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Lost Platinum Ring Recovered after Santa Rosa Fires

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-415-895-0334

Everything was fine when Bill and his wife went to bed on Sunday night. It was about 2AM when a Sonoma County Sheriff deputy pounded on their door, screaming for them to get dressed and get out. They had only minutes to grab a few things and throw them in their car. Bill remembered feeling his ring fly off somewhere in the garage as they raced out of their house. Four days later, he called The Ringfinders and we were able to locate his ring in the ashes underneath the burned out remnants of his car, where his garage once stood. A small memento recovered!

Lost metal items recovered in NorCal and the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Call or text Marshall at (415) 895-0334.

My recovery rate is is about 95% if the object is still there in the area. Don’t wait a week to call a pro!

SF Bay Area RingFinders Contact:  Marshall Smith – Text or call: 415-895-0334

Metal Detectorist serving the Greater San Francisco Bay Area from sunny San Mateo, CA

Lost Tiffany 2.5 carats Solitare & Diamond Earring Recovered in Corte Madera Town Park, Marin County, Corte Madera, California 94925

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-415-895-0334

It was a beautiful sunny say and she was just sitting in the grass relaxing when her young son ran up and tackled her. As she fell back on the ground, she felt her son’s sleeve tug against her left ear. She reached up and felt that here diamond stud was no longer there. Wizely, she froze, and marked the spot with some sticks. She also looked around very carefully and took bearings from nearby buildings and trees, so that she could relocate that exact spot.

The husband was a little stressed out and after they searched for several hours, a friend found my number at THERINGFINDERS.com and called me. I met her in Corte Madera Town Part about 10am the next morning. It was a another sunny day. She showed me the exact spot where she had been bowled over by her son. I stuck my shovel in the ground and began a spiral search pattern. She tried to read a book but kept glancing over every time I bent over to check a target. After about 45 excruciating minutes I finally located her magnificent 2.5 total carats diamond earring about 12 feet from the starting point. The earring had flown about 12 feet in the air.

Needless to say she was ecstatic. Unfortunately I was unable to also locate the backing for the earring. But she gave up on that idea very easily. She will have the backings changed to the screw type.

Happy Camper!

Another marriage put back on track!

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Ring and marriage recovery by Marshall Smith – 415-905-0334

Serving the Greater San Francisco Bay Area from sunny San Mateo, CA

San Bruno Coach Loses Wedding Ring at Practice, Recovered by the Ringfinders – San Bruno, CA 94066

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-415-895-0334

The football field stood empty. It was late in the day when the coach Ryan finally gave up looking for his platinum wedding band. The kids had all gone home after a tough practice. Coach Ryan had been taking blocking shots with a pad from the middle schoolers, teaching them hit and spin moves. During one of the hits, his wedding band must have fallen off, probably whipped away while deflecting and spinning one of the kids.

Wisely, coach Ryan marked “the spot” where he had been standing and blocking. Hours later he was still searching the grass nearby. The kids had helped for a while, but now they had all gone home. The sun was setting. Time to call the RingFinders.

I met Ryan the next morning on the field. The field was mostly covered in tough grass thick and deep in spots, barren dirt in others. From his “spot” of mostly likely loss, I began a criss-crossing lawnmower search pattern over a 20 x 20 yard square search area, found a few coins, but no ring. So I expanded my search square by 10 yards on all sides. More coins but no ring!

After searching for about 90 minutes, we were getting a little discouraged. We met back at “the spot” for a cool drink and to discuss next steps. Standing there together, sweating in the noon day sun, I look down to catch a sparkle in the grass at my feet. Reflecting in the sunlight was the shiny interior of Coach Ryan’s platinum wedding band, just inches from “the spot”.

The coach had imagined that his ring was flung off during practice, when in fact it had dropped straight down from where he was standing.

Sharp eyes paid off today. I’m not ashamed to say that I did not find it with my metal detector because this is the third ring I have found visually.  Sharp eyes and good metal detecting practices are very complimentary.

The greater lesson is to always search “the spot” and the area immediately around “the spot” very carefully first off. In my experience, now further reinforced, is that the lost object is often very nearby.

 

 

 

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SF Bay Area RingFinders Contact: Marshall Smith – Text or call: 415-895-0334

Metal Detectorist serving the Greater San Francisco Bay Area from sunny San Mateo, CA

 

 

 

 

 

 

San Rafael search for Grandfather’s Mason Ring Narrows Possibilities, San Rafael, CA 94901

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-415-895-0334

Not all searches yield the hoped for results. Sometimes all we can do is to determine where the missing item is not located.

That was the case when Howard called me to report that his Grandfather’s 32nd degree Mason’s ring, possibly similar to the one shown below,  had been lost on a walk around his mother’s neighborhood, or on his drive home.

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There were several possible places the ring could have ended up.

1. Along the sidewalk around his block. 2. In a neighbor’s trash container along the way where Howard had deposited a gift from his dog. 3. In a football size athletic field at the end of his walk and 4. In his vehicle after his walk.

Howard had already placed notes in all the neighbor’s mailboxes along his walking path, (this is always a good idea) so as we rewalked his path, we did another visual search of the sidewalks, as I scanned the bushes and flowerbeds with my detector. No luck.

On to the football field where Howard and his wife Monique lined out three 400′ x 8′ search corridors across the field with colored mason’s string, which they supplied. Howard walked along to keep me company as I methodically detected the long grass corridors and the final path up to his mother’s back door. We didn’t find his ring there either, but enjoyed a very pleasant conversation on a beautiful cool sunny afternoon.

Afterwards, Howard made one more search of his car, but no luck. So we had to conclude that his ring had slipped off in the neighbor’s trash can, and was probably long gone. Not a very fun outcome!

Howard is a lovely and generous fellow, and as always, when a search is not successful, I shared his sense of loss and frustration. But I told him to never give up hope, because sometimes there are other explanations for where lost things may have ended up. It’s happened before!

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Howard Cook, co-owner of Bay Area Retrofit, earthquake stabilization for your home or building.

Thanks Howard, for the opportunity to help eliminate the possibilities, I enjoyed meeting and working with you and your wife very much and hope that everyone will call you at Bay Area Retrofit for their earthquake retrofits!

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SF Bay Area RingFinders Contact: Marshall Smith – Text or call: 415-895-0334

Metal Detectorist serving the Greater San Francisco Bay Area from sunny San Mateo, CA

Diamond Engagement Ring Lost for 10 Years Recovered in Novato, CA 94947

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-415-895-0334

In 2003 she threw this ring into the street from her front yard but found it the next day. In 2004 she threw this ring into her back yard and forgot about it, the marriage was really over! I was called to assist in locating an entirely different engagement ring recently lost inside her home by her new Labrador puppy. I was unable to assist that recovery, no new clues after the owner had had the dog x-rayed, turned her house upside down several times and sifted every new puppy feces by hand. That ring has vanished in the house. carolyn shirlock large edited small But while sweeping the backyard dog run and plant beds, I unearthed this dirty little golden clod that cleaned up into this stunning .7 caret solitaire diamond, surrounded by swirls of smaller round cut, channel set diamonds in a heavy 14k setting. Undamaged and in perfect condition after ten years in the ground, the delighted owner was so amazed see this again! carolyn shirlock diamond ring cu small

There’s always a pleasant surprise around the corner when you call The Ring Finders!

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SF Bay Area RingFinders Contact: Marshall Smith – Text or call: 415-895-0334

Metal Detectorist serving the Greater San Francisco Bay Area from sunny San Mateo, CA

Lost Heirloom Platinum & Diamond Wedding Ring Recovered in Palo Alto, California 94306

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-415-895-0334

Great referral from my Bay Area detecting partner, Dave Millman.

Kara had been playing in Bol’s Park with her kids the day before. She had given her Grandmother’s wedding band to her dozing husband for safe keeping while playing in the sandbox and pushing her toddlers on the swings.

Leaving the park, they discovered that her ring was missing from her husband’s pocket! They searched and searched where they had been playing but came up empty handed. Panicking, she posted a note on the bulletin board at her office at www.Google.com. Two fellow Google employees immediately referred her to www.TheRingFinders.com.

Within minutes, Dave returned her call, but due to family obligations, he was unable to help. It’s always smart to begin a search as soon as possible so Dave called me right away. I met Kara at Bok park in Palo Alto the next day.

As I began metal detecting under the swings, Kara had decided to “search her car one more time”. After I had been searching for about 10 minutes, Kara popped up beaming! She had found her ring in her car! I was happy too, as I shared her relief, in recovering her Grandmother’s beautiful platinum and diamond wedding ring.

I cannot take credit for recovering the lost platinum wedding ring, but, with her permission, I wanted to share this happy ending in our “Book of Smiles” at The Ring Finders. At the end of the day, the result was the same, another happy customer!

Another happy Ring Finder's client!

Kara with her Grandmother’s platinum and diamond wedding band.

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With extra time on my hands, I searched the rest of the park and came up with a ton of aluminum pull tabs, a tiny toe ring, a cool Chinese key chain and a few old coins. Overall, it made for a very satisfying day of detecting!

Recovered coins

41 coins recovered in 5 hours of searching. Nothing valuable, but great detecting practice.

For more information about locating your lost ring and metal detecting in Half Moon Bay, Pacifica, San Mateo, Burlingame, Hillsborough, Redwood City, San Carlos, Palo Alto or anywhere in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area contact:Marshall Smith at the SF Bay Area RingFinders:

Text or call Marshall at: 415-895-0334

Metal Detectorist serving the Greater San Francisco Bay Area from sunny San Mateo, CA.

2 Lost Wedding Rings Recovered on Day of the Wedding! Bolinas, Point Reyes, CA 94924

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-415-895-0334

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I get called out on a lot of wedding ring searches, but it’s not very often I get a call ON THE DAY OF THE WEDDING!

Briefly, the wedding party had rented a beautiful farm in Bolinas, CA for the weekend, with the ceremony to take place in a large open field overlooking Bolinas Bay, just south of Pt. Reyes. Moments before the ceremony, it was discovered that the ever so cute 2 year old “ring girl” had been playing with the box of rings in the field and lost both wedding bands in the deep grass! The whole wedding party searched and searched but to no avail. Finally, they went ahead with the ceremony using rings borrowed from guests, but not before Googling the Ring Finders.

Fortunately I was available and showed up about an hour later with my metal detecting equipment. I interviewed everyone about the approximate location of the lost rings and was able to narrow it down to a 30×30′ area in the field. I quickly laid out a search grid and began a methodical search of the target area. The first thing I found was a 1927 Danish 2 Ore coin, very unexpected!

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I instantly became the entertainment for the party, with adults, drinks in hand, standing around making jokes and laughing, while a mob of little kids shadowed my every move.

Finally, after about a half an hour, the crowd dispersed, and after locating several pieces of iron junk, I got “slammin hit” right in the gold range on my detector. I knew immediately that I had found the gold rings under the heavily trampled grass. Coincidently, only the bride was now watching me, and instantly picked up on my vibe. She made visual contact with me from the across the field, I nodded, she smiled, and began walking my way. Moments later, in the photo below, the lovely bride, Audrey, shows off the recovered wedding bands.

Words cannot express the satisfaction one gets from saving the day on such a special day for Audrey and her new hubby Warner. I was treated to a tall Hefeweizen and hardy round of congratulations from the wedding party. I drove home, with a small reward in my pocket, and a wonderful feeling in my heart, knowing I had made a small positive difference in some good people’s lives. It’s the best!

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If you have ever lost a ring, or would like to have your property searched for jewelry and artifacts, feel free to give me a call at 800-214-8534.

Best regards, Marshall Smith
The Ring Finders, San Francisco, California

For more information about finding your lost ring or metal detecting in Marin County, Larkspur, Stinson Beach, Sausalito, Novato, Half Moon Bay, San Mateo, Burlingame, Hillsborough, Redwood City, San Carlos, Pacifica, Palo Alto or anywhere in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, please call Marshall or text Marshall at: 415-895-0334.

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SF Bay Area RingFinders Contact: Marshall Smith – Text or call: 415-895-0334

Metal Detectorist serving the Greater San Francisco Bay Area from sunny San Mateo, CA

Diamond Engagement Ring Recovered in San Francisco Back Bay at Mill Valley Dog Park, Mill Valley, CA 94941

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-415-895-0334
Mill Valley,  CA –  San Francisco Bay
It’s Monday, July 15th, around 11AM and Susan is walking her dog along the top of Richardson Bay at the Mill Valley Dog Park. When some kids lose their soccer ball in the water, Susan, being a good hearted person, wades into the water to retrieve the ball, only to find herself knee deep in sticky black mud. Alarmed, she attempts to retreat, but loses her balance, sticks her left hand down to catch her fall, which sinks in up to her elbow. When she finally frees her left hand from the sucking black muck, she immediately sees that her engagement ring is gone! At that moment she recalled experiencing all those awful, sinking, devastating emotions that come with deep loss and disappointment; the kind that hit you right in the gut.
Super bummed out, Susan  called her fiancé, Brian, who came directly to the park in his work clothes. Then the two of them spend the rest of the afternoon wading around in the oozing black, San Francisco Back Bay mud, with the incoming tide up to their waists, feeling through the stinking dark muck with their hands and fingers, hoping beyond hope, for a miracle.
Happily someone at Brian’s office thought to check the web for a solution, and immediately found www.TheRingfinders.com.
First Brian called me, still in the water, shaken, mumbling incomplete sentences “Wife, ….. lost engagement ring, ….. dogpark, …… ocean, water, tide coming in, mud, deep mud, lost, … lost … ring … dogpark …”.
Susan called me a little later,  more lucid than Brain, but shaken, and I could hear in her voice that she was feeling pretty heartbroken. She and Brian are due to be married in two months and the sad thought of replacing the custom designed ring at this late stage, was almost overwhelming. She explained the circumstances. She had lost her ring at low tide chasing the kid’s soccer ball. We checked the tide tables only to find that the upcoming morning low tides, would only be getting higher for the rest of the week. We had to act fast. We agreed to meet the next morning, an hour before low tide, to resume the search.
We met at the dog park and Susan showed me the mud flats where she had lost her balance. The water was about 10 feet away. Smartly, she had a pretty good idea where she had put her left hand down. They had been digging there yesterday. I set up a 2×2 meter search grid and methodically scanned it with my Garrett AT Pro in both Pro Audi and Standard modes. The search conditions were about as poor as could be hoped for. Salt water mud is highly mineralized and constantly sets off the detector in the low 40-42 conductivity range, (which turns out to be same range as Susan’s platinum ring). All that mineralization caused a lot of false signals and interference, which made holding solid target signals very frustrating.
Susan, who had been encouraging me from the dry bank for about 45 minutes, wanted to do something and finally waded into the mud herself with a big bucket and a large piece of 1/4″ wire mesh. I thought that showed great pluck. We worked out a little system where I gave her buckets of promising muck to sift through. Pretty soon we settled into a little routine: family mud farming.
Low tide had been at 11:30 and the tide was just starting to come back in. I had been searching for about 2 hours and was feeling a little bit frustrated. I had searched my grid several times at 90 degree angles and still could not locate a strong, consistent metal signal. Susan was just coming back for another bucket black goo, when I looked down in the muck in front of me and spotted the shiny side of a small silver band. I must have brought it up to the surface with my last bucket of goo from the hole. I knew instantly that it was a ring, reached down, plucked the glinting circular band from the muck and sure enough, there was big fat diamond attached to it!
Susan was standing next to me waiting for her next bucket of muck. I handed the sparkling little glob to her and said, “Is this the one?” It was like a miracle had happened.
We were both amazed by our good fortune. Susan was beyond thrilled. Coated in sticky, stinky, black, back bay mud up to our pockets, we were oblivious to our ridiculous appearance as we traipsed back across the dog park to the great amusement of the gawking dog walkers. We took turns dipping in the bucket under the dog water faucet until we cleaned most of the heavily caked black clay mud off our legs and hands. But we were still pretty dirty!
And then I took Susan’s picture, with her just recovered custom platinum and diamond engagement ring, below.  Wow, happy ending!
Speaking as a jeweler, that’s a pretty sweet set diamonds she’s got! And that custom platinum setting must have cost Brian a bundle of cash. But the emotional value of recovering their engagement ring? Priceless. That made it well worth my efforts.
I have a very good feeling about this couple, they have luck on their side. I wish them every happiness.
Cheers, Marshall Smith

 

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Marshall, barefoot,  knee deep in muck, soon to be thigh deep. The ring was found in white circle.
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Susan’s ring fresh from the muck.
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 Great cut and color on Susan’s gorgeous brilliant cut round diamond.  Fine workmanship on the custom platinum setting.
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A very happy Susan after the return of her stunning diamond engagement ring!
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For more information about finding your lost ring or metal detecting in Half Moon Bay, San Mateo, Burlingame,

Hillsborough, Redwood City, San Carlos, Pacifica, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Mill Valley, Sausalito, Marin County,

Larkspur,  Stinson Beach, or anywhere the greater San Francisco Bay Area,

please call or text Marshall at 415-895-0334.