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Lost Wedding Ring Malibu/Zuma Beach found!

I got a call this afternoon from the Zlatnik’s who were visiting Malibu from their home base of Portland Oregon. While getting up to get something on the beach her wedding ring flew off into the sand. They had spent an hour or two looking on their own before they found me online and an hour later I was on the beach, Minelab Equinox at the ready. It was a white gold band with diamonds so I knew I was looking for a tone and number in the 5-10 range. A couple of sweeps and I got a solid tone with a 7 and the result was the ring was back home! It was an honor to find it for them and I’m pleased they could head back to Portland with everything they came with. Remember if you lose a ri

Remember if you lose a ring in the grass, the sand or in the water time is of the essence so don’t hesitate to call or text me at 805-290-5009 so we can get your ring back home.

Engagement Ring Lost in the Water at Manhattan Beach, CA…Found and Joyously Returned.

  • from Redondo Beach (California, United States)

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I received an email from Kate about a ring her daughter lost at the beach the day before. It seems her daughter Nicole was coming out of the water when a large wave hit her from behind, knocked her to the sand, and with all the violence her engagement ring came off and was gone in an instant. I proceeded to inquire with my standard questions to see how likely there would be of a recovery. Kate explained what she could, and also sent me pictures, drawn, and satellite screen shots that helped define the area. Nicole was not able to be there to show me being a flight attendant, and was gone for work. I let her know that there was a possibility of a recovery, if someone had not found the ring first. I figured that I should go at the lowest possible tide, so I let Kate know I would be going at 12:00 AM to follow the tide down, and would let her know the outcome either way.

I got to the beach right about 12:00 AM and began my search. Because of the low tide there was a lot of sand to search on the slope, so I began my search slowly and methodically. There were virtually no signals, then maybe a penny, a half hour later a piece of aluminum, another half hour another penny. It was a search with little results, but I kept on with my methodical grid. I was wearing my waders, and working into the water, because of not knowing exactly how deep Nicole was when the ring was lost, and to be sure I covered all of the possible sand available. Then 2 1/2 hours later I received a good solid signal. I dug, dumped the sand, kicked it across the open sand, turned my headlight on, and there in the darkness was the sparkle of diamonds; my heart leaped. It was still there! It was now 2:30 AM. I got back to my car and immediately sent off a text to Kate with the words “I FOUND THE RING”. She slept through the early morning announcement, and contacted me later in the morning excited, and asked for a picture. She then let me know Nicole wanted to meet me and thank me personally for the recovery when she came back into town the next week, so I held on to the ring for that meeting.

The next week Nicole and Kate contacted me to let me know that Nicole would be arriving for a one day layover. Her hotel would be in downtown Los Angeles, so I asked if I could meet with her when she arrived at the airport which would be about 20 miles closer and a lot easier to get to, which she agreed to. I made sure I arrived a little early, and we were able to find each other. She even showed me the bruises she still had on her forearms from being knocked to the sand the week before. Nicole was so very happy to get back her ring that she felt was lost forever, and I was very glad to be able to be a help for her.

Kate sent the following testimonial:

My daughter was visiting Los Angeles and lost her engagement ring when she got knocked down by a wave in the surf. She was completely distraught and we tried contacting anyone we thought could help her. Totally by chance, I stumbled across The Ring Finders website and contact information for Steve Smith. With it already being 24 hours after the fact and her having already flown out of the area, I was not at all optimistic.

I sent him satellite pictures from Google maps of where she was, pictures of the ring, and told him what time of day she lost it. He immediately identified that when she lost it was at high tide and said he needed to look for it between midnight and 2 am so he would be out there looking that night. I was shocked that a complete stranger was willing to go out at midnight wandering on the beach to try to find her ring!! I was even more astounded when he messaged back that HE FOUND IT!! I can’t even begin to comprehend HOW he did it (other than he must be an absolute genius) but whatever he did, it works!!

Mr. Smith is nothing less than a true angel and we can’t begin to thank him enough!! Not only did he find a ring that everyone was certain would never be seen again but he did it in the middle of the night when he could have been home in bed asleep!! Mr. Smith, you have definitely restored my faith in humanity and proven that there are still truly good people out there who are willing to put others interests ahead of their own! The world is blessed to have people like you in it! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!



Don’t let the County beach cleaning machines take your lost valuable, call as soon as possible! I will work hard, using the most up to date metal detectors, to help you find what you thought might never be found again. I search, Beverly Hills, Hermosa Beach, Huntington Beach, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Newport Beach, Northridge, Pasadena, Redondo Beach, Santa Monica, Seal Beach, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Torrance, Venice Beach, Zuma Beach, and all parks, yards, gardens, and ponds (to 5 foot depths) in all of Orange County, all of Los Angeles County, and Ventura County.


Unique Gold Engagement Ring Found and Returned to Grateful Owner.. Malibu, CA.

  • from Newport Beach (California, United States)











 I recovered a one of a kind engagement ring that was designed by Diana’s husband’. The search was a little different with a few unknowns. She wrote the story of what had happened and how we found it.


I called Stan out of confusion and desperation: I thought I had left my engagement ring at home during a trip to the beach, but could not find it anywhere. I had a strange memory of holding it before I left, but could not remember where I put it down. Since it was nowhere to be found in my apartment, my next best guess was that I had absently-mindedly pocketed it and taken it to the beach with me. Perhaps it had fallen out of my shorts and onto the sand while I was sunbathing ? It was sort of a long shot, but I had to try. I contacted Stan through RingFinders.

Stan met me at the small beach in Malibu. He methodically combed through the sand for nearly two hours, but the ring didn’t show. We walked back to our parking spot and got into our cars, about to leave, when I received a picture from my friend. The photo showed the exact location where we had been laying out. I texted Stan and he kindly agreed to return to the beach with me and give it another go. Within 5 minutes, HE FOUND IT! I truly couldn’t believe it – – it was a miracle.

Suffice to say, if you have any suspicion that your jewelry may have fallen off into sand, or dirt, or bushes or any hard-to-comb area, call Stan. We could have easily given up – – especially when we weren’t 100% sure the ring even came to the beach with me in the first place – – but Stan stuck it out and found it. I absolutely could never have done it with out him. Now every time I look at my ring, I’m even more grateful, knowing how close it came to being lost forever. Thanks to Stan, it wasn’t.

Diana S.

She neglected to say, when we returned for our second search, the beach had filled up with more sunbathers, I was not sure I could search thoroughly. Fortunately the ring was found in an open space or I would have waited for the beach goers to leave.


Lost Platinum Ring with Tourmaline Stone at El Matador State Beach, Malibu, CA .. Found in Sand

  • from Newport Beach (California, United States)












Timothy had been at El Matador State Beach for an early morning walkout. He came to a place where the beach had eroded creating a five foot embankment. When he jumped to the lower level, he feel backward with his hands in the sand. Right away he noticed his unique Platinum/Palladium with a Tourmaline Stone was not on his finger. After spending time searching the small area he started to second guess himself. Possibly he had left his ring at home that morning?

Timothy called me explaining his story. He was on his way to check his house that was only a half hour away. We still had time to search the beach location but soon it would be high tide. My drive would take an hour and a half so I started the drive. Timothy had given me great directions as to where he had been at the beach. I believed I could find location without him meeting me there.

After arriving and not hearing anything from Timothy about his search at his home, I went down the many stairs to beach walking about a quarter mile till a found the embankment he described to me over the phone. Then I began searching with my metal detector. There was several places where the sand was knocked down which may bury a ring out of range of my detector. This time we were lucky and I got the signal I was looking for, a Big Bang. at the bottom of my sand scoop was Timothy’s awesome ring.

I sent him a text with a photo of his ring. We set up a meeting place which was on my way home and near where he lives. We had a nice visit and he kept looking at his ring that made me feel this was very special to him. It was pleasure to meet him and help him find his sentimental ring.

Custom Diamond Wedding Ring Lost .. Zuma Beach, Malibu, CA. .. Found with Metal Detector

  • from Newport Beach (California, United States)




















Melanie had her sister’s family visiting from England. Even though Melanie lives just a couple blocks from Zuma and Point Dume State Beaches, she seldom spends anytime on the beach. It had been a special occasion because her sister’s family was visiting so they spent the at the beach enjoying our California weather.
Melanie had taken her two rings off placing them in a cup holder on the beach chair. When it was time to leave her brother in law picked up the chairs walking to the shower area before going to the car. Before they got to the car, Melanie realized her rings were missing. Her daughter was able to find one ring where they were sitting. But the most important and most sentimental ring was not to be found. They had a man with a metal detector help them for several hours. Also, thier neighbor lent them a metal detector that her brother in law tried to use till 11pm.
That night I received a call from Melanie apologizing for calling at 10pm. I actually like a late call because I was able to be on the beach at 5am before the beach rake moves the ring blocks down the beach. In the morning I could not find the ring after two hours where the first ring was found. When they met me at 7 am, they pointed out the path they walked to the showers. A half hour later and probably 40 to 50 yards away I got a strong solid signal. Melanie’s ring that her husband had purchased for her 21 years ago while visiting Cape Town, South Africa was in my scoop. Many memories and very sentimental to Melanie. She was very surprised and could not have been happier when I handed her the beautiful ring.
Normally rings lost from cup holders in beach chairs are usually close to where the chairs were picked up. This cup holder was a soft pocket type probably the reason the second ring fell out later.
A bonus for me was when they invited me to their home for coffee and continental breakfast. I had a very nice time talking to their guests from the UK. They had to hear some of my best ring find stories. Another day I will never forget..