Its been a slow start to spring and summer this year as we haven’t had a spring or summer yet…Heck we didn’t even have a winter! That being said the snow stayed on the mountains and that’s where I went for a few hours, a couple of weekends ago.
I found the usual change ($30.00) and a few silver pieces and lots of crapy metal things. I was packing it up for the day and as I was driving away the parking lot grabbed my attention as I started to wonder what could’ve been plower to the side with all the snow. I drove about a 100 yards and stopped my car and got out to walk alongside the road to see if I could spot anything.
Well I walked no further the 10 feet past my car and looked down a spotted a gold wedding band in the dirt and gravel…
I didn’t even have my detector, talk about when its meant to be! The great thing about this ring was that there was a name and the wedding date inscribed on the inside of the band.
I left the mountain and when I got home I posted the find on the craigslist in hopes that maybe the person would find me. The hardest thing is finding the owner if they haven’t contacted me to do the search. Most people just give up! I was at work and it hit me…Call the Ski Resort and see if anyone has reported it lost. This was a great idea as someone had, well we met today and he has his lost ring of nearly 4 months back on his finger.
It snowed pretty hard today and I was running around with my wife getting some stuff read for work next week, I got a call from a young man that had lost his platinum wedding band in the snow at B.C.I.T (British Columbia Institute of Technology)
He told me that he had a good area were he believed his ring came off, also that 5 people had stopped to help him search for his lost ring for close to one hour, with no luck.
We made plans to meet and search for the ring and we met an hour later. I started the grid search and 10 minutes into the search I asked him if he could get a ring out of my truck so we could do a test with it.
Just as he was going to the truck I received a good signal and kicked the snow to see his wedding band looking back up at me!
Thick Platinum Ring Lost in Snow
Needles to say he was very happy to see his ring, it only took 10 minutes to find it and he was in a bit of a rush to pick up his daughter from school, so it worked out well.
He was a very nice young man and I was very happy to help him find his wedding band of 6 years…
When you are a Ring Finder, you never know when your next search will be. I had a feeling that I might get a search this week because here in Yakima we had a very cold and snowy spell.This can often mean valuables such as keys and rings can get lost.
When the call came asking if I was willing to help find a lost gold wedding band I was not surprised. After speaking with the wife of the man who lost his ring I was ready to start the hunt.
The ring had fallen off while the husband was cleaning the snow off the car, and then brushed his arms and hands off. He told me that he heard a metal “clank” but did not put it together that it was his ring that made the noise. When he arrived at home, he realized that his ring was gone and was sure that it was his ring that must have come off back in the parking lot. Well he returned to the site, but there was two inches of fresh snow in the lot and he could not find the ring. I was called the next day after they found my listing on The Ring Finders Metal Detecting Service on the internet.
I agreed to meet them after work to look for the ring. Now I said earlier that it was cold and snowy, and it was. Although the snow had mostly stopped it was still only around 18 F outside and by the time the search was called off for the night it was well on the way to -5 F.
Unfortunately when we arrived at the search location the parking lot had already been plowed. There was only a 1/4 of packed snow on the parking lot, with two large piles of snow off in the corners. The man was able to put me exactly where the ring came off so I searched that area first. I then expanded the search grid to include the most likely route the scraper would have taken to move the snow into the piles. Still no ring. So after looking at the two piles of snow we decided to search the most likely one, which of course was the larger of the two.
I began to shovel layers of snow off the pile and search the remaining snow. After about two hours I had searched about half of the pile, and called it quits for the night.
The next day was even colder, but the sun was out and I was again eager to continue the hunt. My oldest son was home from school, so I asked if he would like to help me search for the ring, and fortunately he did. So off we went. It took about another hour of digging each layer of snow, and then searching it to come up with the ring. It was sitting just hidden in a clump of snow. About the time I swung the metal detector over the ring, I heard the beep and there was the ring. I could not believe we found it. I thought for sure that I would have to just wait for the pile to melt before the ring would be found.
Now I wanted to surprise the husband with the ring and capture that on video, so I called his wife and told her that I had found the ring but wanted to surprise him. So I asked her if she could get him down to the search area to give me some more details about losing the ring, and she agreed.
When they arrived I asked him if he could tell me about what significance the ring was to him and to go over how he lost it again. Then I asked him to describe the ring and after he was done I pulled out the ring and asked if it looked like this one! He was very surprised and happy to get the ring back.
I was pretty happy to have found it for him with the help of my son. It was a great moment I will not soon forget.
They were very kind in giving me a nice reward, which was much appreciated. I do accept rewards as it helps me cover costs and keep my equipment up to date, but for me the true reward is the great smile and joy that I get to witness and be a part of.
Thanks guys for giving me a call and letting me be a part of your wedding ring story.