When Frank called me it was about 7:30 pm. He and his wife, Lana were in panic mode because she had lost her white gold and diamond wedding band somewhere at 1000 Steps Beach in Laguna, Beach CA.
It was cold and dark but we still had a couple hours before they lock the upper entrance gates at 10 pm. I met them at 8pm with the objective to get a general idea of where they had been incase I had to resume the search the next day. Frank and Lana live 50 miles away which would be troublesome for them to lose a days work to return the next day.
As we walked down the 200 plus steps to the beach I asked the questions that could help me put together a strategy for the search.
Lana only remembered seeing her ring when they parked their car about 4pm. After that they had walked down to the beach and walked about a quarter mile to a cave at one end of the beach.
She didn’t remember doing any activity except running a bit on the wet sand. They did say that they had set down for about 15 minutes on the sand to watch the sunset. It was just before starting up the steps that she noticed the one ring missing. Her engagement ring was still on her finger.
It was not sounding like an easy search but if they could find the location where they sat on the beach, we could eliminate that area. Frank was able to direct me to the exact spot where they had been sitting. My head was telling me that tomorrow was going to be a long day searching an almost impossible expanse of sand.
Trying to stay positive I began to search a 12’x12’ area. First target was a small piece of tin foil. Second signal also sounded like tin foil but a quick dig with my sand scoop revealed Lana’s ring. Boom !!
They were both extremely excited, stating over and over that they could not believe that their cherish sentimental wedding ring was not lost forever. This was even more special because they are newlyweds and had only been married one month.
This is what makes me grateful that I have the skills and time to be able to help people like Lana and Frank.
Richard called me from his home in Seal Beach, CA., after losing his gold wedding ring, either in his garden or on a walk to the park yesterday.
He had retraced his walk to the park and couldn’t visually find his ring. Richard believed that it might be in his garden where he had installed 30 ft. of plastic landscape edging. He thought if he rented a metal detector it would save digging up the garden again. Searching online he found TheRingFinders and he called me.
When I arrived a couple hours after we talked on the phone, he showed me the area. We had a little electrical interference that I was able to stabilize. Even though he wasn’t sure where the ring was lost, I assured him that after scanning the area he had worked, we could at least eliminate that zone.
Within a few minutes I got two strong signals. The second one turned out to be Richards’s very sentimental wedding ring. I didn’t check the other signal. It was probably an aluminum pull tab or a nickel which gives a similar signal as a gold ring.
It was great to meet and help Richard find his ring. He was able to finish his day taking care of his other projects instead sifting through his garden or trying to learn how to use a rented metal detector.
Jenny was at Rivera Beach with her family. She put both her engagement ring and a white gold diamond ring in a cup holder of her beach chair. When she got ready to leave the beach the engagement ring was the only ring in the cupholder. The smaller ring must have dropped into the sand. Even using a small sifter beach toy to sift the sand didn’t help to find the ring. They looked for it for hours before having to leave the beach totally frustrated.
When Jenny got home she went to her Facebook friends asking for ideas to help her find the ten year old ring that was given to her by her husband to celebrate the birth of their daughter.
One of her friends on Facebook told her about a story on a Facebook about the ring I found for Kylie last week. Jenny was able to find my contact information and called me first thing the next morning. We talked about what happened and if she could meet me. She was at work but could meet me at 4:30pm after she picked up her daughter from school.
I could meet her then but maybe I could save her some trouble if she could give me directions to the general area, I would attempt the search by myself. It was easy to understand where she was located by the directions she gave me. I arrived at Rivera Beach in San Clemente at 10 am and had her ring in my hand within a half hour.
I sent Jenny a photo of her ring. She called me right away and we met after she got off work, closer to her home saving her the long drive to San Clemente.
Both Jenny and her daughter were happy to be reunited with this very sentimental token of a special time in her life.
I love helping keeping the story of the ring to continue.
I was just leaving a grocery store just about sunset when Kylie called. She told me that she believed her engagement ring had been lost in the sand at “B” St. at the Balboa Penesula while doing a photo shoot earlier that afternoon. I only asked her two questions, first was it dry sand and second was could she meet me at the location?
She met me shortly after we talked on the phone. It was already dark which is not a problem. Before starting to search she told me that she had put her engagement ring in a pocket of her jacket with her car keys. She didn’t discover her ring was missing until after leaving the beach.
While they were moving to several locations on the beach she had to take her jacket off each time they took photos. At one time her car keys had fallen out of her pocket into the sand, but she had found them. Her first thought was this could have been where the ring fell from her pocket.
I started off by asking her if she can see anything on the sand that could get me to the area they spent the most time. We followed some tire tracks of the wagon the photographer used to carry his equipment. Then she noticed a small piece of trash that was on the beach at the location.
Kylie’s fiancé, Roli showed up to help hold lights for me as I scanned the first search area. My plan was to grid search the towel line and eliminate this area first, as they had been many other places on the beach. Then there was the walk trough the sand to the car. I my head, it was looking like this might involve returning in the morning to complete the large search area. If it didn’t show up then, there was a possibility it could have fallen out in the car.
Trying to stay positive eliminating one spot at a time proved to be successful. Within a half hour I got a great solid sound with a definite gold ID number on my detector screen. Boom!!
Kylie’s rose gold vintage engagement ring. Everybody was surprised, even myself because it could have been in so many other places. She told me it was irreplaceable. It was over 200 years old and is what is called a Victorian Cluster.
Kylie and Roli were extremely grateful and we talked for quite awhile on the beach after finding the ring. They also treated me for dinner the next day.
It was truly a pleasure to meet the both of them.
Two years ago Susan had asked her mother if she could leave some of her jewelry at her parents home because they had a better alarm system. Both Susan and her mother, Molly each put their jewelry pouches in the same box of cleaning supplies underneath a bathroom sink.
Last year Susan went to retrieve her jewelry and the box was not there. It had been replaced with spare lightbulbs by her father. No one in the house remembered throwing the cleaning supply box in the trash. Susan’s mother wasn’t sure if she had placed the jewelry in a different location. The worst possibility was that the jewelry had been thrown out because the box was no where to be found.
After a year of searching the house for other possible hiding places or hoping that Molly would remember if she had hidden the jewelry somewhere else, it was looking like the sentimental keepsakes could possibly be in a landfill somewhere miles away.
A couple weeks after suggesting to Susan how to search the house, she called saying they were overwhelmed with unsuccessfully searching the house. She convinced me to come to the house Tom help her and her mother.
When I arrived at the house I met Molly and she began by telling me the importance of her jewelry that were gifts from relatives in the Far East many years ago. We went upstairs where she showed me the original hiding place. She showed me several rooms and closets where the two pouches of jewelry could have been relocated.
I had a industrial search light and a hand held pinpointer detector that could be used indoors. My first thought was that the items may be on a high shelf. After an hour and a half of systematic searching two rooms and starting in a large closet, I found a plastic shoe box marked candles on a high shelf. When I opened it there was a small red box containing a gold necklace under the candles. When I pulled it out there were two other small boxes and the pink jewelry pouch that Susan had described to me. I went down stairs, asking Susan to come check something for me. Boom!! She exploded with Joy, her rings and other sentimental items she forgot about were safe.
I continued the search in that large walk-in closet. Fifteen minutes later passing my pinpointer detector by a bag of shoes I got a signal. Reaching in the bag, I felt a rolled up plastic pouch that was definitely Molly’s jewelry. It was unbelievable that both Susan and Molly’s items were found in a relatively short time. There was so many other rooms to search. Finally after a year of mental agony haunting everyone in the family, we had closure to the mystery of what happened to the jewelry.
Another special day for me to meet both Susan and Molly, also a pleasure to help them.
Troy had planned his proposal to Karina for months. It was a romantic evening at Venice Beach, CA. near the pier. While sitting on the sand preparing for the big moment Troy had been fiddling with the ring box nervously waiting for the perfect moment. He got down on his knees to present the ring to Karina and upon opening the box it was empty. He was crushed! The beautiful platinum/ diamond engagement was no longer in the ring box.
Both Troy and Karina spent hours sifting through the sand with their fingers. They slept on the beach all night guarding the location. When Troy google searched to find TheRingFinders he called me from the store where he had planned to purchase a metal detector. I told him not to waste his money. I would be able to meet him within an hour. Our possibilities of finding the ring was good if he stayed at the location the ring was lost.
After showing up to hear his story it was a matter of minutes till I was able to find the beautiful diamond/platinum engagement ring. Karina had not seen it, so Troy decided to save that special moment till later.
They both were grateful and relieved to have the ring recovered.
If if you have lost your ring or other metallic valuable please call as soon as possible. I’m available 24/7 . My search areas include all of Los Angeles County and Orange County . I Will Try Anywhere.
Eddie called me this morning asking for my help to find his Tungsten wedding ring possibly lost in the sand at the Newport Dunes RV Resort. I got excited because I was close enough to walk to his location within 10 minutes.
Eddie and I met at a the children’s play area on the sand. That is where he told me, he realized his ring was missing. Before that he had been several different places on the beach. One place was where he had crashed his bike on the sand and the other place was where he had been throwing a frisbee.
I started to eliminate the Totlot (play area) first. It is hard to stay positive when you hear about so many possibilities where he had been. I had a little electrical interferences to begin with and there was a lot of metal posts in the play area that could cover up a signal of the ring.
After a couple hours of searching, I went back to get a larger scoop to move the sand away from the metal posts. I also changed out my detector to one with a higher frequency coil. Returning to the play area where there was masking possibilities. Within the first 15 minutes I had Eddie’s wedding band in my scoop. He had already given up, returning to his RV. So it doubled his surprise when I showed up to return his ring. He had an big smile and his wife told me how I had made his day.. Helping people find their precious sentimental keepsakes makes my life special. It is awesome to use my time, experience and equipment in such a worthwhile endeavor.
If you need help finding your metallic valuable. Call me anytime 24/7 .. I Will Try Anywhere ..
When Martha called me I could see that she was calling from an international phone number. Martha is from the UK and will be returning the next day. She had just dropped an heirloom gold ring in the sand while watching people working out on the athletic rings near the Santa Monica Pier. This ring was very sentimental to her as it was passed down from her mother. She was devastated.
Some local people told her how to contact me. When I talked to Martha she was concerned how long it would take me to get to the location.
It was late afternoon with Los Angeles traffic I couldn’t give her an accurate arrival time. After hearing how she lost the ring, I did assure her that if she stayed at the location I could find her ring.
I was able to get there without any traffic delays and found parking only a block away. The search was quick, finding her ring right against the wall separating the walkway from the sand. I could only get a decent signal by swinging my coil with the tip of the coil facing the wall.
Martha’s face lit up with a big smile which made my day. She was a little late for a family dinner but she would not be going back to England without her ring. It was a pleasure to meet her and help make her trip to California a good memory.
Maureen’s daughter Lauren had come down to Chino, Ca. from Sacramento to visit her mother and to move her horse from the boarding stables. After a whole day of cleaning the stall and moving the tack box Lauren realized her white gold and diamond engagement ring was missing from her finger.
They spent the weekend searching around the stall with no success. Lauren had to return to Sacramento, CA. Maureen went to a sporting goods store purchasing a metal detector. Several people helping to search for the ring attempted to use the detector unsuccessfully.
Maureen was given my information from somebody that found TheRingFinders website.
I drove 40 miles to Chino to meet Maureen at 2 pm. When I arrived we discussed what happened the day of the loss. There was a 10 ft. sq. area where they removed the tack box, then she had 3 trash bags full of loose alpha hay and the last place would be where they had hauled the horse manure. It made sense to start in the area where the tack box was as I was going to save the manure pile for last. (I’ve searched worst locations)
Turned on my XP Deus and set it up to deal with nails and other non ferrous metals. Two passes into my grid, a nice signal and a beautiful diamond engagement ring underneath an inch of dirt and hay particles. I was as surprised as Maureen. She looked at me saying they had searched that location many many times by hand, rake and a metal detector. A big smile and hugs of gratitude, then we called her daughter telling her the good news.
Another special ring recovery and a reminder to me that “I Will Try Anywhere”, that’s what helps to make miracles happen.
Shelley contacted me early Wednesday the day before thanksgiving, one of the busiest
travel days of the year. Her husband, Andrew had lost his ring the night before as they were on a road trip for the holiday weekend.
They believed that he may have lost it when they stopped at a roadside turn out. Andrew didn’t feel the ring slip off but he did notice his ring missing a half hour later when they stopped at a fast food place near Coalinga, CA.
I asked a few questions about the location. Shelly said it was just a small turnout that had 4 or 5″ of soft dirt. It was dark, making it hard to remember any landmarks. Also, they didn’t know the name of the exit off the I-5 north.
We both went to google earth app to see if the exit could be located. We found one exit 105 miles from my place. I was able to get there by 1pm and after sending them photos we though this was the place. A thorough grid search was unsuccessful. I could only suggest they recheck their car.
Fast forward 3 days later, Shelly texted me saying on their return trip, they located the exact turnout where they believe Andrew lost his Palladium wedding band. It was 25 miles north of where I searched Wednesday before thanksgiving.
Sunday I drove 130 miles to the turn off with the very exact landmarks and photos that Shelly gave me. Immediately after parking my car I could see finger drag marks in the soft silty dirt. It looked like an easy find, if the ring was there. You never know if it’s there, when the person doesn’t feel the ring come off.
After 2 hours and just looking at the last few minutes before calling it quits. Boom!!! Andrew’s ring ..
It was a long drive home with the holiday traffic and I was able to drop the ring off at Shelly and Andrews place on the way. It was a another great experience meeting them and returning the ring.