, their neighbor came over and jokingly asked if I had found it, and when I said I did (in about an hour) he stopped in his steps, looked at me in utter shock and in disbelief.  I showed it to him, and he said, “You just made a lot of people really happy today, you have no idea.”  I took a picture of the ring in my hand, and sent it via text to the owner, and told her in jest “Hey, look what I found ;)”  She couldn’t believe it either, and took a picture with it back on her hand (below) when she received it.  (She was unable to meet me due to work about 3 hours away I believe).

I wanted to write as much as I could about this ring find, because the meaning, not just to the family, but to me as well, was so heavy and inspiring.  I will never forget this find. I know we can’t find them all, but if we are willing, we can give it one hell of a run, and who knows, you may just find it.  Thank you for reading, and I hope this helps inspire the rest of us ring finders, as it does me.

Lost Ring – Staunton Virginia…..Found

from Lexington (Virginia, United States)
Contact: 1-540-429-4716

6/17/2019 At the same location where they were married, Jennifer and her husband were celebrating their Son’s 1 year old Birthday, and in the process of cleaning up after having cake and ice cream, and apparently some kind of cake game I was unfamiliar with 😉 lost the husband’s wedding ring in this pond.  As you can see the water was not very forgiving for looking and unknown to anyone was a bunch of trash beneath the surface to the point of having to move a 55 gallon drum that was rusted out and sharp.  Visibility as with most dives around our area was zero, to include the danger of what might be underwater, and the condition of the water, so I suited up completely.  This was the leeward side of the pond so a lot of algae and muck had collected.  I was told before I went under, that the owners of the place had lost their watch 5-6 years ago, and in about 10 minutes, I found both.  Surprisingly the watch had no water int he face of it, thought the band was rusted and could not be saved.  The whole time I suited up, dove, and returned, Jennifer’s little boy was watching me, so it made for a memorable experience along with their pictures of me coming out of the water etc., for him.  Jennifer said her husband did not believe it could be found, and was home sleeping form a late work shift.  She left it on his nightstand for when he woke up 😉  Diving Claus / Ring Fairy, you choose. 😉

 

Lost Ring – Thaxton Virginia…..Found

from Lexington (Virginia, United States)
Contact: 1-540-429-4716

8/11/2019  This find starts out with a call for another unique wedding ring that had really deep sentimental value.  .925 Sterling Sliver, lost at private swimming hole in a rushing creek about a mile or so in the woods of Thaxton, VA.  Josh sent me an email as I recall and then we linked up on the phone as his work and mine would allow.  I met up with his wife and had to load the equipment into her jeep as she took me back into the woods to the swimming hole and her husband would meet us in a few minutes.  After dawning my equipment and hearing the story again how he was jumping off the rocks into the middle, I went looking for the ring.  The bottom was not too trashy and the water while calm looking on the surface was moving really fast below the surface.  I joke about how I did probably close to 100 one arm pullups that day on the rocks fighting the current. After finding the awesome trout and where they were located and taking a branch to the head that came down the creek, I could see after about 2.5 hours of searching the look of defeat on the faces of Josh and his wife.  I asked again about his story, and this time the direction of his jump had changed, as well as the height of the water at the time.  I went in the direction I thought best and got a very weak signal underneath a rock that weighed about 50 lbs.  Knowing anything can happen in a creek, I put my detector on the bottom and proceeded to lift the rock off the bottom.  There is was, just a hint of glimmer, and pushed in between two other rocks that were under the one I just moved.  Sure enough, it was Josh’s ring, and I couldn’t have been happier to present it to him and his wife.  They had already made plans to try and order another that was similar while I was underwater, but such is how it goes, and they were really grateful, and gave a nice reward as well.  You never know where you will end up, and divers typically aren’t this far from the ocean 😉  But it was a good day for all of us, and they said they would recommend me to everyone. It was then that Josh told me a friend of his in Oregon, after hearing about his lost ring, told Josh about TheRingFinders.com and to find one of us, I just happen to be the one he reached out to and be semi local to his area 🙂  You just never know 🙂