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Diamond Engagement Ring Lost for 10 Years Recovered in Novato, CA 94947

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

In 2003 she threw this ring into the street from her front yard but found it the next day. In 2004 she threw this ring into her back yard and forgot about it, the marriage was really over! I was called to assist in locating an entirely different engagement ring recently lost inside her home by her new Labrador puppy. I was unable to assist that recovery, no new clues after the owner had had the dog x-rayed, turned her house upside down several times and sifted every new puppy feces by hand. That ring has vanished in the house. carolyn shirlock large edited small But while sweeping the backyard dog run and plant beds, I unearthed this dirty little golden clod that cleaned up into this stunning .7 caret solitaire diamond, surrounded by swirls of smaller round cut, channel set diamonds in a heavy 14k setting. Undamaged and in perfect condition after ten years in the ground, the delighted owner was so amazed see this again! carolyn shirlock diamond ring cu small

There’s always a pleasant surprise around the corner when you call The Ring Finders!


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 Platinum Wedding Ring Found in Tiburon

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)

Lost platinum wedding band found

Today John brought his family from San Mateo to Tiburon to Paradise Park Beach. It’s a nice little beach, not very crowded, with lots of shade. He and his mom and two sons were enjoying the gorgeous weather and the water.

Then John’s platinum wedding ring was struck by the sunblock curse: He took off the ring to apply sunblock to his son. Then he got distracted, stood up, moved his chair, and the ring was gone. If you’ve ever dropped a ring into dry sand, you know what happened: it immediately sank without a trace. Within 10 minutes, John had me on the phone.

I got to Marin County about three hours later with my metal detector. John knew approximately where he had lost the ring, so it wasn’t a difficult search. With his two sons assisting, we found the ring in the first few minutes. It was already three inches under the sand, and would have sunk even deeper within a few days.

And it’s a good we did find it so quickly. John’s 10th wedding anniversary is coming up soon!

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22K Gold Ring Found in Novato

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)

Lost gold ring found in Novato

It was a usual saturday evening for Nazeem, playing volley ball with friends in the office volley ball court. Walking to the car to drive back home, he noticed his wedding ring was missing. Immediately he rushed back to the court and the players started the search for the ring.They looked all over the entire playground, covered in thick grass, for over an hour in the evening, but they couldn’t locate the ring anywhere. The next day they searched again in sunlight with family and friends, expecting the ring to shine, but no luck again! They were almost sure the ring was in the volleyball court itself, as the ring was present in Nazeem’s finger in the photographs they had taken the previous day at home.

Nazeem’s wife Bily contacted me on Monday. I met them both at the volleyball court on Tuesday afternoon. We’ve been having beautiful weather for a couple of weeks, so it was a pleasure to be outside metal detecting. I tested Bily’s matching ring, made from the same 22K gold, and noticed that I would have to sweep low and slow in order not to miss  the faint signal it returned to my detector.

Because the ground was fairly hard, and there hadn’t been any rain since Saturday, we knew the ring would not be buried. Unfortunately, the grass was thick and well maintained, so anything small and dense like a ring would disappear quickly. So I started my grid search behind the serving line on one side of the court, and slowly worked my way toward the net.

Fortunately, the ground was clean. I only picked up six signals in the first 30 minutes, and only one was within two inches of the surface. About 5 feet in front of the net, near the center of the court, I got a signal on the surface. I scraped my fingers through the grass, but could not find it. But after pinpointing it again, I found Nazeem’s ring hiding down among the roots. Nazeem was extremely delighted to get his priceless ring back! Everybody went away happy!

Lost gold wedding band


Two Lost Rings Found Below the High Tide Line in Sausalito

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)

Sarah lost her wedding ring set on a beach in the Sausalito marina.

Michael called me on Monday afternoon. His wife Sarah was on a beach in the Sausalito marina, where she had just lost her wedding and engagement rings. We arranged for me to meet Sarah at the beach on Tuesday afternoon, just after high tide.

As you can see from the photos, the beach is not large. Sarah had placed her rings on her blanket to apply sunscreen, then picked up the blanket and followed her young son around the beach before noticing the rings were missing. We plotted out the search zones where the rings were most likely to have fallen: Zone 1 where she picked up the blanket, Zone 2 where she first carried it along the beach, Zone 3 where she threw the blanket over her shoulder and chased her son down to the water line, and finally Zone 4 where she followed him along the water, and shook out the blanket near the seawall.

I searched Zone 1 thoroughly, finding only coins and bottle caps. Rings tend to fall quickly, so this was the most likely place to find them. But after two passes from different directions, I knew they weren’t there. Same story in Zone 2: Two passes, no results.

It was starting to get dark, but I still did two passes on Zone 3, theorizing that Sarah had been running at this point, so the rings could have been flung to either side of her path. No joy.

By the time I got to the waterline, it was full night. The nearby lights gave more glare than anything else. The only good news was that since I started searching, the tide had dropped to the same level as when the rings were lost. Because of the salt water in the damp sand, my metal detector was giving me strange readings for common targets-iron was ringing as copper or brass. After 30 minutes searching Zone 4, I got a copper penny tone. Given the salt water effect, I assumed the target was going to be either a penny or a nail. But in fact it was neither, it was the wedding band, with diamonds all the way around and engraving on both sides. Beautiful!

It took another 20 minutes, but I found the matching engagement ring a couple of feet away. Success! The two rings made a beautiful set. They had both been underwater when I started searching, but the receding tied had left them in damp sand. The search had taken three hours, but it was worth it in the end.

Sarah’s wedding set.

Small beach, but still lots of sand to search for the missing rings!

What Is It About Stinson Beach?

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
We found Josh's lost ring on Stinson Beach

We found Josh’s lost ring on Stinson Beach

What is it about Stinson Beach? Why does it steal so many people’s rings?

Josh enjoyed a day on the beach with his daughters. As he started to clean up, his ring slipped off his finger and was immediately swallowed by the Stinson Beach sand. He looked for it for over an hour without luck. A couple of weeks later, he found us on TheRingFinders website.

The good news was that Josh had taken three pictures with his phone that showed the family’s location on the beach. When we arrived, we carefully recreated the photos so we could identify the search zone. Then we placed stakes around the search zone, and two of us started a carefull gridded search. After a bit less than an hour, we found Josh’s ring under four or five inches of sand.

Stinson Beach is a very big place, but Josh’s photos led us straight to the right place. If you lose something in the sand, make sure you can identify the exact location with landmarks, photos, or better yet, GPS coordinates from your phone.


Lost wedding ring hidden in the sand

Here’s what Josh wrote:


Thank you again, so much.  My family was also blown away that you found it.

 I think it is so awesome that you are able to share your hobby with your daughter, and she can experience a selfless way of making people happy.

 Quick story of why my ring is so important to me.  My parents always had very simple gold bands as wedding rings.  My dad never took his off.  I was pretty young when it was at a point that he could not get it off anymore, and it was just a few years ago that after wearing it for 30 + years that he finally had to cut it off.

 I think that now I have worn my ring for 10 years.  All the great things my wife and I have experienced together and the family we have created.  I was wearing my wedding ring when my kids were born, when they took there first steps, the first stitches, when I taught them to ride a bike, the first day of school.  I hated to loose it and now I will be wearing it for all the “firsts” yet to come.


Two Lost Rings Found in Sausalito

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
Catherine with her parent's wedding rings

Cynthia with her parent’s wedding rings

Cynthia always wears her mother’s and father’s wedding rings, which are beautiful hand-made antiques from Chile. She was wearing them last weekend while gardening in her back yard. Unfortunately, when she flung some clippings over the fence, the rings flew off too. After searching fruitlessly for the rings, she searched the web for Metal Detector Rental and found TheRingFinders.

Cynthia lives on a hill in Sausalito, with a view of the marina from the back. Like many Marin County back yards, her back yard slopes steeply downward. The rings were most likely somewhere on that slope. The first thing we did was to repeat the accident with a “ring on a string,” another gold ring attached to a bright red ribbon so that it would be hard to lose. After five tosses, we could see that the ring consistently landed in a zone starting about 10 feet down the slope. That’s where I started searching.

The hill was covered with thick ivy. Unfortunately, the ivy also covered large rocks, tree stumps, and even some old terrace walls. These hidden obstructions created lots of hollows and crevices that could conceal the rings. I attached the small 6″ search coil to my metal detector, but some areas were so small that I still had to search many areas on hands and knees with a handheld detector.

After an hour on the slope, I had covered the entire target zone with no luck. Further down the hill, the slope was too steep to search. But I still hadn’t detected the area above the target zone, closer to the fence.

Within five minutes of starting to search the new area I pulled out the first ring. Six inches away I found the second one. Both were just eight feet from the fence. The rings were as beautiful as Cynthia had described them, and she was extremely happy to get them back.

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Lost antique heirloom rings found in Sausalito

Lost Ring Found in Larkspur, Marin County

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
Lost Wedding Ring Found in Larkspur

Lost Wedding Ring Found in Larkspur

Wayne contacted us a few days ago to say that his wife Rosie had lost her wedding ring while gardening. She’d been pulling weeds, amending the soil, and planting new plants when she discovered the ring was missing. This was strange, because the ring fit snugly on her finger, and had never come off before. They had tried using a metal detector, but couldn’t find the ring anywhere.

When we arrived, Rosie showed us the front garden plot. It wasn’t large, perhaps 30 feet by 2 feet. We were concerned about whether our larger metal detectors would work, because there were railroad ties forming the front border of the plot, and a wall along the back side, and both contained screws and other embedded iron fasteners.

So we started by scanning the plot quickly with a handheld metal detector called a pinpointer. We found about a dozen nails and sprinkler parts, but no ring. Now we knew the top layer of soil was mostly clear of metal, but we still had the screws along the front and back to contend with.

We scanned the bed again with a larger metal detector set to discriminate out, or ignore, most iron. This is a tricky process, because if you tell the detector to discriminate out too much iron, you will lose the ability to find smaller gold targets like rings. But we had to be able to ignore those pesky screws.

It worked. About 5-6 inches deep in the soil, buried under one of the new plants, we found the ring. It’s a beauty, inset with black diamonds, one of the most unique rings we’ve recovered. Rosie was very happy to get it back.

If you lose your ring, necklace, earring or other jewelry in the San Francisco Bay area, give us a call. We cover Marin County, San Francisco, San Mateo County, Santa Clara County and the East Bay. If you read some of the other stories in our blog, you’ll see that we can detect jewelry buried deeply in sand, mud, and soil.

Gold & Black Diamond Wedding Ring
Gold & Black Diamond Wedding Ring

Found: Lost 24K Wedding Ring in Marin County

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
Joel Bartlett Found His Lost Wedding Ring

Joel Bartlett found his lost wedding ring

Lots of us in the Bay Area remember Joel Bartlett from the years he was the meteorologist on the Channel 7 news. Joel and his wife Sahar now live in Marin County. They were gardening at home last weekend, including lots of physical labor to clear weeds, move rocks and plant bushes. When they were all done, Joel noticed that his 24 carat gold wedding ring had gone missing. They searched everywhere, including the big pile of brush they had cleared away, to no avail.

Sahar called us on Monday, and arranged for us to come by on Tuesday. When we arrived, Joel showed us the two plant beds where they had worked over the weekend. We searched these beds thoroughly with two metal detectors and found some missing pruning shears, but did not find the missing ring.

Then Joel showed us one more area, where they had piled the brush and clippings before hauling them away. It only took us a couple of minutes to find the ring in some deep grass. If you’ve never seen 24 carat gold, it is a deeper, warmer color than the 14 carat and 18 carat gold that is more common in jewelry. It also makes for a very heavy ring!

If you lose your ring anywhere in Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara or Contra Costa counties and you know it is in grass, sand or dirt, give us a call and we will do what we can to help.

24 carat wedding ring found in Marin County

Found: Lost Platinum Wedding Band in Mill Valley

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
Lost Platinum Wedding Band Found in Mill Valley Front Yard

Lost Platinum Wedding Band Found in Mill Valley Front Yard

Last week we were contacted about a missing platinum wedding ring at a home in Mill Valley. The house sits on a small flat yard above a steep slope down to the street, with amazing views of San Francisco Bay and Sausalito. The downside is, it’s a long walk up the stairs from the street for everyone, including the owners. But what a view!

The owner had been using his Weed Whacker to clear brush on the slope when he hit a subterranean wasp nest. Next thing he knows, he’s covered with wasps. After stomping, whacking and wiping wasps off his legs while running back up to the house, he discovered his wedding ring was missing.

Ring Finders to the rescue! Two searchers with two metal detectors started by hunting for about ten minutes on the flat grass at the top, then moved down to search the hill. After another twenty minutes, it started to rain… After searching for an hour on the hill, we were about to pack it in and wait for better weather. But we decided to try once more on the flat yard back up near the house, and found the ring!

Missing platinum ring found at Mill Valley home

Here’s what the owner had to say:

“Still can’t really believe it” is all that can be said. Like the Postman, The Ring Finders worked through the inclement weather, on the side of a steep hill, under and around sticker bushes, all with the goal of locating our cherished wedding band. Little did we realize that their fundamental task was applying the expertise from their craft to truly help others, both in their efforts to find our lost ring, but then going the extra step of donating a portion of any reward to a worthy and charitable cause. We doubly thank Dave for his time and energies devoted to searching for, and ultimately locating, our ring. We could not have done it without them … we tried. Their don’t give up attitude was infectious to be around, and hopefully makes us all consider how to utilize our talents and time to help others. Thank you.