Lost Ring San Francisco Bay Area Tag | The Ring Finders

Two Rings in One Scoop

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796

Two lost rings found in Chrissy field in the Presidio, San FranciscoRiana called me two weeks ago. She and Chris had visited San Francisco over the weekend. They had enjoyed a wonderful vacation, including a visit to the beach at Chrissy Field in the Presidio.

While Chris took photos, Riana put her hand in the sand. She didn’t notice that when she pulled out her hand, her rings were missing. It was only later that she noticed the rings were gone.

They searched for hours without success. It was only after returning home to Las Vegas that Riana discovered TheRingFinders. Though she was upset when she called, she and Chris were able to give clear descriptions of where they had been on the beach. Chirs sent more than a dozen photos, plus screenshots from Google Earth showing where she thought they had been.

Chris and Riana agreed to meet back at Chrissy Field on Sunday at 7:00am. First, they positioned themselves by memory, and I marked out a square search zone with Riana in the middle. While I searched that zone with my metal detector, Chris stood where she had taken the photos and compared them to what was on her camera screen. When I found nothing in the first search zone, she suggested I move closer to the water. After searching this second zone for just a few minutes, I got a good tone. I stuck my scoop into the sand, and came up with two gold rings.

Riana and Chris, thank you for coming back to San Francisco for the hunt. I couldn’t have found the rings without you. It was my pleasure to return them to you.

 

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Map showing where the lost rings were found

Lost rings found in the presidio

Look closely at the photo on the left: the lines in the sand show search zone 2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the left is the first map Krysta sent me. That’s a large search area-it’s a good thing they came back to narrow it down! Using their memories and carefully comparing photos, we were able to narrow down the search to Zone 1 and Zone 2 shown in the small green boxes. That’s a lot smaller area!

On the right is one of the photos they took the first day. If you look really closely, you can see Riana’s rings are already missing from her left hand.

Lost Tantalum Wedding Ring Recovered in Esprit Park, Dogpatch, San Francisco 94107

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

Mark and his dog Pasha were running around and playing in Esprit Park when Mark noticed his wedding ring was missing. Married only a year, he felt a strong sentimental attachment to the special ring. Personally engraved, and made of a rare conductive metal, Tantalum (Ta), which is extremely dense and tough, it was indeed, a sentimentally and materially valuable object.

Mark smartly marked the spot where he thought it might have flown off his hand. He and his friends looked for his ring all Friday afternoon. Arriving Saturday morning at 10AM, Mark retraced his steps in the park the day before. First they had taken two laps around the park’s perimeter path for exercise. Then they started playing around in the grass. That’s where Mark thought his ring might have been lost, and put down a pile of sticks and leaves to mark the area.

The next day, after searching a 15 x 15′ grid area to the east of his mark, I started a grid search just to the west of his mark, and located his ring within 2′ of his mark. It was under trampled grass, not visible to the naked eye.

Mark  rewarded me with hugs and yoga tips. So happy to recover his unique tantalum wedding band.

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 Wedding Band Recovered on Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California 94122

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

It was a beautiful day at Ocean Beach. Danny was surfing. When got out of the water, and he went to shake his towel, his wedding ring went flying on the beach!

Moments later, my regional ringfinder buddy, Dave Millman, received the following urgent text:

Hi Dave,

I lost my gold men’s wedding band at Ocean Beach today, around 3pm. The ring has lower-case initials engraved inside: “ala + dgj”

My location at the time of loss is below. I did not go far from this spot – I believe the ring fell from my bag either at this spot or in between it and the grassy embankment directly east of here.

Please let me know if you are able to help.  -Danny
Dave Responded:
         Danny,
        I’m sorry you lost your ring. Unfortunately, I’m on vacation right now. However, Marshall Smith            at  https://theringfinders.com/Marshall.Smith/ lives in San Francisco and can probably help                you quickly.
        Good luck!  -Dave

One hour later, I was on Ocean Beach with my gear. Conditions, sunny, 59f degrees , wind gusting onshore 10-20 mph.

Danny met me on the beach with his wife Alex. Danny showed me when he thought he lost his ring. I stuck my shovel in the sand and began a circular search pattern around that point.

On my fourth circle I found Danny’s wedding band. It was buried about 2 inches in the loose sand.

They were stunned when I found it.  The beautiful inscription, “ala + dgj”, left no doubt that this ring belonged to Danny.

 

Another happy outcome ….. so fun to help out.

The sooner you call the better our chances of recovering your ring!

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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

 

“It’s part of me” Lost National Football Championship Ring Recovered in San Francisco National Cemetery, San Bruno, California 94066

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

As they gathered to bury a friend, an attendant adds the urn containing his wife’s ashes, of WWII Civil Air Transport Command veteran pilot, Don Milleneux, under his headstone at the San Francisco National Cemetery in San Bruno, CA. (Photo supplied by Rebecca Runze)

Dr. Leroy Perry, of Santa Monica, CA is graveside with his friend Rebecca to pay his respects to her aunt. At some point during the period near the marker, he notices he has lost his ring!

Many photos were taken, and after great deductive detective work by his dear friend Rebecca, she was able to place the ring somewhere within 25 feet of Don’s grave marker, probably off to the right side, where he had been making pictures.

The grave maker is located on a beautiful hill just across the road from the chapel. The lush grass is about 4 inches deep. As I searched the natural grid pattern provided by the grave markers, a massive lawnmower spiraled ominously closer each time he came around the hill above me. The pressure was mounting. I removed my coat and cried out for divine fortune to intervene.

Dr. Perry was the team doctor for the 1976 National Championship winning USC Football Team. The 14k gold and ruby colored ring is about the size of a golf ball. In expressing his emotional attachment to the ring, “It’s part of me” he said.

One is not allowed to metal detect on Federal property without permission. Happily the General Manager was more than pleased to authorize my search for Dr. Perry’s ring. He had received about 20 phone calls regarding the ring and was very enthusiastic that I would be successful and solve the mystery.

After 33 minutes of searching, and locating many coins and other high value targets, (which I did not dig!) I finally came across that loud high tone I had been hoping to hear. Just off to the right of the marker, where Rebecca had suggested, I found the ring with my detector. Looking down, the shiny inside gold band glistened in the sun, deep in the grass, if you knew just where to look.

I immediately called Dr. Perry and Rebecca to give them the good news. Because I had made previous plans to be in Los Angeles later that week, I had the great privilege of delivering the 1976 National Championship ring personally to Dr. Perry in Santa Monica at his office. (Photo by Rebecca Runze)

It’s quite a keepsake!

Dr. Perry is complete again! Good feelings all around.

Ring and fond memories recovered!

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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

Tossed Heirloom Cushion Solitaire & Diamonds Platinum Ring Recovered in Tiberon, California 94920

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

On October 10th David wrote:

“My wife tossed her wedding ring into a patch of vines, leaves and brush. Really dense. I have a detector, but was only able to uncover a few cans and a Capri Sun. I am afraid this might be beyond your scope or perhaps you are up for a challenge. I am confident that its in this area (marin/tiburon) neighborhood. If you are interested, what is the typical reward offered and when are you available. I can send pics to give you a better idea of what we are dealing with.

I’m feeling desperate and my wife is heartbroken. The ring may not be worth a ton of money, but has sentimental value of course…and is not insured (my fault)…so of course I’m getting desperate.
Please let me know or maybe you know of someone that might be able to help. Thank you so much!”
David
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The photos didn’t look promising. This is where he had been searching with his own detector, tearing out a lot of the ivy to find the ring:
But I had faith in my Garrett AT Pro detector, and found the ring in 7 minutes, inches from the curb, buried in the dirt. The ring had skipped along the pavement and bounced into the ivy. After over 2 months, and probably being stepped on, it had worked it’s way down into the soil under the ivy.
Beautiful, classic antique style, 1 carat, high clarity and color, old cut, cushion shaped solitaire diamond, with two rows of intricately hand set pave diamonds set around the top, and down the sides. The ring was custom designed by her father and made by his friend, both deceased.
Marshall, he wrote, “I can’t thank you enough for your prompt and professional service and for probably saving our marriage!”  Another marriage preserved, hopefully as durable as her ring!
Ring and marriage recovery by Marshall Smith.
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 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 Pave Diamond Anniversary Ring Recovered in Mill Valley, California 94941

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

This brilliant couple recently celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary. Bravo for them. After a very pleasant dinner one night, Marylisa and Godfrey were happily clearing the table, when they accidentally knocked her ring off the high counter, where it started rolling across the floor and went straight out the back door, into the darkness.

Outside the back door is a wooden causeway to the back deck. The ring could have gone right and down a steep dirt embankment, straight and through the openings in the deck, or left into the garden.

I searched all under the deck, on a difficult steep dirt bank with low head clearance. I then searched father down the right bank in heavy brush. With Godfrey’s help, we dug out an old rotten stump that it could have fallen into. After about an hour of fruitless searching, we took a break and had a cool drink with Marylisa on the deck. They are very fun, goodhearted people. Recovering after a pleasant break, I got up, walked over to the garden on the left side of the causeway and found the ring sitting in the garden.

Nothing beats success. Marylisa was extremely relieved and Godfrey was beside himself. Another marriage saved, hopefully for another 10 happy years!

In an amazing coincidence, later that same day, I ran into their daughter and friends and the Sand Dollar Restaurant in Stinson Beach, CA. They had already heard the whole story of the recovery! It was a fun afternoon at the Sand Dollar.

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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 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Platinum Wedding Band Recovered from Deep Ivy Patch in Glen Park, San Francisco, CA 94131

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

Another case of throwing a ball for a dog. While whipping a tennis ball down his street for his dog Rudy, off goes Dave’s wedding band into the thick ivy. Of course the ring immediately disappears from view, and gravity takes over.

Dave knew his ring was made of platinum, and had a pretty good idea of where it went in. I set my detector for platinum mode and went to work. I was able to locate Dave’s ring in about 10 minutes, about 14 inches down from the top of the ivy.

A happier guy and another smile for our Book of Smiles

Recovery by Marshall Smith – Call: 800-214-8534

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.

Karas Grandmothers platinum wedding band med 6-2-14

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