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Lost Gold and Diamond Wedding Ring Set in Ocean .. Newport Beach, CA. . Found with Metal Detector

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Jasmine called me four hours after losing both her gold /diamond engagement and wedding ring set in waist deep water at Newport Beach, CA.  She was home now, 50 miles from the beach. Jasmine could barely talk with out crying. It happen at a high tide which gave us a chance to find the rings at the next low tide (4:30am).

As we talked I believed I knew exactly where she had been when the loss occurred. I tried to be realistic about our chances to find the rings. I told The we had a 50/50 chance to find the rings because of the ever changing sand conditions. I’m so glad she sent me a photo of the large rock she had been near when she felt the two rings slip off her finger.  I would have waisted my time going to the wrong location. My plan was to start the search an hour before they met me the next morning at 6:00am.

I had to walk down a hillside walkway as the beach parking isn’t open till 6:00am.  After finding the large rock ( half the size of a house), I started my grid now that it was low tide. Walk straight out on the north of the rock.Just as I got to ankle deep water I got my first signal. “Boom” the big 1.7 ct. diamond engagement ring. Three feet away another much fainter signal but it was a solid tone and it was the yellow gold wedding band with diamonds. 

I met Jasmine and her husband John in the parking lot where I ask her to point out the rock and describe the rings. 

Then I immediately held up her rings. Tears of joy and John kept saying over and over “ I can’t believe it” He almost didn’t come to  meet me because he believed it was impossible to find rings lost in the waves for almost 18 hours.

We had a great talk and they were home probably before 10:00am to enjoy the rest of the day. These ring searches in the ocean surf seem to be successful in cycles. I’ve had several recoveries in a row but then there have been times when they just don’t want to be found, sometimes the people are not sure when or if the ring came off in the water. Also there are times when Mother Nature just will not co-operate, the sand and currents can not be predicted.  You can’t find them if you don’t try.

If you have lost your ring or other sentimental keepsake, please contact me ASAP. You will not be bothering me. I will answer the phone 24/7. Our chances of finding your valuable metal keepsake are greatly increased if we can discuss it as soon as possible.


Gold Wedding Ring Lost in Surf at Newport Beach, CA. .. Found

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John and Barbara were here in Newport Beach, CA., visiting from the UK. Actually they were celebrating their marriage. John had been in the ocean about knee deep with his granddaughter, lifting her over the waves. He didn’t feel his four day old gold wedding ring come off, but realized it missing within minutes of returning to the shore.
He was able to contact me after finding TheRingFinders on a internet search. We met at sunset while it was almost high tide about 3 hours after the loss. Our beaches vary as far as sand conditions are concerned and can change daily. This beach had been recently eroded with a lot of soft sand on the lower slope, which could just cause the ring to sink out of detection range.
I waited to start the search at the next lowest tide. Starting to searching too soon could make it difficult to retrieve a ring in the water with the waves surging. Sometimes you only get one chance to dig the target. If you miss the ring on the first attempt, it could sink out of detection depth.

After an hour it was approaching the lowest tide and I was in knee deep water with waves hitting me at my waist. My third signal of the search sounded good, but I had difficulty staying on the target. When I relocated the signal it took a little patience to wait for the best time between the surging waves to dig the target.

Boom! John’s 18k Gold wedding ring in the scoop. Returning to the house with the ring in my hand, I met John who hand a look of doubt on his face. I told him how difficult the surf conditions were and asked him if he thought there might be two gold rings out there? He said, no. Then I said, this must be yours.
John was overwhelmed and kept saying he couldn’t believe it was found.
I love helping people like John, especially when I can pull off a recovery like this.

Locating Rebar in Cement Decking .. Mission Viejo, CA.

  • from Newport Beach (California, United States)

I received a request from a swimming pool company. They wanted me to help them find the location of rebar that was in a recently poured cement decking. It seemed that somebody forgot to bond the rebar to a grounding system.

If I could locate the rebar it would save them from damaging the surface of the concrete plus the labor of tunneling in the wrong area.

I met Brian he showed me the area he needed me to work. It was fairly simple as my detector is set up to identify ferrous metals with a defined tone. I was also able to double check using my pinpointer because the rebar was less than 3” deep. Marking the location with painters tape, I was confident that it was a successful job.

Lost Ring in Volleyball Court Found and Returned

  • from Newport Beach (California, United States)












Marjory’s husband called me asking if I could help his wife find her wedding ring which was white gold with diamonds. She had lost it while playing volleyball. He said she knew exactly when the ring came off her finger.

It was ‪7:30 pm‬ already dark and he wasn’t sure what the conditions were. He called his wife giving her my contact information. Marjory called me giving me the details. Her only problem was she had leave by ‪9pm‬.

After hearing how the loss occurred, I assured her that the search would not take long. We met at the well lighted outside volleyball court. After a short search the ring showed up in my sand scoop. Marjory and her friend were overjoyed and relieved that the ring was not lost forever.

Often,  we get calls that are going to be quick and successful. That is not always the case, this last week I’ve had two other searches that were more than 6 hours each and the item was not found. If the ring is there, quality metal detectors in experienced hands can find small metallic items. If the item is not there a metal detector search can eliminate a location. It does give a little peace of mind to know that the item is not hiding in the sand or grass. I have several texts and emails from people that found their ring in other locations later. In the sofa, shoe, bed, car, clothing pockets, cookie jar, jewelry box, etc. I should post some of those stories on my blogs.

Newlyweds Lose Wedding Ring Watching Sunset, Laguna Beach, CA.

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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.

Lost Ring in Garden at Seal Beach,CA. Found with Metal Detector

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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.

Lost White Gold Diamond Ring in Sand at San Clemente, CA. .. Found

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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.

Lost Vintage Engagement Ring in Sand at Newport Beach, CA. .. Recovered

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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.

Jewelry lost In West Los Angeles,CA. house for two years .. found

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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.





Lost Platinum and Diamond Ring at Venice Beach, CA. ..Proposal Gone Wrong

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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.