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Two Rings in One Scoop

from Santa Cruz (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. The red box shows where she thought the rings might be. 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

 

Lost Wedding Found in Oakland on Father’s Day

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796

Lost palladium wedding ring found in OaklandPhil was gardening in his back yard in Oakland when he felt his ring get pulled off his finger by the chain link fence. Even though the area was small, he couldn’t find the ring anywhere, and he was worried that it might have gotten pulled through the fence to the neighbor’s yard. So he called TheRingFinders.

I arrived on Father’s Day morning. It was clear why Phil couldn’t find the ring: Lots of plants, tight spaces, and lots of loose dirt. I started hunting on my hands and knees with my pinpointer, because there was no room to swing a big detector.

The first metallic target was a large staple that held down an irrigation hose. The second target was buried deep in the dirt and leaves. It took a minute to dig it out, but it turned out to be Phil’s ring. Some recoveries just go fast–this one did because Phil knew the area where he lost the ring.

Everyone went away happy this morning!

 

Phil with his lost ring, found in his Oakland back yardThe lost ring buried in the dirt and leaves

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Heirloom Wedding Rings Found in Los Gatos

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796

Two lost heirloom wedding rings found in Los GatosWe’ve had a rainy El Niño winter here in the San Francisco Bay Area. During the last heavy rain, Suzanne noticed that the gutters were overflowing at her Los Gatos home (near San Jose). So she got out her ladder, climbed up to the edge of the roof and stuck her hand into the cold water. She scooped out the dirt and leaves and threw them over her shoulder, repeating over and over until the downspout ran clear.

Then she noticed that two heirloom wedding rings were missing off her finger. These rings had belonged to both of her grandmothers, so she absolutely wanted them back. First she searched the yard thoroughly, getting the gardener to help. Then she called a gutter company, who came and removed the downspout. After week with no luck, she looked online for someone who could help with a metal detector, and found TheRingFinders.

Suzanne reenacted the events carefully. She showed me how she carried the ladder from the garage, and where she positioned it against the roof. I had her throw stones exactly the same way she threw the gutter muck, to see where they landed. Five stones all landed in one area, which became Search Zone 1.

Unfortunately, there were no rings in Zone 1. Fence nails, deck screws, irrigation parts yes, but no rings. So we started searching Zone 2, where the downspout gushed out once she had cleared the gutter. Still no luck. Zone 3, under the deck, nothing. Zone 4, where she walked with the ladder, no rings.

So I went back to Zone 1 and started searching again with a handheld metal detector called a pinpointer. Instead of walking along swinging a big coil in front of me, now I was crawling along on my hands and knees waving the pinpointer, which looks a bit like a wizard’s wand. If the tip gets within about two inches of something metal, it beeps. This allowed me to get right up close to the fence and under the bushes.

Bingo. Ring 1 was right at the base of a bush. Ring 2 was a few inches away, almost to the fence. Even after the pinpointer beeped, it took a bit of time to dig through all the leaves and debris before the rings became visible. They were too close to the bush and fence for my big metal detector to find them.

Suzanne now has the rings from both of her grandmothers back on her finger!

Lost heirloom wedding rings found in Los Gatos

Suzanne is happy her rings are back on her finger!

Lost heirloom wedding rings found in Los Gatos

Can you see the rings?

 

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.

Mason's 32nd degree ring 1

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

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.