lost ring on beach sand Tag | The Ring Finders

NO WAY, but the Right Way to find a ring on West Dennis Beach, MA

  • from Cape Cod (Massachusetts, United States)

June 25, 2023

The sun had come out, the temperature was on the rise and more people were enjoying Cape Cod’s beaches. That is until a ring is lost in the sand. That’s when TheRingFinders get called. Today Ryan lost his wedding band in the warm sand and could not find it. The Dennis Lifeguard offered up the information to contact someone that could help.

Leighton was called but with the urgency of finding a ring in the soft sand and the afternoon bridge traffic he called me with the request for help from Ryan. Leighton and I have teamed up for several years and usually both of us will respond to a call for help. Anyway, I arrived and was ready to search about 15 minutes after Leighton’s call.

I met Ryan on the beach, he pointed out the area he had been sitting in and the area he had moved his chair to. OK, this should be short and sweet and it was. I was going to go perpendicular to the water only to change my mind and walked parallel with the water’s edge. The first swing I had a great signal and yes it was the ring. I said I quit! Those watching me thought there may be something wrong. No it was OK as I showed Ryan’s wife the ring in the sand scoop before letting Ryan remove it and place it back on is finger.

All were very pleased with my success, from Ryan’s In-Laws (now there was no reason for them to be an Out-Law) to his wife and young daughter and Ryan himself, not to forget myself. As this return had to hold the speed record of less than 25 minutes from the time I was called to the time the ring was back were it should have stayed.

Now for a few grateful vacationers, it is off to the Whydah Museum and perhaps The Crazy Rooster for breakfast in the morning. A trip to Martha’s Vineyard would not be complete without indulging on an apple fritter at the Back Door Donut shop.

There is always so much to do on a vacation and today just added a new experience no one should have to endure. I am thankful that a call for help was made, a vacation was not spoiled, and that great vacation memories will be taken home from Cape Cod.


150th Ring Return on Cape Cod – Found on Chatham Lighthouse Beach

  • from Cape Cod (Massachusetts, United States)

June 2, 2023

Emmie was enjoying her second day vacationing on beautiful Cape Cod. The sun was bright, the wind was light, and the temperature just right for a perfect day on the beach. Wanting to keep her wedding band clean and safe while she applied sunscreen protection she removed the ring and placed it in her pant’s pocket. She removed the pants and placed them into the safety of a beach wagon while she sun bathed. When it came time to put the pants back on…the ring was not in the secure pocket or wagon.

A call to J&E Enterprise to rent a detector was placed. Eleanor of J&E advised Emmie it would be better to have an experienced detectorist do the search and gave Emmie my phone number. Within the hour I was on the beach and in a search mode. I detected the area parallel to the water and then perpendicular with not a signal from the ring. I then searched in a diagonal pattern. Again, no signal. Another diagonal perpendicular to the first was about 50% complete when I heard an iffy signal. A signal, the result caused by a beach chair in close proximity to another signal. I reduced my detector’s sensitivity and interpreted its visual display as a target of interest and decided to take a scoop. From under a piece of seaweed a brilliant glimmer could be seen as a ring of diamonds slipped into the scoop.

That was the end to my searching and the beginning of the ring return. I kept the ring in the scoop as I love to see the emotions of the owner as they remove it and place it back on the finger where it belongs. Emmie had gone to the car and was on her way back. That gave her “friends” and husband time to conjure up a plan for the return. I would be handing out cards to those around, all except one for Emmie. I had a special Thank You card for her. This return was a special moment for both of us. For Emmie as she was to be reunited with her wedding band of two years and for me because it was my 150th return since joining TheRingFinders in 2011. Emmie’s card had a Thank You note on the reverse side and a Carpe Diem (Seize the Day) token made by another metal detectorist, Jim Wirth. A more perfect return I could not have hoped for on my 150th return.

Many photos were taken, thanks were given and received. Of course a few stories of past returns kept everyone’s concepts of metal detecting intriguing. Everyone could now leave the beach in a joyful spirit. The beach goers headed off to a lobster feast and I to a peaceful ride home. I took the time to reminisce over the past 12 years of putting smiles on the face of so many and how fortunate I am to have done so. What a perfect way to live in vacation land and enjoy retirement. Thanks to all those who have trusted in me. Yes, it really has been my pleasure to help when one needed my expertise the most. Again; Thank You all.