This ring find began when I received a call from Bebe who resides from Telluride, Colorado. Bebe explained that while she was holding her girlfriend Hannah’s Platinum & Diamonds Wedding ring for safekeeping while she went snorkeling…Bebe promptly lost it while throwing a football to her six year old nephew. It slid right off her pinkie and somewhere into the sand. Several beach-goers searched but no luck. Even a metal detectorist came through with a substandard machine and all it did was make noise. I told Bebe to stop searching and get rid of the detectorist. I would be there in 30 minutes time. She agreed and just guarded her spot on the beach. When I arrived we marked out a grid in the dry sand about the size of 16 parking stalls. First target was a quarter and then Boom the sound of Platinum. Its very distinct on the Excalibur. One scoop down and there was Hannah’s gorgeous ring. Elapsed time 3 minutes. These hunts are the best. Aloha to Hannah and Bebe best friends again!
This ring find began when I got a tearful call from Sandy visiting Hawaii from Irvine, California. After finding the “Rock of Ages” That’s the name I gave the Diamond as it was the biggest I’ve ever seen or found. The client sent me a nice text and described their dilemma and the story is below.
Sent from my iPhone Sandy and Steve met in Hawaii in 1993- Steve was born and raised here, and Sandy was on a high school graduation trip from Orange County, CA. They kept in touch via letters and email until she came back out in 1999 and they began dating. They were married in Rancho Palos Verdes in 2005. Steve designed her engagement ring specifically, using a family heirloom center stone (a rare miner’s emerald cut 2.7 carat diamond from the 1920’s) and building around it with other diamonds, and a platinum band.
They were back visiting with their two kids, playing catch on Lanikai Beach when the ring flew off Sandy’s finger in knee deep water. A frantic three hour search ensued, with a number of good-hearted local residents helping out- but as the sun set they had no luck.
Sandy and Steve Googled lost rings and discovers Ring Finders. They called early the next morning and Joe said he would personally come out and take a look (probably feeling empathetic to Sandy’s tearful plea). After an exhaustive search of the area and right before giving up, Joe found the ring and set off a celebration and joyful tears from Sandy.
From Steve and Sandy- we would absolutely endorse Joe- not just because he found our ring but for how responsive and considerate he was. I don’t know what we would have done without him- he saved our trip and a family jewel that we can now pass on to our kids. Thank you so much Joe!!!=
I couldn’t have said it any better. Aloha to Sandy & Steve!
I got a call at 6:30 PM from Nikhil on Lanikai Beach saying that when he picked up his back pack he didn’t realize his wife Sonali had put his Wedding Band in one of the pockets so as not to lose it at the beach. When he got back to their car he asked Sonali for his ring and it dawned on them that somewhere in the sand it had fallen out of the pack. I told Nikhil that I could be there in 30 minutes and it was getting dark quickly. When I arrived at Lanikai Beach it was pitch black. Thankfully I brought my Maglite. Nikhil took me to the 10 by 5 meter area they were at on the beach thinking the ring must have fallen out there. The area was neatly covered with horizontal finger rake marks where they had been searching for about an hour with no luck. Nikhil explained that they were from India and this ring had great family sentimental value. I went to work on the high side of the beach and on my third leg I got a screaming target. One scoop down and there was Nikhil’s beautiful ring. They both were overcome with joy and so grateful. Elapsed time 3 minutes and a Vacation event they will never forget. Aloha to Nikhil & Sonali!
I received a call from Michael at around 4PM that earlier in the day he lost his Platinum Wedding Band in shallow water at Lanikai Beach. He told me he was leaving the next day and I knew the surf was coming up. With just a few hours of daylight left and a 45 minute drive I needed to meet them on the beach that evening. Lanikai as with most popular beaches in Hawaii is detected heavily and I didn’t want him to lose his ring. Then I found out my daughter had taken my truck so it was my wife’s van or this wasn’t going to happen. So my wife Wendy and daughter Korin loaded up and we were off to Lanikai to meet Michael. Surprisingly the traffic was light and we made it there in 30 minutes. Michael took me to the spot where he thought the ring came off and I did the usual wave curl first. That took about 15 minutes and I only found a quarter. I talked to Michael about how he lost the ring and he explained he was swimming in and as soon as his feet hit sand is when his ring came off. His lovely wife Yvonne also pointed out we should probably be looking a little more to the South. Why do women always have a better sense of location then us men because about 5 minutes later I had another really loud target and in the scoop was Michael’s platinum band. Altogether about 20 minutes and they get to leave tomorrow with Michael’s ring back on his finger. Michael commented that his ring normally fits very tight. I let him know typically you can lose two ring sizes in salt water. Aloha to Michael and Yvonne.