#lostring Tag | The Ring Finders

Young newlywed lost his wedding band cleaning snow off car Brampton, ON

  • from Brampton (Ontario, Canada)

I received a text from a manager of a recreation complex that he was cleaning the snow off his car knocked his hand on something. Next thing he noticed his 2 month old cobalt wedding ring was missing!

I new right away that it was a colleague at my work place! I messaged him back if he was a COB employee 😂 after that exchanged he called me and we had a bit of a laugh over it!

I met him bright and early the next day. Unfortunately, the area still had snow and ice but the worse was that the area was rebar encased concrete parking pad/walking area. I had my work cut out for me. Gave it 4 1/2 hours, I lowered my sensitivity to 2 but only had my 15” coil with me. I called it quits and decided to go back the following day on my lunch hours.

Well, 4 minutes into my 2nd attempt with my small coil and decided to check the snow piles / iced areas that were still present. I had a solid 9/10!! As I kicked the snow away, out popped the iced up shinny cobalt wedding band!!! WHAHOOOO!!

Now to surprise Antony!!!

As I was heading back into the building to surprise Antony… he walked out to check on the status. I pretended that an emergency call came in for a street light pole down. Then I pulled out his beautiful shinny cobalt wedding band!! His reaction was priceless!! Antony was so grateful to receive his 2 month old wedding band back. He was dreading telling his telling his Wife!

Check out my YouTube video for this recovery;

Thank you Antony for your donation to the Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Foundation as I don’t take the reward for finding the lost item! Instead, I have the clients pay-it-forward with a donation! He receives a tax receipt.

I will be riding a snowmobile in honour of his dear Friend Rachel who passed away from breast cancer far too young!

BREAST CANCER DISCRIMINATES NO ONE!! Early diagnosis saves lives!

Christmas Morning Special Custom ‘Mokume Gane’ Wedding Band Recovery in Owen Sound, ON

  • from Brampton (Ontario, Canada)

 

I received a text from a fellow Ring Finder Stephane (Brighten, ON) on Christmas Eve for a lost wedding band in the snow up in Owen Sound which was a close Friends Nephew’s wedding band.

I received the particulars and was on the phone in minutes with Brandon. He and his Wife Lara where visiting Family in Owen Sound. They all went to a local park to go sledding with Lara’s Brothers Children. One of the young girls wanted to go throw snowballs. So Brandon moved over to the corner of the baseball diamond outfield and they were practicing throwing at two old pieces of wood from a tree.

I advised I would head up first thing Christmas morning as I had no plans. Brandon sent an aerial photo marked up with the areas he parked, sledded, played and where the snowball throwing took place. My gut feeling was to start at the 4th area of snowball throwing took place. He too felt that it was the likely area his wedding band fell off.

Now this isn’t just any old normal wedding band! It’s a custom created “MOKUME GANE” (mow-koo-may gone-ay) by Anne Wolf in Sam Diego, USA! (www.annevillestudio.com) ‘Mokume Gane’ is an ancient Japanese metalworking technique developed in Japan by MASTER Swordsmiths. The words ‘Mokume Gane’ translates to ‘woodgrain metal’. Each ring is crafted with its own unique individual pattern. Anne’s creations are a labour intensive process (twist, hammer, and file the billet) to create it’s own individual pattern which the form solder, carefully hand-filed, then sanding the ring to perfection. The metals used in Brandon’s created Mokume Gane WYS etched wedding band was 14k palladium white gold, 18k yellow gold along with sterling silver! What a fascinating beautifully created wedding band!

I arrived 9:17am Christmas morning and I was surprised the rain overnight melted most of the snow. I proceeded down to the area of snowball throwing. Started my grid search and 1 minuted and 20 seconds later I pulled his beautiful wedding band just under the grass. It was not visible to the eye as I definitely have hawk eyes wherever I go!

Here’s the video of the wonderful Christmas morning special wedding ring recovery and surprise!

I proceeded to deliver Brandon’s 4 month old wedding band in person to the Family’s location 10 minutes away! They said is was a wonderful Christmas gift!

Thank you so very much Brandon and Lara for the generous donation to the Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Foundation in which they’ve received a tax receipt! It’s part of my ‘pay-it-forward’ campaign as I don’t accept the reward of finding the lost item! I use my passion for metal/scuba dive detecting to raise charity donations for the Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Foundation! I’m in my 13th year volunteering alongside 80+ pink Sista’s!! My pink Family is amazing! Thank you

Class Ring Recovered… 57 Years Later

  • from Lake Geneva (Wisconsin, United States)

57 Years

The forecast for Friday, July 9th, 2021 was full sun with a high of 72 degrees.  I figured it would be like most days metal detecting… a gamble.  Would I come home with anything noteworthy?  Or would it be a morning where I simply got out and under the waters of Geneva Lake, some time to mingle with the panfish and smallmouth bass, sand, and seaweed.

After sliding into my wetsuit and loading the car with my gear, I was off to detect at my favorite beach.  Little did I know that today’s find would transport me back to the year the Beatles first performed on the Ed Sullivan Show, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize, and the Surgeon General reported that smoking may lead to lung cancer.  

Detecting around a swim pier is slow, sometimes tedious work.  I’m not sure the order of my finds, but along with a half-dozen bobby pins, washers and nails, and hair ties, I pulled up a 1941 Mercury Dime and two junk rings.  

My next find was almost effortless.  It was in fact only a few inches under.  After a bit of stirring and pushing aside debris, I revealed gold—big gold—a bulking, shining class ring.  I studied it underwater, looking for a stamp inside the band.  There it was, “10K”.  Jackpot!  And then I noticed three letters stamped into the band in ornate cursive, “F.E.C.”

Connecting lost items with the owners is rarely easy.  But, this ring was different.  I not only had one piece of evidence- the initials F.E.C.—but I also had a year—1963—and a high school from New Jersey.    

I stared at the Google search engine box and typed in Bogota High School, New Jersey.   I quickly found the high school and began to look for phone numbers, maybe of the high school librarian.  I figured there was a dusty yearbook from 1963 that someone could leaf through on my behalf, looking for a name that matched my “F.E.C.”  As it turned out, there was a sparkly digital version of the 1963 yearbook that I could swipe through all by myself.  Just pages in, I got to the senior photos: black and white faces of eager high schoolers, ready to break out into the world, just as the Beatles would soon be breaking into the hearts and homes of Americans.  I slowly studied each name.  Finally I was rewarded with the entry I needed—in all caps—FRANCIS EDWARD CONDON in a white shirt, dark tie, and tweed sport coat.  

I now had a name and face, albeit a face from 58 years ago.  If he was alive, he would be nearing 78 years old.  Could I find him, or at least his family?  That would come, but months later.

For months off and on I tried searching online.  People-finding services all turned up dead ends or those much younger or older than Mr. Condon.  On September first, I was directed by other metal detectorists to try the website True People Search.  Minutes later I had five phone numbers for a 77 year-old Floridian named Francis E. Condon.

I stepped outside and into my driveway to get away from the clatter of four children.  After dialing the fifth and final number I expect the same dead end.  “Hello?”  a woman’s voice answered.  

“Hello, I replied.  I’m looking for a ‘Francis Edward Condon.’  I think I have something that belongs to him.  Is he available?”

Over the next few minutes I spoke with Mr. Condon, my voice jumpy with excitement.  It was clear after two questions that this was the man I was searching for.

Question 1: Have you ever been to Lake Geneva, WI?  Answer: Yes

Question 2: Did you ever lose anything there?  Answer: Yes, my class ring.

There was a big celebration on my end.  But a bigger one was coming.  

“Sir, I have to ask, when did you lose it?”  (After all, Lake Geneva is a tourist town, with lots of visitors.)  In my mind’s eye I could see an older man, fingers wrinkled with time, gripping the white edge of the swimming pier.  Perhaps he had been watching his grandchildren showing off their very best cannonballs.  His hands were clapping vigorously as a smile shot out of the water.  “What did you think of that one, Grandpa?”  And then, the sound… plunk! The empty spot on the ring finger, the weight of 8 grams of gold, suddenly missing.  

But none of the above fantasy was true.  The hand that lost the ring was young and vigorous, grandchildren were decades in the future.  The hand… and the ring, were from a newly-enlisted soldier in the spring or summer of 1964.  Kamala Harris, Michelle Obama, and Jeff Bezos were unknown in 1964—they were busy being born.  

This high school ring, the one I held in my hand, dropped into Geneva Lake in 1964 and fell out of sight for 57 years.  My mind was swimming.

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Mr. Condon received his ring back on Sept. 13th, 2021.  He slipped it on and sent me a photo of his smile.

People often ask, “What’s the best thing you’ve ever found?”  My reply is always— stories.  I know that’s not what they want to hear, but I would trade any ring, coin, or old button for the story behind it.  Most of the time the story goes untold.  This is one I have enjoyed telling over and over again, and it never ceases to amaze me every time I tell it.

Massive gold ring lost in custom pond in Hockley Valley, Mono, Dufferin County, ON

  • from Brampton (Ontario, Canada)

Yolanda from Hamilton was on a day out swimming with Friends at a very lovely private swimming pond in Hockley Valley, Mono in the gorgeous Dufferin County area!

Yolanda was recently given a white/yellow gold ring with a center sapphire surrounded by diamonds custom made from her Brother just 3 weeks prior. There is a huge sentimental reason she was extremely upset at accidentally losing this beautiful ring!

I was advised it was a sandy bottom over 10’ depth. It was certainly not a sandy bottom as the bottom was covered in a white dry type weed vegetation which was 2’ to 4’ high. There was incredible fish in the pond as my Minelab Excalibur2 underwater metal detector always seems to draw in the fish to investigate me ☺️ I love It! I was also not able to use my underwater circular gridding tool as it seemed the bottom underneath was concrete.

After 20 minutes, I circled back to ask Yolanda to walk around the pond for a different perspective to give me a closer location to where the ring came off. I headed back out and within 5 minutes, I luckily heard that wonderful tone on the Excalibur2! BINGO! Then the SURPRISE!!

Check out the video of this ring recovery;

It’s a shame that this individual did not make a reasonable donation the the KSBCF charity. Lots of excises. I forgive you. Someone else stepped up to the plate and made-it-right! As his Sister is a breast cancer survivor. I was at a loss for words of his incredible gesture.

My “pay-It-forward” campaign Is my reward. Clients are to donate between 10-20% of the value of the item or more if they choose. They in-turn receive a tax receipt! Forgiven and forgotten! ONTO THE NEXT!

  

#HockleyValley #Mono #dufferincounty #ontarioringfinders #pinkpowerally #treasurehunter #lostring #Divedetecting #detecing4charity

 

18k Gold wedding band lost cleaning up leaves in Guelph, ON

  • from Brampton (Ontario, Canada)

Paul and his Wife were completing yard work this past weekend at their home in Guelph, Ontario.

Later in the day after most of the work was completed, Paul got into his vehicle and noticed his wedding band was not on his ring finger.

I headed out with my Minelab Equinox800 multi frequency metal detected. Started to grid search near the fence line. Back tracked the back yard. Then into the side yard we’re 8+ bags of leaves had been packed in.

Four to six feet away I had a solid double tone of 18 on the Nox and knew immediately I located the ring.

I called Paul and his wife over as and his Wife of 36 years if she would like to put his wedding band back on his fingers!! Paul had recently lost weight and his wedding band was extremely loose!!

Check out the video of this 18k gold wedding recovery and return;

They were very happy to get this sentimental wedding band back to were it belongs!!

Paul will be making a donation to the Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Foundation as part of my “pay-it-forward” program. In turn, Paul will receive and tax receipt!

Thank you Paul for entrusting me with helping you recover and return your lost wedding band!!

#guelph #WellingtonCounty #lostring #fallleaves #cleaningupleaves #ontarioringfinders #pinkpowerally #charity #breastcancer #charitydonations #TheRingFindersDotCom #payingitforward

MASSIVE 18k WHITE GOLD 24 DIAMOND WEDDING BAND LOST IN THE WATERS in THE BLUE MOUNTAINS, COLLINGWOOD, ON 🇨🇦

  • from Brampton (Ontario, Canada)

Large Family day gathering at the beach of Northwinds Beach, Georgian Bay in The Blue Mountains area of Collingwood, Ontario.

Dino was playing volleyball with his Family and extended Family in knee deep waters of Georgian Bay! Twenty minutes later Dino noticed his wedding band was missing. Eight to ten people were searching for 1 1/2 hours with no luck.

Dino’s brother-in-law remembered the group “The Ring Finders” and proceeded to get in touch with me. He sent a photo of the location along with a blurry photo of Dino’s wedding band!

I was in Wasaga Beach at the time and dropped everything to attend the emergency call-out 25 minutes away. When I arrived I went in with my cloths on as all my gear/wetsuits were wet!

After 4 grid passes in the area identified I located Dino’s stunning wedding band in 4 minutes and already 6” in down!!! We were lucky as the weight of the ring would continue to go deeper over time!

Then the surprise phone call to the brother-in-law and subsequently sent him a photo of Dino’s ring! HAPPY HAPPY!!!

The next day at work on my lunch hour I met Dino in Brampton to return his wedding band!! It’s the most incredible, massive, elegant and stunning men’s wedding band I have ever recovered and returned!! ZOOWEEMAMA!!!!

Check out the video on this wedding band return;

I was shocked with gratefulness at Dino’s extremely generous charity donation to the Kelly Shires breast Cancer Foundation. Dino received a tax receipt for his generous donation! This is part of my pay-it-forward program as I do charge a fee to go out but I do not take a reward after I find the list item!

I love using my passion for metal/scuba dive detecting to help others in need!!

THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH DINO!!! Your donation amount really shows me your appreciation for my help!! Blessings

#GeorgianBay
#TheBlueMountains
#BlueMountain
#Collingwood
#NorthwindsBeach
#Lostring
#OntarioRingFinders
#TheRingFinders
#PinkPowerAlly
#TreasureHunter

LOST WEDDING BAND AFTER A SWIM AT TGE SEGUIN VALLEY G&C in SEGUIN, ONT 🇨🇦

  • from Brampton (Ontario, Canada)

Todd and his buddies from Sudbury, Ontario booked into the ‘stay & play’ Seguin Valley Golf & Country Club, Seguin, Ontario just south of Parry Sound!

A few days away on a guys get-a-way golfing adventure! A few bevies may have been had. Todd decided to swim 200’ over to an exposed rock area and he felt his wedding band fell off.

The guys all headed back home and I received special permission from the manager Gail. You see one of Gail’s employee Marci Vine is an amazing Friend and Kelly Shires Pink Sista recommended me!! Marci advised Todd to call me!

So I headed up to the golf course, received directions to cabin #2. Todd provided a photo of the area. I swam over to the rock with all my gear and searched for approximately 10 minutes with no luck. I decided to check the top of the rock!

BINGO!!! Solid tone on my Minelab Excalibur2 underwater metal detector and I found Todd’s wedding band sitting on top of the rock just under some small shrubs! I swam back and surprised FaceTimed Todd with the good news!

check out the video;

Thank you Todd for trusting me to recover and return your wedding band! And Thank you for the donation to the Kelly Shores Breast Cancer Foundation as well! He receives a tax receipt!

Thanks also to the staff at Sequin Valley G&C Gail for permission and Marci for the recommendation!

I mailed Todd’s wedding band back and he’s out of the dog house!!


 

MEN’s TITANIUM WEDDING BAND LOST OFF A DOCK INTO FAIRY LAKE, HUNTSVILLE, ONTARIO

  • from Brampton (Ontario, Canada)

Ken had posted on a Facebook group page seeking the help of a scuba diver to assist in looking for his Son’s wedding band lost of the dock area.

They were headed out to go waterskiing and his Son jumped from the dock as the boat was leaving, caught his hand on the ski rope and watching his wedding band fall into the waters below.

I offered my services but I felt Ken didn’t believe the ring could be found with low visibility below. I advised him I had a high success rate of return.

I reached back out to Ken in the later part of the week as I was headed up to the Sequin Valley Gold Course area south of Parry Sound to search for another lost men’s wedding band. I again offered to assist and Ken decided to take me up on my offer!

Roughly 20-25 minutes later I was please to recover his Son’s titanium wedding band!!

Check out the video of this underwater ring recovery;

I’d like to thank Ken and his Family for their very generous donation to the Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Foundation in my “PAY-IT-FORWARD” charity fundraising efforts! I used my passion for metal and scuba dive detecting to raise charity donation to assist patients/ Warriors fighting breast cancer!
After all, Eighty-five decked out pink themed female driven snowmobiles cross Fairy Lake for the yearly Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Snow Run’s the first weekend in February and we turn Hidden Valley Resort and the Town of Huntsville PINK!!! Maybe Ken’s Wife Lynn will join us for the 23rd annual Snow Run February 2022!!! I’m working on it 🌸💖🌸💖🌸

#Huntsville #FairyLake #Muskoka411 #TheMuskokas #CottageLife #lostring #Ontarioringfinders #TheRingFinders #PinkPowerAlly #TreasureHunter #BLU3NEMO #MinelabExcalibur2 #divedetecting #hookah #hookahdetecting #waterhunting

 

14k ROSE GOLD WEDDING BAND LOST IN ROADSIDE DITCH In SUNDRIGE, ONTARIO

  • from Brampton (Ontario, Canada)

Nolan was working in Sunridge, Ontario staking out a utility vault in a ditch at the side of a roadway. He was brushing away his pants with wet hands when he noticed out of the corner of his eye his wedding band fly off.

Nolan’s 14 karat wedding band was custom designed by his Wife with a centre ruby in between two amethyst gemstones to match her engagement ring.

We agreed to meet this weekend very early morning as the Ontario Highway 400 northbound cottage traffic can be crazy.

With a strict grid search using my Minelab Equinox 800 metal detector and small stock coil I was able to locate Nolan’s wedding band in 2 1/2 minutes!

Check out the video;

A very happy young couple and another donation grateful received came into the Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Foundation!! Nolan received a tax receipt for his donation amount! #payingitforward!

Link to the charity (below) which I’ve been involved with for 13 years now with the last 4-5 years using my passion for metal/scuba dive detecting as a member of the global organization called “THE RING FINDERS”

Donation link;

https://secure.e2rm.com/p2p/fundraising/346100/participant/4882857/en-CA

One happy couple under their masks!

 

Lost Wedding Band – Pensacola Beach – Found!!!

  • from Orange Beach (Alabama, United States)

We live in a beautiful place!  I had a long day at work and was just settling in at home when I got a call from Chris. He had been out on Pensacola Beach enjoying the Gulf while vacationing down from Ohio. Chris was packing up everything from his day with the family and as he grabbed a chair he watched his gold band go flying in the sand. He quickly learned that even after searching with several pairs of hands for a half hour, those rings are impossible to find without a really good saltwater metal detector. Luckily someone at the resort gave him my number and he called. Very rarely do I get to take my wife with me and since this was a pretty straightforward return she decided to video the entire thing.  Check out the link below. It’s my attempt at video editing 😁 and look at the huge smile on Chris’ face when he gets his wedding band in his hand. Thanks for calling Chris and congratulations.

Chris’ Ring