lost ring

Rings found in the snowy Sierra

  • from Reno (Nevada, United States)

Imagine celebrating your 6 month anniversary only to lose both your engagement and wedding rings in the snow.  Well, this is what happened to Anushka and Tanmay.

Stopping to enjoy the snow Anushka decided to take her wet gloves off and ended up pulling both rings off with them. Unable to find them in the deep snow they did a search online and found The Ring Finders website.

Receiving the call too late to search that evening we decided to meet the next morning and since they knew the exact location they were in when they were dropped the rings were found within minutes and the 6 month anniversary celebration was back on.

Lost Gold Signet Ring in the Sea at Russell – Found After Three Years of Searching!

  • from Paihia (New Zealand)

Three years ago, Connor was swimming at Long Beach near Russell and he felt his gold signet ring slip off his finger.
This was a one-off piece, well sort of, as each of the family had one made with the family crest embossed into it. Effectively irreplaceable.

I met with Connor at the time and spent some hours looking for it in the surf and on the beach, however came back empty handed.

It was highly unlikely a casual detectorist had found it in such a short time, so it had to have gone deep with the sand movement.
It became a thorn in my side, knowing it was there…

Any time I was in Russell since then, I had a look at the beach – Some days the sea and sand were favourable so I spent a few more hours looking. As I do with any outstanding recovery.
Other days, there was obviously a lot of deep sand overburden, so any attempt wouldn’t be productive.

About three weeks ago, I stopped by as had become habit (bordering on obsession) whenever I was on the peninsula.
I saw a very shallow and subtle shift in the beach contour so I kitted up.
The first hole produced a very old and white-oxidised lead sinker, this looked promising – but had someone else beaten me to it with the ring?
Second signal was a clean low tone, but very faint. I dug the scoop in deep, but the signal remained in the hole.
Second scoop took me down to around 40cm deep, the hole was silent so whatever it was, was in the scoop.
Expecting another sinker, I shook the sand out of the scoop in the water, looked in and there was a beautiful orangey-yellow of gold, just starting to get that water-aged tone.

Three years… and fifteen days, after it had been lost.

I emailed Connor that night with a photo. His reply was that of amazement, disbelief, and lots of exclamation marks.

Today he drove up from Auckland, and I handed his family ring back to him, smiles and handshakes aplenty.

I sat in the car afterwards, and put a line through his entry in my little black book and wrote, with immense satisfaction,

FOUND! 11/02/21

 

Lost engagement ring found – Central Oregon High Desert.

  • from Bend (Oregon, United States)

It certainly doesn’t always take a metal detector to find a lost ring; sometimes the methodical perseverance of an experienced metal detectorist is all it takes.  Such was the case last week in the Central Oregon high desert east of the Cascade mountains.

Maddie sent me a text message on Sunday evening, through theringfinders.com portal.  She and her fiance Tyler were visiting family property along the shores of scenic Lake Billy Chinook when a late season snow storm afforded an opportunity for some sledding on the rolling hills adjoining the lake.  Shortly after the foray, she discovered her engagement ring was missing…the sledding hill was the likely spot.

I offered to help but unfortunately, Maddie and Tyler were leaving to head back to Portland, and Maddie was uneasy about leaving specific information about the location of probably her most valuable possession, now lost.  Understandable, and probably smart, Maddie and Tyler waited out a miserable week in Portland and returned to the family property the following weekend to search.  Their search proved unfruitful, and she texted me again for help.  Although the window of time we both had was narrow, we managed to find some early morning time the following morning that worked for both of us.

A pre-dawn departure from my house, and one hour and 32 minute drive (with a bit of backtracking when Google maps led me astray) and I was at the family property with the couple.  I followed them back down the road a mile or so, to the sledding hill.  What must have been a pristine wonderland when snow-covered was now an obvious ATV playland, covered with decades of hillside erosion, beer cans, pull-tabs and bottle caps.  The snow had melted, leaving a layer of water-saturated silt, slick and muddy.

After a series of questions about where they had been sledding, I put them to work marking out likely areas…the bottom of the two hills there were sledding on, the location where the car was parked, an area where Maddie had taken off her gloves to take a picture…and started a methodical grid-search patterns of each of those spots, working both north/south and east/west to be sure nothing was missed.  Three-plus hours of marching through the dirt and mud produced hundreds of false targets, one Apple iPhone, but no engagement ring.  I told the forlorn Maddie that I was reasonably certain that the ring was not in the areas that we had searched (of course it’s always possible that we miss objects, but I had been pretty careful) and that we needed to think about where else it might have been lost.

After consideration, two other locations were possible.  First, was the area where she had first noticed it missing.  On the drive back they had stopped alongside the road and she noticed it was missing. They had very carefully searched that graveled roadside, to no avail.  Also, the driveway and parking area of the house where they had loaded to head out on their sledding adventure.  We stopped at the roadside area first, where I spent twenty minutes-or-so, without luck.

We arrived back at the driveway where I started with a litany of the usual questions:  At what location(s) had the vehicles been parked?  Were you the driver or passenger?  Where did you load items into or out of the vehicle?  Did you do anything else in the parking lot?  After the examination there were two likely spots.  An area on the east of the driveway where the Jeep had been parked (and where Maddie remembered taking off her gloves) and an area to the west where they had parked the Jeep to unload upon arrival from Portland.

I grabbed the detector and started swinging the closest area, on the east side of the parking lot, working through still snow-encrusted gravel, when to my right I noticed unusually rapid movement.  I couldn’t hear the commentary though my metal detector headphone, but Tyler (who had walked over to examine the previous unsearched area to the west where they had unloaded the Jeep when arriving from Portland) had obviously made a momentous discovery – what metal detectorists call a surface find.  Walking briskly toward Maddie, to my left, and holding her treasured engagement ring high for all to see, Tyler had made the discovery of the day, and was able to present his beautiful bride with her engagement ring, a second time.

In Maddie’s eyes Tyler is a hero, and deservedly so.  I’m pleased that I was able to assist in assuring that Maddie’s ring is back where it belongs, and another happy ending is able to be recorded on theringfinders.com.

Congratulations Tyler and Maddie.  I wish you all the best in your coming nuptials, and hope the future is filled with adventure and excitement…with your rings securely affixed to your fingers.

Happy Couple

Back where it belongs!

White Gold and Diamonds 💍 recovered

  • from New York (New York, United States)

This gorgeous white gold and Diamonds engagement ring slipped off and almost never made it back to the owner’s finger if they hadn’t found The Ring Finders. After 3 days of searching on their own they turned to the internet and found us. We arranged a time to meet and had the ring back on her finger within half an hour thanks to my metal detecting

White gold and Diamonds blend into the snow and ice.

Disbelief turned into smiles as she realized the ring had been found after it being lost in the snow for 3 days.

How to find a lost ring in the sand, Ormond Beach, Fl….Found and Returned to owner.

  • from Sanford (Florida, United States)
Contact:

Mike McInroe…Ring Finder Specialist…Call ASAP Anytime…321-363-6029

Have you ever wondered what happens to a ring that is lost at the beach in the sand? One might think it is next to impossible to find it again after the waves and sand move and wash with the daily tides. And many a poor soul has walked away from such a loss thinking that there is no hope. But I have some really good news! Because there actually is allot of hope and a great possibility of recovering your lost item.

Connor was faced with a potentially devastating situation just this past weekend. He and some friends were enjoying an unusually warm day at Ormond Beach and before getting wet he decided to wrap his phone and his cherished high school class ring in his shirt and laid it on his friends towel. After a while they returned to their towels to dry off and unfortunately when Connor grabbed his shirt his ring somehow slipped out and into the sand and as they climbed into their vehicles he noticed his ring was not with his phone. Quickly he retraced his steps but could not find his ring. They tried raking the sand and even borrowed a friends low end metal detector but it simply made way too much noise so they gave up the search.

Connors mom posted on Next Door and some kind soul suggested The Ring Finders, so Lindsey sent me a text and thankfully I was available to drop what I was doing and after packing up my van with all my necessary equipment I headed to Ormond Beach. An hour later I met Connor and he showed me exactly where thought he was when he lost his ring. I set four corner flags out and began grid searching the dry sand hoping to find his lost class ring and after 30 minutes no ring. I had my Whites TDI Beach Hunter, metal detector set to dig all signals and continued expanding my search area quite a ways beyond where Connor indicated. Finally I started down onto the packed wet sand and 20 minutes later I got a banging signal. I decided to dig with my hand ensuring that I would not scratch or damage the item rather than use my metal scoop. I dug down at least five inches and still nothing was showing in the hole so I took my pin pointer and it indicated the target was very close. Another inch and I could see a silver rim–and I thought I must have found someone else’s lost ring–until I tried to pull the ring from its hiding place. And oh my goodness and thank you Lord, were the exact words that came out of my mouth! I quickly snapped some photos and sent them to Connor! Within minutes he drove up to claim his lost and now found treasure!

Here is what Mrs. Lindsey had to say. “I am crying happy tears over here! You are amazing! Thank you thank you! I am such a sentimental person and even though the ring isn’t that valuable, it is priceless to me! All his senior memories have been made wearing that ring. I just cant’t thank you enough! You truly are an angle! I wish I could give you more $ but please know our family will never forget what you have done for us! Thank you thank you! I will keep your info saved for life!!! I seriously can’t stop screaming and smiling!!! Lindsey”

Lost something and need help? Call ASAP–Anytime!

Mike McInroe…thankful to be a member of theringfinders.com

Gold and Diamond Ring Lost Swimming at Tutukaka 5 Weeks ago – Found.

  • from Paihia (New Zealand)
When I hear about a lost ring, I do whatever I can to get it back to the owner,  This has become something of a ‘domino effect’ this month.
Liz was enjoying a swim at Kowharewa Bay in Tutukaka when she felt her ring slip off her finger and disappear into the water.
Efforts to visually locate it at the time were unsuccessful, so she posted on Facebook in the hope someone had/would find it.
 
Five weeks later, I was in the area delivering another ring back to a happy owner, and since I was so close…Well, it’d be rude not to have a go.
The bay was relatively shallow with a fine silt bed, perfect to swallow rings as soon as they touched the bottom. In amongst the Eagle Ray feeding holes were scattered scoop marks. I knew another trusted detectorist had had a go in the shallows, although he had been unsuccessful. I decided to concentrate my efforts wide of his earlier search, as I could always re-search his area once the incoming tide forced me in closer.
 
The water was calm, warm and clear which made a very pleasant change from my normal water searches in surf. I was enjoying not having to use the scoop, and instead just sinking down onto the seabed and fanning the silt away with my hand, to find yet another fishing weight, or pull tab off a can.
 
Accompanied by a school of fearless and inquisitive juvenile fish, I systematically searched the bay in the area where she thought she lost it. The pouch slowly filling up with lead and tabs along with assorted ancient car keys and bits of brass from boats that had passed by over the years.
 
About 2 hours into the search the phones whispered a bright, clean tone that (nearly) always tells me my search is over. I once again sank under the surface and wafted away the silt – my entourage of followers darting in instantly for any unlucky invertebrates lifted up into the water. As the cloud of silt and fish dispersed, there was the unmistakable outline of the edge of a ring in the bottom of the depression.
 
I picked it up, and the diamonds flashed in the sunlight, I discovered diving masks leak when you give a huge grin…
 
It was another fortnight before I could hand Liz her ring, completing a bizarre sequence of connected ring reunions:
I originally travelled down to Tutukaka to recover Merryns ring, lost in the surf at Whangaumu Bay.
After meeting Merryn at Tutukaka later to hand the ring over, I decided to have a go at recovering Lizs ring nearby that I’d read about on Facebook.
Two weeks later, and I’m back in Whangarei to hand Liz her ring, but I travelled down early and successfully recovered Karens ring, that had been shared on the local Metal Detecting Facebook group.
 
So, one recovery request leads to three separate recoveries and a trio of very happy people, none of whom have met, but all with a connection through TheRingFinders.

Silver Rings Lost and Found in Calgary. JC Effect 2

  • from Cochrane (Alberta, Canada)

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Got a call out on a weekday evening.  His daughter slipped  while climbing an embankment and both of the silver rings her father had given her were gone off her finger. While she was dancing, he contacted me and within the hour, the rings were back in hand. Relief all round. Watch the video for details.

Wedding Ring Lost at Ocean Beach, Found after Two Months in the Sand

  • from Paihia (New Zealand)

At the end of December, after a day at Ocean Beach near Whangarei, Karen arrived back home to realise she had lost her ring back at the beach.
She had taken it off to apply sunscreen and presumably left it on the towel, and flicked it off when she packed up.
She drove out again to try and find it with her friend who owned a metal detector, but had no luck.
Successive attempts by various people with detectors were also unsuccessful, and she had all but given it up as lost.
As is often the case, it was the sentimental rather than the monetary value that hurt the most.

I was in the Whangarei area to hand over another previously found ring and had come down very early to spend some time at Ocean Beach to see if I could find her lost wedding ring.

Sitting in the carpark just before dawn, I went through her Facebook post again. She had noted several crucial times: When she was at the beach initially, and also when she went back to look and found the tide had covered the spot. Quick flick back to the December tide tables allowed me to work out how far below high tide mark she had been sitting.
She had also had the presence of mind to take photos of landmark alignments which while giving a relatively accurate fix, could equally work against us if a casual detectorist had intentionally sought to pocket it.

A very small white gold ring, lost on a popular surf beach with nearly a two month headstart and an accurate description of the location posted on social media, I wasn’t too optimistic to be honest – but you have to believe it’s there… having that valuable edge of experience to sway the odds in your favour helps.

It was still dark and no moon, but I could see the silhouette of the landmarks against the city glow behind the hills. After a few dry runs to get the best of three guesses as to location, I took the average of the three and started the grid.

Within fifteen minutes, I had the ring in the pouch.

I posted a photo of the ring as a reply to Karens original post, and hoped she would see it before I had to head back north. She did, and several hours later, I met up with Karen and handed her ring back to her.

Two rings handed back in one day – It’s a good feeling.

LOST HEIRLOOM GOLD RING HONEYMOON ISLAND…FOUND!!!

  • from Dunedin (Florida, United States)

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The Right Place at the Right Time!

I was detecting a section of Honeymoon Island called Dog Beach nearing sunset when I received a call from my sister with information about my father who was recovering from COVID. As I was speaking to her, two women approached me and asked if I helped people find lost rings. I was wearing my Dunedin Ring Finder cap at the time so I pointed to it and said “As a matter of fact…”. This is the second time in the last six months that I was detecting on my own when I came upon someone who needed my services.

As it turns out, a family of four (last name Beebe) with their two dogs were on the beach with a professional photographer at sunset when the son dropped his great grandfather’s gold and black onyx ring in the sand. Despite the fact that they were certain the ring was in an area of about 6’x6’, the Beebe family was unable to locate the ring after a frantic search. After about a two minute search, I got a 21 signal on my Equinox 600, then pin pointed the target and pulled the ring from the sand. What a joyous reunion! The photographer was pleased because she was working to take some great shots of the family in various locations as the sun was setting and needed to get back to work quickly. I took a picture of the ring at recovery, the photographer took a picture of me with the smiling son and the ring and she promised to send the recovery photo to me after I gave her my Ring Finder card. The photographer did not have any of her business cards with her and unfortunately I didn’t get her full name.

As of the date of this post, I have not received my promised photo and I have not been able to identify the photographer. If I “recover” this photo, I will update this post for the smile picture!

 

 

 

Ring Lost in Surf at Whangarei – Found after Four Days

  • from Paihia (New Zealand)
Merryn was having a swim at Whangaumu Bay near Whangarei in New Zealand when she felt her wedding ring slip off the finger. The water was too murky to see it, and it would have buried itself in the fluid sand instantly anyway.
It was with a heavy heart she walked away from it.
Shortly after, Merryn happened across a detecting mate of mine and mentioned it to him. Steve wasn’t able to help as it was a marine recovery – but he knew I could as an experienced ringfinder, and passed on Merryns details.
Four days after the loss, I arrived at Whangaumu with a rough verbal guide as to where it was, to get me started until Merryn was able to get there and pinpoint the spot.
I walked the dry sand above the high tide line looking for evidence of where she had been, and spotted two old towel marks in the sand. Must be the spot and I started work.
After a couple of hours being slapped and dunked by the surf, Merryn arrived and confirmed I was in the right place, but the towel marks weren’t hers! It was pure coincidence or human behaviour unconsciously picking the same spot for whatever reason!
The surf was quite dumpy with a lot of sand flowing down the beach. I told Merryn that in these conditions with the four day head start, odds were getting slim. She had to leave to go to another commitment so after watching anxiously for several minutes, left me to it.
Thirty minutes after she had driven away, I picked up a deep tone. Fanned the sand away with my feet and looked down through the suspended sediment to see the outline of her ring in the deep crater.
I scooped it, switched off the machine and headed straight back to the car to TXT her that her ring was now secured 🙂
This morning, I met with her to hand back her freshly polished ring…
Then promptly headed off to find another one nearby, this one lost in the sea five weeks ago.
That one was also saved and will be reunited with the owner in a couple of weeks. Watch this space 🙂