So Kathy called me on Tues afternoon and told me about her husband’s ring, lost in the surf at Torrey Pines State Beach 2 days prior on Sunday, right around high tide which would turn out to be fortunate for all of us. The ring belonged to his dad who passed away 25 years ago. It has immense significance to the family and I could tell its loss was devastating. He had been boogie boarding with his son in waist deep water when it slipped off his finger. He knew exactly the moment he lost it and though they gave it a valiant try, recovery would be impossible as the surf that day was brutal. Kathy gave me a vague description of where it was lost and agreed to meet with me on the beach the next morning at low tide. I arrived early the next morning and started hunting the general area. When she arrived, Kathy was able to narrow down a 100’ length of beach and gave me the approx distance her husband had been from shore. Now this is where it gets good. She wandered off and I started at the North end of the search area and walked straight out into the surf. About 30 feet out in waist high water, in less than 5 minutes, Wham!! I got that unmistakable low tone. The surf was persistent and I missed it on the first couple scoops. It dropped to the bottom of the hole and I almost lost the tone. I dug frantically between rollers and finally got a good sound next to the hole. A second later it was safely clanking around on stainless. It was a beautiful old diamond ring. By now, Kathy had wandered way up the beach so I took a picture with my cell phone and texted it to her with no comment, just the pic :). I’ve never seen anyone run so fast on the beach with a kid in her arms :). After a really cool emotional reunion and an incredible face time conversation with her husband, I left them to enjoy the morning. Ring returns are always fun and rewarding but this one was freaking awesome!! I am so happy I could bring happiness to these guys. It was so worth the time and effort. It was a real joy to meet you Kathy and I really appreciate your token of gratitude.
If you are interested, you can see a short YouTube vid of this return here:
An Eagle River, WI man lost his wedding band while diving in at a local beach. He found theringfinders.com, and now his ring has been returned. It toll about 40 minutes to find with SCUBA gear, but with perseverance it has been put back on his finger. Where is belongs.
Woke up this morning to a call from a lady who is getting married next weekend. While swimming in port elgin beach the night before she came to shore and noticed her engagement ring was no longer on her finger and had to be sitting in the bottom of the beach somewhere. They searched for hours with the help of many others to come out empty handed. When she got home they googled something similar to “How to find a lost ring” and managed to find this directory.
Don of cherished finds was already in the area so he began the search right away and with the help of his wife found the ring within a couple hours!
Phil was gardening in his back yard in Oakland when he felt his ring get pulled off his finger by the chain link fence. Even though the area was small, he couldn’t find the ring anywhere, and he was worried that it might have gotten pulled through the fence to the neighbor’s yard. So he called TheRingFinders.
I arrived on Father’s Day morning. It was clear why Phil couldn’t find the ring: Lots of plants, tight spaces, and lots of loose dirt. I started hunting on my hands and knees with my pinpointer, because there was no room to swing a big detector.
The first metallic target was a large staple that held down an irrigation hose. The second target was buried deep in the dirt and leaves. It took a minute to dig it out, but it turned out to be Phil’s ring. Some recoveries just go fast–this one did because Phil knew the area where he lost the ring.
The weeds were at it again. This time a hard working gardener was trying to be wise while tending to her garden beds and took off her rings. After placing them in her pants pocket the inevitable had begun. She remembered taking her fit bit out of her pocket but not the rings. So the next morning when she saw that her rings were not on, she looked in her pants but only found her engagement ring. Two days of searching went by with no sign of the ring. She even rented a metal detector and tried looking for the ring, with no instructions from the rental company. Then on Google with a few key phrases Diane found me through my Craigslist post. I showed up that Sunday afternoon with a confidence that her back yard was hiding something from her. I swung over the area where she took out her fit bit without finding the ring, so I decided to grid the whole back yard. It took two grid lines to get me near the ring. Then my V3i detector screamed at me. I looked down in the grass as I pinpointed and saw the golden rim of her ring. It is so much fun to be out there trying to find lost items. This was the first ring find of the summer for me and I’m glad Diane has her 32 year old wedding ring back on her hand.
My little sorex pro is definitely my workhorse detector.
A couple called me this morning after the husband lost his wedding ring while lobbing a rugby ball about in a campsite. The problem was time, as later that day a whole crowd of triathletes would be descending on the site to camp for the nignt.
After a fair few bottle caps and about £8 in coins I located the ring, it was quite a hefty ring that was made from a lump of platinum supplied by the husband which his jeweller aunt turned into a ring for him. Very pleased to make them smile.
I received a phone message from Victoria on Tuesday morning, May 3rd. I returned her phone call and introduced myself as The Ring Finder representative she had phoned. Immediately I could hear her voice crack with emotion as she described losing her yellow gold wedding band with several diamonds mounted throughout the band and a four diamond square post mount, top center. Victoria and husband Twuan were enjoying the beach Monday afternoon around high tide when Victoria went to the surf’s edge to wash off her hands. She felt the ring slip from here finger in shin deep water. She and Twuan dug and search for awhile and gave in to the realization that the ring was lost forever. The one year married couple were very upset, so much so, that they went home early and left the area.
I assured Victoria that I could find that ring and that she was only allowed to cry when I gave it back to her. My wife Sunny joined me that afternoon with her detector. We grid searched the described area for nearly 3 hours. I was sure the ring would be found on the upper slope of the beach. We were not successful as the tide continued to rise. I went back that night after the tide change for a couple more hours to no avail. I noticed that the tide had brought in a large amount of sand. This had me worried. I returned to the area, at low tide, again on Wednesday. I worked a low tide grid and a southward grid for two more hours. I left empty handed again as I notice even more sand on the beach. I called Jim Brouwer (Gold Beneath The Waves) that night to ask if anybody in the Grand Strand Treasure Hunters was bragging about a great find on the south end of Myrtle Beach. Jim put out a few feelers to check and his answer was no! Jim hunts the beach just about everyday, so he was very cognizant of the building sand and asked if I needed some help. I told Jim that I was going to search low tide the next day (Thurs.). I told Jim that I exhausted the grid area in front of the Hotel and that the only way to go with a new grid was North. I explained to Jim that I had searched north to a drainage pipe in the sand, and that we should start there.
I was on my way to the beach Thursday, about five minutes away, when I got a phone call from Jim exclaiming that he found the ring. He had gotten there early and had started north and was only about 15 feet north of the pipe and got the signal he was looking for on his CTX 30-30. Jim gave me the ring and I was excited to call Victoria as she had been checking in with me every time I searched. With each passing conversation I could tell she was losing hope. She was in such disbelief that we actually found the ring that she asked me to send her a picture of it. I sent it with the tag “Miracles Happen”. I drove the two hours to Sumter, SC. on Friday to return Victoria’s ring. The big beautiful smile tells the rest.
Victoria and Twuan, thank you so much for the very generous reward. Jim expresses great thanks as well. 15% will be donated to “The Road Runners” of The Shrine Children’s Hospital. If you get to the beach anytime soon, look us up.
Ali contacted me Sunday when his fiancée lost her engagement ring in the ocean. I met him and Sylvia on Monday but I could not find it due to big waves. I felt so bad for them that I went out again on my own today and luckily I found it for them. I was psyched to bring the ring back to them for she was crushed about losing it. As you can see he is too.
I received a call about a lost ring he lost a year ago in the front yard while during some landscaping. As he was pulling off his glove, there went the ring flying, not to be seen again. The ring has more sentimental valve because his grandmother took her own jewelry to make his grandfather father gold ring which is pictured. The whole family was happy that I was able to find the ring.
Nothing too unusual about this story. Just the same old “He lost his ring when it slipped off his finger in the back yard when he was throwing colored powder at his friends and family during a “Holi” celebration also known as the festival of colors in India” Happens every day right? 🙂 Josh contacted me on Tuesday, we met up on Wednesday and in less than 15 minutes I ran my coil over his gorgeous wedding ring. Everyone was a winner that afternoon. Josh got his ring back and I got to be a hero:). I also received a very nice monetary reward. Thanks Josh..