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Happy Ending At Honeymoon Island

from Tampa Bay (Florida, United States)

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We will send a team of metal detector experts to search virtually any location. Some of the most common are parks, beaches, creeks and even your own backyard. If you have lost your ring or any other precious item, “Don’t Wait – Call Now.”

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Happy Ending At Honeymoon Island

Jordan and Nick were having a great time on the beach at Honeymoon Island and decided to get some food. After walking away Jordan realized her 3 rings were missing and walked back to their beach spot to search the sand. They were able to find 2 of the rings, but the engagement ring eluded them. They contacted the Ranger and we’re told to call Howard Metts. Twenty minutes later HOWARD arrived at the beach and was able to find the ring in less than a minute. What a great way to end a Sunday afternoon.

Lost Platinum wedding band in Western, MN resort. Now found!

from Elk River (Minnesota, United States)
Contact: 1-763-219-2782

A man lost his platinum wedding ring while wrestling in the water at a resort him and his family were staying at.  I drove out there for a little fun early on a Sunday morning and found his ring for him before breakfast!

Diamond gold ring lost, found, in Bloomington, MN

from Elk River (Minnesota, United States)
Contact: 1-763-219-2782

I got the call to recover an 18k yellow gold diamond ring that was lost by a woman when she was shaking off her hands after taking a fall on some snowy pavement.  I detected all around in the snow near where she had fallen with no luck.  I thought if it had bounced in the parking lot it would be easily visible.   Started scanning the road and got a clear perfect gold signal.  Bent over and moved some slush out of the way and revealed the gold ring which gave her an instant reaction of joy.  You never know where those gold rings will hide.  It had just happened to bounce in a small pile of slush on a road that was 80% clear.

Diamond Engagement ring recovered in the snow! Jackson, NJ By Matt St.Germain / Jersey Shore Lost Ring Finder

from Seaside Heights (New Jersey, United States)
Contact: 1-732-581-0285

1st Ring recovery of 2018!

I got a message yesterday from Alexis in Jackson NJ. During an argument with her fiance’ as he was walking alongside his car she took off her engagement ring and threw it at him. It bounced off his car and disappeared. She found me and 2 other guys threw the Ringfinders website. The first person there was not able to find it. I then went with my Minelab Ctx 3030 with the 11″ coil and searched all over the driveway and into the yard in the snow on both sides of the driveway in -5 temperatures. After 3hrs i too was unable to find it. So fellow Ringfinder and friend Dennis Burligame agreed to go the next morning to try as well. I also went back to meet him and continue the search only this time i switched to my 6″ coil as the driveway is concrete and had a lot of iron reinforcement which made it difficult to search. Dennis and i both searched the same area and decided to narrow down the area and even though we both went over the same spots with the 11″coils we could not find it. I went over the same spots now using my 6″ coil and right near a heavy iron tone i got a blip of a good high tone signal. I then moved the snow around with my foot away from the iron and the high tone came in much clearer. As i bent down to move the snow around by hand it was at that moment i saw part of a ring sticking out! If it were not for that 6″ coil i would not have been able to locate it!. Needless to say the customers were very happy! Big thanks to Dennis Burligame for the assist!

Just a Bag o’ Leaves – Valley Forge Lost Wedding Ring

from Downingtown (Pennsylvania, United States)
Contact: 1-717-314-2078

Unfortunately with all the telemarketers calling, I usually let my calls go directly to voicemail and if they leave a message, I know it’s usually not a salesperson. Well one of those calls was from David. He lost his wedding ring bagging up leaves; he was pretty sure it was in a compost collection bag with a bunch of leaves. Piece of cake, this is going to be an easy one! 

It’s always difficult to gauge the traffic around Philly, so I like to leave a tad sooner – better early than late I say. And this was the case here, I arrived about 15 minutes too early and received no answer at his door, fortunately David was right on time. After some quick introductions we got down to business. David told me the story of how he was bagging his leaves and when he was pretty sure that his ring when he lost his wedding ring, as it had slipped off like that before. We tried to retrace his steps the day he lost his ring and he showed me all the spots in his yard, where he work, but hopefully the lost ring was in one of six bags of leaves.

I saw the bags sitting in his garage and they were even numbered. David numbered them in order that he remembered bagging them. I was ready to get to work and find this ring; this should be done in a few minutes. I was thinking to myself that I wished they were all like this – nice dry conditions, not too cold, dry leaves in bags, this is great!

First I moved the bags out to a clean patch of grass, so that I had no metallic interference. I then started to scan all around the bags, tip them over and check the bottoms…which one contained the ring? Well, none of them did and that’s when that “easy peasy” feeling left me. I proceeded to empty one bag of leaves, as I had a hit, spread them out and detected them, but it was a false signal. So I had to regroup and start on Plan B, the yard. Things did not look so rosy anymore, but who ever said finding a lost item was easy. 
I grabbed my rucksack and headed over to the front yard, nothing left to do but execute the classic grid pattern and mark them with my little orange flags. I set my detector to discriminate out most other metals, except for gold. On my detector, the Garrett AT Pro, unfortunately this setting also includes bottle caps, pull tabs and those annoying little aluminum snippets from house siding. You really have to listen to the quality of the tone, someday I’ll get a fancy detector. I received a few hits, although some were good, they were too deep. I always want to dig them, but since I am here on a service I had to pass them by – you never know what else lies down below. 

The daylight was fading fast, so I had to pick up the pace. Then, right near where David said to look, I had a sweet sounding hit; even before I bent down I could see the glint of gold as I moved the blades of grass to one side with my coil! SUCCESS!!! It was a nice sized ring, still very clean and polished.

David was happy with the recovery and I was relieved that everything had worked out in the end. I am often just as disappointed and frustrated as the people who hired me, when I cannot recover their lost item. I love to see the smiles on their faces when I can show them the recovery – which usually hold great sentimental and or monetary value.

We talked for a bit afterwards and I found out that David used to fly on the same helicopter I work on – the CH-47, aka the Chinook. He told me one particular exciting story of a Chinook ride during his tour in Vietnam; I enjoyed relaying his experience to my coworkers.

I am also very grateful for his generous finder’s fee, which came just in time for the holidays and ended my Ring Finder’s work for the year on a high note.

Happy End To Holiday For A German Family in Western Australia

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

Merten and his family were enjoying another fantastic day in W.A. until he felt his custom made platinum wedding band (it took 8 years to settle on the design!) slip from his finger while playing with his daughter Emilia in the surf at Bunker bay near Dunsborough in South Western Australia.

Scene Of The Crime!

Mortified, he stood very still and tried to feel around in the shallow water for the ring but was unable to find it due to the surf at the time.

Wondering what to do, he tried google for help which resulted in a referal (thanks ‘Billy’) to ‘TheRingFinders’ metal detecting service where he was able to find me. When I received his email it had already been 3 days so after garnering the details from him I checked the weather and tide conditions for the area and asked if he could meet me the next morning to show me where he had been in the water.

Unfortunately he and his family were now quite a way inland staying in Manjimup and could not get back to Bunker bay until the following afternoon, so I asked him to send me a placemark on google maps marking the location so I could attempt a recovery as soon as possible.

Time is of the essence with all searches, but particularly in the surf for a number of reasons. The biggest of those is that when the sand a ring is sitting in becomes liquidatedy by the surf (water is forced under pressure between the grains of sand) most of the resistance which is supporting the weight of the lost item is removed and the ring or other heavy object settles lower and lower until something stops it or the resistance increases.

Should Be Here Somewhere Sean!

Obviously a metal detector can only detect small items to a certain depth (determined by the composition and mass of the item, and the mineralisation level of the soil or sand) and as they become buried deeper and deeper their response to a metal detectors electro-magnetic pulse becomes weaker and weaker until the response can no longer be ‘heard’ by the detectors electronics.

I packed up the ute and headed off on the 2.5hr drive south from Perth the next morning and arrived at Bunker bay a little after low tide in perfect conditions for a recovery.

Merten’s Precious Ring

Merten had told me he lost his ring about 4-5 pm (which the tidal charts told me was nearly high tide) and that he was only 1-2 m into the water so I was hoping if I searched at low tide the ring should be somewhere on the wet sand and more or less where he had lost it but probably buried fairly deep by now.

Luckily Merten had had some good reference points to give me so I started to search methodicaly up and down the beach to the waters edge, just to the right of where the ring should be. As I aproached the waters edge at the spot Merten had marked on the map for me I finally heard another signal (so far I had only recovered a pull-tab). I heard a faint, deep signal and my heart began to race! Please, please, please be Mertens ring I said to myself as I began removing scoop after scoop of sand and periodically scanning the hole to see if the target was still in the hole.

Eventually I heard nothing in the hole so I turned on my pinpointer and located the target in my piles of sand. I then felt for the item and yelled a big woohoo when I felt the unmistakeable shape of a ring in my hand. I washed the sand from it in the pool of water which had seeped into the hole I’d dug, and knew immediately that it was Mertens ring from the photo of it which I’d asked him to provide. Hooray!

Happy Days!

Merten rang not long after and I was able to share the wonderful news with him. I arranged to meet him and his family a little later in Dunsborough to reunite him with his ring after which we took the short drive back to the bay for a few photo’s and we parted company from there.

I never get sick of the joy these recoveries bring to people and cant wait to do it all over again for someone soon. Happy New Year Merten!!

Tough Gold Wedding Band Recovery in Tall Grass on Alameda Island, CA

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-415-895-0334

On a recent evening, Bob attempted to cut across a planted area between parking rows, misjudged the step down and ended up tumbling into a bed of deep decorative cut grass. His glasses fell off into the deep grass, and after searching for over an hour in the semi darkness, he was miraculously able to recover them, but then noticed he was now missing his gold wedding band. So back into the grass  he went. Nackered after a hours of searching, his wife found me late that night and we made arrangemdnts to meet in the morning.

Previous experience searching through dense ivy and thick bushes has taught me that this can be very frustrating because you don’t know if the item has hung up in the top of the bushes or fallen all the way down to the ground. So you have to search vertically as well as horizontally. Visibility is also an issue through all the vegetation.

The search area was only about 6′ x 12′. The small coil on my AT-Pro was perfect for searching the ground between the dense clumps of tall grass, as well as for scanning the tall leaves. At first I searched the area where Bob had landed on his butt and lost his glasses. Frustrated after beating the bushes for over an hour, I guessed that maybe he lost his ring when he went over the wall (which was full of heavy rebar and sprinkler control wires in the gold range). Sure enough, the ring was buried deep in the middle of a large clump next to the short wall, which I first detected with the AT-Pro and then located with my Garrett pinpointer.

Bob re-united with his beautiful gold band!

Funny Note: Bob had previously lost his wedding rings in Yosemite National Park, the Kern River and the Pacific Ocean. He was very glad not to need to replace it again!

SF Bay Area RingFinders Contact: Marshall Smith – Text or call: 415-895-0334

Metal Detectorist serving the Greater San Francisco Bay Area from sunny San Mateo, CA

 

 

 

 

 

Lost man’s tungsten wedding ring found in Mead WA

from Spokane (Washington, United States)
Contact: 1-509-263-8995

Yet another snow covered car steals a man’s wedding ring. That man Jared, was just closing the door to his car and with the slam of the door he also heard the ting of his ring hitting the door. Thinking the ring couldn’t have gone far, he and his wife looked for an hour. After not succeeding, Jared took to his computer to find a metal detector to buy. Low and behold the internet led him to the Ring Finders and so begins my latest Ring Finders tale. I got an email from Jared about his ring and dawned my snow bibs and took off to his house. The car that stole Jared’s ring was still parked in the spot where he had lost the ring. So knowing a thing or two about how conductive cars are I stayed away from the car and grid searched around the door he had closed. “The ring is being hidden by the car” I told him. He moved the car backwards but still no ring, he moved the car forwards and then I heard the sweet sound of the lost but now found ring. I said ” I bet this is it”, I swept the snow with my foot and Jared’s ring landed in front of him. He was wearing a smile when he bent down to pick it up and an even bigger smile with his ring back on his finger.


18K Diamond Ring Lost while Gardening. Recovered in about a minute in Wheaton, Illinois

from Chicago (Illinois, United States)
Contact: 1-773-206-8476

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.

A repeat customer loses his ring again…and recovers it again!

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796

Lost ring found in Campbell CaliforniaRecently 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!