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Diamond Championship Football Ring – FOUND on Sylvan Beach New York

from Syracuse (New York, United States)
Contact: 1-315-652-6996

This last May I decided to spend a morning using my metal detector on Sylvan Beach here in Central New York State.  The wind was blowing quite hard from the west when I arrived at the beach so it would not be comfortable searching in the water today. That left me the dry sand to search.  Working the dry sand is not that productive as most people are able to locate any rings, cell phones, etc. that they drop, but that still leaves lots of coins as targets. Most times working along the beach parallel to the water works best as you can concentrate on the “Blanket Line” where the most items are dropped. This day I worked perpendicular to the water.  In other words, down to the water and then back up the sand to the edge of the beach as this covers the edges which are missed most times, and it also works the blanket line at a 90 degree angle to what most of the detectors have worked.

Well that paid off.  At the very top of the beach, right next to the fences that separate the beach from the beach houses my Excalibur jumped to life and I started to dig.  This target was deep, about 9 inches,  and it took 6 scoops to UN-earth it.   Out of the sand came this BIG Beautiful Football Championship Ring.

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This was ONE BIG RING.  I’m 6′ tall, weigh 200 pounds, wear a size 10 1/2 ring and my finger was just swimming in this one.  It was silver with 10 diamond chips.

One thing about school rings is that they almost always have the school name engraved on them and also at least the initials of the owner.  That makes them easy to return.  Well this one not only had the name of the school in Pennsylvania, but also the name of the player. When I got home I called the college and talked to the football coach.  I asked him for the address or phone number of the player.  Well the coach protecting his player said that he would contact the player and have him call me.  Sure enough about 2 hours later the phone rang and the player was on the line.  The player had been on the beach the previous Sunday. (I found the ring on the following Thursday)  The player had the ring in his bag and in taking assorted “stuff” out of it and he dropped the ring into the soft sand.  They spent the better part of the rest of the day trying to locate the ring.  He had hoped that someone with a detector would happen by, but as most of us know, beaches and beach personal don’t like us on the beach during the busy weekend days so no one was on the beach.

Think of this.  In 5 days that ring went down 9 inches in the soft sand.  That is way me must  be notified ASAP if we are to have a chance of finding the ring.

Back to the story.  The school had won the Pennsylvania State Football Championship for division 3 schools last year, (2015) when the player was a freshman, and he had gotten his ring this school year, (2015 – 2016) and he had lost it already.  He lives in Utica New York, about 90 miles from where I live so I asked if we could meet at a Dunkin Donuts or some public place in between where I could give him back his ring.  For some reason he did not want to meet, and he asked if I could send the ring to him.  I reluctantly agreed.  I really like to see the expression on their faces when I return the rings.  Anyway, I boxed up the ring and sent it too him via USPS Priority Mail at a cost of $7.95

And that was the last time I heard from him.  No thank you note, no payment for the shipping, and nothing for finding the ring.  It makes me wonder if the ring really means that much too him.

Now I’m really not complaining.  I must remember that he is a 18 year old kid and still does not have the social graces. The important thing is that the ring is back into the proper hands, but lesson learned for me.

Thank you Chris for starting up “The Ring Finders” web-site.  I believe that you stated in ” The Ring Finders Infobook” that charging a turn out fee, or mileage beforehand, lets you know if the ring is really worth something to the owner.  From now on I will follow your directions and hopefully this will not happen again.

Phoenix School Ring Lost but FOUND – Baldwinsville NY – after 49 Years

from Syracuse (New York, United States)
Contact: 1-315-652-6996

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I received a phone call from a lady who had lost her school class ring in June 1966. When she said the year, I shuddered.  Anyway she told to me that she got her ring in the fall of 1965 of her senior year.  She enjoyed the ring all that winter and into the spring of 1966.  In June of 1966 she was sun bathing in the back yard of her mothers house and took the ring off to apply suntan lotion and put the ring on the towel. She forgot about the ring, and picked up the towel to go into the house, but remembered the ring afterword.  She looked, and looked but never found the ring and sadly chalked it up as lost. Upon finding “The Ring Finders” website, she decided to give us a try.
I met with her and she told me the story.  I was not very confident that I would ever be able to locate that ring,  but what the heck I would give it a try.  Although her mother had passed away, she still lived in the same house so getting permission to dig in the yard was not a problem.  She pointed out the exact place where she had the towel and I started searching.  I dug many plugs ( 10″ diameter plugs of sod which then I replaced) and recovered lots of nails, aluminum siding pieces etc.  (Trash)  I was  working out from where the towel had been and then some 30′ away  – BANG  –  I got a great signal.  It was deep (12″) but sure enough there it was.  Her screams of joy must have been  heard in the next block.

Obviously, when she had picked up the towel to go into the house the ring was tossed 30′ away, and because of the grass etc.. she never saw it when she was looking for it in 1966.

Post script.  She called me a few weeks later and said that she was having the ring resized.  She laughed and said she would not tell me if she was having it enlarged or not,  —   but I knew.  She also said that having it enlarged was more then what the ring cost new.

Another post script  She went to her 50th year reunion this year – 2016 – and showed off her almost new ring with very little wear.

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Lost Wedding Ring .. Crystal Cove State Park, Newport Beach, CA. .. Found

from Newport Beach (California, United States)
Contact: 1-949-500-2136

 

 

Thursday, Devon and his family had gone for dinner at the Castaways Restaurant on the beach at Crystal Cove State Beach just north of Laguna Beach, CA.
After their meal, they spent sometime on the beach. Devon had been throwing a football to his six year old son. After sunset they walked a few blocks to where they had parked the car. That’s when he discovered he had lost his wedding ring. He wasn’t quite sure when or where, but he assumed it happened while throwing the football.
They went back trying to search with their fingers in the sand.. Returning home frustrated, Devon went on line searching metal detectors for rent or for sale. That’s when he found TheRingfinders.com and contacted me. We met the next morning and he showed me the location. It was a 30 ft. Square area where he had stood in the center throwing in all directions. I decided to just start in the center and grid in a spiral. After a half hour it was not looking good. I was running out of search area. Devon stood back about 50 feet not to distract me, but I could see that he was loosing hope. Then the right sound and target ID number from my detector. One quick scoop and there was Devon’s ring. I held in the air and Devon’s face lit up with joy. Right away he called his wife to report the good news.
These searches, where the person doesn’t remember feeling the ring slip off their finger can go either way. It’s almost always a surprise when we find them.

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Two Lost Diamond Rings Recovered in Hawi on the Big Island of Hawaii

from Big Island (Hawaii, United States)
Avesta and Hamid with Brent and Sylvie Madison after finding their lost diamond rings in Hawi on Hawaii's Big Island.

Avesta and Hamid with Brent and Sylvie Madison after finding their lost diamond rings in Hawi on Hawaii’s Big Island.

The beautiful lost and recovered rings of Avesta from the State Park in Hawi, Hawaii (Big Island).

The beautiful lost and recovered rings of Avesta from the State Park in Hawi, Hawaii (Big Island).

 

We got an urgent call from a family on vacation who had lost two diamond rings in the water near Hawi, Hawaii (Big Island), while swimming with their children in the ocean.

We drove about 1 hour and 45 minutes to the small State Park of Keokea to recover the rings and met them in the parking lot.

It turns out that Avesta had lost both of her precious rings – one a diamond ring with a whooping 2.75 carats in platinum. The disappointment of both Avesta and her husband, Hamid, was visible at loosing their valuable rings but they were both optimistic at our chances of finding them.

I put my mask on and hit the shallow water with my Excalibur II metal detector. After a 30 minute search we had found a pocket full of coins but no rings. Swinging back into a sandy area, suddenly I heard the low growl of platinum in my metal detector’s headphones. “I don’t want to give you false hope but think I’ve found a ring,” I said.

Sure enough, the basket held a gleaming ring with nine diamonds in a row. Hamid picked it out of the basket, happy, and eager to see if the second ring was also nearby. As I put the detector back in the water, a second signal was instantly in the headphones!  And right there, we recovered both rings, one after the other, where they had been lost and sunken into the sand. The second ring we recovered was a whooping 2.75 carat diamond ring – you can see the joy and surprise on their faces on the video – when getting back their lost – and now found – treasure!

“Lucky me that I found you guys. Thank GOD!!!!!” Avesta wrote in an email the next day.  “Phewwww so lucky I am!! FYI it was our 8 year anniversary the day you found the ring, makes it even more special.”

 

Ring Found on Large Property .. Corona, Calif.

from Newport Beach (California, United States)
Contact: 1-949-500-2136

    imageJason called me Saturday evening from home in Corona, Calif. asking if I could help him. His friend had told him about TheRingFinders. He noticed his wedding ring missing after six hours of doing chores around his large property. Jason had spent a day and a half retracing all his activities in search of his wedding band. He lives on a large piece of property and had been doing a lot of work in almost every part of his yard. Almost everything he had been doing could have caused his ring to slip from his finger. He was taking down Christmas lighting decorations from his two story house, fences and trees. Dealing with hundreds of feet of cords coiling them up then putting them in storage boxes. He also took the Christmas tree from the house cutting off all the limbs to put them in large trash containers. On top of all that work he spend time cleaning his pool. All these activities were done without gloves and all these activities were the type of movements that would cause a ring to slip off a finger.

    During my 45 minute drive to Corona, my mind pictured a large property with a tough time consuming search. It’s more or less an adventure to go to an unknown location to search for a ring. Once getting to the location you need to ask as many questions as you can think of to narrow search area. The big decision is, “Where do you start ?” The last thing would be to empty all the trash from the containers and run the detector over the contents.

When I met Jason he took at least 15 minutes showing and explaining all the things he had done before noticing his ring missing. I can’t believe all the things he had been doing that morning he lost the ring. I put together a plan of attack to start in the backyard. My car was out front with my metal detector so I got my Minelab CTX 3030 set up. That’s when I changed my mind and began to tune up my detector in the front yard where Jason had taken decoration lights off a small tree. Guess what! Yes! White gold wedding band deep in the grass. 15 minutes to find it. This happens quite often at the beach, but not in situations where people notice the ring missing after hours sense that last remember seeing it. A little side note.. I’ve found several men’s wedding bands. Most the time the wife is more concerned about finding the ring. Most the time the wife calls. Sometimes the guys say they are in the dog house for losing the ring. In Jason’s case he was sincerely concerned about finding his ring. I got high fives and a big man hug. Thanks Jason for letting me help you..

 

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Lost Wedding Ring on Beach in Atlantic City,NJ Recovered by Ed Cropski

from South Jersey (New Jersey, United States)
Contact: 1-856-296-9258

I received a call from Josh asking if I could find this platinum wedding band he had lost on the beach earlier that day while throwing a football. Fortunately Josh had taken good notes as to the area that he had been in during the time of the loss which assisted me in a quick recovery. He noted which beach entrance,life guard stand and off to the right  between 6-7 trash cans which are set up every 50 feet or so. All this information helped put me in the exact location to find his ring even in the dark of night. After a short 20 minute search I received the signal I was looking for from my White’s Beach Hunter id metal detector and his ring was in my scoop! Speaking with Josh earlier in the night he stated that he and his wife had dinner plans for the night as they were celebrating their 1 year wedding anniversary and that it would mean the world to them if I was able to locate and return his ring. I was excited to be able to call him and tell him that I found it and told hime to go ahead and finish his dinner with his wife and friends but he couldn’t wait to excuse himself from the table and meet me on the boardwalk. When I showed him the ring as he walked up he was just full of smiles and relief and was just so thankful for my help and was excited to be able to go back to his wife at dinner wearing his wedding ring. Another great ending, Congratulations Josh!IMG_289410589851_10202552589286556_1478514987_n

Lost Ring in Jefferson City, Missouri

from Jefferson City (Missouri, United States)
Contact: 1-573-636-9812

 

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Hello Everyone,

I’m excited about joining The Ring Finders team. I’m new to The Ring Finders, but not to metal detecting. I’ve been finding lost items for my friends and neighbors for over 30 years. Give me a call or send me an email if I can help you.

You might want me to help you find out if that old story is true. You know, the one about great grandpa burying his gold coins in the back yard. One time I helped a farmer find a pocketknife that he lost when he was a much younger man. It was in pretty ruff shape from being in the woods for so long, but he had a smile on his face when he held that old knife again. He said, “I don’t mind the rust. It’s kind of like seeing a friend from the past that has grown old with you.”

When people call me for help, they usually have a good idea of where they lost their item, but I ask a lot of questions anyway. This helps me to configure my equipment and design a search pattern. If the search involves private property and you’re not the owner, you can download a form that you can use to ask permission to search the property property (Download). Most people are very understanding and will give their permission.

I’ll also ask you to fill out a form that gives me permission to search for your lost item (Download). The forms also include liability waivers for you and the property owner

Red Deer, Lost Ring Recovered by Airdrie Ring Finder

from Calgary (Alberta, Canada)
Contact: 1-403-701-1739

I got a Lost Ring call out from a young lady in Red Deer, Alberta, approximately 70 kilometers north of my home in Airdrie,  it’s about a 1 hour drive.  She had lost her White Gold and Diamond graduation ring in the snow at Red Deer College.  She knew approximately where it might be and was crushed by it’s loss as it held a lot of sentimental value.

After setting up my grid search it took 10 minutes for me to locate her ring for her, She was ecstatic as you can see from the photo.
 
One more example of why not to give up on that lost ring even if it’s in the snow.   The Ring Finders can recover that ring for you just call us as soon as you can.
 
For Calgary, Airdrie, Cochrane,  Crossfield, Carstairs, Irricana, Beiseker, Didsbury, Olds, Bowden, Innisfail and Red Deer .  .  .  call Bill Jones ( The Detectorist ) 403-701-1739  or Email  Bill.Jones@TheRingFinders.com