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Time Is Of The Essence! Lost Wedding Ring Found Just In Time. Trigg Beach, Perth, Western Australia.

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

All my advertising states it.. Time is of the essence and often the #1 factor in effecting a successful recovery. After receiving a call from Steve today who had lost his Tiffany & Co, platinum wedding ring at Trigg beach this morning, I explained to him that it was important to search for it as soon as possible and that I could meet him at the beach in about an hour or so, to see about reuniting him with it.

lost and found platinum wedding ring

Steve Woke To Find Something Was Missing..

There are a number of reasons that it is important to act quickly but neither of us new that one of them would be present on the beach when we got there. One reason is that beaches and the weather can and do change very quickly, nope that wasn’t it. Another is that rings lost in sand can become deeply buried very quickly. Nope not that either.

Todays very good decision to act ASAP was because metal detecting as a hobby has become very popular in the last few years due in part at least, to the growing exposure to metal detecting through high interest ‘reality’ t.v shows such as Diggers, Gold Rush, and our own Aussie Gold Hunters. As a result our most popular beaches are seeing more and more detectorists racing around on them both in and out of the water and it is a very real possibility for a lost ring to be found by someone else before you have a chance to find a metal detecting specialist to find it for you.

Unfortunately very few of these ring’s are handed in to the Police and even fewer ever get back to their owners. This so easily could have happened today as when Steve and his wife led me down the access track to show me where they had been on the beach, I noted that there was a metal detector operator already searching on the beach no more than 100m from us and coming our way!

Steve had told me he had been having a snooze on the beach and when he woke up he realised his wedding ring was missing. He had spoken to the life gaurd’s close by who suggested he try to find a metal detecting service. After getting home Steve consulted uncle google who suggested TheRingFinders.com directory, where he found RingRescues.com.au and me.

lost wedding ring reunited with owner

No Longer A.W.O.L!

The #2 factor in making this a successful recovery was the very accurate loss location (cheers Steve) on a huge beach. Steve made the search for his ring a cinch by marking the spot where he had been sleeping with an arrangement of shells and I was able to find his ring almost immediately within 2m of them!

 

Steve told me prior to the search that if it couldn’t be found he may not replace it, but if you think that sound’s like he didn’t cherish it you’d be wrong. They say a picture tells a thousand words, and if that is true I reckon Steve’s smile says a hell of a lot of them in this one!

I can’t imagine ever getting sick of doing this for people, I just wish I could do it everyday… Love what I do…

Happy New Year Steve!

 

Lost Keys in Snow in Homewood, Illinois. Found with hand held pinpointer.

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

Received a call to look for a group of keys that he thought he had lost shoveling the driveway. One of the keys was to his car, which he could not move. Also a series of house keys and others. I started to search with  CTX 3030. Found a lot of metal interference. Took rake and searched my signals along with my pinpointer. Nothing! There was a large pile of snow near some steps with a metal railing. Decided to use the pinpointer and buried it into the pile. BINGO!!

Toronto! Diamond Earring found! “Live Return” video

from Mississauga (Ontario, Canada)
Contact: 905-208-4440

This is definitely one of the best Ring finder “Live Video” returns of the year.

One of the most difficult things to find are lost earrings with metal detectors! It takes a very specific detector and a lot of experience to locate such a finite piece of metal. The following story and amazing “Live Video Return” of the 1.5 Karat, near flawless Diamond earring is truly amazing! Finding this beautiful stone is a great example our commitment, persistence and experience here at Ringfinders!

Please enjoy.

I received a call from a woman who lost a very expensive diamond earring in the woods at a high end golf course just north of Toronto. Apparently while golfing she lost her ball in a small wooded area between 2 Fairways. The area was thick brush with a lot of branches and fall leaves on the ground . After the woman recovered the ball she remembered a branch grazing the side of her face on the way out. Once at her golf cart she noticed that one on the earrings that had been on her ear for over 20 years was gone!

The beautiful diamond was an anniversary gift from her beloved husband. Understandably she became frantic and went back into the woods on her hands and knees but could not find the beautiful stone. She notified the golf course and over a two-week period many of the Golf Course staff searched the wooded area for the earring. Trees were pruned, dead branches were cut and many individuals scoured the area for the earring with no avail!

After sometimes she decided to hire another detectorist to come out and look. Unfortunately after 2 days of thoroughly gridding the area  it was not located. At this point she gave me a call!

Along with having a very extensive repertoire of metal detecting equipment I am fortunate enough to be on the test team for one of the largest metal detecting companies in the world. Being on their test team allows me to have metal detectors that other ring finders and detectorists do not have and in the situation it greatly helped! Along with my extensive knowledge on finding very small pieces of metal and the right machine, I was extremely fortunate that day.

After arriving to the wooded area the woman told me the story. By this time she was completely exhausted and had given up all hope on finding the earring! I had told her this is only a matter of time and patience and I was quite sure that I would be able to find the earring for her. Unfortunately her face did not have as much confidence as I was hoping for and understandably. I started gridding the area with another detector but by this time the area looked literally like a minefield . Unfortunately no luck so I started testing the other ear ring that she still had on with my detectors. I finally found a prototype detector with a very specific setting I made heard it perfectly. At that point I literally walked over to the area where “I ” believed it had fell off and on the second swing got the beautiful signal I was expecting!

The following “Live Return” video shows the entire event and is one of the proudest moments of the year for me.

Ring lost on Grand Cayman, FOUND

from Syracuse (New York, United States)
Contact: 1-315-652-6996

I was on vacation on Grand Cayman, and while enjoying myself metal detecting, I was flagged down by the beach attendant.  She said that a lady just up the beach had just lost a ring and would I help her find her ring. YES, as I’m a member of “The Ring Finders” that is what we do.

Anyway the attendant pointed out the young lady on the beach, I introduced myself and found the ring on the first scoop.  Because I did not have my Go Pro on my person, the “find” was not video taped, but I went back to my wife further down the beach, got my  Go Pro and returned to interview the young lady.

This video shows my interview of her, on the beach.

Great find, please enjoy.

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

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

1st Ring recovery of 2018!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy End To Holiday For A German Family in Western Australia

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

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

Scene Of The Crime!

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

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

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

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

Should Be Here Somewhere Sean!

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

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

Merten’s Precious Ring

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

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

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

Happy Days!

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

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

Lost Wedding Ring Found and Returned on Texas Ranch – Chris Dean

from Kerrville (Texas, United States)
Contact: 1-830-285-9935

Stuart lost his wedding ring while installing a 3400′ water line on a beautiful 240 acre Central Texas ranch. He already had knowledge of TheRingFinders.com because fellow member John Volek (Houston Metal Detecting Services) had recovered a friends ring early this year on a Gulf Coast beach (John’s recovery). Stuart made the right decision because his lost wedding ring is back on his finger!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyJS7OeMDTU

Remember, don’t rent a metal detector. Contact an expert metal detectorist to find your lost ring, jewelry or other valuables! Recovered with a Garrett AT Pro metal detector.

Fort Myers Beach — Pendant Found & Returned

from Sanibel Island (Florida, United States)

This nice young man called us after losing his rose gold pendant in the ocean.  While throwing frisbee on the sandbar at Fort Myers Beach, the chain around his neck broke allowing the pendant to fall into the water below.

As the chain and pendant had been passed down to his father and then to him, it had great sentimental value.  He began searching the Internet and came across the ring finder website.  After reading our many success stories, he gave us a call and we made arrangements to meet the next day.

Upon arrival, he walked out with us in the water to the top of the sandbar.  (When he lost the pendant he made sure to pick out landmarks to identify the general area–which is very helpful in search and recovery)  He pointed out the area where he thought he lost it and then headed back to shore so we could begin our search.  Within about twenty minutes we were successful in locating the missing pendant just a few feet away from where he thought he had lost it!

Troll Angry! Lost Gold Wedding Ring Found in Fremont… Seattle, Washington on Christmas!

from Seattle (Washington, United States)
Contact: 1-206-651-4779

This Christmas, under a bridge,  I battled a giant troll for a gold ring! When he was distracted by tourists taking selfies, I snatched a lost heirloom from under his gaze and returned it to its rightful owner!

A woman lost her mother’s wedding ring, inscribed with her father’s name, while throwing snowballs at the troll on Xmas eve. She was just visiting this state for the holiday, so it was crucial she find it before her flight out of Seattle. After renting a metal detector, searching and not having any luck, her friend found my name on Google. She called me Christmas morning and I was on the case in a couple hours.

Luckily after around half an hour of searching, I hit the target! Buried in the snow was her ring! I was super happy to help and I got out of there quick before the troll knew what had happened…

Gold ring snatched from the Troll!

Happy reunion!

Gold ring in the snow