Rachael called asking if I was available to search for a ring that was lost in dry sand at a small cove in South Laguna Beach. We didn’t talk much about what happened. I just told them I’d be there in a half hour.
Rachael was part of the group at a beach party put together by her friends, Shae and Jeff. They were playing a beach game called Spike Ball. Where a ball is bounced off a small trampoline hitting it by hand. Jeff swung at the ball and his heavy White/Yellow gold went flying.
They raked, sifted and used a borrowed metal detector to search for it. After hours Rachael began to search on line for ideas to find the ring. It took a while and several calls before she found my information on TheRingFinders.com.
Jeff showed me where he was standing when he felt the ring fly off his finger. From past experience I know how these rings can go to the most unexpected locations. I grid searched the area that Jeff thought the ring went. Then I asked them to move the beach chairs and unrelated back 15 feet. Boom! I got the loud sound of big gold. Before digging it, ” This is The Ring” .. I gave the sand scoop to one of the little girls to scoop the prize as everybody watched.
Everybody was surprised at how they had been sitting on the ring the whole time. This ring was very a unique blended white and yellow gold the was purchased years ago when they lived in Switzerland.
Again, I heard them tell me that they didn’t know a service like TheRingFinders existed. I enjoyed meeting them and helping to find this very sentimental ring.
If you lose something in the dry sand, mark the area and get landmarks that will help you return to the general area. Call a metal detector expert from TheRingFinders ASAP. A phone call is faster than a text or email. Some beaches get daily sand cleaning machines that may end up claiming your valuable before we have a chance to find it with a metal detector. We want to optimize our chances of finding your sentimental keepsake. Timing is important. “I Will Try Anywhere”
Corona Delmar Beach … Man’s Diamond Wedding Band, possibly lost on popular beach..
Mark called me a little after 5 pm. He said he would have called sooner but didn’t know a service like this existed. He told me that he thought he lost his ring a couple weeks before while on the beach playing volleyball in the sand at Corona Delmar. It’s only 2 miles from where I live, but I was 12 miles away in Laguna Beach..
Traffic was so bad that it took me an hour and a half till I was able to meet Mark and his wife Donna at the location.. After a couple weeks another extra hour shouldn’t make too much difference. I couldn’t promise anything but I could grid the area to verify that it’s not there. Donna showed me her matching ring to help me know what kind of signal I would be listening for.
They took off for a walk down the beach. Returning after about a half hour, Mark asked me if I had tried the area by the trash can. I was just setting up to grid that space. Two swings of my detector and a quick dig with my sand scoop and there was Mark’s ring, I was blown away, because I know this beach and this was definitely going to be a long shot.. I now believe in miracles!
It was so special to him because it was custom made with diamonds from his deceased mother and aunt.. When I handed it to him, he was speechless and very emotional. Then came the man hug.. I was also very surprised when his wife told me it was actually more than 5 weeks sense the loss.. Mark didn’t realize the ring was missing until the day after being at the beach.. This beach gets pounded with metal detectors and the city worker who drives the beach sifter is an over achiever ( it’s a very clean beach ).. I say, ” I’ll will try anywhere ” and this proves it pays off.
Dave sent me an email late Monday afternoon. I received it on my iphone and was able to contact him using the phone number he provided. He told me about the loss of his wedding ring on the beach in front of Annenberg Community Center which is a couple miles north of the Santa Monica Pier.
He said he had placed his ring in the pocket of his pants, leaving them on the dry sand while he went swimming. After the swim, he put his pants on and walked a couple hundred yards to his car in the parking lot. That was when he realized his ring was missing. He and his friends went back to search for the ring, but couldn’t find it.
I asked Dave if he could meet me at the location. He was across town visiting friends, making it difficult to meet me. After he told me the general area of the loss, I felt I could find the location to search without Dave. We didn’t know for sure that the ring was lost there as he had walked quite a distance across the sand before realizing the loss.
Just as the sun was setting an hour and a half after talking to Dave, I arrived at the beach parking. Walking straight to the lifeguard tower, I set up a grid search over the towel line just south of the tower. The stainless steel ring was found after about 20 minutes. It’s always a concern for me that the beach grooming machines can drag or pickup valuables if we don’t get to the location in a timely manner. Here, at our beaches the beach cleaning machines always hit the first 30 feet of the towel line almost everyday.
Dave was able to meet me so I could return the ring. You can see he was happy by his smile on the photo I took after handing him his ring. It was a pleasure to meet him and return his special ring..
Rick, a detectorist friend of mine called me with a referral to help Joan find a set keys lost three days ago. When I talked to Joan on the phone it seemed like too much time had passed to locate the set of keys that had to be laying on the surface. It’s not possible to make that judgement without taking a look and discussing the details. One of my mottos is ” I will try anywhere “, so I met Joan at the park in the afternoon.
Three days before she had been walking her dog when she lost her car ($275 replacement value). She remembered where she had last seen it and when she realized it was missing. After trying to rake the grass and methodically walking the area for two days. She called asking for help.
We walked the area before I set up my detector to start a grid search. I purposely started a search outside the area she had raked and searched. I covered almost 50 x 75 yard area with no success.
When Joan returned I gave her the bad news. I showed her the exact area where the key could not be. We discussed options she could try to locate the keys as we walked back through an area 50 yards from where she thought she lost the keys. Then she lets out a scream of joy! There they are, laying right on top of the grass.. Anybody could have seen them if they passed within 20 feet.. It was great to be able to help Joan find her keys, but it shows how you have to stay positive and think outside the box.. Joan gave me the credit for helping her find her lost item.
The sun was setting when I received a call from Gary’s wife. They had been visiting friends who live on the beachfront in Newport Beach. She told me that her husband had lost his wedding ring in the sand.
When I got the call, I was detecting in Laguna Beach. It took me about 15 minutes to get back to my vehicle and another 30 minutes to drive the 13 miles to their location.
Gary was there to explain how he had been playing football, when one of the kids grabbed his hand, pulling the ring off into the sand. The area was only 30×40 ft. square. Should have been an easy search, but after cross gridding three times. It was not looking good.
Gary walked up to me, saying he had to leave. I knew that the ring was not in the location that he had laid out. Asking him where else he had been, he pointed off to the right of the place where he thought it got pulled off his finger. It was getting cold but I would not leave till I covered the whole playing area.
I started a new grid pattern at the far side of the field. Two passes, then the magic sound of a gold ring in my ear phones proved to be the missing ring. Everybody was still in the house saying their good-byes, when I walked up to the house to give them the good news.
This was a classic search. Everybody was so positive that the ring had come off after his hand was grabbed. Actually it had fallen off more than 50 feet from that event. It’s my experience that kept me searching, when they had given up hope that I could find it. Again, I was still as surprised as they were.
A very nice family and you can see the smile on Gary’s face showing he was happy to have his ring recovered. He did apologize for putting me in the wrong place. I assured him this happens often, it’s part of the challenge.
I was looking through Craigslist in the morning when I saw this post from Lauren:
Lost Necklace- Family Heirloom (Newport Beach)
lost or found?: lost
I was playing football on the sand, by balboa fire pits, wearing my priceless necklace last week and the cross broke and came off the chain. I know I should not have been playing football in it, but I have worn it everyday since my grandma(who passed away) gave it to me years ago. I literally never take it off. It is so special to me, I am willing to give a reward! Please please let me know if you found it, and I am willing to meet anywhere. It means the world to me and I am devastated. Please be honest and give it back. I am willing to pay a reward. Thank you so much!!! I have been praying everyday and my whole small group has been praying too so please answer our prayers!
I replied to the post, saying that I would like to help find the cross, but would need to get better details. After a couple hours, I had not received a reply.. I live just a couple miles away from this beach and have an annual pass for parking, so I decided to go try to find the cross.
When I arrived at the general location there was a large skip loader tractor moving sand from the area where most people play football. It was still worth a try so I started searching the far edge of the field. After an hour the tractor finished moving sand. That opened up more area to search, but I didn’t have much hope.. Then I got a good signal which turned out to be a gold cross.
This had to be Lauren’s cross, what are the chances of there being more than one cross in that location. I sent a reply to the Craigslist email contact link, saying I believe that I have found your cross including my phone number and email information.
I did not get a reply all Thanksgiving day which started me to think that I wasn’t going to be able to return this cherished family heirloom. That night I posted a ” Found Gold Cross Balboa fire pits ” on Craigslist. Friday morning Brian, one of Lauren’s friends contacted me. After talking with him and sending a photo of the cross we determined it was not Lauren’s cross.
During our phone conversation I was able to get better directions as to where they had been playing. It was a hundred yards to the north of where the tractor was moving sand.. I was more positive about finding this gold cross this time. After returning to search it only took about 45 minutes till I got a 12-02 reading (normally a tinfoil signal) on my CTX 3030. Wow! What a surprise, it was a beautiful white gold cross with 11 nice diamonds. Sent them a picture of the cross via text message.
They live 60 miles across town, so we arranged a meeting place two days later.
It was a special type search with several twists and turns. ( 3 crosses were found in total) This is so awesome to be able to help people find their sentimental keepsakes.
Cross found Friday 11-27-15 Equipment used Minelab CTC3030metal detector
Laycee called me 11-3-15 four days after losing her diamond wedding band. It was custom made with 3 diamonds from her grandmother’s ring and the platinum setting was designed by her husband. “Irreplaceable ”
She could only tell me that it was lost sometime during the family annual Halloween party at her house.
After spending the last four days thoroughly searching the house and the backyard. Laycee and her husband Jacob discussed renting a metal detector to check the lawn and the planters. While searching online they came upon our directory of metal detector specialists. Calling me with a few questions about how service, we set up a time that I could meet them at the house the next morning.
I met them early as they both had things to do later in the day. We talked about what activities Laycee had been doing that may have caused the loss of the ring. It had been a busy day preparing for the party and doing hosting. She did remember showing her niece how to do cart wheels on the lawn..
I started on the lawn which was dried up, because we have a drought in So. Calif. with watering restrictions. The grass was sparse and they had searched it several times. The lawn area was only 40ft.x40ft. so it didn’t take much time to grid it with my CTX 3030. Just as I reached the last grid pass I heard a good signal, looking down in plain view, I could see the ring in the dried gray grass.
I went back to the house calling Laycee to the door giving her the good news. She was in shock, telling me that this was the happiest she has been in a long time. It was an emotional time for her, even as I left she was still amazed that it was not lost forever.. I love helping people find missing sentimental keepsakes.
Ring Recovered 11-3-15 Equipment used Minelab CTX 3030 metal detector
I left my place early driving north on Pacific Coast Highway. Today would be my second attempt to find a ring lost two days before during low tide tower 28 Huntington DogBeach.
I was driving, when Allie’s grandfather Art called me just as I was leaving Newport Beach. The family was at Huntington DogBeach tower 22. Allie had been brushing sand off her pants when her beautiful silver ring with an opal slipped off her finger into the dry sand. This ring was very special to her as it was a gift from her grandfather.
I was able to get a ring signal within a few minutes, but when I held a ring up for her to see, it was not her ring. This has happened several times to me. I need to get a better description of the ring before I get everybody excited just to be disappointed.
Well it turned out to be a happy moment for Allie and the family a few minutes later, when I got another good signal that turned out to be a beautiful Opal in a silver ring. It was a nice day for all and a pleasure for me to help find the ring for Allie. She was so excited!
I was still able to get to my other search location a mile north of this location. Three hours later I found the diamond engagement ring lost in the wet sand two days before. Too much excitement for one day..
Ring found Saturday .. 10-30-15 .. Using a Minelab CTX 3030 metal detector
Alisa lost her silver “I Love You” ring in the sand about midnight Saturday. I received a text at 1:35am early Sunday morning. It was from Alisa asking for my help to find her silver ring lost at Santa Monica Beach. She would be calling me in the morning. I do take calls anytime day or night because it can make a big difference whether we have a successful search. Rather than wait for the call, I texted her back saying I would be on the beach in Santa Monica at 6:30am.
Alisa replied that her and her boyfriend Ash could meet me near lifeguard tower 25 at 7:30am. When I arrived I just started to grid the area around the lifeguard tower before they arrived. Texting Alisa, I told her I had started. She text me telling me the ring was lost near the benches next to the pedestrian walkway. It was about 100 yards away from the tower.. I walked over to that location and could see finger dragging impressions in the sand.
Starting my grid there paid off with a find of the ring before Alisa and Ash showed up.. I took a picture of the ring texting it to her.
When they arrived Alisa told me she didn’t feel the ring slip from her finger. She did know that the ring was on her finger when they sat down that evening. She noticed it missing before they left the area. Seven or eight bystanders and couple of police patrolmen helped them look for the ring in the sand for a couple hours.
The ring was special to Alisa as it was given to her by her boyfriend Ash, celebrating 6 months of being together. It was another fun search for me. I hope I never get tired of helping people find their sentimental treasures. Sunday .. 9-20-15