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Lost Wedding Ring Thrown into Rose Garden .. Aliso Viejo, CA.. Found

  • from Newport Beach (California, United States)





















Laura had called me with a request to help her find her mother in-law’s diamond ring. She believed that her 7 year old son had removed it from a counter in the house. When she confronted her son, he admitted taking it and throwing it off the second floor balcony into a rose garden. No one in the house saw him with the ring. He was terrified that he had done something wrong and kept insisting that the ring was in the rose garden, 30 ft. away.

Laura was desperate for my help to search for the ring as this had created a family crisis. I met her that same morning, where she showed me a large rose garden that had maybe 50 roses in full bloom. After about an hour and a half of searching with a small coil on my detector that could get into tight areas around the base of the plants, I could not locate the ring. I expanded the search to the lawn and other landscape shrubbery.

There was a possibility that the ring could have hung up into rose plants. I threw a test ring several times into the plants and it fell through each time. Walking through the plants more than three times during the search could have dislodged a ring hanging in the bush? We also took time to probe each plant with a hand held pinpointer to no avail.

As I was getting ready to tell Laura that I had run out of places to search. I showed her how the only possibility ( if the ring was really thrown), would be that the ring hand been stuck in one of the plants. I tossed my test ring into a nearby plant to show her how it falls through the plant each time. This time it didn’t seem to pass through the plant. I couldn’t get a signal at the base of the plant, so I probed into the plant several times. After that I got a strong signal on the ground at the base of the plant. Laura was close so I asked her to retrieve the test ring.

She reached under the rose plant grabbed the ring and handed to me. Guess What? It was not my test ring, it was her mother in-law, Lucy’s  very sentimental wedding ring , which she had worn for 28 years. It had been hung up in the bush and I knocked it free with an aggressive probing with the detector coil. The test ring had passed through the bush and was about 18” away on the ground.

Lucy was in the house when Laura walked in to hand her the ring that had seemed to be lost forever. When Lucy came out to thank me, she still had tears of joy streaming down her cheeks. It was awesome to help them find the ring but I know it was a miracle that I didn’t walk away. You can’t tell how these small end up. There’s so many places a ring can hide. Finding rings takes a some skill and a lot of luck.

Lost Diamond Ring in Bed of Nails at Aliso Beach .. Recovered with Metal Detector

  • from Newport Beach (California, United States)



















Sunday, Don and his wife Karina had been at Aliso Beach near Laguna Beach, CA. Karina had put her white gold diamond ring in the pocket of her shorts. When they returned home she went to retrieve her ring and it was not in the pocket. It must be at the beach?

Don took the next day off work, rented a metal detector and spent three hours finding several hand fulls of metal trash, mostly nails. A passerby suggested that he contact TheRingFinders website. It was 4:30pm when I talked to Don. He wanted to know if I was available today or tomorrow? Knowing the beach, I told him tomorrow may be too late. 

I met Don at the location, he was standing next to his rental metal detector with a pile of nails, stacked on top of the trash can. He was totally frustrated and at his wits end. This was an area that had been a fire pit. People burn wood pallets that are loaded with nails. In one way I was glad that the possible loss of the ring was in a trashy area, because other detectorist avoid searching these type areas. Another possible problem was Don had pushed a lot of the dry surface sand down a slight embankment which could have buried the ring out of detection depth.

I have practiced many hours with my detectors for this type search. It was a small area but it took a lot of concentration to listen for the right tone. My alternate plan would be to return the next day with my sifting equipment. After about an hour I got a mixed signal which turned out to be Karina’s beautiful white gold diamond ring in my scoop with two nails.

Don told me he had all but given up as he saw me nearing the end of the area. He had walked away to put things in his car. When he walked up to me he was expecting me to tell him that I couldn’t find it. Nevertheless he was surprised to see me hold up the very special ring. Another happy day for him and his wife Karina.

Small Gold Heart Pendant Lost at Huntington State Beach .. Found

  • from Newport Beach (California, United States)






















I was at Huntington State Beach doing a grid search for a ring that was possibly lost in a massive area, when Lauren and her twin sister, Lexis asked me if I could help them find a small gold heart pendant that was lost in the sand. 

It was beginning to get dark . I took a little break from my other search to give them a half hour and see the location with Lauren’s explanation of how the small pendant was lost. It seems the neckless had become unlatched while the Lauren was playing a game in the sand with her friends. Her twin sister had a matching pendant that were family heirlooms passed down from her mother and grandmother, irreplaceable and very sentimental. We were able to test my detector settings using the matching pendant and even though it was small my detector could get a signal.

I could not find the pendant that evening in a 50’x 50’ area but I knew I would be coming back the next day, so I took a phone number of their father. They thanked me for trying and I think they didn’t believe that I would return the next day.

The next day with nice sunny weather, I used my metal detector set up with a high frequency coil. The area was relatively free of metal trash which made it easy to listen for tones of small metallic targets. After about a half hour I was able to find Lauren’s small gold heart pendant. (Total weight of the pendant was .63 grams)

I sent a photo of the pendant to Jeremy, Lauren’s father and we met the next afternoon so I could personally return the pendant. He took time to thank me, telling me how much these family heirlooms meant to his twin daughters. That is why I love doing this. 

Lost Silver Wedding Ring in Sand at Newport Beach .. Found with Metal Detector

  • from Newport Beach (California, United States)












I was on the beach detecting about 4 miles away from Newport Beach when Mary called asking if I was available to help her husband to find his wedding band lost in the sand. She texted me the location and I met the family on a crowded portion of the beach a half hour later.

Mary’s husband Dee had been waving his hands in the air when he felt the Silver wedding band fly off his finger. All their attempts to find the ring by dragging their fingers through the sand became frustrating. Then someone on the beach told them about TheRingFinders website. 

They had contacted me in a timely manner and were able to stay in the location till I arrived. These are the kind of searches that I like and can tell them, I will find your ring.

It was a quick find. Most detectors could have found it. The problem would have been that the wrong person found the ring and had no way to find the owner. It was a pleasure to help Mary and Dee. Their visit to the beach was not upset by the loss of a sentimental keepsake.

Lost Ring Next To Highway .. Laguna Hills, CA .. Found and Returned

  • from Newport Beach (California, United States)




















I reeived a call Sunday afternoon from Melissa she had a unusual situation where a family heirloom ring may have been lost on the side of a toll road. She generally explained to me that her husband’s brother had lost a gold ring that had belonged to his deceased father. It had happened a couple weeks ago, possibly on the side of the Orange County 73 toll road. Her question was, would I be willing to try searching the area?

We agreed to meet Monday with her brother in law, Josh. He took,a few minutes to tell me the what happen the evening of the loss before we drove onto the toll road. Two weeks before he had pulled to the side of the highway where he suffered a seizure. He was able to get out of his car, confused and disorientated, Josh remembered walking alongside the guard rail a couple blocks toward the next exit. He said, he had fallen a couple times. The next thing he remembered was was struggling with ambulance attendants as he had another attack. Later at the hospital is where Josh realized the ring was missing.

It is always a long shot when a person doesn’t feel the ring come off and so many possibilities of where the could have come off. I agreed to give it a try, at least to eliminate the area. I wasn’t quite sure how to legally proceed with the search. Pedestrians are not permitted on this particular toll road. When they searched the area they had called the highway patrol to get permission to search. The highway patrol sent a patrol car to ok the search location. 

It was too cold and windy Monday and I needed at least two hours to cover the large area. Tuesday after traffic slowed down I was able to park safely off the side of the road. 

Walking up to where Josh had parked his car, I started my grid search on the safe side of the guard rail. It was a 3 foot wide dirt path with marble size rocks. One side had asphalt and the other side was thick brush. I wanted to eliminate this 100 yards first but in my mind the best possibility would be where the struggle with the abundance personnel happened.

There was a lot of tin foil and pieces of aluminum trash, but 50 yards from the start of my search I got a pull tab or gold signal. Looking down I spotted the unique gold ring lying in the hard packed dirt amongst the rocks.

It was amazing, considering all the places that it could have been lost. I was also concerned that the highway patrol would not give a second permission to search because of liability laws.

I was able to send a photo of the ring to Melissa, who was totally responsible for making this happen. She talked me into giving a try, saying it was their last chance. Two hours later I met Melissa’s husband, Justin to return the ring.

He told me how his dad had worn this ring for as long as he could remember and that it meant so much to the whole family.

This was not an easy search but worth every minute of preparation and I’m so glad I didn’t refuse to try something that seemed impossible. I can’t get tired of seeing miracles.

Lost Diamond Wedding Rings .. Santa Monica Beach .. Found

  • from Newport Beach (California, United States)












Michelle was visiting from Boston. Saturday she went to Santa Monica Beach near the pier with her mother and sister to take advantage of our weather. After most the afternoon on the beach they went up to the pier for dinner and a few drinks. That was when Michelle realized her two ring wedding set was missing. The last time she saw them was when she set them on the edge of her towel to apply sunscreen.

They walked a couple blocks back to the spot just before sunset but after 2 hours could not find the two white gold diamond rings. 

By the time they got online to locate me, it was after 10pm. Michelle said they would stay to meet me at 11pm. We met on the beach in an area between the first two lifeguard towers south of the pier. The next day was Sunday and there would be other people with detectors on that beach. 

It was dark, cold, and they were tired. Also a few extra adult beverages while waiting may have contributed to the confusion getting me in the exact location. I assured them that I could search the whole area but it would take a couple hours. It had been a long day for them so they decided to go back to their hotel. Basically they had given up hope that the rings could be found.

Later while working a methodical grid search, two other guys with metal detectors were working the same location at midnight. They were wondering through the general area and didn’t know what I knew, but I still worried that they might find the rings first and claim them as a treasure. Soon they wandered off down the beach. Shortly after 12:30am the magic moment came, when I scooped up a metallic signal that turned out to be Michelle’s beautiful diamond engagement ring. Three feet away was her diamond wedding ring. 

I texted a photo of the rings to her and immediately she returned a call with excitement in her voice that is hard to explain. I met with her the next morning to return the rings. Part of doing this, is being able to hand the ring back to the rightful owner and seeing how grateful they are to have something so very sentimental to them back after thinking it was lost forever. 

Ring Lost Off Fourth Floor Balcony .. West Los Angeles, CA. .. Found After Four Months

  • from Newport Beach (California, United States)












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.


  • from Carlsbad (California, United States)

Got a call from a man who said I lost my ring on the beach, can you help me.?

I will do my best. Ask all the questions and head down to meet him. As we walk down he says he thinks its about a 10’x10′ area.  After 4 or 5 passed I get it. A beautifull heavy Gold wedding band. Another ring saved and another smile made. Read the rest of this entry »

Diamond Ring Lost While Gardening .. Newport Beach, CA.

  • from Newport Beach (California, United States)










Irene had been gardening Wednesday morning when she noticed her diamond wedding ring missing from her finger. The last she remembered seeing it was the day before, so it could have also been lost in the backyard where she had done another cleanup project.
Irene had worn this ring for over 30 years, a gift from her husband, who had recently passed away. She was very distraught, so she called her daughter, Karen to help her. They spent several hours checking the house and everyplace that it could be visible by eye. Because Irene had spent so much time in the gardens they both felt it had to be in the freshly tilled soil.
Karen went to the internet to explore chances of getting a metal detector expert. She found TheRingFinders.com and my contact information. I was able to meet them within a hour.
We spent a few minutes discussing the what actions might have caused the loss of the ring and explaining how the metal detector works. Then we walked to all the places Irene had been outside sense yesterday, gardens in front, along the side of the house and a lawn in the backyard. I now could get my detector and set up it up for the search.
As we walked back along the side of the house to get my detector, Irene spotted her ring in plain site on the side walk. All three of us walked over it at least once. They thought that it may have been hiding behind a box of leaves that she had moved off the sidewalk.
It doesn’t matter how we found the ring. What’s most important is that the ring is back where it belongs.
Another thing to remember is, that it’s not always about using the metal detector. Many searches will just prove that the lost article is not in that location. When a ring can’t be found with my detector. I always tell the people to check their washing machine and clothes dryer, pockets, purses, etc.

Ring Found 11-3-15       No equipment used, found visually