Find of a life time is a common phrase heard in the metal detecting community. It has a different definition than what you will find in this story. Last Monday I got a text concerning a very special lost ring in Natick, MA. A very common story where the parents were playing with the children in the back yard when one action or another dislodged the women’s ring from her finger. The play immediately ceased and the family spent the rest of the daylight looking for the lost ring with no success.
When I arrived at the home the first thing I noticed was the landscaping. The ground in the back yard reminded me of a green and brown loop pile carpeting. In other words there was no real place for a ring to go, so I figured Id be out there in a few minutes flat. Well after 30 minutes of covering the entire back yard with a grid search I came up empty I expanded the search to around corners, under and in any yard toys, and on and in a small shed, but still a big nothing. At that point I made a joke about climbing over into the neighbors yard or checking the gutters. The next words out of my mouth were, “Do you have a ladder?” I am still not sure what that look on Jennifer’s face meant! I got the ladder to check the gutters, but as it turned out they were not going to need a handyman to come by later this fall to clean them out and the roof was pretty much debris free also except for a large platinum ring with 8 crazy diamonds.
Two people playing keep away, an air filled ball, a loose ring, and of course physics will send a ring flying every time. Hope I can attache video and be careful it’s a little loud, but pay attention to the wife and not me. She was very happy!
Video is loud so be careful!!
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On October 16th I was outside playing ball with my family. I reached up with both my hands to catch the ball and I felt my wedding ring come off my finger. All of us immediately started looking for it. My husband
marked the spot where i was and we continued to search. After 1/2 hour my husband decided to go buy a metal detector. My kids went inside and I stayed outside walking back and forth through the yard. My husband returned
and he began to search with the metal detector, still no luck. After 3 hours of nonstop searching i had to come inside to cook dinner. I began to feel hopeless. I have had my wedding ring for 10 years and I felt I had lost a piece
of myself. My husband searched online and he came across ring finders. We contacted Guy and he asked if we wanted him to come out that night or the next day. We agreed that he would come out the next day. I anxiously waited for him
to arrive and was hopeful that he’d be able to find it. The morning I met Guy he asked were the action took place I took him to the backyard. He asked where we were playing and where I thought the ring would be. He began his search
walking up and down the yard. He said the ring might have went over the fence and we might need to search the neighbors yard also. I guess anything could have been a possibility because where I thought it was we weren’t having any
luck. He also had asked if I had a ladder so he could check the gutters/roof. I was thinking that there was no way that it could be in the gutters or on the roof with the way that it had came off my finger. I gave him the ladder from
the shed. He climbed up and was looking all the while I was thinking I should get ready to go ask the neighbors if he could search their yard then Guy pulled out his phone I didn’t realize it then but he was recording this moment
because he had found my ring. I would have never in a million years thought that it was up on the roof. I still get emotional thinking about the moment it was back on my finger. It must have hit the ball in mid air and that’s
how it ended up on the roof. I appreciate Guy so much for his patience and thinking outside the box. I am forever grateful.
Hello Guy this is Jennifer Edwards I apologize for the huge delay in this email but here it is.
I received a call from a gentleman (Tony) who had lost his wedding band. He stated that he lost it in his yard some 5 years ago when he was spreading fertilizer on the lawn. It was a 14K gold band with some diamonds around it. Tony had given up on finding his ring as he had looked and looked for it himself when he lost it and in fact had borrowed a friends metal detector to look for it. He figured it was long gone, but he decided call me and give it one more try.
We met and he gave me all the facts and then we went to his house and started the search. I could see that Tony did not have much faith that I would find the ring, but we pressed on. He know the general area where he lost the ring so that cut down on the search area. Now, because rings sound like pull tabs, aluminum cans, copper wire, etc., (all non-furious metals) we will dig a lot of junk sometimes. The first “target” turned out to be a aluminum can buried in his yard. Then a quarter, then a piece of aluminum foil. The forth target sounded good and I stated that this might be his ring, but also it might be a pull tab off a soda can. We dug a “plug”, flopped it out onto the ground and I scanned the hole and the pug. The target was in the plug so I took out my pin-pointer and it told me that the target was just a few inches under the grass, and right in the middle of the plug. We took the shovel and cut the pug in half and I opened up the plug and THERE IT WAS. Tony’s jaw dropped and he said “No – No, I don’t believe it. There it is” I removed the ring from the plug and gave it to Tony. I think you can see the thrill, the disbelief, and the happiness on his face in the above picture.
He put the ring on his finger and took off to get his cell phone to call his wife. He took a picture of the ring on his finger and sent it off to her. I picked up my gear and went back to my car and just as I got there, Tony’s phone was ringing and his wife was on the phone. Well now I had TWO happy customers.
Tony and myself said our goodbyes, and he gave me a very nice “finders fee”. Thank you very much Tony
This points out something that everyone who losses a valuable should do. If it is lost on public property, (beach, park, sidewalk, etc.), GET IN TOUCH WITH SOMEONE ASAP, as the longer you wait the better chance that someone else finds you valuable. BUT don’t give up on anything lost on private property. All of us in the “Ring Finders” have been successful finding valuables that have been lost for a LONG time.
Jeremy & Crystal contacted us after Crystal’s diamond ring flew off her hand into the yard while playing volleyball in their outdoor pool.
Prior to contacting us, Jeremy had borrowed a metal detector from a friend to search for the lost ring on his own–with no success.
After coordinating our schedules, my wife and I arrived at their Saint James City home to begin the search.
Just before sunset, my CTX 3030 detected a possible target. My wife began spreading apart the grass under the coil and there–lodged in the thick grass roots–lay the missing 18k white gold diamond ring.
A surprised couple were happily reunited with the ring.
We are glad this hunt ended with another successful recovery.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.”
Jason 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..
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!
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