lost wedding band Tag | The Ring Finders
Lost earring in Kearney Mesa found
Naomi was at a local park and lost a family heirloom earring. There were a couple of areas where she had been, including where she was playing with some dogs on the ground. On arrival, we met and she explained the situation and showed me the two areas, both of which are on a baseball field. Unfortunately, there was some guys playing ball on the field, so, one of the areas over by the left field foul line was busy. The other area was deep in right field and not too close to where they were playing, so, that’s where I started. Naomi had the mate to the lost earring, so, I was able to use it to give me a sound and I.D. number to go by. Wow, that little thing didn’t give much of a signal, in fact, in a couple of modes, it didn’t register at all! The best signal I could get was in the Gold prospecting mode, where I got a fairly solid 1 on my machine. I started swinging over the grass and found there were so many signals that I had to eliminate all the other numbers except 1 and 2 or I would be there for days! I made a couple of quick passes where she thought she had walked hoping to get a quick recovery. No dice, so, out came the cones and I started to do a complete grid while she walked over to see how long they would be in the other area. As it turned out, they were just about done, but, that was unnecessary. I decided to complete my grid and on the second pass, the weak little sound on my Equinox that I was hoping for, alerted me to the earring sitting there in plain sight. In a flash, Grandma’s earring was back on Naomi’s ear where it belongs. A pleasure to met you Naomi, and thank you for the reward.
Beach Wrestling Causes Wedding Ring Loss, Rottnest Island, Western Australia.
Riley and a heap of mates had been touring Rottnest Island during a friends buck’s party when he had lost his wedding ring. The poor bloke had only gotten married just the week before! He had discovered his ring was missing while waiting for the half hour ferry ride back to Perth. A quick google for ‘metal detecting service’ had turned up my number and he called me from the ferry.
He explained that there had been a fair bit of alcohol drunk and he couldn’t be sure when he had lost it. I knew from his account that there were about 10 of them in the group so I figured a few photo’s were likely to have been taken during the day’s various activities.
They were all together on the ferry and most were still having a pretty good time by the sound of it! This made communication difficult but after asking Riley to check any photo’s they had to see when he last had his ring on we were able to narrow it down to the very last activity which had been a wrestling match on the sand in a remote secluded bay on the south side of Rottnest Island called Porpoise Bay. Although it could have been lost anywhere from the road, down a bush track to the remote beach, it certainly seemed most likely that the wrestling ring in the sand was where the ring would be.
It was now too late for me to catch the last ferry out to the Island so I planned to get on the first ferry in the morning and hopefully find Riley’s precious before he had to tell his wife what had happened!
The next day I arrived on the Island with my metal detector and bike and set off for the south coast and Porpoise Bay. The actual site is called Henrietta Rock’s which is named after the Henrietta shipwreck which is only meters off the cliffs and is often partially out of water at low tide.
The lads had marked a large wrestling circle in the sand and had been taking turns to turf each other out of the circle but when I got to the beach I found no evidence of the circle as although it was close to low tide a stiff south west wind was keeping the beach awash with water and although I was able to detect, the water was full of seaweed which made the detector I had brought with me a little unsuitable. I resolved to come back in a few hours as I expected the wind to die off over the next few hours and make it a bit easier to search the area properly.
When I returned there was a beach again so I was soon in search of the ring. I realised I’d made the right decision to wait as I found the Riley’s ring on just my third pass and only just in the water. I knew I had actually metal detected over the ring earlier but not heard it due to the false signals and trouble the seaweed had caused. When I retrieved Riley’s ring it took 3 scoops to dig it out! It was down a good 12″ already in just one night.
Pretty pleased with myself I headed back to the road to get some cellphone reception and called Riley to tell him the news. He really was over the moon about it as he said he didn’t really think I would find it but that he had had to try so at least he could tell his wife he had tried everything to get it back!
I met Riley and his wife later that day to return the ring, and he had told her the full story by this time so both were very happy as evidenced by their smile photo. Happy days you two!
Love what I do..
Fire, Fire, Fire And A Lost Wedding Ring Rescue, Perth, Western Australia.
Keith and his wife Julie had been visiting their daughter when during a light hearted bit of volleyball Julie had spiked the ball only to feel her wedding ring shoot straight up in the air but did not see where it had come down again.
When I arrived I could see that the entire volleyball court had been methodically hand raked by the whole family for several hours but alas they had not found the missing ring.
I asked Julie to stand where she thought she had been at the time of the loss and demonstrate the spike she had done when she felt her wedding ring shoot off. It was pretty much a vertical movement so I began my search along the edge of the net on her side of the volleyball court.
The first signal I got I knew was not her ring but it had all the signs of being an aussie $2 coin which it was but the second signal had a distinct double tone which many shallow rings will give and sure enough there it was Julie’s fabulous wedding ring! Well the family couldn’t believe I’d been able to find it in under a minute when they’d all spent several hours looking for it on hands and knees!
After a few smile photos and a bit of back slapping I returned to my car and set off home. As I drove out the gate my phone rang so I pulled over and took a call from a fellow ringfinder on the side of the road. As I was speaking to him about an unsuccessful underwater search for a diamond earing lost during a night dive (who goes night diving wearing expensive diamond earings) I said hang on.. I got out of the car and ran up the road towards the smoke I had just noticed about 150 meters ahead at the intersection of the road I was on and sure enough it was a fresh bushfire starting on the side of the road. We’d had a 42 degrees celsius day only four days back and Perth has had a total fire ban in place for a long while now.
I ran back to the car and screamed up the road to it to find the flames were already 3-4 meters high. I tried stopping two cars as they drove by it but they just keep going.. you can probably imagine what I yelled after them!! The next car did stop and all he had was a spade so I said call the fire dept while I get some water back down the road. I managed to get a full size fire extinguisher from one of the residents where I’d just rescued the ring and raced back to the fire and in my best firefighting shorts and thongs managed to put out about 90% of the fire. I raced back to where I’d gotten the extinguisher from expecting another one to be ready for me as there were many units there but was told “sorry but we can’t give you another due to the property policies!!!!” I didn’t wait around to argue but obviously I was astonished.
I returned to the fire and noted the police had already arrived. One of the officers was standing 3 meters from the fire with a small fire extinguisher just staring at the fire which had by now grown again and as I approached him I said “are you going to use that?”. He replied “do you know how to?” I didn’t answer of course, I simply grabbed it from him, pulled the lock pin and put out 99% of the fire before the bottle was empty. Luckily as I got back onto the road the local bush fire truck arrived and soon wet the area down to prevent re ignition… pheww.
This situation was so so close to becoming a major bush fire requiring helicopters etc.
All in a days work eh. Ring Rescues to the rescue!!
Lost Wedding Ring Found In Armadale Garden, Perth, Western Australia.
Ray had been doing some gardening a week ago and after going inside to wash up had discovered his treasured wedding ring was missing. Ray had lost his wife of 38 years earlier in the year so his wedding ring had become especially sentimental to him since then. He had also lost a lot of weight over the last year which was probably the main culprit with respect to losing it. He’d spent a week looking for it before finding my service and shooting me a desperate message for help in locating it.
I messaged him straight back and shortly later he rang and explained what he thought had happened to it. I arranged to come out immediately and search for it.
When I arrived I discovered Ray had had some more sour luck as he met me in a wheelchair on the front lawn and explained he’d managed to fall down some steps and had broken his foot in three places.
After asking the usual preliminary investigation questions I set about searching the lawn and garden.
Property searches can be especially difficult due to the huge amount of metal rubbish that tends to accumulate around houses.. the older the house, the worse it gets and this was no different. As I suspected there were reticulation fittings in the lawn, reticulation solenoid wiring, wire, nails, screws, reinforcing steel in the concrete garden edging and a metal fence bordering the garden as well as close overhead powerlines!
These situations really call on all of ones prior experience and can be most frustrating. Luckily my experience told me just what to listen for as far as signals from my metal detector goes and allowed me to
ignore all the signals in the lawn and as Ray watched me stop and wave my wand over various spots and then move on, I eventually stopped, knelt down and sure enough the first signal I’d decided fitted the bill was Rays ring, I knew straight away as one edge of his two tone gold wedding band was actually still partially visible in the dark soil of the garden bed.. Hooray! As you can see in the attached pic it was all smiles and thumbs up from there, even Dylan Dog’s wearing a smile!..
My pleasure Ray and merry xmas..
Heirloom Ring Lost For Five Years.. Found! East Fremantle, Western Australia.
Julie had a great day recently when one of two sentimental rings which had dissapeared five years ago suddenly appeared in the sand outside her home. Her grandson had a habit of throwing things out the window and when she found one of the rings recently she thought perhaps the other more sentimental ring (her mothers) might be nearby. This encouraged her to think about the possibility it could be found with a metal detector.
Julie then tried searching ‘metal detecting service’. Uncle google soon gave up my contact details and after explaining what she thought may have happened I asked her to take some photo’s of the area so I could determine how best to go about finding it.
After seeing where the first ring had turned up I felt confident that her mum’s beautiful ring would likely be not far away and arranged a time the next day to come and search for it.
The house had been built around the end of WW2 so over the years all sorts of metal rubbish had accumulated in the garden bed outside the window the first ring had been thrown out so I had to detect and remove a fair amount of it as there were plenty of signals in the range I was looking for. After clearing the area somewhat I was now able to detect the area properly without so much signal masking and before long I got the exact sort of signal I was hoping for.. a quick excavation of the target revealed the beautiful pure ironstone gem set in her mother’s ring. Julie’s daughter had just announced she had to leave and was about to do so when I said “umm can you come back for a minute?”
Julie and her daughter came back out onto the deck above me and when they looked over I just beamed them a smile as I pointed to the ring still in the dirt to my left. After a moment they put it all together and turned to embrace each other as the emotion washed over them. This was just priceless to watch and why I absolutely love what I do!
Eagle Harbor Bainbridge WA Underwater Wedding Ring Recovery
Teresa called me asking for my help in recovering her lost gold diamond wedding ring of twenty-seven years. She told me the story that started several month prior. Teresa and her husband has just returned from a sailing voyage and on this day they were having a relaxing party on their boat as it was docked in their Eagle Harbor slip. Teresa remembers she was fidgeting with her ring finger and some how she managed to shoot the ring off her finger, it flew threw her hair, over the sail boat railing and down into the water below. Her husband witness the whole event and confirmed that the ring was in fact resting in the bottom of the Puget Sound waters.
After this the couple hired a young local diver that had been doing some underwater boat work but he had no success. Teresa’s husband a former dive instructor took a turn and could not locate the ring. They then called upon an old friend a professional diver that brought along a metal detector. He came up with a bucket full of trash but no diamond ring. Teresa’s husband took another dive with the metal detector and still no ring was found. At this point everyone was felling rather hopeless it wold ever be recoverd.
One of Teresa’s coworkers suggested in a joking manner why not get a replacement ring since your old you soon won’t remember the difference anyway.
After thinking if over Teresa went to a jewelry store that was having a going out of business sales event. She explained her story as she picked out a replacement ring from a catalog. Where her special order arrived after she paid for the ring she had immediate buyers remouse and graciously the jeweler refunded her money and took the ring back. However he did look her straight in the eyes and said you will never get that old ring back.
At this pint Teressa wad determined to find a way to get her diamond wedding ring recovered. She remembered hearing something about TheRingFinders and thankfully she did!
Grab a bag of popcorn and watch how the full story unfold here.
On this recovery mission we enlist the support of the submergible PVC gird.
Engagement Ring Lost for 4 months! – Pensacola Beach – FOUND!!!
I am so honored to be able to write up this story as one of the most amazing ring returns I have had with the Ringfinders. I warn you, it’s probably going to be a long one. 😃 2019 has been a great year. Early in the spring I had a call from a couple that had lost both the wife’s engagement ring and her wedding band out in a very large area of sand. My Father-in-Law, Tom Ledew had a freshwater machine but he didn’t have a saltwater machine. He had expressed some interest in the Ringfinders so I decided to ask him to join me and loan him one of my Saltwater machines. You can read the long story on another post but suffice it to say, Tom found one and I found the other and he now has a good Beach machine and is hooked. 😄. So that brings us to our current story… back in July, the day after the Blue Angels flew, I got a call from a very nice young man named Thomas. He had proposed to his beautiful bride, Dani only a few months earlier and she had not had the chance to have the engagement ring properly sized. They were in the water at Quietwater beach along with hundreds of other people and the ring just slipped off her finger sometime in the afternoon. I immediately came out to the beach and got all of the information that I could, right down to pictures from the boat, the tides and even the gps coordinates where the boat they were in was anchored during the air show. It was a huge area as far as water recoveries go but this is one of the nicest couples that I have met and I set out to do my best. I searched everywhere and dug up hundreds of pull tabs and I even found two other rings (one, I was able to find the owner in Tennessee 😃) but I could not find Thomas and Dani’s ring. I was bummed but I knew it was a large area so I asked if I could come out at sunrise the next morning. They said of course and I put in a few hours that morning and then put in a few more after work. All to no avail. I told Thomas that I could not find it and he was down but I told him I truly thought his ring was out there and with his permission I would like to keep looking for it when able and I would also like his permission to have my Father-in- Law help me with the search. Thomas said I could do whatever but felt the ring was lost forever and he said with all the people swimming that day he feared someone had seen it on the bottom and picked it up. I told him not to worry and that maybe one day I would come across it and call them. Fast forward 4 months and here we are in November. They were such a nice couple that I just haven’t been able to let their ring go. Anytime I am out that way, I always search for it a bit. I even came up with some down home engineering that anchors into the sand and lets me do overlapping circles to be absolutely sure I hadn’t missed a spot. Tom had been out to help me several times also and was becoming equally vested in finding this ring. Well within these 4 months, Tom Ledew was accepted into the Ringfinders over in Orange Beach, AL. (Congrats Tom! 🎉) and he had a recovery in the Gulf. I mentioned that Tom has a good beach machine but he remembered that first experience with my Excal which is simply the best machine there is for finding a ring out in the saltwater. Tom asked if he could borrow it and of course I said yes. He found the ring that day in AL so quickly and was so amazed that he had to have one for himself. Then it got really cold 🥶 and our plans to get in the water got put on pause. Through it all I kept going back to thinking about Thomas and Dani’s ring and I just knew I had covered the area where they thought it was. I also kept thinking that maybe Thomas was right and someone had picked it up but I just knew that gold sinks in the sand so quickly that it was almost impossible. I decided that the only possibility was it had to be a bit deeper where maybe the boat had swung around and Dani had to swim out a little to get on the ladder. Swimming + an oversized ring = an unhappy couple. So Tom and I made a plan to go back out and see if my theory was correct. Tom beat me to it and got his coil over it first but I am so glad that he did. This was his first major target recovered with the machine he tried for the first time earlier this year in the spring. It all comes full circle. 😃. The most fun I had was calling Thomas. Dani happened to be sitting right next to him when I started telling them who I was. Thomas had saved my number as “the Ring Guy” so he knew pretty quickly. They were shocked that after 4 months (twice as long as they had been engaged) this random guy would call and tell them that he had the ring that would forever remind them of the day that Thomas proposed. Congrats y’all, I hope this will remind you through the years as it will me to never give up! 😊
Lost Yellow Gold Mans Wedding Band Lost/Found At Dewey Beach Delaware
On 09/22/19 I received a text from Patrick regarding the loss of his gold wedding band on the beach in Dewey Beach, Delaware. Patrick had taken his ring off his finger, placed it inside of his baseball cap and set the baseball cap down on the beach with the rest of the items that he had brought to the beach. Patrick had placed his wedding band in the baseball cap for safe keeping while he went swimming. Patrick then forgot that he put his ring in the baseball and upon placing the baseball cap on his head a while later the ring fell out of the cap into the soft sand disappearing out of sight. I agreed to meet Patrick at the location of the lost ring so that I could search for it. Upon my arrival Patrick pointed out the area where he believed that the ring had fallen into the sand. I got right to work and began doing a grid search and on my first pass I located the lost wedding band and presented it back to Patrick.
Rings found Louisiana and Mississippi
I’m behind on making new posts but the calls for lost rings are still coming in and the rings are still being found. I thought I’d post a little update and a couple of the ones I got pictures of. I found a ring near Baton Rouge the other day that was in a fire, unfortunately I didn’t snap a picture of it because it was getting dark. The fellow had been doing yard work and burning limbs and it slipped off his finger (he wasn’t sure where) and I found it in the ashes. It survived the fire !! The ring was his fathers and had great sentimental value.
There was also a diamond engagement ring in Mississippi in a swimming area. After around 30 minutes of searching it was found in shallow water in a creek. I’ll post a picture of it.
Another one that comes to mind was found on a soccer field. It was a men’s wedding ring with an inscription inside the band. He had thrown a ball and it slipped off. I was able to find it in around an hour. I’ll post a picture of it as well.
There have been countless others since my last post (I’m horrible at getting posts made) but will try to do better.