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Ring Lost in Whangarei, Eaten by Cow – Found!

from Paihia (New Zealand)
Contact: 021 135 9291

Over the years, I’ve had my share of looking for rings lost while gardening, throwing things for the dog, or just being lobbed randomly during arguments.  This was my first hunt for a ring that had been vacuumed off a finger by a calf!

Luke made contact after reading of my successful hunts, and for me the story was too intriguing!  He had been letting the calves suck his fingers in order to keep them tame, and the hand came back minus the ring…

On the day in question, he hadn’t banked on the powerful combination of bovine slobber and suction!  Catch was, had it been spat out on the ground nearby,  chewed, swallowed and passed through the digestive system to turn up elsewhere in the paddock…or was it still in there?

He was very pleased to see me, and we headed straight out so he could show me where it all happened, also pointing out the calves that I could end up scanning!  The ground had been dry, which was good as it meant it was unlikely to have been pressed deep into mud – however the Autumn-flush grass was mid-calf (That’s my calf, not the cow variety) which was going to make it very hard work.

I started at the “Point Last Seen” and nosed the coil in and around the grass in the immediate vicinity with no luck, so I resigned myself to gridding about an acre of very lush pasture.

With my back into the corner of the wire fences, I took the first swing, and was immediately disheartened by the erratic threshold sounds of electrical interference from a buried cable. Not overly bad fortunately.  Second swing…. third swing and a golden tone rang through the headphones! I parted the long grass, couldn’t see anything.  Out with the pinpointer, it chirped away…but I still couldn’t see anything.

A slight change of head angle and a flash of yellow lit up in among the dead stems. It was already making itself very comfortable in there, and I was glad I didn’t have to use the rubber gloves 🙂

Knocked on the door of the house again, and was met by a huge smile when I held the ring up – That’s when I found out, it’s their wedding anniversary in just a few days.

Found! Diamonds and Gold Wedding ring at Log Castle during lowtide… Langley Washington!

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

Last weekend, Corianne was digging up bait shrimp during lowtide at her family-owned vacation rental, The Log Castle Bed & Breakfast,  when she realized she had lost her custom made white gold and multi diamond wedding ring! And since the sand was like quicksand while digging, it could be very deep in one of the holes they made digging up sand shrimp…

She emailed me after  purchasing a detector and having no luck searching with her husband. Unfortunately my schedule wouldn’t allow me to hunt for it for at least a week after she had lost it. The soft sand and tides could really engulf it in that time, but it was worth trying.

After a week, I was able to take a road trip up there, and after searching for about 3 hours, surrounded by bald eagle nests and at least 3 eagles  and about 25 seagulls watching me work… I found it!

It was an emotional reunion and a great location to hunt at, despite the quicksand like conditions… and I will be camping on the property as an added bonus! Maybe some bald eagle photos to follow…

Diamond dazzler!


Lowtide @ Log Castle … LOCATED!


Metal Detecting on Whangarei Roadside to Find Lost Ring

from Paihia (New Zealand)
Contact: 021 135 9291

I was just doing a casual beach detect at a very small, unassuming patch of sand tucked away on Whangarei Harbour in New Zealand. It is the sort of place that would struggle to have 20 people squeezed into it on a busy summer day.

After I had been detecting for maybe thirty minutes, a beach-goer wandered up and asked if I would be able to find his wifes ring.  Quick background of,  “It fell off her hand outside the car as we turned at a junction, six months ago – I saw it rolling across the road”.   This was a new scenario for me!

I said I’d give it a go.

Packed up and followed the gentleman to the scene. I was envisaging a sea of can pull tabs, the usual metal detritus that litters the roadside, and possibly a flat and chewed ring.

When we got there, I didn’t have my usual high vis gear with me, so it was a very cautious operation to ensure neither I or the detector got clipped by a passing wing mirror as I nosed the coil in and out of the undergrowth and leaf litter. My helper made life easier by shifting all the crushed cans and foil packets he could – But there were plenty of scraps left for me!  After four to five minutes and another crumpled up bit of foil, I got a hint of a clean tone under one of the plants. I couldn’t get the beach coil in properly, so scuffed the leaf litter out into the open, and left behind, lying in the dirt was his Precious.

Happy faces all round back at the beach!  A quick pose for a photo, and I went back to where I left off twenty minutes earlier.

The beach smiled kindly on my good deed and gave me an old and ornate silver ring shortly after – This would have been lost well before there were RingFinders to save the day!



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 directory, where he found 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!


14kt Family Crest Ring Found in Lake – Returned! Litchfield Beach, SC.

from Myrtle Beach (South Carolina, United States)
Contact: 1-843-333-4114

I received a phone call from David, from a local property management company in early December about a ring that was lost in a lake behind one of the homes in the gated community. The information given to me was third hand, but seemed pretty straight forward. Alex, in his eighties was throwing a crab trap into the salt water lake. As he did it stripped the ring from his finger and deposited it into the water. Alex had reserved himself to the thought that the ring was probably gone forever. Alex’s children contacted the property management company and asked if there was anything that might be done. David found Alex’s children were hoping that we might find the ring so they could present it back to him for Christmas.

I met David at the property. He gave me the information as he got it from the kids. After securing permission from the HOA I returned a few days later with waders and my CTX 30-30 and my Excalibur. Thinking this was going to be easy, I jumped off the seawall with the Excal to work 25′ by 40′ grid. Immediately I realized the bottom of the lake was full of trash. Since the water was only about knee deep I asked my wife to hand me the CTX so I had an idea what targets were sounding off. After setting some discrimination I worked the area pretty hard for an hour plus. I removed several larger targets that might have been causing interference, but I was not getting the type of signal that I wanted to see. I was also getting feedback from hot rocks and the seawall bolts any time I got the 17” coil next to the bulkhead. I expanded the grid, but after awhile I assumed I was getting bad info in this third hand translation. I gave up until more info, preferably from the source, was given to me.

Alex phoned earlier this week telling me who he was and asked if I was interested in giving it another try. I met him at the house the next day. Alex assured me he would put me in a 6 foot radius. I remembered all the trash in the lake and the seawall feedback, so I took along my Gold Bug Pro with the smaller coil. I knew that would help get between trash to see a good target. I had Alex rub his left earlobe for luck. After removing more trash and some hot rocks I worked a 15 by 15′ area. I was becoming annoyed that I was not finding this ring. Alex explained from land that he used a castnet to try and retrieve the ring the day he lost it. After hearing that, I knew he dragged the ring closer to the seawall. I came right up next to the bulkhead with Fisher Gold Bug and there it was. A 62 on the interface told me what I wanted to know. One scoop and a glint of gold confirmed the rest. At 82 Alex can still jump, as I witnessed “The Ring Dance”. With a great big smile, Alex explained to me that this ring had been given to him by his late wife Ginger on their 25th wedding anniversary. I could see him reminisce. Then he joyfully said “Hot Dog!”, or something like that. Although, not the timely Christmas gift that the kids had hoped for, the end result everybody wanted was achieved.

Alex, Thank You for the generous reward. Thanks to all for your trust in me to find this ring.


Lost Ring Found on Whangarei Beach

from Paihia (New Zealand)
Contact: 021 135 9291

Jan 14th, 2018
I came across a plea on social media about a gold ring lost in the surf at Ruakaka. The beach is open to the ocean, has a reasonable longshore current and while conditions had been calm, sand is always moving… and rings are always sinking.
While it was outside my normal maximum travel range, the backstory to the ring put a successful recovery and return at the top of my priorities. Even if I took a financial loss, I was going to do my utmost to find and return this ring!
The ring had been lost for just over two days by the time I got there. Family efforts with a borrowed metal detector the previous day had drawn a blank.

The gentleman concerned turned up, and after a brief discussion, he duly marked out the boundaries in the sand, I waded in and got to work. It was hard graft with a big coil, although after digging a fishing weight from over a foot down, I knew if the ring could be found, it would be found.
Two hours later, I got a nice solid tone. It was so beautifully clear and smooth, it could only be gold. I listened to it again and again, knowing what it was. I had to pause as a largish wave passed, then went after it.

In the scoop was a whole heap of smiles 🙂

Some rings are worth far, far more than their weight in gold.


News Report, Dunsborough-Busselton Mail , Western Australia

from Perth (Australia)
Contact: 0469880955.

Link to a news story for my latest recovery in the Dunsborough-Busselton Mail.


Northland Ring Lost, Found and Returned after Five Years in the Sand!

from Paihia (New Zealand)
Contact: 021 135 9291

Jan 2nd, 2018

Hot on the heels of my first ring recovery for this summer, I finally managed to track down the owner of a ring I found mid-2017.

It had been returned from Police Found Property, although the fact it had an unusual name engraved inside made me want to try and find the owner myself.

Seven months of lurking around the internet and multiple dead ends later (including one opportunist who had a good go at claiming it!) I finally found them.

They live in Chile and lost it while on holiday, so not surprising the New Zealand Police had no luck.

No photo, but I’ll let the Facebook dialog tell the rest.

This reunion made me realise how many tourists leave their rings behind in NZ, purely because they don’t know who to ask for help.


And so I joined The RingFinders.


Lost Ring at Russell Beach Found for Christmas

from Paihia (New Zealand)
Contact: 021 135 9291

Dec 21st, 2017

I received a call while at work from a very upset lady, the usual story of a slightly-too-large ring and the sea.

The previous day she had gone for a morning swim, and returned to discover she and her ring had parted company.

I knew the beach in question is a very mobile shingle and notorious for ‘swallowing’ rings so time was of the essence. It already had a two-tide head start…

Next low was in two hours, so I cashed in some of my leave and headed away in order to catch it.
An hour and a half and a car ferry later, I arrived on site. Looking at the steep beach angle, coupled with recent wind and wave conditions I could only realistically give her a 50:50 chance of finding it.

After a quick walk through of the timeline and reenacting the whats and wheres leading up to the loss, I marked out the area of highest probability and started searching between the tideline and the waist-deep point where it dropped away to deep water. Figured I’d do the hotspot first before getting the wetsuit on!

A lot of litter signals from can tabs and so forth caused several stops to listen carefully and determine if it was the ring… all were discounted for one reason or another.

Then, on the third line a strong clear tone and the scoop went in for a big bite out of the gravel. I checked the hole to make sure I had the target, dropped my marker float and waded ashore to empty the scoop.

Dumping the gravel onto the beach, sitting quite brazenly on top of the pile of stones was the ring, and in only 12 minutes from switching the machine on (Largely thanks to an extremely accurate start point).

Handed her the lost ring with a smile and a “Happy Christmas!” accompanied by a small round of applause from onlookers.

One extremely grateful, and very relieved couple.

Early Christmas Present

In the space of 30 or so hours, it had already sunk 6-8 inches. I was quietly pleased to have snatched this one back from the beach!

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!!