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15 Ring’s Lost … 16 Ring’s Found! Cloverdale, Perth, Western Australia.

  • from Perth (Australia)

Whilst sitting in her living room recently, Phillipa’s bedroom roof decided to collapse and fill the room with a foot or so of blow-in insulation with bits of ceiling, plaster, and other junk not to mention shoes in the mix.

I’d been called by one of  the insurance company’s cleaners a day later and was asked if I could help find Phillipa’s 15, mainly gold rings which she’d had on a glass pedestal stand (I never did find the pedestal come to think of it) on her dressing table. Of course the rings had been scattered across the room during the collapse, and were now strewn amongst the mess..


When I first saw her bedroom the mess was mattress deep except for right near the table where the cleaners had made a start.

You last saw your ring’s where?

I remember thinking, wow, this may not be so fun! I took my pinpointer and tested the floor and confirmed it was a timber floor full of nails so using a detector in the room would not be a practicle option in locating the lost rings. It was soon obvious I would have to remove the mess a bit at a time and to then detect the rings out of the mess on a pre-detected area in Phillipa’s garden.

I decided to fold a tarpaulin in a ‘u’ shape outside the door in the hallway and started shovelling the mess into it before taking it out to the garden to spread flat on the ground. I’d then detect the rings, pins, needles and paper clips etc out of the insulation. This process was repeated many times. I found most of the rings in the first four tarpaulin loads that I scanned. Then they got few and far between.I think the lower rings on the pedestal had not gotten as much momentum off the pedestal as the top ones so they’d dropped to the floor closer to the table.. and this is where I’d started.

When I finally found the 15th ring about 2 hrs later I yelled a hooray from the garden and excitedly made for Phillipa’s door. Phillipa was grinning from ear to ear as she inspected the returned rings one by one until suddenly her expression changed. She looked up and said “oh you’ve found one I lost a few years ago! So there is still one missing”.

“Was that no. 11? I’ve lost count.”

After checking the rings again she said she was sure and knew which one. I asked, “would it happen to be 18 kt or platinum and one of the smallest?” She replied “Yes how did you know? It fits on my pinky finger!”

The reason I knew was I’d been thinking could I have missed one, and the reason was simple. I’d started to run some iron discrimination to eliminate the pin and needle type signals due to there being so many (she’d had a sewing box etc on the dresser also!) Anyway rings usually end up flat in the ground or sand when they are lost but these rings were at all angles in the blow-in insulation probably more so for the smaller lighter rings.

Rings, coins, and any metal infact presents far less surface area when ‘on edge’ to a metal detector and this typically makes them give a weaker and different signal. It was possible that for those reasons I may not have heard it or did but dismissed it. So the one remaining ring to be found was either still in the room or I’d missed it and it was now in a wheeliebin!

What a beauty. This ring had a large and stunning aquamarine and was Phillipa’s favourite. She’d said before the search “if you can only find one of them please..”

I felt I now had a good idea of the “spray zone” of the rings and that I’d removed all the material from that area of the room so maybe I had missed one one. I decided to check the wheelie bin first as I’d had an idea about how to do it quickly to eliminate that rather than doing more loads out of the room!

I was able to borrow a leaf blower from Phillipa’s neighbor and had set it up underneath an outside table in the large back yard. I lifted the bin sideways on top and slowly opened the lid after I’d turned the blower on. This impromtue ‘dry blower’ blew away the light paper based insulation (non fibreglass!) as it fell from the bin and anything that was heavy didn’t blow very far. Once I’d emptied the bin I then turned my metal detector on and waved it over the heavy junk left behind on the grass and amongst some other signals sure enough there it was, the short sweet sounding double tone I needed, the 16th and final ring.


Wedding Ring Rescued From Indian Ocean, Trigg Beach, Perth, Western Australia.

  • from Perth (Australia)

Well she’s had a goog clean!

Ben was about twenty meters out from the beach having a swim when he felt his precious wedding ring slip from his finger into the ocean. He had stood up and searched frantically around him for it whilst calling out to his wife on the beach what had happened. A lifegaurd had later told them that there was someone who was able to find rings lost in the water so Ben had consulted uncle google, he punched ‘metal detecting service’ into his phone and soon found my website and then my phone number.

Ben called and told me what had happened and I learnt that they were still at the beach, so whilst asking Ben a bunch of questions, I was already checking the weather forecast and decided that although the tide had been increasing over the few hours since the loss, that it would not yet be too deep and the swell was only mild so it was best to have a go straight away. Infact this is a surfing beach with consistent unimpeded Southern Indian Ocean swell and is rarely calm enough to detect, so time was of the essence for sure.. I couldn’t gamble on the next day being as good as this, so “off to the rescue” I went..

Order has been restored!

When I met Ben on the beach an hour later I asked  him to go back into the ocean with a flag to mark where he thought he’d been. I then set out a search grid based on Ben’s best recollections. Unfortunately he’d been swimming up and down the beach a fair distance so he was more confident about how far out he’d been than laterally along the beach.

Just after I had started Ben’s wife had arrived back from a walk along the beach, so I asked her where she thought he’d been. She felt he’d been more to the left in front of a surf school flag stuck in the beach about 20 m away. As I’d already started on the other side I resumed and worked my way in and out, in and out, slowly but surely moving down the beach toward the surf school flag. A few good sounding targets had gotten me excited but all had been let downs and then the ocean fell silent.

I was feeling more expectant though as I neared the surf school flag. I have found over the years that who ever is in the water is less reliable than their partner or friend on the beach when it comes to where they were at the time of loss, as the “lossee” is usually looking frantically around them, even diving down after thier precious, well before they think to landmark the exact spot, whereas the person on the beach is often standing in one spot not moving and can give a better fix.

Well today was one of these times so that as I approached the surf school flag I finally heard what I’d been listening for.. blip.. blip.. and again.. blip.. blip.. The two most common items to do this are 1. soda/beer can staytabs and 2. shallow rings! What were my chances? In this case, all thing’s considered, I thought about 90/10 in favour of it being Ben’s ring. Sure enough a moment later I was staring at Bens precious in the bottom of my scoop.

Needless to say he was stunned when I yelled “found it” and half ran, half jumped out of the water to deliver it to him. At first he just looked shocked, but with a huge grin. As the shock turned to realisation we high fived before he simply said “mate, what a bloody ledgend”.

Second Callout Today, Second Ring Found, Brighton Beach, Perth, Western Australia.

  • from Perth (Australia)

I’d only been home for an hour from my first recovery for the day when I recieved a call from Henry who was still on the beach where he had just lost his platinum wedding ring.. here we go again I thought..

Recoveries by bicycle at the moment…

Unfortunately I was halfway through changing a blown head gasket on my ute when the first call had come in and hadn’t got any further with it after getting home from recovering Cambell’s lost ring when Henry called. I told Henry he’d need to be a little patient as I would be coming to his rescue by pushbike! I eventually caught up with him and on Brighton Beach about two hour’s later.


There you go Henry!


Henry and a friend had marked the location where they had been fishing when the ring was lost which made things a lot easier.

Henry’s “I Do” wedding ring freshly un-lost!!

I began a grid search and about four or five passes back and forth and bingo – right no’s, right sound, right ring equals Henry all smiles again..

Love what I do..

I may not have a beard but.. Merry Xmas Nikki, Ringfinders Style!

  • from Perth (Australia)

What an extraordinary day! After a relatively poor afternoons detecting in the water at one of Perths most popular beaches I returned to my ute and now in a towel threw my wetsuit in the back. I was thinking I must check my phone to see if I had any messages when I turned to see a man on the road and a bike in the air! I rushed down the road (in a towel) to find the man had gone over the handle bars when a car had left the curb in front of him. He was not at all comfortable and may have broken his shoulder besides a serious dose of gravel rash. Luckily a lifegaurd was not far away and was able to take over as while this was going on I’d left my metal detector sitting on the back of my ute. The

Great work Niki! This made it all possible.

ambos duly arrived and it was now that I got in the car and checked my phone. I noticed there was a message from Niki regarding two lost rings. I called her straight away and found the message had been left 3 days before!  She had lost her diamond and platinum wedding set in the water at Whitfords beach whilst on holiday here. From England she now lives in Malaysia but was currently in Melbourne!

As usual the weather forecast was getting worse again over the next few days so being christmas day and only being 20 mins drive I thought it best to have a go asap. I asked Niki if she could send a google earth placemark of where she thought she’d lost the ring and photos of the rings I was looking for while I drove straight to Whitfords beach.

That would be one of em!

After seeing the rings and the location on my phone, and much to the astonishment of the last beach goers, I ran down to the waters edge just as the sun was setting, gouged a start line in the sand with my foot and started searching at some pace into and out of the water, in out, in out, in pulltab, out tent peg, in platinum diamond wedding band, BIG yehaaaa!

I was so excited I almost forgot theres another ring that should be around here somewhere. A few more sweeps of my coil and there it was, another super soft signal (platinum can be very hard to detect).

And that would be its brother!

I peered into my sandscoop and sure enough, there was Niki’s lovely diamond engagement ring, sparkling in my headlights beam!

I called Niki to tell her the wonderful news and when she answered and asked how I was, I was all of a sudden speachless, then I simply said ‘merry christmas Niki!’

I guess it was 11 pm or so in Melbourne when I called, and so it would seem that santa left his very best for last this year…

“Yep, RingFinding Is An Actual Thing, How Can I Help?”, Scarborough Beach, Western Australia

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“Yep, ringfinding is an actual thing, how can I help!” was my reply when I got a call from Brett who’d lost his white gold wedding band in the water whilst at the dog beach this morning. He’d been poking around on google when he found ‘’ and then me. He said he was surprised to find such a service existed, and in Western Australia.

After telling me what had happened, I checked the weather conditions and realised I needed to attempt a recovery asap as the wind, swell and tides were getting worse and it may be a week before better conditions for a search in the water might arrive.

Happy happy happy joy joy joy!

I asked if Brett could meet me at the beach in 40 mins to show me where he felt he had been in the water.

After meeting at the carpark I asked him to go to the beach ahead of me while I ‘suited up’, and place a ‘witches hat’ (road safety cone) as close as possible to where he felt he’d lost the ring. Brett had explained they had made some sandcastles in the morning so we could easily find where they had been.

When I got to the beach my heart sank a little as first I realised the sea had washed away the sandcastles (making locating the search area all the more difficult) and secondly the sea conditions did not look at all good for a wading search and in fact shortly after starting the search Brett and I could not move forward against the strong undertow which was also folding my detectors coil back against the shaft!

A bit depressed about the situation I left the water and asked Brett if there was any chance he might have lost it on the beach? He said he felt strongly that he had lost it in the water but could not be sure so I placed a ‘witches hat’ about 5 m either side of the one he had placed and began searching the beach. The first half of the search area produced only one target, you guessed it, a bottle cap! Now normally beer bottle caps are the bane of all metal detectorists (our beaches, parks and roadsides are literally loaded with these and aluminium pull tabs) but in this case when I showed Brett he remembered having seen it whilst mucking around that morning so we knew we were very close to where he had been. This certainly raised my hopes and mood!

As I approached the waves when I started searching the other half of the search area I got a great signal and thought, surely this is it..

As I retrieved the target I could not believe what I was seeing, I had just found a thick gold chain just a few inches down in the sand! On closer inspection we found it was ‘gold plated’ and since we were on a dog exercise beach I figure it was lost by a dog, not a human! (Anyway unless a dog calls to claim it, my dog Dylan now has some ‘lucky’ bling to wear for special occassions such as future ring finding assignments!)

Resuming the search I made another pass up and back and right at the waters edge got another solid signal from my metal detector. Feeling in the sand I felt the unmistakeable shape of a ring and exposing it from the sand, looked up to Brett and said “would this be your ring?”.

Well you can imagine the relief we all felt when Brett began to smile from ear to ear and said “yep, thats definately it”. And so ended the search for another ‘lost smile’. Kudos to Brett for finding near enough, the exact spot where he and his family had been. In the end the ring was within a few meters of the cone he had placed on the beach and I must have been very close to standing on it as I walked down to search the water when we first arrived!

It is always so rewarding to reunite people with their sentimental items, and this one was no exception, I can’t wait for that next call…

Platinum Wedding Band Found In 1 Minute! Perth, Western Australia

  • from Perth (Australia)

Today as I was getting ready to watch the All Blacks (rugby team) play Australia in a southern hemisphere version of the superbowl, I got a call from Thomas inquiring if I could help find his wifes platinum wedding band which she had lost this morning in the sand at a popular childrens playground in Perths southern suburbs. On the one hand I was thinking, well it’s about time I got an enquiry for what should be a straight forward, easy search (so far this year I have only had one ring search that was not in or underwater, and even that took a monumental effort over 8.5 hrs in a storm!) and on the other that the timing could not be worse with ‘kickoff’ in just an hours time!

I learned that Thomas was a Fly In Fly Out worker who was currently at work in Karratha about 1200 km north of Perth and that his wife had bought a $200 metal detector to search for the ring but had not had any joy.

Luckily (for me and my rugby fetish!) his wife had left the area already so I agreed to meet her at the location at 6.30 pm, which allowed me to get to a pub on the way, watch the All Blacks win the rugby match in the last minute of the game, win a small wager on Beauden Barrett to score a try and skedadle? over to Bibra Lake to meet Thomas’s wife Mandy and his son Julius.

Mandy showed me where she was standing pushing her son in one of the swings and approximately where the ring had shot off her finger into the sand and should still be. I turned on my detector and started to search the sand and almost immediately received a solid signal within the right sort of target i.d range one might expect for a medium weight womens platinum ring.

Mandy, Julius and the missing ring!

Alas it was a thick piece of circular wire, damn! I resumed searching and a short while later got another clean signal in the right range. I took a scoop of sand from where I had pinpointed the signal and shaking the sand from the scoop saw that it was indeed a platinum ring, Mandy’s wedding band!

Well as you can see from the photo she was pretty darn happy about it, and just quietly, so was I.

I’d had a pretty good day.. we (New Zealand) had won the rugby against our favourite team to beat, the player I’d picked to score a try.. did, and I’d found a platinum wedding ring in about a minute!

Merry christmas you two… Chow for now!..


8.5 Hr Farm Search In A Storm For Lost Wedding Band, Margret River, Western Australia

  • from Perth (Australia)

Hi again! I received an email from Desmond on friday explaining he had lost his ‘Cartier’ gold wedding band somewhere on ‘Sunflowers Farmstay’ in Margret River, about 3 hrs drive south of Perth. Des had been on holiday there with friends and family and would be flying home to Singapore on tuesday evening, so he was obviously distressed that he would now be returning without it.

I asked Des to send me a google earth file showing the areas on the farm where he had been and together we were able to narrow down the time frame and the search area by checking photographs taken on the day that showed the ring both on his finger and not. This still left a lot of ground to cover around the farm buildings (plus the 45 min tractor ride he’d taken across the paddocks!) The farm’s history began in the 1920’s so there was a lot of rubbish metal to deal with. On top of these difficulties there had also been a lot of rain in the area which meant lots of mud! I called the owner of the farm and after explaining the situation, gained permission to search the farm for Des’s ring.

On Monday I set sail with a bit of camping gear (in preperation for a long and difficult search that I knew could take days!) and on arrival I met with Debbie and went over my search plan with her.

As the moon was rising and not knowing how long the weather would hold I decided to start searching as soon as possible. As the ring was a heavier mens gold ring I lowered the sensitivity on my detector to avoid hearing any small or deep signals and ran it on full iron discrimination with appropriate notch discrimination after testing a similar ring and estimating the target i.d range for Des’s Ring.

Two very happy punters and a very lucky ring!

I detected around the buildings that evening, covering about 650 squares over three hours and after not finding it. determined the next most likely area to search was the barbecue area he’d visited on the 45 min tractor ride around the farm.

Debbie allowed me to camp at the bbq area overnight so I could resume the search at first light.

Unfortunately about 2hrs before sunup a rather nasty storm set in which quickly flooded my camp making for a rather unpleasant start to my day! Unable to detect effectively in the driving rain and concerned about becoming bogged in my ute, I headed back to the farmhouse and rang Des to tell him the bad news regarding the weather and asked a few more questions of him. It was then that I discovered I had missed an area around the farm buildings so between showers I proceeded to search this new area of interest.

Now heres a funny thing… I was nearly finished when two women and their children approached me on their way to feed some kangaroos at the end of the track I was searching when one of the women said “you wont find any gold here”, to which I replied “actually thats exactly what I’m looking for…”  Well bugger me the next thing I found was a gold Singaporean dollar coin! This lifted my spirits a bit and I figured it a good sign that the ring might be nearby. Alas, I completed the search of this area without finding it.

The weather was still coming in waves and I joked with the farm staff that I should put my wetsuit on before searching the paddocks!

Luckily the rain started to ease so I headed back to search the bbq area which also failed to turn up the ring. My worst fears were now a reality knowing it was highly likely the ring was somewhere in the paddocks and that an even bigger storm wasn’t far away! I remember thinking well I’m cold and wet but I’m 3 hrs from home and I really dont want to go home without the ring as well, so I began to search the track leading back to the farmhouses. I sure am glad I started at the right end (the wrong end would have meant another days searching!) as I’d only gone about 40 m when I heard a loud, clear signal and looking down, saw what could only be Des’s ring, glowing brightly amongst the grass. I could hardly believe it for a moment and as there was no one around I did a fair bit of dancing, yelling and screaming. 8.5 hrs mostly in the rain, and finally success, yehaaa!!!!

Wedding Ring Found In Canal – Mandurah Coastal Times, Western Australia

Lost Wedding Ring, Underwater Below A Jetty, Mandurah, Western Australia

Hello again! I received a message about a week ago from Lorna to say she had heard I could help people find jewellery lost underwater and could I help her to recover her husbands lost wedding ring. It had slipped from his finger into the sea whilst tying up their boat in one of the many canals in Mandurah. For some reason my phone had not recorded Lorna’s phone number and I had been unable to call her back, until today that is! Whilst checking old messages I noticed a number I had not returned a call to and when I tried the number I recognized Lorna’s voice instantly and felt relieved that I had been able to make contact with her after all.

After a quick chat with Lorna, Dylan ‘the sniffer’ Dog and myself set off on the 1 hr drive down the coast to Mandurah. When I arrived at Lorna’s home she took me to the private jetty in front of the house and showed me where the ring had slipped from Dick’s finger into the sea. I then discovered that the jetty was supported by 25 cm diameter steel poles and as the ring had slipped off very close to one of the poles I was unable to use my metal detector anywhere near it. I decided to use my handheld pin-pointer on low sensitivity to search close to the pole so after getting into my scuba gear I descended near the pole only to find I would also be working with about one foot of visibility as the mud bottom was impossible not to disturb and there was virtually no current at the location to clear the billowing blackness away. Unable to detect anything near the pole (except the pole!) but knowing the ring must be nearby I began to use the pin-pointer as you would a normal detector, sweeping it in an overlapping, methodical manner covering just 4″ or so at a time. Luckily there was not much metal rubbish here and at about 1 meter from the pole I felt the pin-pointer start to vibrate again in my hand indicating another metal item in the mud. Feeling around for solids I brought back a shell the first time and then as my hand became visible through the cloud of mud (I could not see past my elbow in front of me) on the second attempt, out of the gloom appeared the unmistakable glow of what could only be Dicks gold wedding ring! I surfaced triumphantly and held the ring up for Lorna to see and the smile that spread across her face made me feel so warm I said “I wish I could pay my bills with that smile, as I’d have none left!”

After getting out of the water I found my scoop missing from the back of the boat and realized I must have knocked it into the drink as I was getting out and had to don my wet gear again and a few minutes later after feeling around in the dark found it and returned to the surface.

By this time Lorna’s husband had returned and over a cup of tea I learnt the story behind the ring. Lorna had it made 34 years ago with Dicks family shield forming the top of the ring. 34 years! Well that explained the ear to ear smile I’d received shortly after popping up! Thanks Lorna and Dick for making my day too!

Lost In The Drink, 78 Diamond Engagement Ring, South Beach, Fremantle, W.A, 6th Item Found!

  • from Perth (Australia)

Thank you good Samaritan! On Good Friday I received an email from Amber telling me she had lost her engagement ring in the drink at South Beach, Fremantle about 11 am. She had searched for the ring for about half an hour before giving up due to the churning sand filled water making it nearly impossible to see the sea floor. Amber’s first bit of luck (and mine) came when one of several good Samaritans who were helping her to look for the ring was able to tell her to google the and find the guy (me) who he had heard being interviewed on ABC Perth Radio talk back about the recovery of Jacqui’s ring from the waters of Rottnest Island (see my previous posts for more..) the day before. Luckily for her I had not gone to my metal detecting clubs annual ‘gold camp’ in the Western Australian outback for the Easter break. I learnt that she had lost it pretty close to high tide in thigh deep water just behind the breakers and that the tide would be getting lower throughout the afternoon making it both harder to find but easier to recover at the same time!

I met Amber and her 3 year old daughter ‘Willow” at the cafe at South Beach a few hours later and she was able to take me to the waters edge where she had lost it. I asked her to place a traffic cone on the beach closest to where she could remember having lost the ring when she had decided to take it off one off the fingers on her right hand and return it to her ring finger on her left hand.

I then set two other cones about 5 meters either side of Ambers as a visual reference and began to search in and out of the tide to thoroughly

Ooh Ahh!! 78 Gorgeous Diamonds On White Gold Give Or Take!o

cover the area of loss. After wasting 5 mins or so on the first ‘stay-tab’ (aluminium can pull tab called that because its supposed to stay on the can and the bain of all metal detectorists!) I settled in for the long haul and went about my work thinking it could take a while to find this ring as it was likely right where the small waves were now breaking on the beach which would have been knee to thigh deep at the time of loss (a bit easier to find but harder to recover).

Hopeful as always of a quick recovery I had entered the water in bare feet and was beginning to get a sore foot from my sand scoop so I called up the beach for my dive booties just as I got a nice loud signal from my detector. Shaking the sand and shells out of my scoop I looked down to see a gorgeous diamond encrusted heavy white gold engagement ring! (Amber had sent a picture of the location and the ring to my phone but I had not yet seen them and hadn’t even asked Amber for a description of it at that stage). Suppressing my excitement and putting on my best poker face I headed up the beach leaving the ring in the scoop which I placed just behind her as I reached for my dive booties and made out that I was about to put them on.

Amber, Willow (Hello Willow!), A Lovely Ring And A Few Angels! (Another story those ‘Angels’)

At this point I looked up at Amber and asked her what the ring looked like. she replied “didn’t you get the photos I sent” and as she showed me the picture of the ring on her phone I removed the ring from the scoop and standing as I presented it to her said “looks a bit like this one don’t you think?”

Nah.. Not A Good Moment At All!