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Gold Wedding Ring Recovered in Palo Alto Back Yard

  • from San Francisco (California, United States)

Richard was putting away the patio furniture for the Winter, dusting off the outdoor furniture pillows with his left hand when he heard his gold wedding band make a pinging sound on the patio bricks under his feet. After 45 great years of marriage, he wasn’t about to lose his beautifully engraved gold wedding band!

Richard searched the low ground cover and long grass for a few hours. Then he reached out to his Palo Alto neighbors for someone with a metal detector. No luck. Finally, Richard Googled “lost ring” and found me 20 minutes away, just up the San Francisco Peninsula, in San Mateo.

I was able to come by the next day. After searching the low fushia ground cover, his smart wife suggested searching the long decorative long grass a few feet away from the most likely search area, and bingo! Richard’s 18k thick gold band lit up my Garrett AT-Pro headphones with a powerful high pitched tone.

Richard’s beautiful 18k gold wedding band.

Happy hubby with recovered gold wedding band!


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

Platinum and Gold 18k Wedding Ring Found… Sammamish, Washington!

  • from Seattle (Washington, United States)

Yesterday I received a call from a man, who had been digging a culvert to bury some wire going from his house through his backyard. While he was doing the work, he had taken off his wedding ring and put it in his pocket so he wouldn’t damage the ring. At some point in the day, he realized that the ring had fallen out of his pocket, and he was convinced that it had gone in the ditch with the wire, which he had reburied. This presented a real problem for me, as the wire would possibly mask out any signal from the ring if it was in the ditch. I searched along side of the culvert and over it, and occasionally got some signals which could have been the ring, but they always turned out to be the wire buried one foot down! After trying multiple metal detector types, I kept on reaching the same conclusion. If it had fallen in this ditch probably the only way to find it would be to un-bury the wire and start all over again. Likely the ring would be lost forever.

His mood and mine, were beginning to become less hopeful. At some point he mentioned maybe I should search in a completely new area, and I think he was leaning towards the idea of me quitting the search. He said “Why don’t you go and sweep the driveway really fast, I don’t think it would be up there but you never know.” I had basically come close to giving up, since I have been out there for a few hours with no luck. But I went and swept the gravel driveway with my larger coil metal detector.

After a few minutes, he rounded the corner with some money in hand, about to tell me I could go ahead and quit the search. But, when he reached out, I had something in my hand too! I had found the ring! It was barely buried in the gravel driveway. Likely, a car or two had run over it but it was in great shape still!

“You had the right idea! I’m glad you changed it up!” I exclaimed… he was incredulous and the whole family was besides themselves with excitement!

Sometimes it just isn’t where you thought it should be. It took nearly giving up the search, but luckily this hunt had a happy ending!

18K Gold and 950 Platinum Band!

Family happily reunited with lost wedding ring!

Found it!

Lost Wedding Band Found In Langley, BC.

  • from Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada)

I got a call from a young man asking if I could help him find his lost wedding band. What I didn’t know was he lost his wedding band 24 hours after he was married. When I arrived at his parents place he told me the story how he came to find out that his ring was gone at the end of the day. The thing was he didn’t know exactly where the ring had fallen off his finger.

He said that he was playing ping pong in the back yard and was doing a few other things in the yard that day. It was a big yard and it took me 2 hours to do a cross grid search, with no luck. I asked if he had checked his car and he said he vacuumed and checked it inside out but no ring. It was looking like it would have to be in his parents house but for some reason I felt like I needed to check the car as in my experience rings have a way of finding hiding spots.

After 2 minutes of search the car and under the passengers seat I caught a glimpse of his ring in a little hiding spot for the seat motor.












I believe if I didn’t check the car it would have been there for a very long time…If I had started the car first it would have been a fast recovery!!

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A ring return just hours before hurricane Jose hit Cotuit, MA.

  • from Cape Cod (Massachusetts, United States)

Kevin was playing ball in the last of the summer’s warm water when the his wedding band slipped into the water. A group of friends spent many hours of searching without the result they desired. A call to J&E Enterprise lead Kevin to calling me for help. Hurricane Jose was coming with high winds, surf and winds, I had to go NOW. Passing up the National Hamburger Day dinner, I was off to a little known beach to start a search. I had Kevin’s description of where to search and Elizabeth was to meet up with me to add more information.

I arrived about an hour before Elizabeth showed up on the beach. I had searched the area Kevin had described. Now with a few more questions answered I moved the search area over another 30 feet. After covering the new area I was on my own. I had to widen the search area and did so by working the wet sand area. I did a turn and magically Ted was standing there watching me. He told me he was Kevin’s friend going back to early school days. He then suggested I cover the area where he would through a rock to. Well that did not go too well as his arm was not in good enough shape to toss a rock far enough. So into the water I went with instructions for Ted to tell me were to stop and search. Another 10 yards past were I had searched I was told to stop. I marked off 5 yards either side of the “stop” mark. I started searching in the direction Elizabeth had said to move from where I had searched. Another 10 minutes and the shining white gold ring was glittering in my scoop. A good thing as I could see and feel some of Jose’s force heading our way.

Timing is always of the essence in locating a lost item. The earlier a search can be started the better the chance for a recovery is. A hint for anyone that “looses” an object is to mark the area, take pictures, note any physical objects that can be used as a reference point then call a RingFinder. If an item is lost in the water, drop a few coins in the area as a “marker” for a searcher to look for. Or as Kevin did – have friends able to help in the search. If it had not been for Ted showing up and putting me in the proper area, I would not have found the ring that afternoon. And it might not have been a couple of days before the hurricane would pass and detecting would be safe to do again.

Thanks Ted!

Ted texted Kevin, Elizabeth and the other friends that had helped in the previous days of searching. Kevin called, thanked me and I gave the ring to Ted to return to Kevin…Done and pictures added.

Wedding Band Lost for 5 Weeks in Sand .. Corona DelMar, CA. ..Found

  • from Newport Beach (California, United States)










Corona Delmar Beach … Man’s Diamond Wedding Band, possibly lost on popular beach..

Mark called me a little after 5 pm. He said he would have called sooner but didn’t know a service like this existed. He told me that he thought he lost his ring a couple weeks before while on the beach playing volleyball in the sand at Corona Delmar. It’s only 2 miles from where I live, but I was 12 miles away in Laguna Beach..
Traffic was so bad that it took me an hour and a half till I was able to meet Mark and his wife Donna at the location.. After a couple weeks another extra hour shouldn’t make too much difference. I couldn’t promise anything but I could grid the area to verify that it’s not there. Donna showed me her matching ring to help me know what kind of signal I would be listening for.
They took off for a walk down the beach. Returning after about a half hour, Mark asked me if I had tried the area by the trash can. I was just setting up to grid that space. Two swings of my detector and a quick dig with my sand scoop and there was Mark’s ring, I was blown away, because I know this beach and this was definitely going to be a long shot.. I now believe in miracles!
It was so special to him because it was custom made with diamonds from his deceased mother and aunt.. When I handed it to him, he was speechless and very emotional. Then came the man hug.. I was also very surprised when his wife told me it was actually more than 5 weeks sense the loss.. Mark didn’t realize the ring was missing until the day after being at the beach.. This beach gets pounded with metal detectors and the city worker who drives the beach sifter is an over achiever ( it’s a very clean beach ).. I say, ” I’ll will try anywhere ” and this proves it pays off.


Lost Ring .. Malibu, CA. .. Found in Sand

  • from Newport Beach (California, United States)



Late Thursday night at 11:30 pm Anna Called me. Asking me about how my service works. I have asked that people call me anytime, it’s important because it may make the difference of finding your ring.
She told me that her ring was lost in the dry sand at a beach in Malibu. She had picked up her beach towel stepping away from the other people to shake out the sand before packing up to leave the beach. She was sure this was when the ring came off her finger.. Her questions for me were leading me to think a metal detector wouldn’t work. My questions for her were, could she get me to the approximate location?
I could meet her as early as 6am, the next morning, but she couldn’t be there till 10am. Traffic is a factor on the Los Angeles freeways so I was there 3 hours early. Having no idea where Ana had lost her ring, I just did a general search of the places people might set up their beach camps for the day. I did find some coins and a tungsten ring with a cross design.
When Anna arrived she walked right over to the part of the beach where I had found the tungsten ring. I asked her if her ring had a cross design, she said yes. That’s when I told her I had already found her ring. She was so surprised, but it wasn’t her ring..
I proceeded with the search, but Anna had second thoughts about the location. The high tide had changed the beach and much of the dry sand had become wet. It wasn’t that large of an area so I just expanded my grid search. Ana believed that it could be out further down the slope where the water was receding as the tide was going out. I told her I would eliminate the top of the slope and wait for the tide to recede.
As we talked about taking a break to get water and sunscreen, I was still swinging the detector. One more signal, nothing special until I looked into my scoop. Yes, Ana’s ring.. She broke out into tears of gratitude. This ring was so special to her as it was a gift from her sister. Ana was also a special lady that deserves to have her ring back where it belongs. A beautiful ring with a X type design that some could call a cross. She was a little bashful about letting me take a photo of her for our book of smiles. I can tell you her smile was one for me to remember.

Friday … August 28, 2015

Ana's Ring

Ana’s Ring

There's a big smile at the other end of Ana's arm.

There’s a big smile at the other end of Ana’s arm

Huntington State Beach Peace Officer’s Badge .. Recovered

  • from Newport Beach (California, United States)

Huntington State Beach.. Peace Officer Badge


I received a call from a Huntington State Beach Peace Officer. He found me on TheRingFinders website. These officers are permanent year round employees that patrol the state beach, usually in a vehicle. They are also certified lifeguards sometimes having to perform rescues.
Two days before,  one of their officers had to leave his vehicle removing his uniform to go into the surf for a rescue. In the process, he believes his badge fell into the sand. After searching his vehicle, not finding it he called me.
We met an hour after the call and he walked me out to the general location. Our hope was to find the badge. If we couldn’t find it, we could eliminate this area. It was a 40 x 40ft. location and the badge showed up after about 20minutes. I was careful while using the scoop. I didn’t want to damage the nice looking badge. It was another special day and I was glad to help the patrol officers as they have always been friendly and helpful to me. I know that in the future they can recommend our group.

Sunday  August 8,2015


Lost Keys Found in Sand .. Newport Beach, CA.

  • from Newport Beach (California, United States)



Sunday .. May 3, 2015

It was a nice morning to go play with my metal detector at the beach before too many people get here. After a couple hours I stopped to talk to another detectorist as I was leaving. That’s when Nader walked up to both of us asking if we had found any car keys. I asked him if he had checked with the lifeguards and he had. Then I told him I was a member of TheRingFinders and had a lot of experience finding lost items at the beach. After asking him a few questions, Nader told me that he and his girlfriend had taken a walk on the beach at 2:30am. When they returned to the car he realized his car keys were missing.
I told him it was possible to find them because the area he laid out was not heavily hunted by other detectorist hunt and the beach cleaning machines do not work Sunday mornings. The other guy with a detector wanted to help with the search so we split the search area and began to grid the dry sand. Nader took off to search the pier and the parking lot. I did ask him to leave his phone number so I could contact him. I have had people ask me if I found an item and not been able to locate them after I found it later in the day. I always have my pen and paper with me.
After covering about a football field area of the beach, the keys showed up in my scoop. I called Nader to give him the good news. He was probably three blocks away, but he showed up breathless. I know he was surprised because he knew how far they walked last night. The keys could have been anywhere. It was a shot in the dark but Lady Luck was working in his favor today. Nader said he did not know that TheRingFinders existed, but he would tell all his friend about our group.


Lost Ring .. Moonlight Beach, Encinitas, CA. .. Found in Sand

  • from Newport Beach (California, United States)

Sunday  March 16, 2014

It was just before sunset and I was detecting at Pacific Beach, CA.  Actually I was talking to a couple guys that were also detecting the same beach, when I received a call from Dalya. She sounded desperate as she had lost her ring in the sand and had spent quite sometime trying to find a way to get some help trying to locate her ring. After asking her a few questions I told her I could meet her and Kile at Moonlight Beach within 45 minutes. It was only about 18 miles, but I had to walk back to my car and I wasn’t sure about the traffic.

When I arrived at the Moonlight Beach I met Dalya and Kile. They told me that they had put their cell phone, keys and her ring in Kile’s shoe.  When Kile came back to put on his shoes he removed the larger items not realizing the ring was in the shoe. He shook the sand out of his shoe and the ring.  They located me on line when they tried to see if they could rent a metal detector. It was beginning to get dark as we walked about a couple blocks to the general area. Kile said he had dumped the sand out of the shoe near the rocks pointing to a location of about 30 feet next to the rocks. I was told that the ring was silver which helps to identify the sound I will hear. My machine has a screen that will show me a number of 12-46 for a silver item. This all helps when there is a lot of trash in the search area. I made three passes along the rocks out towards the cleaner sand. Kile had thought the ring may be close to the rocks and I knew that would be a difficult search. I was 10 feet out from the rocks when I got that silver tone and a 12-46 reading on my screen. I scooped into the sand telling them, this is your ring. Held the scoop up to Dalya asking her to pick the ring out of the sand. I was awesome to see how happy she was to have her ring in her hand. You can see the smiles on the photo I was able to take of them.

Dalya told me that the ring was a gift to her from her mother when they had visited Jeusalem, Israel. I’m still amazed that we can make all this happen using the new technology that did not exist several years ago, Cell phones, Ditial Cameras, Internet, Moble maps, GPS and Modern Metal Metectors. I used a MInelab CTX 3030 metal detector to make this find.


New couple to Calgary Canada lost Ring at motel 8

  • from Calgary (Alberta, Canada)
14k wedding band

14k wedding band


New couple to Canada from Australia lost his 9k white gold wedding band. He lost the ring while taking stuff out of the car at the motel 8 where they were staying.He dropped it in the snow.They serached for a couple of hours.With no luck they found ringfinders and called me out.I went ot right away about 9 pm. It was very cold out -9 and windy. I sreached for about a hour couldn’t find it.I thought it might be under one of the other cars.I went back the next day and recovered it and returned it to the wife they were very happy.Another happy couple.