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Lost Tantalum Wedding Band in Snow…Found on Valentine’s Day While Metal Detecting in Baltimore, Maryland

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Josh’s Extremely Special Tantalum Wedding Band Recovered from the Snow on Valentine’s Day by Detectorist Brian Rudolph After Almost a Week Gone Missing!

Jenna and Josh Celebrating Their First Valentine’s Day Married With Josh’s Tantalum Wedding Band Back on His Finger, Found by Member of THE RING FINDERS Brian Rudolph!

Brian Rudolph, Lost Item Recovery Specialist (Land, Water, Sand, Snow, Leaves, Houses & Vehicles) Will Find Your Lost Keepsake! Call ASAP (301) 466-8644!

I received a call from a young lady named Jenna who was desperately needing help with the recovery of her husband’s lost wedding band that was made out of a metal alloy called tantalum. More people are purchasing rings made out of this unique metal and I was excited that this would be my first search for this particular type of ring that meant so much to my clients.

The young lady went on to share that four days prior, she and her husband had just gotten home from picking up their car from the dealership. As soon as they got out of their cars, a fun snowball fight ensued. Both of them took their positions near the sidewalk (close to the parking lot curb) and on their townhouse property. There was a bit of movement around the snowy area while they were playing in the fun “white stuff”, gathering up their arsenal and throwing the hard packed ice bullets in every direction.

After the couple called a truce and headed inside, sometime later on Jenna’s husband (Josh) realized that his handsome tantalum wedding ring was no longer on his finger. They had been married for less than a year and this ring meant the world to the young man. Once the couple looked around the house for the priceless piece of jewelry the two of them returned back outside that evening to search in the car, all over the snow covered sidewalk, front lawn and side area of their end unit. Sadly, all of their searching led to no avail. There was no ring to be found.

At some point while the emotionally depleted husband and wife sat inside to think about what to do next, they finally came up with an idea to search the internet for some type of solution. They typed in Google: “how to find a lost tantalum ring”. An article popped up that had been written by a member of THE RING FINDERS – the elite international directory of metal detecting specialists who find rings for people every day! The couple found their best solution to their problem! Immediately I got the call from Jenna asking for my assistance. Within a short while of going over all of the details of the ring’s disappearance, I scheduled a trip up to Baltimore, Maryland the very next day.

It was Valentine’s Day morning when I arrived at the couple’s house. A perfect wintry “love holiday” to recover a lost “symbol of love” for Josh and Jenna! I was told by the couple that this was their first Valentine’s day together as a married couple and it meant everything to them to get the ring back on Josh’s finger to celebrate their relationship on that particular holiday.

Immediately upon greeting the couple, the newlyweds showed me where they were standing and moving about when they had their outdoor fun several days earlier. The two took me over to the neighbor’s fence that was adjacent to their townhouse where they played with the neighbor’s dogs on that same snowy afternoon. They thought that maybe the ring slipped off of Josh’s finger while he was petting the animals. The last spot that they oriented me towards was a location near the parking lot where there was just a small patch of grass between the curb and the sidewalk. Other than that place, there were really no other places that Josh had been around.

Just before going to my car to get all of my gear out to begin the search, I asked the couple if they would agree with me in a word of prayer asking God for His wisdom in helping me successfully recover this very special “circle of love” for Josh. The two were very happy to pray with me and then shortly afterwards I began my “investigation”!

My first search location to metal detect happened to be all of the areas near the sidewalk (on and near the snow covered concrete). When I found nothing of importance there, I scanned over the entire lawn. I picked up a few curious signals but nothing worth notating in this article. I then detected over by a utility box where Josh said he had assembled some of his arsenal and also where he took cover behind the unit. Unfortunately, this was a difficult spot to detect because there was too much electrical interference coming from the utility junction recepticle. In order to make certain that the special piece of tanalum was not close to the large section of metal, I had to push all of the snow away from the box and then detect all of the newly gathered mounds of “white ice”. Everything checked out clear of any jewelry. It was time to move on to the next area to search.

Josh had told me that he did walk along the side of the townhouse and threw a couple of snowballs from that location. So, I used my machine to scan all along that area and still there was no ring to be found. By this point I was about an hour into the project and I wasn’t about to give up. I still had a couple of more places to check out. The neighbor’s yard was one of them.

Knowing that all of my other search sections were turning up nothing, I was so hopeful that I would find the ring buried in the snow just on the other side of their fence. I was thinking that there were two possibilities as to how the band could have ended up on the adjacent property: One, when Josh threw a snowball, the ring flew off and traveled behind him into the neighbor’s yard. Or two, because Josh had been playing with the neighbor’s canines that day when his ring disappeared from his hand, there was a good chance that the jewel dropped to the snow right near the fence or maybe it landed much farther away from where he was standing when perhaps throwing a stick or something. I decided to grid search all of that backyard area just to make sure that I didn’t miss a single inch. When all was said and done, there was absolutely no sign of the sentimental keepsake that Josh and Jenna hoped to recover.

It was about this time in the search that Josh was getting nervous that perhaps the band was maybe lost forever. Where could it have ended up? That was the question he started to turn over in his mind repeatedly. He was thinking that perhaps he lost the ring in his vehicle or possibly in the dealership parking lot earlier that same day when they were picking up the vehicle that had been in for service. I encouraged my client to hang in there and let me check and recheck every likely place that the tantalum band could have fallen into the snow. As soon as Josh heard my words of added hope, he returned inside once more while I detected the final untouched spot – the line of bushes in front of the house.

This particular area that I was about to search was saved for last just in case I did not find the ring anywhere else. The reason for this was because this search spot was the most unlikely place where the tantalum keepsake could have ended up. Josh was firing snowballs almost on a 180° angle in relationship to where the bushes were located in front of the house. He was more to the side of the property and therefore it would have been nearly impossible for the ring to fly off of his left hand and travel on a 180 degree angle towards the bushes that were in front of the house. Even though I have experienced some crazy scenarios where the item was found in the most unlikely of places, I really didn’t think this particular area would show forth the precious metal. Yet, it was my very final place to detect before having to start all over again and recheck all of the places that I had already scanned over – so I had nothing to lose in searching for the ring in that region.

I brought my equipment over to the hedges and began detecting under and around each of the bushes one at a time. It was not an easy situation because there were multiple obstacles that made detecting extremely difficult. One such issue was regarding electrical interference coming from the home. Another problem that I had to overcome was detecting over and around some sort of lighting system that was buried in the ground. And finally, on top of the earth but below the snow I identified solar light towers that were placed in the dirt throughout that area near the front walkway. All of these parts and pieces created metal “masking” and great confusion for my detector. I had to carefully and methodically search that complicated section of the property with a small coil at the end of my detector shaft and try to interpret a tantalum signal from all of the rest of the non-ferrous metal that I was encountering. Curiously at first I was not able to find the missing ring. I moved over to the other side of the walkway and began to detecting some more bushes just to see if maybe the ring traveled even farther than where I thought was nearly impossible to begin with. Still nothing turned up.

The situation began to look very grim. I felt that I had scanned every square inch of property and it appeared that I was going to have to start all over again and see if maybe I missed the ring out there somewhere. I was thinking that perhaps the ring was still hiding over by the electrical box where I had been detecting much earlier. But before I chose to re-scan the property once more, I decided to metal detect a little bit more around the back of the bushes closest to the concrete steps leading to the front door of the house. I thought that maybe perhaps the excess metal and electrical interference got the best of me and that I should recheck that area under some of the bushes one more time. Well, I am excited to share that moments following the start of yet another attempt to detect the snow covered real estate, I picked up a very promising signal coming from under the snow and it was definitely isolated from any of the other metal close by to this particular metal object. It also appeared to be a smaller piece of metal rather than larger ones that I was picking up in various places around the bushes. I knelt down onto the snow and placed my pinpointer beneath the ice to “zero in” on exactly where this object was buried. Once I cleared some of the snow out of the way, there it was, Josh’s most beloved material possession – his lost handsome tantalum wedding band! I found it at last! That’s where it was all of that time, right there near the entrance to the house but in the flower bed where the bushes were located! Somehow the ring flew off Josh’s finger at almost a 180° angle and ended up under one of the bushes closest to the front steps! I could not have been happier for this couple, especially knowing that I was able to recover the lost “circle of love” on Valentine’s Day!

What a wonderful morning that was in surprising Josh and Jenna with my most awesome find out there in the snow! They truly couldn’t believe that I had found the ring, especially after all of the time that had passed by with no results! Also, they were shocked when I shared the location where I discovered their cherished piece of tantalum! The two could not have been more grateful!

Before I left Josh and Jenna’s Baltimore, Maryland residence, the three of us thanked the Lord for helping me with this search and to have been able to successfully recover and return this most precious sentimental keepsake to its rightful owner! This story could not have had a better ending and the ring could not have been found on a more significant “love holiday” than the one that we were all celebrating together that morning outside in the snow…yes that’s right…Valentine’s Day!


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Lost Gold Wedding Band in Snow… Found by Ring Finder in Eldersburg, Maryland

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Matt’s Brilliant 14 Karat White Gold Wedding Band that Ring Finder Brian Rudolph Found in the Most Unexpected Place!

Kelsey and Matt Excitedly Display their Irreplaceable Sentimental Keepsake that Had Been Missing for 9 Days!

Brian Rudolph, Lost Item Recovery Specialist (Land, Water, Sand, Snow, Leaves, Houses & Vehicles) Will Find Your Lost Keepsake! Call ASAP (301) 466-8644!

The Maryland area had a fairly significant snowstorm, and then a few days later another snowfall took place. This caused many people to lose their most precious sentimental possessions that were once placed upon their fingers. One such example took place in Eldersburg, Maryland. A young lady named Kelsey called me on the phone asking for my help to try to find her husband’s lost 14 karat white gold wedding band that went missing nine days earlier. She said that they weren’t sure where the band had disappeared to. The only thing that they did know was that Matt felt pretty confident that it was lost somewhere outside. He had taken his dog out to the backyard and he walked around a small deck area in the back as well, during the snowstorm. He also remembered walking from the front of the house to his car and back during the course of the accumulation of ice nine days earlier when the first snowstorm hit the Baltimore, Maryland area. Kelsey went on to share that Matt used a metal detector and searched everywhere in the parking lot, on the street, on the sidewalk, all of the lawn areas, and even in their house, but all of their efforts led to no avail. In total, the couple had spent over 20 hours looking for this very important keepsake that was placed upon Matt’s finger on their special day of holy matrimony! The whole crisis was truly upsetting and very disappointing to both Matt and Kelsey.

At the point where the couple had completely exhausted their efforts to recover the lost ring, they took to the Internet in order to try to find an answer to their most frustrating and devastating adversity. That’s when they found the elite international metal detecting specialist directory called THE RING FINDERS. As a member, I was so honored to be contacted by Kelsey in order for me to try to help the couple recover Matt’s lost ring (preserving a very special piece of marital history between he and Kelsey). Once I got all of the details regarding the disappearance of the band, we worked out a time for me to visit their Eldersburg, Maryland house which was about 35 miles away from downtown Baltimore, Maryland.

The next day I traveled to Matt and Kelsey’s place and I was beyond excited to help them out in trying to recover the lost wedding band. Matt took me around and showed all of the places that he walked about in the snow during the day that the ring vanished from the young man’s finger. He took me first to the backyard, then to the side and front lawn, and then finally over to where his car was parked at the time of the snowstorm. Next, I asked Matt to show me the exact path that he walked from the vehicle to the front entrance of his home. Before long, I had all of the details that I needed to begin the search. Matt returned inside to do some work from home while I retrieved my metal detector, gridline tapes, headphones and pinpointer.

The first leg of my search took place in the backyard. It was not a large property so I was able to scan over all of the grass within about 35 minutes or so. I did hit a few good targets, but none of the objects turned out to be Matt’s sentimental piece of gold. When I was pretty confident that the band was not dropped on the back lawn, I continued my metal detecting along the side of house which led to the townhouse’s front steps (the front door entrance was located on the side of the end unit – not in the front area where the front lawn was). I made sure that I was very consistent with my detector swings along with keeping straight lines back and forth while covering all of the grass where the front walkway was located. Unfortunately, still nothing turned up.

The third leg of my “investigation” took me to the front lawn of Matt and Kelsey’s property. Since the lawn stretched pretty far from left to right, I laid down six long grid tapes that were separated by five feet between each one of them and began scanning the ground across the property. I would get to the end of one grid lane and then return back the other in the opposite direction. I was so hoping that I would discover the white gold piece of jewelry somewhere on those first many lanes, but still nothing worth sharing about turned up.

Before I completed that large section on the grass, I decided to take a timeout and bring my equipment over to the strip of grass located between the sidewalk and the parking lot curb. I wanted to examine the spots where Matt had parked and walked in the direction of his property before concluding my exploration on the other part of the grass. One of the cars that was situated next to where Matt had parked on the day of the ring’s disappearance had left its space, so I wanted to capitalize on metal detecting that asphalt area before they returned home. A few mounds of snow still remained on the parking lot due to all of the precipitation that our area was hit with over the previous nine days. I can’t tell you how disappointed I was to strike out once again with not finding the wedding band in that particular region. I scanned the parking lot as well as the curb area along with detecting the grass that was sandwiched between the parking lot concrete and the sidewalk.

Even though there was a whole line of cars that were parked right up to the edge of the curb, I chose to continue metal detecting the grassy area between the curb and the sidewalk all the way down the parking lot until I was right in front of Matt and Kelsey’s front lawn. All that remained left for me to metal detect was that one small section that I took a break from just before I had gone over to where Matt had originally been parked. It was at that point that I was really starting to doubt that I was going to be able to find the wedding band. My search was about to come to an end. Yet, I must admit that there have been plenty of times when the “Doubting Thomas thoughts” come into my mind and it is shortly thereafter that I end up successfully recovering what I thought was probably lost forever. Well, I am so happy to share that that was exactly what happened in this particular case! Just as I was completing my detecting of that tiny piece of real estate on the front lawn, I just randomly turned my head towards the parking lot and scanned with my eyes over towards the grassy area that was just beyond my client’s house between the curb and the sidewalk. It was a narrow section of grass that was connected to the other strip of common lawn that I had metal detected before. However, I didn’t scan past my client’s house because neither spouse had remembered walking that far away in the opposite direction of where their cars were located in the parking lot. Well, I was probably about a foot or two from the sidewalk on the couple’s property when I looked over to the grass and for a split second I could have sworn at the time that I had caught a glimpse of what appeared to be a circular piece of metal just lying on the damp grass. I did a double take and immediately walked over to investigate that mysterious silver-colored “halo”. I couldn’t believe my eyes at that very moment! Believe it or not, but I actually discovered the ring just sitting there in the middle of that 2.5 foot wide section of grass that was no more than a foot from the sidewalk! For a moment, I wondered if perhaps I had found someone else’s ring that was also lost during all of that snowfall. The reason I doubted that it was my client’s wedding band was because of how far away it was found from where the couple had parked their cars! But then, instantly the “lightbulb” flicked on in my head and I realized what had actually happened to Matt’s ring! The priceless jewel had fallen off of the young man’s finger approximately thirty feet away from where I had discovered it (towards where his vehicle was parked). Then, the snow blower came down the sidewalk and pushed the snow along with the ring about ten yards from its original spot. Eventually, the mound of white ended up being placed on top of the narrow strip of grass just past the couple’s home! Unbelievable!

Excitedly I picked up the ring and inspected it to see if it was in fact made out of 14 karat white gold. The verdict turned out to be…Yes! It did belong to Matt alright – the very ring that we had all suspected that it had been hiding somewhere else other than where it actually ended up! The band had been lying there for almost a week and a half and nobody spotted it all that time! Because of the second snow cover, the prolonged chance that it would have been eyeballed by somebody definitely helped in this particular case! I was so excited that I recovered this ring, especially in the way that I ended up finding it! It made the search even more thrilling, knowing that I was able to eyeball it after nearly completing every bit of real estate that I could have possibly detected! This particular location where I found the ring was not anywhere near the spot where Matt had walked from the car, so there was such a small chance the ring would have been recovered by me. It just so happened that my eyes grabbed a hold of it while I was just about to finish that small little piece of land on the couple’s front lawn! I could not wait to surprise Matt with this unbelievable news!

Surprising Matt was definitely the highlight of my day after finding his lost wedding band in the grass near the curb! He could not believe where I ended up finding it! My client continued thanking me and shaking my hand over and over again as he was so grateful to be able to reclaim what he thought was most likely lost forever! Just before I was about ready to take pictures of the ring and its owner, Kelsey pulled into the parking lot and she too was greatly surprised by the fantastic news! Because she was the one that found me online and first contacted me about the loss of the ring, the young lady was most satisfied that she went with her gut feeling and decided to try out my services! She too could not stop thanking me over and over again with much delight!

Once it was time for me to leave, all of us stopped to give thanks to the Lord for the seemingly miraculous recovery of Matt’s lost 14 karat white gold wedding band! It could have easily been spotted and picked up by just about anybody in the hours and days following the melting of the recent snowfall! Yet, I really think it was God’s favor upon me to be able to bless my newfound friends! What a fantastic finish that search turned out to be!


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Lost and Found in Snow…Gold Cartier Wedding Band in Baltimore, Maryland Recovered by Ring Finder

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Andy’s Amazing 14 Karat White Gold Cartier Wedding Band Found in the Snow by THE RING FINDER’S Member Brian Rudolph!

Holding His Very Handsome Cartier Wedding Band With Elation and Delight, Andy of Baltimore, Maryland Couldn’t Believe His Ring Was Found by Detectorist Rudolph!

Brian Rudolph, Lost Item Recovery Specialist (Land, Water, Sand, Snow, Leaves, Houses & Vehicles) Will Find Your Lost Keepsake! Call ASAP (301) 466-8644!

I received a call from a gentleman named Andy who requested my help in recovering his lost 14 karat white gold Cartier wedding band. Andy was walking his dog along an industrial street sidewalk that was covered with snow and ice. As he was taking his glove off to carefully “bag up” his canine’s “Number Two”, the gentleman saw his wedding ring fly off of his finger. He figured it had to be somewhere around that area, but after searching for some time for the cherished keepsake in the snow and dirt, all of Andy’s efforts led to no avail.

Sadly, the poor fellow had to return to his home up the street to share the bad news with his wife Cindy that his most special symbol of love from their wedding day was seemingly lost and gone forever. With the encouragement of his compassionate spouse, the two of them returned to that particular sidewalk. Later that evening, once again, both of their diligent efforts did not show forth the results that they were hoping for.

It wasn’t until Cindy decided to take this search effort to the next level that hope would finally make its way through the darkness. She went online and searched for answers to their problem and that’s when she came across the elite international directory of metal detecting specialists called THE RING FINDERS. Then, Cindy checked on the site to see who the closest detectorist was to them in the Baltimore, Maryland area and my name popped up. Excitedly, the very resourceful wife shared her findings with Andy and within minutes he sent me a text requesting a call from me. I could not have been more happy to serve the couple’s need and within a very short time of gathering up all of the details regarding the loss of the ring, we scheduled a time for me to come out the following day.

I will never forget that particular Monday that I drove out to East Baltimore to assist Andy in helping him recover his lost Cartier wedding band.  Because there were two other searches that took place prior to me driving north of the Washington DC area, it wasn’t until early afternoon that I was able to make my way to Andy’s neighborhood. My morning started in Alexandria, Virginia with a successful recovery of a lost ring in the snow. Then, I drove to Washington DC for my second ring search outside in the wintry environment, as well (I wasn’t so fortunate to find the missing gold and diamond Aggie A&M class ring in DC until after leaving Andy’s search to return to DC for Round Two).

I was really hoping that Andy’s ring was still out there somewhere because though there was still snow and ice on the sidewalk where he lost his ring, there were plenty of people that would be walking by throughout the day and it was quite possible that someone could eyeball Andy’s precious “circle of love”. If some melting would occur as time went by, my client recognized the potential of this unfortunate outcome, but he was also very optimistic that if he had a chance of recovering this extremely expensive and very sentimental possession, I appeared to be the right guy for the job!

Once I arrived in Andy’s neighborhood, my client led me down a few side-streets, which then took me to the bottom of the hill where railroad tracks and some other industrial buildings could be seen. I parked my car along the street just around the corner from where I would be metal detecting and Andy and I walked together to the search site.

The entire orientation time took no more than a couple of minutes as my client showed me the place on the sidewalk where he believed he lost the ring. There was a tall chain link fence that was to the right of the sidewalk and the asphalt sidewalk was still covered with snow and ice. I explained to Andy that our biggest challenge could end up being the interference coming from the fence. However, I also shared with him that I use certain methods to get around the enormous metallic “masking” that takes place when metal detecting around metal fences like that one. Because Andy wasn’t completely sure of the exact spot where he was picking up his dog’s mess, I told him that I would cover a large section of that sidewalk just to be certain that we didn’t miss any bit of real estate where the band could be hiding. If it still didn’t turn up, I would then go to the management company that owned the fence and the real estate within its perimeter in order to get access to metal detect the other side of the chain-link fence. In all honesty, I was hoping it would not come down to that. After my client showed me everything that I needed to see, I returned back to my vehicle to pull out the exact equipment necessary to conduct this type of search.

Once back at the sidewalk, I chose to use one of my detectors that has a small 6 inch coil at the bottom of it in order to scan areas where there is a high content of metal that could potentially interrupt my detecting. If the ring was still on the sidewalk, there was no way of knowing (with the snow and ice covering it) whether or not it came to rest near or literally just below the fence line. With using a smaller disc to move about in that search zone, it allows for the detectorist to create separation between the dominant metal (which was the fence) and the smaller piece of metal (Andy’s ring) that I was looking for.

Within the next few minutes following my initial set up of my machine, I did pick up a couple of targets that had some potential of being the handsome wedding band that I was searching for. Unfortunately, they turned out to be just false alarms. Then, just moments later, as I continued to swing the 6 inch coil just above the snow-covered sidewalk in a particular area that I had not analyzed at that point, I hit the perfect target signal which registered the exact numbers that I was predicting would appear if I found Andy’s ring. My client stood just a few feet away as he watched me kneel down onto the cold and wet surface to investigate this very promising target. I pulled out my handheld detector called a pinpointer and began moving it around the place where my detector picked up the signal. The distance between the object that I was checking out and the edge of the fence was approximately two and a half feet away from one another. Had I been much closer to the chain-link monster using a regular sized coil, it would have been detrimental to my search due to the overwhelming presence of metal that the 11 inch disc would have to compete with.

It took only a couple of seconds or two for my handheld machine to lock in on the exact spot where this piece of metal was hiding under the snow. Carefully, I used my fingers to move some of the excess ice out of the way to reveal the true identity of this metallic object. To my greatest surprise and delight, it turned out to be Andy’s most handsome 14 karat white gold Cartier wedding band! The interlocking artistry for this extremely heavy ring was most impressive! Because my client was just a few feet away observing this most magnificent recovery operation, I didn’t even attempt to surprise him! Rather, I excitedly picked up the hunk of 14 karat white gold and jubilantly announced the successful recovery of Andy’s lost wedding band! I immediately brought it over to him and the look on his “masked” face truly defined complete shock and awe! He couldn’t believe how fast I recovered the ring and I was just as happy that I was able to find it as quickly as I did! It was such a fantastic moment that the two of us got to have, celebrating the return of this most sentimental keepsake in Andy’s life! What a tremendous thrill! The whole experience was just as fun for me as it was for my very warmhearted client!

After Andy and I took some pictures together commemorating that awesome find in the snow, the two of us reflected on how fortunate Andy was to have that ring end up where it did. Had it been just a bit closer to the fence, even the smaller coil would have had a difficult time separating between the large amount of metal coming from the fence and from the very special piece of white gold that my client wanted back so badly.

As we said our goodbyes, Andy could not stop expressing his gratitude and his many sighs of relief knowing that this irreplaceable treasure was back in his possession once again! My client and I enjoyed our time together so much that we agreed that once the pandemic subsided, we would try to get together again. However, next time it would be a celebration of our new friendship that was uniquely birthed from Andy’s initial cry for help! What a special time that was on that winter day near the railroad tracks in East Baltimore, Maryland!


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Lost Engagement Ring in Arlington, VA…Found in Snow After 6 Days Makes Engaged Couple Happy Again!

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Meg’s 1 Carat Diamond 14 Karat White Gold Engagement Ring


Just a few days before I met Meg and Kenny, our Maryland, Washington D.C., and Virginia area had a significant snow storm. As in the case with this engaged couple, another ring goes missing as a result of newly fallen snow.


I received a call on the 17th of January from Meg, a resident of Arlington, Virginia who shared that she and her fiancé were out on their deck, as the snow began to fall so beautifully the night of the huge snow storm. It was very cold outside and when Meg pulled off her glove, her engagement ring went flying over the deck railing and into the snow. She and her fiancé searched for hours upon hours but they could not find the ring anywhere. It was as if it completely disappeared into thin air. When they could not find it that night and into the next day, they rented a metal detector and searched for Meg’s gorgeous 1 carat diamond engagement ring for the next couple of days (the two are getting married this October 11th!). Even though they gave it all of their efforts, their plan led them no closer to where the ring had gone missing.

Brian Rudolph, The Ring Finders, finds Engagement Ring in the Snow, Arlington VA

Fiance’ Meg’s Beautiful Engagement Ring Found in the Snow

They finally gave up on the third day and by the fourth day they looked online to see if they could find a professional metal detectorist who could help them find the bride-to-be’s beloved engagement ring. The one they contacted happened to be in a state far away from them. However, since the gentleman and I are both members of the same national directory of metal detectorists called The Ring Finders, he referred the couple to me as I do searches for people in the Arlington, Virginia area, so it worked out well for me to come out that evening to recover their ring.


Meg’s Beautiful Engagement Ring Back on Display

I will not forget that night because it was freezing cold out. It was somewhere in the low twenties fahrenheit. After finishing up with a client in Washington DC, I traveled in the snow, across the Potomac River and met the couple at their Arlington, Virginia home. All three of us reviewed all possibilities of what may have happened to the ring. The very fact that they could not find it for so many days started to make them wonder what could have possibly become of their ring. I started to question if somebody picked it up along the narrow path behind their deck. They didn’t believe that scenario was possible.

I spent a good amount of time asking the couple many questions as to what they believed may have happened to the ring. They recounted where they stood and how the ring flew forward, most likely over the side of the deck railing.

As I have learned over time, there can be so many different theories that play in the minds of those who lost their possession, and sometimes none of those scenarios line up with what really happened to the lost item. We would surely discover at some point what held true in this case.

Fiance' Meg of Arlington, VA So Happy to Have Her Engagement Ring Back!

Fiance’ Meg So Happy to Have Her Engagement Ring Back!

After getting all of the information I could possibly gain, I headed out into the night, first searching on their deck with my headlamp, my harsh weather attire and metal detecting equipment, in search of the lost engagement ring. Kenny and I moved the furniture from one side to the other and I detected over the ice and snow that had built up on the deck; at least what actual snow was left on the deck. You see, earlier that week, Kenny and Meg took a huge flower planter of hot water and poured the water all over the deck to melt the snow and ice in order to hopefully expose the ring. But it didn’t work. They also collected snow and poured it out into the bathtub and melted it and covered the drain hole so that if the ring was in the snow, it would not go down the drain. I was so hoping that when they melted it in the bathtub that the ring didn’t accidentally go down the pipes but they assured me that they were extremely careful.

Arlington VA, Celebrating the Return of Meg's Ring

Brian and Kenny Celebrating the Return of Meg’s Ring

I must have been outside in the frigid cold for nearly two and a half hours searching from the deck area to down on the ground below and on the path behind the deck area, but there was no ring to be found. There were also a lot of underground cables and wires that the detector was picking up every which place. This was probably very frustrating for Kenny and Meg when they tried to use the rented detector, because there were too many distracting signals. Also, there were so many pull tabs and pieces of aluminum foil scattered about that it had to make their lives miserable trying to discriminate between treasure and trash. This is why most metal detectorists do not recommend people renting a metal detector or buying a metal detector for the purpose of searching out an area, because more times than not, their searches end up empty-handed, as well as their pockets!

After a few hours, I called it a night and promised them that I would work out my schedule to return the next day to attempt a second search. I’m a stubborn man and I will not be beat by any important piece of metal gone missing! Especially precious pieces of gold, silver and platinum!

Kenny and Meg So Happy to Reunite With Meg's Engagement Ring! Arlington, VA

Fiance’ Kenny and Meg So Excited to Have Back Meg’s Engagement Ring!

So the next day I returned and searched for hours. I must have gone over the same areas a dozen times but nothing turned up. I searched the deck again, I searched the path, under the deck on my hands and knees, searching along the fence line and over on the adjacent neighbor’s property just on the other side of the fence in case the ring flew over the fence and down the hill. I was getting a few good signals but no ring surfaced. I dug in the snow all over the area and nothing was turning up. Kenny would come out to check on me from time to time and I told him that the ring had to be here if he is was confident that it did not fall into the hands of someone walking on the path. He was pretty certain nobody had walked back there since the time of the ring’s disappearance. Therefore, my last idea was to return to the deck for another search, but this time I would try something new. I knew that it was unlikely that the ring ended up in the location that I would check, but it was my last idea for the time being.

I decided to move all of the furniture to one side again and then begin to gather up all of the snow and ice that I had already checked along with snow and ice that had accumulated under the aluminum siding of the house that came down to where the deck joined the back of the house. I used my knife to sweep the “runaway” ice and snow out from those crevices and shoveled it all into the master pile in the center of the deck. It would mean that only a little bit of snow and ice that was not accounted for originally would be detected, so I wasn’t very confident that it would make a difference, but I would try nonetheless.


Fiance' Kenny Calls Meg to Share the Great News! Arlington VA lost ring found in the snow by Brian Rudolph

Fiance’ Kenny Calls Meg to Share the Great News!

Meg was at work and Kenny was inside when I took my detector and did a few swings over the master pile of newly gathered snow and ice and to my surprise a new signal and number that correlates with a white gold type of metal illuminated on the screen of my machine! My heart raced and I hoped so much that these numbers and tones were telling me that I had gathered up into the pile the gorgeous 1 carat diamond engagement ring that I had been looking for for so many hours! I got down on my knees and began to search the place that the detector was leading me to, and yes, there it was! The missing engagement ring was finally found! Apparently, it had ricocheted off of the decks railing and bounced onto the deck floor and landed under the aluminum siding of the house where the deck meets the siding. No metal detector would have been able to differentiate between the siding and the ring because the ring was stuffed underneath the siding on the deck, and the detector would have just picked up the siding before it could reach the signal pertaining to the ring! My knife apparently pushed the lovely piece of jewelry out from underneath its hiding place and into the main pile to be checked and that’s when I found it!

I was so relieved to have found the ring because I really only had one last option before having to start all over again and hope to somehow stumble over the spot that I must have constantly missed, even though I didn’t think I missed anything at any place during all of the hours the night before and that day.

Brian Rudolph of The Ring Retturner and The Ring Finders Celebrates Ring Return With Meg and Kenny

Brian Rudolph Celebrates Ring Return With Meg and Kenny

The best part of the recovery was doing a fake-out with Kenny when I asked him to come to the back door to ask him more questions about the disappearance of the ring. His face was just indescribable when he saw the amazing ring that he once had in his hand on the day that he proposed to Meg in Seattle, Washington. He gave me the best hug and we rejoiced together that I finally discovered the hiding place of that stubborn, but most fantastic looking gem!

Kenny then contacted his wife and you could hear how emotional Meg had gotten on the other end of the phone when she heard the wonderful news!

I love what I do for people because it’s so rewarding to see the smiles and hear the sounds of relief when something so precious and so reflective of certain moments in time is recovered and returned to the finger, wrist, neck or ear of the owner who lost it!

I was just so happy and relieved for this lovely couple. I did not want to get stumped over this missing ring. It just was not going to happen. I packed my things up and agreed to stop by later so I could take a photo with the two of them and we could all watch the video of the moment that I found the ring and see Kenny’s memorable reaction when the ring was revealed in my hand and he went bananas! That was a blast!

I left their property feeling so good about the end result! I pictured their upcoming October 11th, 2019 wedding to be a day when Meg’s beloved engagement ring would be joined up with a lovely wedding band that Kenny will be placing on his bride’s finger during that unforgettable autumn day to come! Congrats to Kenny and Meg for the ring returned to them and their wedding that will soon arrive!

Fiance' Meg and Kenny Proudly Display Engagement Ring Once Gone Missing!

Fiance’ Meg and Kenny Proudly Display Engagement Ring Once Gone Missing!


Thank you for reading my beloved story of this happy engaged couple who were so relieved that their ring was returned to Meg for the BIG DAY!


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Metal Detecting for 2 Lost Rings in Pemberton, BC

  • from Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada)

I got a call the other day from a young lady named Alex who lost 2 rings in the snow. She and her husband were visiting from New Zealand and while driving up past Pemberton they pulled over to the side of the road so Alex could made a snow angel.  After getting back in the truck and heading for a friends place she realized 5 minutes later that her rings were gone. These were her diamond engagement ring and diamond wedding band. You can imagine how devastated she was!They turned around and went back and searched for 1 1/2 hours in the snow and cold… but no rings… There was one thing I never talked about in my video below… Alex told me that her and her husband were very lucky to be alive! shortly after they were heading home they hit black ice and Flipped the truck…What a bad day!!!A few days after, Alex got on the internet and found The Ring Finders, instead of renting a metal detector she called me. We discussed the search and we agreed to meet,  I would drive her and her cousin to the location to find the rings as her husband was in a business meeting.It was a good 2 1/2 hour drive, when we arrived at the location. I could tell where she was making snow angels and I thought this would be a fast recovery, but I was wrong. Almost an hour later near the side of the road where they parked the truck I got a good strong signal. I bent down and moved the snow to see the glint of gold…Only a few feet away was the second ring. The smile tells the story! Thank you Alex for the very generous reward and I sent you a receipt to show that I donate 15% of my reward money to Children’s Hospital .OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I Love my Job!Lost your ring? Call…The Ring Finders!Watch the video of the search…