Received a text message asking me to look for a ring lost while doing fall cleanup in Wheaton, Illinois. There were 4 possible areas that it could have been lost in. Found it in the first area I hunted. Used my CTX3030. Rang up at 26 VDI.
Recently I got a call. “Do you hunt for lost rings with your daughter? You round my ring for me a few years ago…I lost it again.”
Way back in 2010, Vince lost his wedding ring in a park. My daughter and I found it for him. It was one of our first recoveries for TheRingFinders, so we remember it well. Click here to read that story.
This time, Vince was playing a ball game with his three sons on the trampoline in their back yard. While he was bouncing up and down, he reached down for the ball and gave it a hard throw. To his dismay, he watched his ring fly off his finger. They searched for hours, but couldn’t find it.
I made two trips over to Vince’s house. We searched his yard, under the trampoline, and his neighbor’s yard (across the fence to the left of the photo below. But no ring. There was only one possibility left: The ring had flown backwards, over the fence behind his head, into a different neighbor’s yard. That neighbor wasn’t home, but Vince said he would contact him as soon as possible.
The next day, Vince sent me an email with a photo of his ring. It had been sitting on top of the grass in that neighbor’s yard. This time Vince is going to get the ring resized!
Here in the San Francisco Bay area, we all go through a routine in November: clean your gutters and prepare for rain, because the next few months are likely to get wet. Eddie cleaned his gutters on Friday, scooping out leaves and debris from each section, then moving the ladder and doing it again. He was almost done when he noticed that his wedding ring was missing. This happens a lot: your hand gets cold and wet, and the ring slips right off your hand.
Eddie searched for a couple of hours but couldn’t find the ring. He knew he was wearing it when he started the job, so he bought a metal detector and tried using that. Unfortunately, with the stress of losing your wedding ring, it can be pretty hard to learn how to use a metal detector! So he called TheRingFinders.
I made it over to Eddie’s house on Sunday morning. He showed me everywhere he had worked on the gutters, and was very confident that the ring had been on his finger when he started. So I started searching. The only thing that slowed me down was the hedges and plants: they were pretty thick along one side of the house. We even thought we got a signal from the top of a thick hedge where Eddie had thrown a pile of leaves, but that turned out to be a dead end.
Eddie and his wife Margaret gave up hope after a couple of hours, but I kept hunting. There was one section of planter bed that we had skipped because it required searching on my hands and knees with a small, handheld metal detector called a pinpointer. It only took a couple of minutes in that bed before the pinpointer started beeping like mad. There, against the concrete and covered by mulch, was the ring.
On Friday, Nancy was at at the edge of her yard checking on her compost pile; instead of adding the orange in her hand to the pile, she decided to toss it into the woods for the deer. As she threw the orange, she caught the glimmer of her ring fly into the woods. The ring had once belonged to her mother, a family heirloom that was given to her, and she wears almost constantly even though its a tad big for her finger.
Nancy and her husband, Terry, searched for the ring, even brought out a rake to try to search through the forest floor… no luck.
On Saturday evening, Terry found the Ring Finders online and gave me a call. He described what had happened and we settled on a meeting time of noon the next day.
I arrived today (Sunday) at noon just as planned. Terry and Nancy walked me back to the edge of the yard and Nancy demonstrated the throw she made just two days before. I made note of the search area and got my detector ready to go… 15 minutes later I found the ring under some twigs and leaves. It felt good to see Nancy so happy to have her mothers ring back on her hand, she was almost in tears.
I was contacted on Oct. 19th about a woman’s lost wedding ring. About a month ago Paula had been pulling weeds around her yard and was throwing them down a steep hill when she realized her wedding ring went flying with the weeds. Her husband rented a detector and then bought a cheaper detector in the hopes of locating the ring. After hours of searching he decided he needed some help. I arrived this morning around 9:00 a.m. and he showed me the location that he already had marked out with orange flags. I made my way back and forth between the flags and I believe it was my third or fourth good signal I found her ring! It came up at 12-12 on the CTX3030.
I was very happy to help this nice couple recover her ring and thanks for the great reward.
I received a call from Andrew asking for my help to find his wedding ring that was lost in his backyard. Unfortunately his dog Gunner had gotten sprayed by a skunk and while bathing him in the yard his wedding ring had fallen off.
Arriving onsite and going over the events that lead up to the loss and meeting Gunner I was confident that if the ring was there I would find it as it was a nice short cut lawn and not too big of an area even though the loss had happened 2 weeks ago.
I setup my White’s V3i metal detector and Andrew showed me an area about halfway across the yard where the gate was that he felt was the stopping point at which he was chasing the dog around that day. I started searching area around the hose and most likely spot but no ring. Further into the a few signals but again no ring? I started to get worried as I approached the area of the gate and just as I passed the gate I got a good solid signal,pulled back some grass and there was Andrew”s wedding! Andrew and his neighbor were amazed as I held up the ring saying I got it! He was very happy to have his ring back on his finger and Gunner was now out of the dog house lol! Another happy customer! Recovery #105
Earlier this week, Dave was creating a new landscape in front of his San Jose home. He cleared the yard, dug holes, planted bushes and spread Gorilla Hair mulch to cover the whole front yard. Then he installed landscape lighting and a drip irrigation system. When he was all done the yard looked great! Unfortunately he realized as he was cleaning up that his platinum wedding ring was missing. Having been married only a few months, Dave and his wife were understandably upset.
Dave’s wife Mizuho contacted me Tuesday, then Dave and I spoke on Wednesday. Based on all the details he had, and how confident he was that the ring had come off while he was working, I told him that there was a very high likliehood I could find his ring.
I made it out to their home this morning. Dave felt strongly that he lost the ring somewhere in the main section of the front yard, but there was a possibility it could have come off in several other places. We decided to start the search in the front yard where he had spent the most time. Unlike some properties, the yard was fairly clean of metallic objects. In the first couple of minutes I found only one nail and one mystery target too deep to be the lost ring.
Then after only about four or five minutes of searching, a nice strong tone rang out of my metal detector. The ring was there, completely hidden under the Gorilla Hair. Dave grabbed Mizuho, there was much rejoicing and even some discussion about how to keep his new wedding ring on Dave’s hand. My best advice? Never wear precious jewelry while working, at the beach or on vacation!
I received an email from Betsy on September 27th saying she had lost her wedding ring in her yard. She told me that her husband had raked the area they thought it was lost in and they had borrowed a metal detector but didn’t find it.
So I was able to make it there today October 1st. After about 15 minutes of searching the area I heard a shallow low signal 12-05 on the CTX3030 and I found her beautiful white gold wedding ring!
I was very happy to help this nice young couple find this important ring. Thank you for the nice reward and good luck to all the ringfinders out there.
I received a call from Judy who was very upset about losing her wedding ring. She had been traveling from Minneapolis down to a wedding at a winery near Dubuque Iowa. She wasn’t sure where or how it was lost but it wasn’t in her car. They had made several stops along the way. She did send me a picture of where they were parked at the winery on a gravel lot. So I went on Friday to search for it.
After eliminating one area she stopped at I went on to the winery. Using the picture she sent me I started a grid search of the area. On the third pass I caught a glint of something shiny on the ground, going over it with the detector It sounded off. Yes it was her ring!
I was very happy to make that call to her and she was over the moon to receive it. Thanks Judy for the very nice reward.
An email came in earlier in the week describing the “chain of events”: Howard and his son were doing some work last weekend along the fence of his property; pulling old fence posts using Howard’s tractor and his 12′ long chain. After the work was complete, they threw the chain in the bucket of the tractor and Howard’s son headed for the garage. Along the way, his son decided to level off an area of dirt, leaves, and compost… once back at the garage – no chain anymore. Howard was pretty sure the chain was in a 25 sq ft area of a freshly leveled dirt mix, but had no idea how deep it could be. They searched for the chain, even used an old metal detector they had on hand, but could not locate it anywhere. So Howard emailed me through the RingFinders and we settled on a time to link up – Friday around 5pm. Once on site, Howard showed me the area, I got my machine ready for the search and off I went… 6 swings in and I heard the unmistakable tone through the headset… Howard’s chain has been found.